Since Roman Abramovich came onto the scene at Chelsea, the club’s transfer policy hasn’t always seemed exceptionally well thought through.
There have been roaring successes, like Didier Drogba, Eden Hazard and even players like Michael Ballack.
But there have been some horror shows.
Andriy Shevchenko went from being one of Europe’s most fearsome strikers to a toothless, sluggish lump when he moved from Milan to Stamford Bridge.
Mateja Kezman was an atrocious buy, and Adrian Mutu wasn’t much better.
But one player has to take the cake when it comes to Chelsea’s transfer failings. So bad was this acquisition, that he should probably take the crown as the worst ever signing in Premier League history.
Fernando Torres was, arguably, the best out-and-out striker in Europe while at Liverpool.
But in January 2011, Chelsea went hell for leather to lure him to West London.
It took an incredible £50million to prise him away from Anfield, and it’s that price tag that makes him the worst buy in English football history.
Torres only managed seven goals in his first two Premier League seasons at Chelsea, a pathetic return for the money.
In his four-year spell, he chipped in with a total of 20 goals (one, of course, was a crucial finish against Barcelona in the Champions League).
He eventually returned to Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid, where he’s currently playing second fiddle to Antoine Griezmann.
Sorry, Fernando, but when it comes to transfer flops, you’re top of the tree.