Premier League winter transfers have always been tricky. Chelsea has splashed a lot of money in winter transfers but clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal are wary of the risk they face. This series covers the top 50 expensive Premier League winter transfers and how they have fared.
20 | Andrey Arshavin | Arsenal | 16.5 M€
In his 5 years with Arsenal, he had played in 143 games scoring 31 goals and assisting 42 games. He quickly become a favorite at Emirates before being put on bench quite too often and transferred to Zenit for free.
19 | Mohamed Salah | Chelsea | 16.5 M€
Played insignificant roles at Chelsea for 2 seasons with only 19 appearances. He was then transferred to Roma on a marginal loss of 9%.
18 | Robbie Keane | Tottenham Hotspur | 16.7 M€
15 goals in 49 games isn’t a failure. That too at his return to Spurs. However, he was loaned out twice and then sold for a loss of 78%.
17 | Robbie Fowler | Leeds United | 16.8 M€
Liverpool’s “God” was signed by Leeds United and he helped then with a UEFA Cup qualifying place. He was often injury ridden but still managed to score 15 goals in 31 games for Leeds.
16 | Afonso Alves | Middlesbrough | 17 M€
Despite his 13 goals in 47 games, Middlesbrough couldn’t avoid relegation. He then moved to Heerenveen on a loss of 30%.
15 | Louis Saha | Manchester United | 17.5 M€
Despite his injury ridden period with Manchester United, he had scored 42 goals in 120 appearances. He won 2 Premier League titles, 1 Champions League and 1 League cup in his tenure with United.
14 | Nicolas Anelka | Chelsea | 18 M€
His 3 full seasons with Chelsea were loaded with a minimum of 15 goals per season. He scored an overall 59 goals in 184 games winning a Premier League title, 2 FA Cups and a Community Shield. He was also the FA Cup top scorer and won the Premier League golden boot in 2008-09.
13 | Nigel de Jong | Manchester City | 18 M€
Winning FA Cup and Premier League, he was part of Manchester City for 4 seasons being a regular first team member. He made 137 appearances for City before being sold at a 80% loss.
12 | José Antonio Reyes | Arsenal | 20 M€
Reyes was a first team regular in Arsenal scoring 23 goals in 110 appearances. He played in Arsenal for 3 seasons before moving on a loan to Real Madrid and then sold to Atletico Madrid at a loss of 40%.
11 | Daren Bent | Aston Villa | 21.5 M€
His period at Aston Villa has been injury ridden resulting in just 72 appearances over 5 seasons. However, he had scored 25 goals in these games.