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.
30 | Juan Pablo Ángel | Aston Villa | 14.4 M€
The Columbian signed as Aston Villa’s expensive signing in 2001, he had managed to score 62 goals in 205 games. He played in Villa for seven years before being offloaded.
29 | Kurt Zouma | Chelsea | 14.6 M€
In his 1st season at Chelsea, he had won the League Cup and the Premier League title making 26 appearances. In his 2nd season, he had managed to replace Gary Cahill as he has already played 27 games for the blues. Don’t forget, he is just 21 years old.
28 | Wilson Palacios | Tottenham Hotspur | 15 M€
Played 3 seasons for Spurs especially his performances in 2009-10 was spectacular earning them their first UEFA Champions League qualification. He was ultimately sold at a 40% loss to Stoke City.
27 | Christopher Samba | QPR | 15 M€
He just played 10 games and ended up without a goal in 6 months for QPR and then left for Anzhi Makhachkala for a loss of 23%. Quite not what QPR wanted from him.
26 | Daniel Sturridge | Liverpool | 15 M€
One of the greatest threats upfront when fit. However, the question remains on how much is he fit? He had a great start at Liverpool scoring 44 goals in just 72 games also making an entry to PFA Team of the Year in 2013-14.
25 | Gabriel Paulista | Arsenal | 15 M€
Arsenal’s third choice center back didn’t see much of the action as Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny were not injured much. He just played 21 games in his one year with Arsenal.
24 | Konstantinos Mitroglou | Fulham | 15.2 M€
He was Fulham’s highest transfer fee and he managed only 3 games for Fulham in 2014 before they were relegated. He has then been loaned out twice and hasn’t represented Fulham since.
23 | Craig Bellamy | Manchester City | 15.5 M€
A constant menace to the opposite center backs had scored 15 goals in 51 games for Manchester City. However, when Roberto Mancin came to Etihad Stadium, it was curtains for his days as a blue.
22 | Jermain Defoe | Tottenham | 16.4 M€
Jermain Defoe was brought back to White Hart Lane by Harry Redknapp. The high price paid for his second spell was returned with 76 goals in 182 games over 6 seasons.
21 | Emile Heskey | Liverpool | 16.5 M€
Emile Heskey broke Liverpool’s transfer record at 2000. During his time at Liverpool, he had won FA Cup once, League Cup twice, FA Charity Shield once, UEFA Cup once and UEFA Super Cup once. He scored 60 goals for the reds.