Robinho - Manchester City - £33 Million
Robinho scored 14 goals for Manchester City during his two seasons and following a lack of first team football, moved on loan to Brazilian side Santos. He was sold to Milan for 15 million in the August of 2010, for less than half the amount Manchester City paid for him just two seasons before.
Fernando Torres – Chelsea – £50 Million
Setting a new U.K transfer record, the move of Torres to Chelsea came with big expectations as Torres had an excellent scoring record at Liverpool. While he only scored 20 goals in a Chelsea shirt, he won three trophies during his four seasons at Stamford Bridge including the Champions League.
Andy Carroll – Liverpool - £35 Million
Andy Carroll was purchased in part to replace Fernando Torres who moved to Chelsea in the same transfer window. The move at the time made Carroll the most expensive English player ever, a record that was subsequently broken by another player on our list. Despite some important goals in a Liverpool shirt, Carroll scored a total of just 6 goals while at the club and following a season long loan, moved to West Ham in deal worth 15 million pounds.
Marouane Fellaini – Manchester United - £27.5 Million
On September 2nd 2013 Fellaini signed a five year contract with Manchester United , reuniting with his Everton manager David Moyes. He only made 15 appearances in his first season and in 2014 was named in a list of 10 worst buys during the Premier League Season by The Daily Telegraph.
Juan Sebastián Verón – Manchester United - £28.1 Million
Following a high profile transfer from Lazio in the summer of 2001 Verón struggled to adapt to the faster pace of the Premier League, and spent just two seasons at Old Trafford. In 2010 the Times included Verón in their 50 worst transfers in Premier League history list.
Angel Di Maria - Manchester United £59.7 Million
Despite a positive start to his Manchester United career, Di Maria’s only season at Old Trafford was ultimately disappointing. To make matters worse for Manchester United, he moved to PSG for a 15 million pound loss and has since assisted 12 and scored 12 in his first season at PSG.
Raheem Sterling – Manchester City £49 Million
Breaking the transfer record paid for an English player, Raheem Sterling cost twice as much as the whole Leicester City team. While his purchase can be defended as a long term investment, for the price of Raheem Sterling you could buy forty nine Jamie Vardy’s. Fortunately for Sterling he still has plenty of time to show that the vast amount spent on him was a good investment.
Roberto Soldado – Tottenham Hotspur £26 Million
Following a £26 million pound move from Valencia in August 2013, Soldado only managed to score 6 times in his first season, with only two of these goals coning from open play. In August 2015 he was sold to Villarreal, with Tottenham making a loss of around 16 million pounds on the fee they paid only two years previously.
Erik Lamela – Tottenham Hotspur - £25.8 Million
Another purchase under Andreas Villa Boas Erik Lamela was bought from Roma in a £25.8 million deal. Since joining Tottenham he has shown a few flashes of brilliance such as a rabona style goal from outside the box in the Europa League, but still has some way to go to show the form he displayed at Roma and in his early career.
Andriy Shevchenko – Chelsea - £30.8 Million
Shevchenko scored 127 goals in 226 appearances during his time at Milan and the same sort of form was expected when he joined Chelsea. During his time at Stamford Bridge he struggled with injuries and was loaned to Milan during the 2008 season, eventually joining his first club Dynamo Kiev for a second time in 2009.
That concludes our list of players that cost more than Leicester City’s team. Do you think Leicester can win the Premier League? Let us know in the comments below.