Manchester United and Chelsea are among the Premier League clubs that have struggled over the years to get the most out of the players signed by Real Madrid for staggering transfer fees
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Raphael Varane is close to joining Manchester United – and the Red Devils are hoping their latest attack on Real Madrid goes better than the previous one.
United, like many of their Premier League rivals, are struggling to get the most out of the players signed by Los Blancos despite staggering fees being paid over the years.
It may be an old saying, but players often seem to struggle to adjust to life in the English top division, with Rio Ferdinand voicing such concerns about Varane’s proposed signing.
In fact, there is no shortage of players who failed to live up to expectations after moving from Real Madrid to the Premier League.
Without further ado, here are five transfers that the clubs regretted their expenses.
Angel Di Maria
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Angel Di Maria is widely recognized as one of the best wingers in Europe, but the less said is said about his time at Manchester United, the better.
The Red Devils paid a British record £ 59.7million to sign the Argentine winger from Real Madrid in 2014, but he only lasted one season at Old Trafford.
Di Maria scored four goals in 32 games during a hugely disappointing season under Louis van Gaal before leaving for Paris Saint-Germain for a £ 44m fee, meaning United made a significant loss to the player.
Alvaro Morata has been heavily criticized everywhere he has played, be it for Real Madrid, Juventus or internationally with Spain.
Apart from that, he has also proven himself to be a first-class player who can rise on the big stage, as his three goals at Euro 2020 show.
But Morata found it hard to score after Chelsea signed him from Los Blancos for a club record of £ 60m in 2017.
The 28-year-old scored just 24 goals in 72 games for the Blues before being loaned to Atletico Madrid in January 2019.
Fortunately for Chelsea, they managed to regain the enormous sum they had spent on Morata when he sealed a permanent return to Atletico last summer.
Manchester City, another expensive forward transfer that failed to deliver goods, was red in the face after signing Robinho on the 2008 deadline for £ 32.5million.
After the takeover by the Abu Dhabi United Group, the Brazilian should usher in a new era of silverware for City.
But Robinho scored a pathetic 16 goals in 53 games before returning to Santos after 18 months on loan with no Etihad trophies in his cabinet.
At Manchester City, Sky Blues would have expected far more from Danilo after his £ 27million arrival from Real Madrid in 2017.
The Brazilian showed some of his qualities but was unable to cement a starting role in Pep Guardiola’s side at a time when full-backs were regularly hacked and switched.
It worked out pretty well for City, however, as they used Danilo as Makeweight in a partial swap deal to sign Joao Cancelo – one of their standout artists last season – from Juventus in 2019.
Michael Owen only spent one season at Real Madrid before returning to the Premier League after Newcastle United agreed a club record £ 16.8m transfer in 2005.
The Ballon d’Or winner was unveiled in front of 20,000 spectators at St. James’ Park, but was unable to recover from his mixed time in Spain on Tyneside.
Owen scored 30 goals in 79 games for the Magpies, but his time at the club was notoriously injured and he was unable to prevent their 2009 Premier League relegation.