English Premiership

Flop or not: The 5 biggest EPL moves

2015-07-15 09:43
Fernando Torres (AFP)

Manchester - The 5 biggest transfers between rival English Premier League clubs after Raheem Sterling became the most expensive English player when he signed for Manchester City on Tuesday:

1. Fernando Torres - Liverpool to Chelsea, £50 million

In January 2011, Torres swapped the Reds for Blues in a sensational transfer. The Spanish striker failed to replicate any of the form which, while at Liverpool, made him one of the most feared strikers on planet. Torres is now at Atletico Madrid after a spell at Milan.

Transfer rating: FLOP 

2. Raheem Sterling - Liverpool to Manchester City, £49 million

Sterling has just completed one of the most acrimonious transfers ever in the Premier League. Time will tell if the 20-year-old England star can go on to prove his price tag is a fair reflection of his potential...

Transfer rating: TO BE DECIDED

3. Juan Mata - Chelsea to Manchester United, £37.1 million

In January 2014, Jose Mourinho allowed the talented Spaniard to join Manchester United. Mata was deemed to be surplus to the requirements at Stamford Bridge. After being named the Player of the Year twice at Chelsea, the jury remains out on Mata's success at Old Trafford.

Transfer rating: TO BE DECIDED

4. Andy Carroll - Newcastle to Liverpool, £35 million

The tall English striker completed his move to Liverpool to replace Fernando Torres. Carroll was unable to produce the goods at Liverpool and was sent on loan to West Ham United in August 2012. Now at age 26, the striker's career is at somewhat of a crossroads after battling numerous injuries.

Transfer rating: FLOP 

5. Dimitar Berbatov - Tottenham to Manchester United, £30.75 million

The Bulgarian striker scored 48 goals in 108 league appearances at Manchester United. Berbatov won two league titles and a League Cup winners' medal before agreeing a move to Fulham. Berbatov's time at Manchester United should be considered a success despite the player often being chastised for his languid demeanour on the field.

Transfer rating: SUCCESS

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