‘Panic buy’ Balotelli on a par with these Arsenal and Man United signings?
3. Robinho: Real Madrid to Man City – Chelsea were said to be close to buying the Brazilian trickster, so when City swooped in 2008 it felt more like the club’s new owners had panicked and paid Real Madrid £32m just so they could land a big name. Robinho was the first of the new money bags era, but his Brazilian style was more Fred than Ronaldo and he was eventually sold to Milan in 2010, with the player claiming it was hard to adapt to English football. Click the arrow to see five infamous Premier League panic buys – Mario Balotelli was bought in a panic, according to former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, so how does he compare to other Premier League panic buys… 6 1. Andy Carroll: Newcastle to Liverpool – You’ve got £50m in your pocket and need to act fast in order to replace Fernando Torres, who scored 81 goals in 142 games for you. Liverpool’s answer was to spend £35m on inexperienced Newcastle striker Andy Carroll after Chelsea’s capture of Anfield hero Torres for £50m, with the Reds narrowly managing to beat the transfer deadline in January 2011. No club came out of it well, except for Newcastle, of course. Carroll scored six goals in 44 league games before he was sold to West Ham in 2013. 4. Roman Pavlyuchenko: Spartak Moscow to Tottenham – Spurs had sold Dimitar Berbatov to Man United and Robbie Keane to Liverpool in 2008 and were in need of someone who could score goals. In an interview in February, former Tottenham manager Juande Ramos claimed he asked chairman Daniel Levy for David Villa or Samuel Eto’o, but got Pavlyuchenko in at the last minute. He wasn’t a total flop, though, scoring 14 goals in all competitions in his first season. When he was sold to Lokomotiv Moscow in 2012, he managed 42 goals in 113 games. 6 6 6 6 Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher thinks £16m striker Mario Balotelli will not be at the club next season, calling the summer signing a panic buy.The Italy international has scored just one goal for the club since his arrival late in August, joining a host of other new players following the sale of Luis Suarez.“They bring in Balotelli late on – it’s obviously a panic,” Carragher said.Here, talkSPORT looks at other club’s panic buys. 2. Marouane Fellaini: Everton to Man United – Time was running out for Man United to reinforce their midfield in 2013. Having seen their pursuit of Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara shut down, manager David Moyes decided against looking for the next best thing and bought Marouane Fellaini from Everton. Moyes, having left the Toffees earlier that summer, was aware Fellaini had a £23.5m release clause in his contract, but the deadline for that expired on 31 July and as the end of the transfer window approached, United splashed out a mouthwatering £27.5m. With 26 Premier League appearances to date, Fellaini has been made the scapegoat for a lot of the club’s failings, but he was the saviour against West Brom when his goal, two minutes after coming on, drew United level in a 2-2 draw. 6 5. Mikel Arteta: Everton to Arsenal – While some fans on social media lambast Arteta, his last minute transfer in 2011 looks like good business. The midfielder was appointed club captain at the start of the season and although he is no Cesc Fabregas the current Chelsea man had joined Barca a few weeks earlier he has displayed his worth and dedication to the club. Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos were bought and Yossi Benayoun joined on loan.