8 players who flopped after securing big-money transfers – including Eden Hazard

Over the past couple of years, football clubs have become more accustomed to forking over large sums of money for players.

More often than not, these players are welcomed with open arms and tasked with driving the club forward.

But with the hefty weight of expectations on their shoulders – and all the eyes in the stadium focused on them – some players shimmer as others fault.

An expensive flop is every club's worst nightmare, it's going all-in and returning with nothing.

And Daily Star Sport is looking at eight expensive flops that wished they had just stayed put.

Eden Hazard – Real Madrid (£103million)

During his time at Stamford Bridge, Eden Hazard blossomed into one of the planets best wingers.

And he duly earned a move to Real Madrid as their latest Galactico after one last hurrah for Chelsea in the 18/19 Europa League final.

However, Hazard's time at Los Blancos has been plagued by minor injuries that have kept him out of the starting side, and it has limited the Belgian star to just 40 La Liga appearances in three seasons.

There were even reports over the summer that Madrid were ready to cut their losses on the Belgian.

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Antoine Griezmann – Barcelona (£108million)

Atletico Madrid may have pulled one of the all-time great pieces of transfer business when they re-signed Antoine Griezmann over the summer on loan.

Griezmann had packed his bags and waved goodbye to Madrid when Barcelona came calling to the tune of £108million.

However, Griezmann was a shell of his Atleti self, and he struggled to grab games by the scruff of the neck like he had in Madrid.

His struggles were further brought into the public eye when it was revealed he was earning around £21million-per-year.

Adrian Mutu – Chelsea (£17million)

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In the summer of 2003, Chelsea wrapped up a deal for highly-rated Serie A hitman Adrian Mutu.

Mutu had impressed for Parma, and he hit the ground running with four goals in his first three games.

However, Mutu only went on to score two more goals for Chelsea, and after being banned for testing positive for cocaine the Romanian was slapped with a seven-month ban.

Mutu was shown the door at Stamford Bridge soon after, but he may not be Chelsea's biggest flop.

Fernando Torres – Chelsea (£50million)

That award falls at the feet of Fernando Torres.

Torres was one of the Premier League's finest talents as he routinely dismantled defences on Merseyside before he shocked the footballing world to join the Blues on Deadline Day.

The Spaniard could barely hit the target as fans questioned if they had even signed the real Torres.

Of course, every story has a silver lining, and Torres' iconic goal against Barcelona played a huge part in their Champions League triumph in 2012.

Luka Jovic – Real Madrid (£57million)

Out of nowhere, Luke Jovic burst onto the scene in the Bundesliga for Eintracht Frankfurt during the 18/19 campaign.

For 12 months, everything the Serbian touched turned to gold as he bagged 17 goals domestically with a further ten in the Europa League.

And his form was so good it tempted the hierarchy at the Bernabeu to take a rather expensive punt on the striker.

Jovic has struggled in Madrid, netting only twice in La Liga, and even a loan move to Frankfurt couldn't rediscover his goalscoring touch.

Eliaquim Mangala – Manchester City (£40million)

No, you didn't read that wrong, Manchester City spent £40million on Eliaquim Mangala.

In Mangala's second game at City, he scored an own goal before conceding a penalty that allowed Hull City to claw back a 2-0 deficit.

No matter how many times he pocked Diego Costa, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic a couple of times, Mangala was always prone to an error to the frustration of City fans.

Mangala once infamously turned up to the on-pitch Centurions celebrations, on the final day of the season, despite still being on loan at Everton.

Sebastian Haller – West Ham (£45million)

It's lucky, for West Ham fans, that the Hammers are on an electric run of form at the moment.

If they weren't there were would be envious glances from East London towards Amsterdam as Sebastian Haller continues his transformation into one of Europe's top strikers.

Like Jovic, Haller impressed for Eintracht Frankfurt, and West Ham threw £45million at him.

Haller scored ten goals in two-and-a-half seasons for the Hammers, but at least he enjoyed attempting a bicycle kick every game.

Angel Di Maria – Manchester United (£67million)

Manchester United have had a spree of poorly judged transfers over the past couple of seasons, but Di Maria takes the cake.

Costing the Red Devils just short of £70million Di Maria looked out of his depth from the first minute.

At the time, Di Maria was the most expensive player to arrive in England, and he was handed the famous No.7 shirt.

But after being voted the worst signing of the season by fans Di Maria was gone, he lasted one season at Old Trafford.

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