05/10/2022 2:35 p.m. | UPDATED ON 05/10/2022 AT 2:40 PM
Philippe Christanval – €17 million
Great hope of French football, the former defender of Monaco has never met expectations at Barça.
Dmytro Chygrynskyi – €25m
In 2009, Barça had invested a large sum in this Ukrainian defender, who only played 12 La Liga matches in total.
Paco Alcacer – €30 million
At the time when Barça was looking for a striker, the Spanish center forward was recruited from Valencia. 15 small goals later, he will go to Dortmund then to Villarreal.
Nelson Semedo – €35m
At this price, Barça hoped to find Dani Alves’ successor. Result ? The Brazilian has returned home, and the Portuguese is at Wolverhampton.
André Gomes – €37 million
Barça had signed a nice check for the midfielder of Valencia, who never established himself as a holder.
Paulinho – €40m
One of Barça’s enigmas of recent years. A player who did not really fit into the Catalan mold, and yet bought very expensive.
Malcom – €41m
An incredible transfer, and not much on the ground. The former Bordelais is a flop, a real one.
Miralem Pjanic – €60m
Exchanged against Arthur at Juventus, in a funny accounting game, the Bosnian spent a season in Barcelona without shining before being loaned to Besiktas.
Antoine Griezmann – €120m
His record is not catastrophic, but the fact that he left if vote at Atlético, after two years, says a lot about the failure of Griezmann, who never really felt at home. ease in Barcelona.
Philippe Coutinho – €135m (excluding bonuses)
A total failure for the former darling of Liverpool, who will leave in a Premier League mid-table formation.
FC Barcelona have spent a small fortune in recent years, and not always wisely…
Philippe Coutinho to FC Barcelona, It’s almost finished. Very disappointing since his arrival in Catalonia, the Brazilian attacking midfielder should be transferred permanently to Aston Villa, where he has been on loan since this winter. The estimated amount of the transaction is between 15 and 20 million euros. This is almost ten times less than the 135 million euros (not including bonuses) paid by Barça to recruit the player from Liverpool in January 2018.
Coutinho occupies a good place in the Top 5 of the most expensive players in history. He is above all number 1 in the Top 10 of the biggest flops of the Catalan club on the transfer market.
In our selection, we have only kept players who are among the 50 most expensive players in Barca’s history, according to Transfermakt. This limits the field of observation to the years 2000 and 2010, and excludes certain former mythical flops, such as Christophe Dugarry. If Coutinho is of course at the top of the list, Ousmane Dembélé still has the benefit of the doubt, since his adventure with the Blaugranas may not be over…
But who are the worst recruits in recent FC Barcelona history? Answer in our slideshow…