15 June ~ The summer transfer season is upon us. Although most clubs are living under a mountain of debt, they have been spreading their dubious wealth in the last few weeks. As Cris Freddi discovered back in 1999, buying players is an imprecise art. In WSC 146 he looked back at the worst transfers of the 20th century. In light of Fernando Torres' £50 million move to Chelsea, Charlton Athletic’s decision to spend £324,000 on Allan Simonsen doesn't look like such bad business

Might as well get Stan out of the way: he was always going to feature here. At the time, it was hard to know how an individualist like that was going to fit into a passing team like Liverpool, and he didn’t really – you can say that despite a crashing goal on his debut and 26 in 81 league games. At Villa, of course, he’s simply been an embarrassment. Read the full article

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