Chelsea teen, ex-Manchester United man in Serie A 'Flop XI of the Season'

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A former Tottenham Hotspur man also features, along with players linked with Manchester City, Liverpool, and Arsenal over the course of the summer.

Flop Signings Serie A

The under-performing signings in Serie A have been named and shamed by one of Italy's most famous newspapers, La Gazzetta dello Sport.

There are several in there with Premier League connections, or were linked with moves to England in the summer, causing fans to potentially breathe a sigh of relief.

Formerly signed and discarded by Manchester United, Adem Ljajic sealed a switch from Fiorentina to Roma in the summer. He has three goals in Serie A in nine appearances for Roma but has largely been used as a substitute.

He is selected up front with AC Milan's Alessandro Matri who signed from Juventus, who was touted as a bargain signing for Arsenal in the summer. He has one goal in 13 games.

Also featuring is Ishak Belfodil of Inter, who was reportedly scouted by Liverpool and has made just one start for the club, while Argentine midfielder Lucas Biglia of Lazio was also a target for the Reds, along with Arsenal.

Manchester City fans may be relieved they did not sign Diego Novaretti, a free target for Roberto Mancini before his dismissal, who has made just four league appearances for Lazio.

Ex-Tottenham Hotspur left-back Reto Ziegler's move back to Italy with Sassuolo sees him make the 'Flop XI', and on the opposite full-back position he is joined by a player currently owned by a Premier League club.

19-year-old Wallace was touted as quite a coup when he signed with Inter Milan in the summer, but has not made a single Serie A start, just three short substitute appearances. It certainly wasn't what he or Chelsea had in mind when they struck the deal in the summer.

image: © Gazzetta dello Sport

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