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5 players you probably didn't know are still at a top club

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906   //    11 Feb 2018, 18:44 IST

Genoa CFC v SSC Napoli - Serie A
Chiriches on a rare outing for Napoli in the Serie A

The winter transfer window has finally slammed shut after a month of humongous deals that saw a massive £420 million being spent by Premier League clubs alone.

The trend of obscenely inflated player valuations has kicked on as Philippe Coutinho, Virgil van Dijk, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Aymeric Laporte all made big money moves, but we did see a few bargain buys as well.

Manchester United snagged Alexis Sanchez on a free, with Arsenal getting Henrikh Mkhitaryan on an equally good deal. Chelsea signed Giroud for £18 million, significantly lower than his market value.

While most of these players have already had impressive debuts at their new clubs, there are inevitably a few who will fail.

Every club has that one player they signed four or five years ago who's been loaned out a couple of times, but never really made it to the first team.

Or there's the occasional academy graduate always on the fringes, who's been loaned out a couple of times, but never really making much of an impact.

Here are five players you didn't know were still at a top club:


#5 Vlad Chiriches (Napoli)

Chiriches is best known for his two seasons with Tottenham in the Premier League, during which he managed only 25 appearances.

For the player who was voted Man of the Match on his Premier League debut, its been quite the fall from grace.

After he made only 17 appearances across all competitions in the 2014/15 season, Spurs agreed to sell him to Napoli for £4.5 million.

His form hasn't been great in Italy either, having made only 6 appearances so far this season, and he's unlikely to replace Raul Albiol or Kalidou Koulibali on the teamsheet in the near future.

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