Expensive signings don’t always work out… (Pictures: Getty)

Gonzalo Higuain has just become the third most expensive signing in football transfer history, moving from Napoli to Juventus for a fee believed to be £75.3million.

After 36 goals in 35 Serie A games last season, the Argentine looks a safe bet despite the hefty fee, with a proven record at the top level throughout his career.

Still, big price tags can affect some players for the worse, while others just don’t adapt to their new team’s style and see things quickly fall apart.

We’ve looked at the previous top ten most expensive transfers in history to get an idea of how Higuain might get on at Juve…

Edinson Cavani (Napoli to PSG, £55m)

Edinson Cavani has seen the goals dry up a little in France (Picture: Getty)

A tough one to call, but ultimately for £55million you’d expect a little more. Edinson Cavani’s scoring record with Napoli was superb, but he’s failed to reproduce that with Paris Saint-Germain, despite arguably playing in a weaker league.

The numbers don’t lie – in three seasons with Napoli, Cavani scored 104 goals in 138 games; three years in the French capital and he has just 81 in 148.

That said, he has often been used out of position at the Parc des Princes, which can affect any top player. Still, perhaps he has to shoulder some of the blame if in three years he never managed to emerge from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s shadow?

Verdict: MISS

Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg to Manchester City, £55m)

Kevin De Bruyne settled instantly in English football (Picture: Getty)

Despite a lengthy spell out injured, there can be no doubt that Kevin De Bruyne’s first season at Manchester City was a big success.

Arriving for a club-record £55m fee from Wolfsburg, the Belgian quickly established himself as an attacking midfielder of real class, creativity and an eye for the odd spectacular goal.

In all, De Bruyne contributed 16 goals and 12 assists to City’s cause, and that should only get better with a full season under his belt, not to mention playing under the guidance of Pep Guardiola.

Verdict: HIT

Kaka (AC Milan to Real Madrid, £56m)

Kaka was an expensive flop at Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)

One of the best players in the world during his time at AC Milan, it’s fair to say things didn’t work out for Kaka after his £56m move to Real Madrid.

The Brazilian had his problems with injury in his four years at the Bernabeu, but it is a great tragedy that we did not see more from him when he did get on the pitch.

Verdict: MISS

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan to Barcelona, £59m)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s year at Barcelona was a low point of his career (Picture: Getty)

While his goal record at Barcelona wasn’t the worst, Zlatan Ibrahimovic lasted just one season after struggling to slot into the team’s style of play.

In addition to that, the eccentric Swede also clashed with manager Pep Guardiola, and his attitude clearly became too much of a problem for him to stick around any longer.

In theory, Ibrahimovic alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry should have been footballing heaven, but it just wasn’t quite meant to be.

Verdict: MISS

Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid to Manchester United, £59.7m)

Angel Di Maria never really got going at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

Probably the biggest disaster on this list, Angel Di Maria’s single season at Manchester United was handled terribly.

While the Argentine cannot be fully blamed for his poor form in England, he never really looked like a £59.7m player despite some early flashes of brilliance.

Di Maria’s form totally deserted him in the second half of the season, and one has to question the wisdom of spending so much on a player if Louis van Gaal was never fully prepared to use him properly.

Verdict: MISS

James Rodriguez (Monaco to Real Madrid, £63m)

Real Madrid may have jumped the gun with James Rodriguez (Picture: Getty)

Arriving on the back of a sensational World Cup, £63m James Rodriguez may have been a bit of a flash in the pan.

The Colombian attacker hasn’t really reproduced that fine form at Real Madrid, who are known for getting a little over-excited and spending far too much on flavour-of-the-month players.

There’s a talented player in there somewhere, but he was never really needed at Real, and speculation suggests he could be on his way out after just two seasons.

Verdict: MISS

Luis Suarez (Liverpool to Barcelona, £65m)

Luis Suarez has 84 goals in 96 games for Barca (Picture: Getty)

Now part of Barcelona’s famed ‘MSN’ attacking trio, there’s no question the Catalan giants will feel they were right to pay up for Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan striker has been in phenomenal form after joining from Liverpool in 2014, despite question marks over his temperament when he moved on the back of his bite on Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup that summer.

Still, Suarez has a hugely impressive 84 goals in his two seasons at the Nou Camp, helping himself to seven trophies in that time.

Verdict: HIT

Neymar (Santos to Barcelona, £71.5m)

Neymar has been a gamble worth taking for Barcelona (Picture: Getty)

Regarded for many years as the next big thing in world football, Neymar has not disappointed since his big move from Santos to Barcelona in 2013.

The former Brazilian wonderkid has shown he can do it in a major European league, and is now an established star on the world’s biggest stage.

Verdict: HIT

Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United to Real Madrid, £80m)

Cristiano Ronaldo will go down as one of the greatest of all time (Picture: Getty)

A player who relished being the most expensive of all time when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo has done phenomenally well to make himself actually look like a bargain for £80m.

While the Portugal forward may be disappointed not to have won more La Liga titles in his seven years in Spain, his individual achievements ensure he will go down as one of the greatest players in history.

With an exceptional record of 364 goals in 348 appearances, Ronaldo has played a major role in two Champions League wins and comfortably looks money well spent for Real.

Verdict: HIT

Gareth Bale (Tottenham to Real Madrid, £86m)

£86m Gareth Bale has had his critics but can be proud of his time at Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)

A few eyebrows were raised when Gareth Bale moved ahead of Ronaldo to become the most expensive signing of all time back in 2013, but the former Tottenham man has done himself proud at Real Madrid.

Yet to fully replace Ronaldo as the star of the side, the Welshman has still shown himself to be a fine team player with moments of explosive brilliance, not to mention some big-game moments.

With crucial goals in Copa del Rey and Champions League finals, Bale has already made his mark in the Spanish capital, and it looks like there’s more to come from him.

Verdict: HIT

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