This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
When Celtic paid £4.05 million for Italian central midfielder Massimo Donati in 2007, per Transfermarkt, it would have been hard for fans not to get excited. The player was arriving from Serie A giants AC Milan, and there is always hype about players who come from a club with such history. However by the time he left two years later, it was clear to see that his addition was a mistake as the Hoops eventually had to sell him at a loss.
The Italian U21 international did come away with some silverware whilst at Celtic, as he won the league and the Scottish League Cup, per Transfermarkt. Whilst he made 47 appearances and scored five goals, his career at the club was tainted as the player seemed to want out. This is emphasised by his comments in an article for The Sun where he says his biggest regret was leaving Celtic.
At the time this forced the club’s hand whilst also causing him to fall out with manager at the time Gordan Strachan. In the end, both him and the Celts felt it was best if he departed. Eventually Italian side Bari realised that they could get a cheap deal for the player due to his circumstances, and Celtic reluctantly had to let him go only two years after his arrival for only £1.08 million, meaning they lost nearly £3 million on the player – £2.97m to be exact.
It was a bitter end for a promising player, but highlighted that he was a total dud due to the fallout and the loss he costed the club.
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