LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21:  Etienne Capoue of Spurs reacts angrily as teammates Younes Kaboul (L) and Paulinho (R) look on after conceding a goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane on September 21, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

5 Flops Who Got a Second Chance at a Big Club as Barcelona Confirm Deal for Paulinho

It's happened. It's actually happened.


In one of the strangest transfers in recent history, Barcelona confirmed the €40m signing of former Spurs flop Paulinho from Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande on Monday, subject to medical. 


Paulinho has put his poor spell at Tottenham behind him, impressing in the Chinese league and got himself a huge move, joining players before him who have earned themselves a second chance.


Here are five players who moved on from poor spells at big clubs to earn themselves another chance at the top level.

1. Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah's first spell in Chelsea certainly didn't go to plan after his £11m transfer in January 2014 from Basel.


Rumours that he may have to return to Egypt for military service probably didn't help, but Salah stayed at Chelsea for just a year with nineteen appearances.


However, after re-finding his form with Roma over the past couple of seasons, Salah earned his second chance and moved to Liverpool this summer for €42m.

2. Kevin De Bruyne

Chelsea's dreadful transfer activity is proving to be a bit of a theme, and those at the club responsible for Kevin De Bruyne's sale will have been shifting around nervously for the last couple of seasons.


De Bruyne made just three league appearances for Chelsea, spending much of the time out on loan, and was sold to Wolfsburg for £18m in 2014.


The Belgian would return to England within eighteen months with a £55m move to Manchester City, where he has shone ever since.

3. Fabio Borini

We're running out of fingers to count the number of chances Fabio Borini is getting.


He joined Chelsea as a 16-year-old in 2007, but failed to make an impression and joined Brendan Rodgers at Swansea on loan in 2011. He would link up with Rodgers again at Liverpool in 2012, once again struggling for goals.


After two seasons at Sunderland which produced a total of seven goals, he somehow got his third chance at a big club as he joined AC Milan on loan ahead of this season.

4. Angel Di Maria

While Angel Di Maria may be different to the other players on this list as he was already a proven talent at a huge club before his disastrous time at Manchester United.


Signing for nearly £60m from Real Madrid in 2014, Di Maria's early promise soon disappeared and he finished the season with just three league goals.


However, PSG saw past this dodgy season and bought Di Maria for £44m the following year, with the Argentine rediscovering his form over the last few seasons.

5. Nuri Sahin

After spending his early career at Borussia Dortmund, Nuri Sahin moved to Real Madrid in 2011. However, he played just ten matches in all competitions in his sole season at the club as the move was a disappointment.


A loan move at Liverpool followed, but Sahin expressed his unhappiness and after just six months he secured a permanent move back to Borussia Dortmund in January 2013.