4. Rafael Benitez: €13.5m
Just two days after officially leaving Newcastle United, Benitez signed a two-and-a-half-year contract to take charge of Dalian Yifang last summer.
For someone of a CV like Benitez’s, however, heading to China caught many by surprise. The Spaniard’s previously coached the likes Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Liverpool.
After enduring a few difficult years at Newcastle, though, Benitez accepted a big-money offer to coach in China.
Although seven wins and defeats in 17 games in charge of Dalian Yifang is a worrying sign.