- Ibrahim Afellay:
The Dutchman was pretty amazing with PSV in the Dutch league which prompted Pep Guardiola to sign him in 2011 for Barcelona. With a lot of expectations, the move failed to be a good one as Afellay struggled with injuries, making only 28 appearances for the Catalan club out of which 18 were as substitutes. After two loan moves to Schalke and Olympiacos, he was released by Barcelona.
- Martin Caceres:
Caceres was Pep’s first signing at Barcelona and while he looked like an interesting prospect signed from Villarreal, Martin was scarcely used by Pep. Martin struggled with injuries too as he managed only 23 appearances before being loaned out to Sevilla and Juventus.
The Spaniard was signed from Celta Vigo to bring him to Manchester City. Pep and Nolito knew each other since 2008 but Nolito’s spell at City was an unfruitful one. He struggled to settle in England with the weather and a slump in his form and was sold to Sevilla after just a single year with the Blues.
- Jose Manuel Pinto:
Pinto was already present at Barcelona when Pep arrived but his spell was made permanent after the Spaniard arrived. He was a backup to Victor Valdes but it turned out to be a disaster of a signing as Pinto struggled with multiple mistakes and ended up retiring in 2014.
Keirrison was signed from Palmeiras as Pep went for signing young players. Expected to be a starter under Pep, the youngster was soon loaned out to Benfica and then to four other different clubs before being released by the club.
- Dmytro Chygrynskiy:
Chygrynskiy was brought to Barcelona seeking a replacement for the great Carles Puyol. He was the first Ukrainian to sign for the Catalan club but he failed to live up to what was expected of him as the ageing Puyol at times played better than him.
- Claudio Bravo:
Pep’s arrival at Manchester City saw Claudio Bravo signed from Barcelona to help the Blues. But to everyone’s disappointment, Bravo turned out to be a bad signing as the Chilean failed to bring that stability between the sticks. He’s still at City but is struggling with game time as Ederson signed as his replacement is doing very well.
- Cesc Fabregas:
This one cannot be actually termed as a bad signing but in the long run it seems so. Fabregas was a product of the La Masia playing for Arsenal when Pep decided to bring him back to the Catalan club. In his three season at Barcelona, Cesc struggled with game time and remained under the shadow of many other world class players before moving back to the Premier League to join Chelsea.
- Mario Gotze:
Gotze was signed from Dortmund to play for Bayern Munich which itself sparked a lot of controversy. Gotze unlike at Dortmund, struggled with form and injuries under Pep as he failed to live up to the expectations before being signed back by Dortmund in 2016.
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic:
Zlatan was doing amazingly well at Inter Milan under Jose Mourinho before Pep’s Barcelona decided to sign him in 2009. Zlatan has always been superb in front of the goal but with the Catalan he was apparently struggling with Pep favoring Messi more as the Swedish striker struggled with game time and played in different positions. Things didn’t remain well between Pep and Zlatan as the former Ajax player soon joined AC Milan after being frustrated with the Spanish manager.