Coral’s XI of oversees stars available for free in the summer
Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | January 19, 2016
January signals the start of the mid-season transfer window in football, but it is also when Premier League clubs are allowed to approach oversees-based players whose contracts run out in the summer.
QPR have already avoided losing Charlie Austin for nothing at the end of the campaign, selling the striker to Southampton for a cut-price fee, but below Coral have come up with a starting XI of stars who could soon be available for free…
Goalkeeper: Steve Mandanda (Marseille)
DR Congo-born France international stopper Mandanda has spent most of his career with L’OM, but looks set to leave this summer or even January with a number of clubs heavily linked, most recently Liverpool. At 30, he still has a lot to offer.
Right back: Gregory van der Wiel (PSG)
Another French-based star, Netherlands full back Van der Wiel has largely played second fiddle to Serge Aurier in the past couple seasons so will be looking to jump ship, perhaps even this month to find first-team football ahead of Euro 2016. Back his current club PSG to reach the Champions League final this term at 11/2, though.
Centre back: Martin Caceres (Juventus)
Uruguay defender Caceres has been a bit-part player for Juve ever since his first loan spell with them back in 2009/10 from Barcelona, but the 28-year-old’s talent and versatility would still be of huge use to other suitors.
Centre back: Nicolas N’Koulou (Marseille)
Highly-rated Cameroon international N’Koulou, 25, has played his whole career in France, firstly with Monaco and now Marseille, and was highly touted with a move last summer following former coach Marcelo Bielsa’s exit. He would certainly be a bargain for any top club in Europe.
Left back: Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan)
Japan star Nagatomo has played in over 150 games for Inter across six seasons, but the 29-year-old has seen chances limited this term. A move to England, where many other Asian players have thrived, could be next for the wing back.
Defensive midfield: Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev)
Once one of the most highly-rated midfielders back when he was on Sporting Lisbon’s books, Portugal half-centurion Veloso has since plied his trade for Genoa and now Dynamo Kiev. Still just 29, he’d be a useful addition for most Premier League outfits.
Attacking midfield: Ever Banega (Sevilla)
Diminutive attacker Banega has enjoyed the majority of his senior career out in Spain with Valencia, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla, winning silverware for the former and latter. The 27-year-old Argentina international is still a key player for the Bathtubs
Right wing: Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia)
Bats boss Gary Neville will be working on trying to convince currently injured French-born Algeria winger Feghouli to stay with the club, with the 26-year-old being a near ever-present for Valencia (16/1 Europa League shouts) since he signed in 2011.
Left wing: Ezequiel Lavezzi (PSG)
French giants PSG certainly have a tough task on their hands convincing a number of top stars to stay with their contracts running out, though are reportedly tempted to cash in on Argentina attacker Lavezzi, 30, this January.
Support striker: Aleksandr Kokorin (Dynamo Moscow)
Young forward Kokorin has been one of Russia’s most promising players for a while, and at 24 could now be ready to finally leave the capital club. Top teams such as Arsenal have been linked with him, and he could follow compatriot Andrei Arshavin to north London after the ex-Gunner’s previous spell.
Striker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG)
We’ve saved the best for last, and evergreen Ibrahimovic looks set to leave France this summer to win trophies elsewhere, despite now being 34. Could we finally see Zlatan in the Premier League?