Who are the best players available on a free transfer this summer?
Daniel Anwar | 9 January 2019
It’s the All-Star Out-of-Contract XI
There’ll be plenty of money thrown around in the transfer window this month, but there are a few bargains to be found as well.
Players who run out of contract in the summer can start to negotiate a free transfer this month.
There could be real value, as this team made up of potential free agents demonstrates…
GK: Petr Cech (Arsenal)
The Arsenal shot-stopper may be past his best, but his experience could still prove to be very valuable. Just don’t ask him to play out from the back.
RB: Matteo Darmian (Manchester United)
Darmian’s struggled to establish himself during his time at United, but he’s a reliable defensive option on both flanks.
CB: Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)
Has there been a better centre-back than Diego Godin in recent years? The bedrock of Atletico Madrid’s backline, he’d be an asset anywhere.
CB: David Luiz (Chelsea)
Luiz’s passing from the back has been very handy for Chelsea, but their policy of only offering players over 30-years-old a one-year deal means he could leave.
LB: Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid)
Another key member of that Atletico backline, Luis is getting on but his crossing remains a dangerous weapon from the left.
RM: Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
Everyone knows exactly what Robben’s going to do when he picks up the ball on the right. But good luck stopping him.
CM: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
Ramsey’s dynamism and skill make him an ideal modern midfielder. Juventus are currently 1/2 favourites to snap him up.
CM: James Milner (Liverpool)
Milner’s played a big role in Liverpool’s surge to the top of the table this term. With the Reds 5/6 to win the title, he may feel his work at Anfield is done if they get over the line.
LM: Yacine Brahimi (Porto)
Regularly linked with a move to the Premier League, this could be Brahimi’s chance. The Algeria international gets fans out of their seats with his play in wide areas.
CF: Mario Balotelli (OGC Nice)
It’s never dull when Balotelli’s around. He’s got all the talent, but hasn’t always shown the focus needed to make it to the very top.
CF: Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)
With Gonzalo Higuain now 1/5 to move to Stamford Bridge, Giroud’s days may be numbered. Getting a World Cup winner for free would be a pretty good deal.
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