Foreign-based stars out of contract in summer of 2015 starting XI
Today’s price tags for footballers are getting all the more ridiculous, with many sides not willing to take the risk. Therefore Coral writers have scoured Europe in search of stars out of contract next summer in 2015, that would be available for Premier League clubs to agree to sign on a pre-deal for free in January.
There were a whole host of top names to pick from, but we have found the perfect starting team of players that would be a great help to English outfits, for no fee.
Goalkeeper – Stephane Ruffier
The France international stopper was previously linked with a move to England with Manchester City in 2011 following his relegation with Monaco to Ligue 2, but instead the 27-year-old joined St-Etienne to assure more game time. In his three seasons with his new side, Ruffier has played every league game and earned himself a place on the plane to Brazil as a backup keeper in France’s 23-man World Cup squad.
Right back – Stephan Lichtsteiner
Energetic Swiss full back Lichtsteiner has also been a regular throughout his career, latterly with Juventus for the last three seasons, where he has gained three Serie A titles and two Supercoppa Italiana trophies. At the age of 30, the 68-capped defender could still do a great job in the Premier League, with the likes of Arsenal previously linked with him.
Centre back – Fabian Schar
Another Swiss defender makes this list, with scoring centre back Schar, 22, highly rated but nearing the end of his contract at FC Basel. He got the most goals for his nation in World Cup qualifying, and would be a fantastic swoop for the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham or Everton.
Centre back – Giorgio Chiellini
Long has Italian rock Chiellini, 30, been linked with a move to Manchester United, and how they are in need of player of his quality this season with their feeble defence. Reports suggest the Juventus captain is to be handed a new deal to stay with the Turin titans, but Premier League clubs should do all they can to try to tempt the World Cup bite victim. With Luis Suarez now in Spain, Chiellini is now safe to enter England.
Left back – Marcell Jansen
Jansen’s club Hamburg have really struggled for the last couple of seasons in the Bundesliga, and the attacking left back could be interested in a move elsewhere. The German has a wealth of experience, representing his country 45 times and being a part of two World Cup, as well as European Championship and Confederations Cup squads.
Right wing – Andriy Yarmolenko
Dynamo Kiev attacking sensation Yarmolenko is now at the age to test his ability at a top European club, as he approaches 25. His scoring record for both club and country (Ukraine) is more than one in three games and he has mustered a total of 63 goals in all competitions over the last four seasons for Kiev.
Defensive midfield – Sami Khedira
One of the most high profile picks on this team list, the 51-capped Germany international saw the majority of last season on the sidelines following a serious knee injury. Tabloid reports suggest the 27-year-old Real Madrid star has agreed to join Arsenal in January for £11m, but waiting another six months would allow him to move for free.
Central midfield – Jeremy Toulalan
Frenchman Toulalan has always gone about business under the radar, yet been an integral part for every club he’s been at. It seems the Monaco midfield maestro has been around forever but, at the age of 31, he still has a few good years left in him.
Left wing – Andre Ayew
Marseille’s academy product would be well-missed at the south coast club, but the 24-year-old Ghana half centurion, and son of the legendary Abedi Pele, has yet to seal a new deal with his side, now managed by perfectionist Marcelo Bielsa. If nothing can be agreed, Ayew could follow his younger brother out L’OM’s door, as Jordan did this summer to Lorient.
Support striker – Sebastian Giovinco
Another reported target for Arsenal, with the diminutive Italian attacker mainly being an unused substitute this term. The Gunners could go for him at a reduced price in January, but would be able to snap him up for free if they wait until the summer. Giovinco, 27, has won nearly everything with his home club Juve, and may welcome a fresh challenge.
Striker – Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
Journeyman Huntelaar has played for top teams in his homeland the Netherlands, as well as in Spain, Italy and now with Schalke in the Bundesliga. Now the age of 31, it could be the perfect chance for him to try out a stint in the Premier League next summer. Although his career has been overshadowed by compatriots Ruud van Nistelrooy and Robin van Persie for the national team in particular, he actually has a better goal ratio than the duo, with 35 goals from 65 caps.