Premier League Free Transfers XI
The Premier League transfer window may already be open but clubs may not have to splash the cash to grab a bargain.
Here’s a full starting XI of, mainly, experienced players available on a Bosman when their contracts expire this summer!
Goalkeeper – Adrian:
When West Ham snapped up Łukasz Fabiański last summer, most observers assumed it was to provide healthy competition to Adrian. The Pole quickly became first-choice keeper, though, limiting Adrian to just a handful of cup appearances.
At 32, the Spaniard is still relatively young – two years Fabianski’s junior – and should have no shortage of suitors should he decide to end his six-year spell with The Hammers.
Left-Back – Nacho Monreal:
There’s several experienced left-backs available on a freebie this summer and the Arsenal full-back is probably the pick of the lot, which also includes Everton’s Leighton Baines and Liverpool’s error-prone Alberto Moreno.
It is believed that The Gunners have an option to extend the Spaniard’s contract for another year amidst reported interest from Barcelona.
Central Defence: Gary Cahill & Bruno Ecuele Manga:
There’s more chance of you and I lining up in Chelsea’s defence under Maurizio Sarri, so Gary Cahill will be seeking pastures new after seven years at Stamford Bridge. The 33-year-old has been linked with a move to Frank Lampard’s Derby County, should they win promotion, but should have no difficulty in finding a new employer in the top flight should Aston Villa thwart The Rams’ promotion bid.
Manga is another with an option for a one-year contract extension but may not fancy another season in the Championship with relegated Cardiff City. The Gabonese international was one of The Bluebirds most impressive performers last season and has been linked with a move back to Ligue 1.
Right-Back – Antonio Valencia:
Much-maligned in recent seasons by Manchester United fans, the Ecuadorian would still offer a wealth of experience to a bottom half of the Premier League table side. United declined to extend his contract but he was their Player of the Year as recently as 2016/17 and is reportedly mulling over a move to the MLS.
Left-Midfield – Ryan Babel:
It says a lot about Fulham’s season when Ryan Babel was arguably their Player of the Year, despite only rocking up at Craven Cottage in January. The Dutch international’s career has enjoyed somewhat of an Indian summer and it’s highly unlikely the 32-year-old will be hanging around for a Championship promotion battle.
A return to Turkish football seems most likely, with a move to Galatasary mooted in recent days.
Central midfield – Ander Herrera & Mohamed Diame:
Amidst all the speculation surrounding Paul Pogba and David de Gea, one player certainly leaving Old Trafford is Ander Herrera. It still seems remiss of United to allow his contract to run down, particularly as they’ve been linked with a £43m move for Thomas Partey to replace him.
Paris Saint-Germain is his most obvious destination, with a rumoured £300,000 per week contract already agreed.
Diame’s first-team chances at Newcastle were limited in the second half of the season, as he began to reach 25 league appearances which would trigger a contract extension. He had a disappointing campaign but the 32-year-old has been linked with a return to West Ham or a move to Crystal Palace.
Right-Midfield – Juan Mata:
One man who could be on the way to St James’ Park is Juan Mata. Manchester United are still hopeful that the 31-year-old will sign a new contact but he has no shortage of offers from English and European clubs. Barcelona have been linked with a move for the Spaniard who has spent eight years in the Premier League.
Strikers – Daniel Sturridge & Fernando Llorente:
There’s a wealth of injury prone strikers available on a Bosman this summer, with Daniel Sturridge possibly topping a list that also includes one-time £35m man Andy Carroll and Danny Welbeck. Injuries have limited Sturrdige to just 116 appearances in seven seasons at Anfield and Jurgen Klopp has preferred Divock Origi as back-up striker in recent months.
The striker underwhelmed during a loan spell at West Brom last year but, at just 29, still has plenty to offer clubs should he steer clear of the treatment room.
Fellow Champions League finalists Tottenham have reportedly missed the deadline to extend Fernando Llorente’s contract, allowing the Spaniard to find a new club this summer. The 34-year-old has scored some vital goals off the bench this season for Spurs but they are in the market for a younger back-up for Harry Kane. Llorente is said to have been honoured to be linked to Napoli in recent days.