This January has seen some big transfers in the first half of this transfer window, and a few more deals look set to take place. Coutinho became the second highest transfer of all time, Van Dijk became the most expensive defender in the world: however, this summer will see a whole host of premier league stars become free agents, lets take a look at the best 11 you could make for £0.
Michel Vorm – The Dutchman has failed to establish himself at Spurs playing only 10 times since his move in 2014. As a regular with Swansea he proved his quality as a shot stopper and displayed the composure of a centre-mid with the ball at his feet. At 34 years of age he may seem a little old, but for a goalkeeper, he still has at least a couple of seasons left at the top level. With his contract expiring this summer its unknown whether he will remain at Spurs, but for a free agent he would surely make a good addition to any squad.
Glen Johnson – At his peak he was one of the best full backs in the league – particularly in his attacking game. He came through the ranks at West Ham before being swooped up by Chelsea, where he remained for 4 years, playing only 41 times. It was his subsequent move to Portsmouth where he showed his attacking talent and earned a move to Liverpool for £17 million. Currently at Stoke, the 33-year-old has a wealth of experience that could add to any team and would be a good addition for no money.
Robert Huth – The big German is one of the few remaining no-nonsense defenders left in the league. He began his professional career for Chelsea in 2002 (before Ibramovic took over), then represented Middleborough and Stoke before moving to Leicester, where he picked up a Premier League winners medal. At 33 he may be coming towards the end of his career, but with that much experience he may prove to be a useful squad member both on and off the pitch.
Martin Kelly – I watched Kelly closely during his time at Anfield, where he showed some real promise. Sadly, his run in the first team was interrupted by a serious cruciate injury that stunted his progress. Ultimately, he was sold to Crystal palace in 2014, where has settled in well as a first team regular. Still only 27 there may be more to come from the former red who will be out of contract this summer.
Luke Shaw – A product from the Southampton youth system, Shaw broke into the first team as a teenager. After an impressive start to his career he earned a big money move to Manchester United for £30 million; however, a series of unfortunate injuries has seen him fall out of place for the reds and the full-back is yet to sign a new contract. Still, with plenty of potential he’s definitely worth the risk on a free contract.
Emre Can – Can is yet to sign a new contract at Anfield despite numerous attempts made by the club. The young German has had a lot of interest from Juventus, and is reported to have already agreed personal terms to go to Turin in the summer. This will mean they will pay nothing for Can as he will be a free agent when the transfer window opens.
Fernandinho – The Brazilian has been pivotal in City’s success recently, completing the second most passes in the Premier League this season. Although its unlikely City will allow him to walk out the door for free, he is yet to sign a new contract and city are reportedly lining up a replacement for the 32-year-old in fellow Brazilian midfielder Fred.
Jack Wilshere – Arsenal’s youngest ever debutant and a player who once looked world class in a game against Barcelona at the Camp Nou. There’s not much to say about Wilshere that hasn’t already been said, one of the brightest English talents in recent years ruined by a series of unfortunate injuries. After a loan spell at Bournemouth he earned a place back at the Emirates, but it seems he hasn’t done enough to earn a new contract. However, at only 24 years of age he may be worth the gamble on a free contract.
Mesut Ozil – Despite the continuous questions about his work rate, the Germans talent has never been questioned. Desperate to win trophies and play Champions League football, it’s unlikely that the Gunners will keep hold of Ozil as offers from elsewhere present better chances of silverware. He is now able to agree personal terns with other clubs and is expected to leave in summer with Man United as favourites.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Zlatan has proved age is just a number and seems to have only gotten better with age. After recovering from a knee injury he picked up at the end of last season, Zlatan signed another one-year deal at Man U. However, after little game time it looks as though he will not look to extend and may take his services to the MLS or China as a free agent.
Alexis Sanchez – The Chilean looked set to leave Arsenal last summer but when the deal for Thomas Lemar fell through, so did the Sanchez move. Once again Sanchez looks close to reuniting with Pep Guardiola at City, and it’s reported that City will give him a larger signing on bonus if he waits till the end of the season when he will be a free agent.