Right now, there is plenty of soccer talent out there for free if clubs are willing to give themselves the opportunity. These are the biggest names among them this summer.
Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas
He is 36, which is old for a sportsperson but not necessarily scrapheap time where goalkeepers are concerned. Casillas ended his two years at Porto this summer after his contract expired, a moment he marked by posting a clip of him slowly walking into the sea, making clear he is off to something new.
The Portuguese bruiser is no longer a Real Madrid player and is open to offers, with PSG, Besiktas and a clutch of other clubs who have a slightly unbalanced but ultimately very entertaining center-back-shaped hole in their defense.
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Central midfield: Jan Kirchhoff
His adaptability that makes him attractive, most at home as a defensive midfielder but also able to play at the back, and if a team are ready to look his past season, they may have a chance to reawaken the player who was so promising on Bayern Munich’s books.
Central midfield: Sulley Muntari
After being booked last May for the “crime” of protesting against racial abuse, making with it the five bookings in the season, he was suspended before the ban was rescinded. He is now is a free agent and searches for another club, also searching to revive his international career with Ghana. The soccer world does not quite fairly, but it would be a fitting and just completion to the whole chain of hardship he has faced if someone took a chance on him after so much abuse.
Left wing-back: Zoran Tosic
His available on a free after seven years at CSKA Moscow, strong at 30. Although it would be too perfect for Manchester United to re-sign him, but a man able to do a job as winger or wing-back might be useful for a side on a tight budget. There are rumors of him heading to Turkey to sign for Galatasaray or Besiktas, so anyone else interested should rush.
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Forward: Rachid Ghezzal
A left-footed winger who can play on either flank and cites Arjen Robben as his “reference point”, Ghezzal broke into the Lyon team relatively late after enduring a stop-start first few years to his career. The 25-year-old’s form was not ideal last season, but he still has the ability to be a great player. Everton have been linked, Milan are supposedly keen and some reports indicate that Roma have recognized him as the man to replace Mohamed Salah.
Forward: Richmond Boakye Yiadom
Now that the Italian team Latina broke and was downgraded from Serie B club to the amateur leagues, all their contracted players are free to find new clubs. One of them is Richmond Boakye Yiadom, a Ghanaian forward who spent last season on loan at Red Star Belgrade, scoring 16 goals in 19 matches. He would be a somewhat left-field choice, but in the ultra-competitive world of modern soccer, clubs need to seize any advantage they can. Signing this sort of player freely might be just that.
Forward: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
When the great Swedes’s cruciate ligament snapped against Anderlecht, this could have been the ruin of the last great chapter in his career. However, he has been training at Manchester United already, so it seems he is planning to leave yet. All points to him starting the season unsigned, and his first choice will probably be to finish what he started at United. But will any adventurous club bet on him by offering a contract now?
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