Every summer the transfer window brings excitement for scouts as they look for eligible bachelors available for free. Well, this year the summer transfer window will see some of the top names in the game directly under the spotlight available for transfer, for FREE. It was assumed that Santi Cazorla would top the list, but it seems he has extended his contract with the Gunners and the Spaniard will be staying at Emirates, with a formal announcement yet to be made. Anyhow, Cazorla isn’t the only one available for free this summer. There are a number of other players looking to find a new club to help their career move on, should they fail to sign an extension with their current club. Here are some of the top players available this summer:
The 30-year-old Spaniard has been imperious for Hammers throughout, especially his performance last season was nothing short than outstanding. If you are not convinced with his resume, you can take a look back to see how he took on the showstopper role for West Ham. Though his start to the season was not remarkable; conceding 20 goals in first 11 matches saw him lose his place but he was the one who helped Hammers form a formidable defense last season.
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West Brom signed Chris Brunt 10 years ago for €2.5 million, and he has been terrific for them since then. Tony Pulis likes to age his vine, and he doesn’t change his mattress very often. It is almost sure that the very talented Chris Brunt will get a contract extension at the Hawthorns but his performance this season does not guarantee any such prospect. Dynamite with his left foot, he doesn’t seem to fit anywhere else but his contract will expire this summer, and he might look for a new challenge.
Joe may not offer much attraction as a player, but his experience suggests much more. He hasn’t been a great asset for his side recently and hasn’t contributed much towards the success. Crystal Palace is lurking behind, and with the experience Joe Ledley has, he can be a game changer for them. Also, with his Selhurst Park contract expiring this summer, he doesn’t have much to do.
The arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United is the most talked-about transfer of the recent era. After shelving success in Netherlands, Italy, Spain and France, Zlatan was open for a new challenge and so far he has proven his metal. With 15 goals so far, it is expected that the Red Devils will try to hold the Swedish strike force for one more season, but it all depends if Zlatan has the same desire. For now, the scouts must keep their tickets handy to Manchester as he is available this summer.
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Since the hat-trick he scored against Sunderland back in November 2015, things have been seldom exciting for the Ivorian striker. The 33-year-old had a tremendous start to his Everton era but was unable to keep the pendulum swinging. Injuries forced him to sit on the bench and he was rendered unable to match the pace and athleticism of Romelu Lukaku. Crystal Palace tried to get their hands on the Ivorian but couldn’t get the deal over the line. Whatever the fate holds for Arouna Kone, he might end up playing for Martinez once again in Belgium.
His career took a pleasant turn when he signed for Liverpool but wasn’t able to make the most of it and ended up playing for Stoke. Signing for Stoke was a career renaissance for the 31-year-old as he helped Mark Hughes finish 9th last season. His performance earned him another contract extension, and if he can deliver the same performance this season, he may find himself available for another contract extension and that too on his terms. There was a time when Sir Alex Ferguson called Adam’s free kick worth €10 million, and it was likely that the former Blackpool man could’ve served as a replacement for Paul Scholes. The deal never materialized, but the world was finally introduced to the very talented Charlie Adam. Let’s see where his fate takes him.
It was this time last year that Chelsea announced that there is no contract extension on cards for club captain John Terry and he may be forced to leave at the end of the season. However, things might change depending on the authorities and the proceedings that happened when Antonio Conte took charge. The Italian wanted Terry to be in his squad. Well, things are once again on the same route as Terry is facing a similar situation. This time round, a change in terms is very unlikely, and it is for sure that the longest serving Blue will have to bid his farewell at the end of the season. Every club needs a player of such stature and there will be many feasible options for Terry to consider. Well, it all depends on how he decides to deal with the situation. Is he aiming for retirement or will he end up playing in the US just like Lampard? It all depends on Terry. Or he can just focus on a coaching role.
With Leiva predicted to leave, Jordan Henderson will be the one to take the mantle as the longest-serving sergeant at Anfield. The 30-year-old was never at his best and was sometimes hilarious. He was good but wasn’t great. He was brilliant under Rafa Benitez but was never able to do justice to his role. The most senior player in the current Liverpool squad, Leiva has only stared four games this season, and Liverpool has conceded seven goals in those games. He was busy flirting with Inter this January, and that was the right move to make at this stage as he would be unable to find a better place to reside once his contract expires in the summer. He may have to settle in an outskirt and give his career a new beginning.
Sitting below Fellini and above Smalling in terms of the Premier League minutes, Michael Carrick’s future clearly lies somewhere else. It’s that time of the year when he is linked with a move to Arsenal. Well, that’s ridiculous to hear, but nothing is sure in the Premier League. Whenever he is on the pitch, United haven’t lost. Mourinho likes him, but his age is a concerning factor. The 35-year-old is destined to move this summer but where? There’s no doubting his abilities, but the outstanding midfielder is phased out.
Manchester United will ask Michael Carrick, 35, to reduce his wages to £70,000 a week if he is to sign a 1 year contract extension [Sun]
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Ignored first, praised later! The bloody turnaround that Yaya Toure’s career at Manchester City took is shocking. Asking his manager to please shut up and apologizing to the newly appointed boss, Pep Guardiola, Toure found his way back to the team and since then he has been excellent. He has now scored four goals and the win percentage whenever Toure plays is approximately 70%. We all are aware of the issues Pep and Yaya had during their time at Barça, and we expected nothing to change when the Spaniard took charge at Etihad. However, things took a subtle turn and we now see Toure on the field very often. Well, will the changing tides force the authorities to provide him a new contract or will he move? Anything can be expected with options available at Pep’s disposable.
11 – Yaya Toure has scored all 11 of his @premierleague penalties, the best 100% record in the competition. Perfect.
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These are just a few big names, and the list doesn’t include some very exciting players. This summer will see some of the very blessed talent available for free and here are some of the honorable mentions.
Frazier Campbell – once he was considered the finest talent in England and now he is available for free – the irony.
Glen Johnson and John O’Shea have enjoyed successful careers with Liverpool and Manchester United respectively and have been equally good playing for Stoke and Sunderland. Will their current clubs offer them a contract extension?
The lot from Man City – Jesus Navas, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy and Pablo Zabaleta are all Premier League winners with Man City, but with Pep hiring young blood, his squad doesn’t offer a place for aging greats.