From Valdes to Ibrahimovic: the best XI of out of contract players in this market

Transfer fees have been on the rise on virtually an annual basis since the inception of the Premier League back in 1992 but this summer English clubs have been particularly lavish.
Manchester City made Kyle Walker the most expensive defender in history when buying him for £50m from Tottenham while they also splashed out £35m on Ederson, an uncapped Brazilian goalkeeper.
Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane set Everton back £60m between them while Romelu Lukaku could end up costing Manchester United around £90m if certain clauses are met.
Plenty of managers have bemoaned the lack of value in the transfer market in recent weeks with clubs abroad hiking up their valuations of players to get the best deal possible.
Yet even in this hyper-inflated transfer market, there are still bargains to be found. There are numerous players still on the lookout for new clubs after being released at the end of last season including this XI.

Goalkeeper: Victor Valdes

Now 35 and nearing the end of an illustrious career, Victor Valdes is on the lookout for a new club after having his contract with Middlesbrough ‘mutually terminated’ in May following their relegation.
While Boro endured a wretched season their veteran ‘keeper was one of their better performers.

Right Back: Bacary Sagna

Pep Guardiola clearly didn’t fancy his full-backs last season much with three of them being released and the fourth, Aleksandar Kolarov, on the verge of a move away to Roma.
Both Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham) and Gael Clichy (İstanbul Başakşehir) have found new employers, but Bacary Sagna remains on the market. Despite being 34, the Frenchman surely has a year or two left in him at the top level.

Centre Back: Martin Caceres

Martin Caceres has barely kicked a ball in the last two years and managed just one appearance for Southampton in the Premier League after joining to provide cover for the injured Virgil Van Dijk.
The Uruguayan is still only 30, though and capable of playing in any position across the back four.

Centre Back: Chico Flores

He of being laughed at by Sam Allardyce fame, Chico Flores is out-of-contract after seeing out a (presumably lucrative) three-year deal at Qatari club Lekhwiya.

Left Back: Benoit Tremoulinas

Released by Sevilla after over a year out injured due to a torn meniscus, Benoit Tremoulinas will have to prove his fitness to any prospective club this summer.

Centre Midfield: Jan Kirchoff

The German was a revelation in Sunderland’s midfield as they avoided relegation under Sam Allardyce but for whatever reason found it difficult to force his way into David Moyes’ plans last season.

Centre Midfield: Joe Ledley

Looking for a solid central midfielder who can double up as a dressing room entertainer? Well, you’re in luck as Joe Ledley is on the market following his release by Crystal Palace.

Right Wing: Jesus Navas

Another player ruthlessly discarded to the scrap heap by Guardiola, Jesus Navas is also yet to sign for anyone following four inconsistent years in Manchester.
Sure, his end product is somewhat lacking with his last competitive goal coming circa 2007, but he remains lightning quick and has piercing blue eyes. What more do you want?

Attacking midfield: Wesley Sneijder

Wesley Sneijder’s move from Inter to Galatasaray in 2013 caused shockwaves across Europe as he was still in the peak years of his career and after three and a half largely unfulfilled years in Istanbul, the Dutchman is looking for a new club.
Although he’s now 33 and approaching the end of his playing days, Sneijder remains a fixture of the Netherlands squad and will be looking to join a club soon to maintain his place.
Could a long overdue reunion with Jose Mourinho be on the cards, we wonder…

Left Wing: Rachid Ghezzal

Surprisingly let go by Lyon after progressing through their youth ranks, Algeria international Rachid Ghezzal should have no shortage of suitors this summer.
Still only 25, Ghezzal impressed as Lyon reached the semi-finals of the Europa League and has been linked with a potential switch to the Premier League or Serie A.

Striker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Who else? Zlatan Ibrahimovic is arguably only a free agent because he’s currently sidelined with a knee injury as he certainly did enough to earn an additional year at Manchester United last season.
Many wrote Ibrahimovic off after he sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury at the age of 35 but if his social media posts are anything to go by, he is making remarkably quick progress.
A return to United on a short-term deal has been mooted while there is also supposedly interest in his services from the MLS.
Source: All Football

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