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10 Unbelievable Free Transfers This Summer

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It’s that time of the year again. Players discussing futures with agents, fans eagerly waiting for pieces of news and the media on the lookout of anything worthy. Welcome to the Transfer Window.

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With the transfer market in full swing, FollowYourSport takes a look at players who can be acquired for free this summer:

Yaya Sanogo:

The ‘super-talented’ youngster everyone was so excited about, has disappeared without a trace. The Frenchman was allowed substantial game time earlier when he signed, but since then his performances have gone down and opportunities diminished. Despite notching goals in loan spells at Crystal Palace and Ajax,a new contract seems highly unlikely, and he is all set to depart within the next few weeks.

Klaas- Jan Huntelaar:

The ferocious Dutchman has run out of his tenure at Schalke, and will be looking for a change of air, after his side’s lowly performance in the domestic league, wherein they finished tenth, and do not have any European football to look forward to the next season. The striker, with over 309 goals in 532 career appearances, did not look happy at Schalke this season, and is ready to move on, but not to Turkey, or China, for that matter.

Keisuke Honda:

The Japanese forward will be looking at other clubs who will be tinkled to acquire his services this summer, as he prepares himself for life after AC Milan. Honda, who is 30 years old, may have the age factor against him, but with his quick feet and spectacular free kicks, he may have a lot of clubs to choose from this summer as they look to acquire him for free.

Pepe:

The lethal Real Madrid defender, who has been tearing forwards to the ground in his last 10 years, will run out of contract in June, and while Zinedine Zidane has given his position to a younger Raphael Varane, Pepe is all set to depart, with Inter and Manchester United in a race to sign him the moment he is released. Pepe may be more inclined to join the English side, with a familiar face in Jose Mourinho as the club manager, and the Special One may be all in to place him beside centreback Eric Bailly, as he looks forward to strengthen his defense for the season to come.

Fernando Torres:

The former Atletico, Liverpool, Chelsea striker who moved back to his boyhood club Atletico two and a half years ago, has run out of tenure, but with a lot of options at his disposal, including a contract renewal with Atleti, Fernando Torres has emerged as a favourite among the fans. With 28 goals in over 80 appearances for Diego Simeone, which included the brace in the last game at the Vicente Calderon, his future is quite uncertain at the moment, and will be making a decision ‘soon’ in the weeks to come.

Gael Clichy:

The experienced full back who joined the blue side of Manchester from fierce rivals Arsenal, was released by Pep Guardiola last week, as he begins reconstruction of his squad with young players with potential. City have already signed Portuguese playmaker Bernanrdo Silva from AS Monaco, and Guardiola plans to unveil the new signing in a day or two, in place of the defender. At the time of writing, the French defender is exploring options, with no clear destination in sight.

Daniele de Rossi:

The Italian midfielder, who has been in the headlines for his fiery comments on youngsters, will be out of contract at Roma this summer. De Rossi is 33 years old, but that shouldn’t be much of a detrimental factor given his versatility to play in any position at the midfield, and the amount of experience he will be bringing to the squad he chooses to side with.

Lucas Leiva:

Liverpool’s most loyal servant, Lucas Leiva spectacularly filled in Jordan Henderson’s boots after the captain was ruled out for the season. He has been quietly brilliant in midfield and in defense, and with Jurgen Klopp all set to bring in a young set of players this summer, a stay at Liverpool looks difficult for one of football’s nicest guys. Brendan Rodgers leads the race to sign the Brazilian to bolster his chances in Europe, while a move to Brighton cannot be ruled out completely.

Mario Ballotelli:

The Italian, with the worst spell of his career at Liverpool, has had a spectacular season with Nice in France. He has raised eyebrows this season with 30 yard curlers, towering headers, bullet volleys, and, red cards. He has a considerable number of options to choose from, for sides will be looking to spearhead their attack with a player who can cause decent damage, as Ballotelli prepares for a return to the Italian national side.

Andres Iniesta:

Saving the best for the last, we have the most powerful, artistic playmaker in recent times, Andres Iniesta. With 15 years at Barcelona wherein the Spanish midfielder won 32 trophies, he is an exciting prospect for the best teams around the world as they look to buy a master midfielder with loads of experience, at no cost. A move to Italy looks very likely, with the Old Lady looking to lure him away from Spain for a late career reunion with his former teammate, Dani Alves.

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