As the season draws to a close it’s that time of year again where ever astonishingly preposterous figures begin flying around for the world’s superstars.
Leicester City have shown us this season that the shrewd businessman can still prevail in today’s game and everybody loves a bargain; so here is a look at the world’s best talent available for free this summer.
10) Junior Hoilett
The twinkled toed Canadian has long expressed his desire to play back at the top level and with his contract at QPR up next month, he will most likely get his opportunity.
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There is likely to be a glut of clubs interested in his services who will all be looking to recapture the performances he mustered up at Blackburn Rovers early in his career in the Premier League.
In recent times, he has come under fire for not wanting it enough on the pitch. A move back to the England's top division could potentially reignite his flame for the game.
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9) Tomas Rosicky
A living legend back in Dortmund where he made his name, the Czech playmaker has found it difficult to break into the Arsenal first team in recent years. But there’s still a little magic left in the boots and with no transfer fee to pay, Tomas Rosicky has to represent a sound investment for some clubs out there.
8) Steve Mandanda
Marseille’s first choice goalkeeper who has represented France internationally on no fewer than 21 occasions looks to be approaching the end of his time with Les Phocéens. Mandanda is part of a cluster of talented players that look to be leaving on a free from Marseille this summer following failed negotiations over a new contract.
At 31-years-old, Mandanda is still in his prime and will make a savvy signing for the right clubs.
7) Mikel Arteta
He’s not quite managed the same impact at Arsenal as he did at Everton or Rangers but there is no denying his quality. Robbed of international recognition due to the plethora of talent Spain has churned out over his career, Arteta could lay claim to the best player to never play at international level.
At 34-years-old, his best days are arguably behind him but to land a player of his ability and experience on a free transfer has to represent good business should he be persuaded to opt against retiring.
6) Michael Carrick
An unsung hero at United over the past 10 years his 286 appearances have earned him plenty of winner’s medals.
Still as cool calm and collected as ever Carrick’s passing ability remains up there with the very best. The England midfielder has a tough decision to make this summer but there’s no doubt he will have plenty of offers.
5) John Terry
What Terry hasn’t won with Chelsea isn’t worth winning, a true living legend, a one club man. The defender has carried out the schoolboy dream of captaining your boyhood club to honours.
Many teams across the continent and indeed the world would be happy to welcome Terry to their set-up although he has made it clear he would prefer to stay on at Chelsea.
4) Nicolas N’Koulou
The strong Cameroonian centre-back has carved out a solid standing at Marseille as a reliable defender. Good in the air, quick, powerful, N’Koulou can also pick a pass, meaning a lot of interest has built up following reports he was unsettled in France.
Chelsea were linked with a move in December and if John Terry departs, N'Koulou would be a natural replacement.
3) Martin Caceres
This Uruguayan defender has built up a fantastic reputation at both centre-back and right-back in Turin and Juventus fans would ideally like their club to resolve the contract stalemate.
A host of clubs have thrown their names into the hat including Liverpool who were close to signing him in January as soon as it became legal for them to make him an offer. But it would seem Caceres is holding out for a better offer from The Old Lady. With only six weeks left on his current deal, clubs will undoubtedly be lining up to tempt him away.
2) Hatem Ben Arfa
Hull City and Newcastle United fans will be frustrated to learn of the fantastic season Ben Arfa has had for French outfit Nice.
In fairness, he always showed glimpses of class but failed to replicate his best form consistently in the Premier League. This hasn’t been the case in Ligue 1 for the French international, who has netted 17 times in 32 games from midfield, leading to serious interest from the world’s top clubs with Barcelona still favourites to land his signature.
1) Zlatan Ibrahimovic
It’s not often a player with such credentials becomes available on a free, although it’s most likely that he only finds himself without a club due to his wage demands.
The big Swede tops the leading goalscorers in Ligue 1 this season and has managed a phenomenal 113 goals in just 128 appearances during his four seasons in the French capital.
It is now most likely the financial clout of the Premier League will tempt him into seeing out his twilight years in England.
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