Sturridge, Balotelli & Pato: Who is the most valuable free agent in the world?

Ex-Liverpool man Daniel Sturridge is currently without a club

There are plenty of Premier League clubs currently in need of quick-fixes.

Liverpool may have to acquire a new centre-back following injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho, while Manchester City could do with a new back-up striker for rest of the 2020/21 campaign.

This season’s hectic schedule is already seeing injuries pile up across the continent, meaning these clubs may have to start eyeing up free agents rather than wait until January.

These players are not contracted to a club and are therefore free to move at any given time, but are any that currently fall into this bracket worth even glancing at?

In short, yes. While the free agents available at the time of writing are not world-class superstars, a hefty number of them could do a stellar job at a top side.

Sturridge anyone?

Let’s take a look at Transfermarkt‘s 20 most valuable free agents…

=17. Jucilei | €2.4m

All-action Brazilian central midfielder who most recently played for Sao Paolo.

=17. Rajiv van La Parra | €2.4m

Dutch winger who played for Wolves, Huddersfield and Brighton. Van La Parra left Red Star Belgrade in the summer after a solitary season in Serbia.

=17. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing | €2.4m

The flying winger left Cardiff City in the summer after what was described as a ‘serious breach of contract’.

=17. Wilfrid Kaptoum | €2.4m

The 24-year-old previously played for Barcelona‘s B team. Was let go by Real Betis this summer.

Kaptoum in action

16. Antonio Valencia | €2.5m

Now 35, the former Manchester United man is on the hunt for a new club after a season with Ecuadorian side L.D.U. Quito.

15. Jackson Irvine | €2.8m

Talented Australian midfielder who is still just 27-years-old. Irvine and Hull parted ways this summer after three years together.

14. Mario Balotelli | €3m

Surely a European club is going to come in for ‘Super Mario’ soon, right?

=11. Markel Susaeta | €3.2m

Spanish winger who spent 12 years playing for Athletic Bilbao. The 32-year-old most recently featured for Melbourne City.

=11. Wilfried Bony | €3.2m

The Ivorian striker’s career has been on a downward trajectory since signing for Manchester City in 2015. He spent part of 2020 playing for Saudi side Al-Ittihad.

Bony with Swansea

=11. Oumar Niasse | €3.2m

The Senegalese forward was released by Everton this summer after four miserable years in English football.

10. Kevin Stewart | €3.5m

A former Liverpool first-teamer, Stewart was let go by Hull this summer after the club’s relegation to League One.

=6. Mario Mandzukic | €4m

Previously one of the world’s best strikers, the former Bayern Munich and Juventus man is now on the hunt for a new club after spending 2019/20 in Qatar with Al-Duhail.

=6. Daryl Janmaat | €4m

Dutch international right-back with plenty of Premier League experience. Clubs in the English top-flight could do far worse than the 31-year-old…

=6. Kwadwo Asamoah | €4m

Versatile Ghanaian international who spent six years at Juventus, before moving to Inter Milan in 2018. 

Asamoah with Juventus

=6. Fabio Borini | €4m

Italian striker who has played for Chelsea, Liverpool, Sunderland and AC Milan. Was released by Hellas Verona after the conclusion of the 2019/20 season.

=3. Ezequiel Garay | €4.8m

A defensive colossus during his four years with Valencia. The Argentine would be the perfect man to fill the Van Dijk-shaped hole at Liverpool…

=3. Alexandre Pato | €4.8m

A player tipped to be a Ballon d’Or winner is now without a club at 31. Pato has been sensationally linked with a move to Birmingham City.

=3. Jack Wilshere | €4.8m

A career decimated by injuries. Wilshere, 28, made just 19 appearances for West Ham during his two years with the club.

2. Ahmed Musa | €6m

A hero at CSKA Moscow but a flop at Leicester. Like Wilshere, the lightning-quick Nigerian forward is still just 28-years-old.

Musa in action for Nigeria

1. Daniel Sturridge | €8m

Sturridge’s move to Trabzonspor didn’t work out, but someone needs to take a gamble on him. After all, this is a man who scored 68 goals in 160 games for Liverpool.

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