Whilst the January transfer window offers clubs an opportunity to make immediate changes mid-way through the season, it also gives team the chance to start building for the following campaign.
Plenty of prominent players are set to be available for nothing in the summer, and can begin negotiating with a new club in the first month of 2013 – providing he doesn’t already compete in the same domestic division.
In part one, GiveMeFootball highlighted the likes of Fernando Llorente, David Beckham and Ashley Cole as three big-name free transfer targets, and we’ve picked another five that could eventually move for nothing
It’s an interesting mix of veterans and young players, with England international Frank Lampard and German starlet Lewis Holtby both on the list. Check out the complete five below, and leave us your thoughts at the end of the article.
Frank Lampard – Chelsea
Age – 34
Position – Midfield
The 93-cap Englishman has given over a decade of service to Chelsea after moving from West Ham United in 2001, but club policy dictates that, as a player over the age of 30, Lampard is only offered one-year contract extensions for the remainder of his time in west London.
That policy led to Didier Drogba’s exit last summer, and Lampard could follow suit after failing to agree terms on a new deal at this stage.
LA Galaxy have been most heavily linked with a move for the player, but Lampard surely still has the quality to make the grade in the Premier League.
Cristian Tello – Barcelona
Age – 21
Position – Winger/Forward
One of the rising stars at Barcelona, inexplicably the youngster could leave Catalonia after failing to agree terms on a new deal at this stage.
Tito Vilanova will still have hope of keeping the player at the Nou Camp, and will hope to iron out the issue – reportedly over a minimum fee release clause.
Lewis Holtby – Schalke
Age – 22
Position – Midfielder
The three-cap Germany international is another wanted man, with Holtby earning rave reviews in the Bundesliga after two seasons of regular football at the Veltins-Arena.
Arsenal and Liverpool are again the clubs to be linked with a move for the player, who initially impressed on loan at Bochum and then Mainz 05.
A boyhood Everton fan, Holtby has been urged to consider all his options before deciding on the next move, with a German stay definitely an option.
Mathieu Flamini – AC Milan
Age – 28
Position – Midfielder
The ex-Arsenal midfielder appears to be coming to the end of his time at AC Milan after five years in Serie ‘A’.
Flamini’s initial contract at the San Siro expired in the summer, before a one-year deal was agreed to keep the three-cap French international with the Rossoneri for another season.
Injuries have blighted the former Marseille starlet’s time at the club, but if fitness can be maintained, Flamini can add a firm midfield platform for any club at the top level.
Miralem Sulejmani – Ajax
Age – 23
Position – Forward
Ajax forward Sulejmani has been consistent in Holland over the past five years, initially making an impact at Heerenveen before moving to the Amsterdam Arena.
The 12-cap Serbian international hit great form under Frank De Boer last season, scoring 11 goals in 17 games to help the Godenzonen win the Eredivisie title.
However, his current deal in the Dutch capital expires at the end of the season, and Premier League clubs have been linked with a move.
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