Free-Agents can often be the easiest way to improve teams in any aspect. Each year, some of the biggest names in world football come of contract and are the subject of much discussion and interest. Here’s a look at the 10 best available free agents this off-season
1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Even at the ripe old age of 34, Zlatan is an asset. He hasnt lost his pace or his touch and, without a doubt will make any team he goes to better. Unabashed fanfare follows the enigmatic striker where-ever he goes, that won’t stop, nor will his goal scoring antics on which ever team he ends up on. Expect another big money – big club move for the Swede to close out his career.
2. John Terry – A Chelsea legend, his career with the club was signed off on as Chelsea made a poor start to the EPL season. Still able to provide for a team, most likely MLS, it will none-the-less be peculiar to see him play for someone else.
3. Hatem Ben Arfa – An indifferent past 18 months as seen Hatem bounce from Newcastle to Nice in quick succession, but bared from playing for a period of time for being at his 3rd club in the calendar year. Now showing signs of what made him so sought after, with 7 goals in 18 games, he would be a shrewd bit of business for any team.
4. Branislav Ivanovic – Another Chelsea stalwart who has been under transfer specualtion for the past few seasons, he is a proven performer. Calm, composed and good on the ball, he could very easily play his way into a new contract. At just 31, he has plenty left to give to Chelsea and however takes over next season.
5. Sofiane Feghouli. – A criminally underrated attacking threat, Sofiane is rated as the best free-agent asset available by many pundits. Composed on the ball and able to score when, his current team, Valencia have needed it, he will improve any side he ends up on. Currently out with an ankle injury, that will have to be managed properly in the interem to ensure he remains viable.
6. Ever Banega – Not a great deal needs to be said about Ever, a no-nonsense, classy midfielder with supreme touch and ball playing, he is one of the players who comes close to the Italian Legend, Andrea Pirlo.
7. Samir Handanovic – An absolute steal for any team, Handanovic can lay claim to some of the most amazing and utterly ridiculous saves in recent memory. With Inter seemingly on the way back up, it would seem as though Handanovic won’t make any decisions until he sees where Inter are at season’s end. If he leaves, expect there to be a war for his signature.
8. Michael Carrick – Another criminally underrated midfielder who without any hesitation should go down as one of the best midfielders England has ever produced. Amongst all the drama and upheaval at Manchester United in the past 3 seasons, he could very easily be lost in the merry-go round, and any team would benefit from someone with his experience and class.
9. Tomas Rosicky – Perennially cursed by significant injures, the Czech dubbed ‘Little Mozart’ will most likely leave Arsenal at season’s end. Look for him to return to the Czech Republic for one final swansong. A sad way for a once extremely talented player to end his career.
10. Victor Valdes – Before a long-term injury cursed the end of his Barcelona tenure, he was in the discussion for the best goalkeeper in the world at that point. However, having now flown through Manchester United (and having been treated terribly), he is available for nothing. He is still a quality goalkeeper with a passion to play and a drive to be successful. Look for him to be picked up by an Everton or Southampton should he stay in the EPL.
What do you think? Are there any others that we missed?