The summer transfer window is fast approaching and no doubt some big money signings will take place. Already the media are hyping up big-name players to major clubs for ridiculous amounts of money. Smaller clubs should will be making their signings also. But they needn’t spend the fortunes for decent players. In some cases, they needn’t spend anything at all.
Three Brazilians who are currently without a club are former AC Milan ‘keeper Dida and ex-Barcelona stars Juliano Belletti and Sylvinho. OK, none of them are exactly young. But these three are capable of giving even the best players a tough challenge. Twelve months ago, Belletti was part of the Chelsea team that was fighting for a Premier League winners medal, which he won. Before Dani Alves’ was attacking and defending the right-side for Barcelona and Brazil, it was Sylvinho doing the exact same thing only on the left-side with his powerful left-foot. He was still doing this up until last year for Manchester City. And of course Dida, who told the Brazilian press that he’d be willing to take a major pay-cut for first team action (having previously refused to do so) in South America or Europe, has also been a free agent for the past 12 months. Of course, Celtic Park would be an unlikely destination. Hoops’ faithful would be concerned of the 6 ft 5 inch ‘keeper falling to the ground if he even shook hands with adoring fans.
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These are just three of many free agents who will be looking for a new club in the summer and it should be players like this who the likes of newly promoted top-flight teams or ambitious lower league clubs all over Europe should be looking at – especially seeing as they are willing to take massive pay-cuts. Take note, Sven.