The January transfer window is almost upon us and no doubt some big money moves will take place. But, as of this very moment right now, here are five top players that are free agents and can be acquired for absolutely nothing.
The Ghanaian international was wearing the famous number 10 shirt for none other than AC Milan just two years ago. He left the Italian giants for a return to the country of his birth, when he joined Schalke. His behaviour off the pitch, however, outweighed his performances on it, and the club had his contracted terminated last week. Still a cracking player and only 28 years of age.
Is there anything about this guy that hasn’t been written before? Long past his heyday, the Brazilian magician is still box office for football fans and pundits worldwide. Recently playing for Fluminese, the 35-year-old has been a free agent since the end of September. A player of this calibre doesn’t deserve to finish such a remarkable career by being forgotten about. I hope he finds a club soon for one last encore.
Praised just a couple of years ago by the media in Brazil as part of the new generation alongside names such as Neymar and Alexandre Pato, the Brazilian became unattached just days ago. The striker was once decribed as “tall, strong, a very good goalscorer, a threat in the air and skilful with both feet” by none other than Brazilian legend Ronaldo. Only just 26, he will surely be snapped up quickly.
A product of Ajax’s sublime youth system, the Dutchman has played right at the top. With both his national team (he made his debut against Ireland at Lansdowne Road in 2006), and clubs (he’s turned out for the likes of Ajax, AC Milan and Roma), the winger always seemed to put in some good performances. Now, at 29, he’s currently without a club having last played for Atalanta.
The tall Togolese striker was never far from controversy, but boasts an incredible footballing CV with clubs such as Real Madrid, Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham under his belt. Still just 31, Adebayor has the ability to be a constant threat in the opposition’s box. He always did. The striker’s name was always linked with some huge footballing nations, so I’d be surprised if he was finished just yet.
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