The transfer window is always a spectacle to behold for football fans with elite football clubs all over Europe jostling to lure talented players into their camps. This summer however, the market is set to be in chaos owing to the COVID-19 pandemic stretching the finances of most clubs.
Evaluating players whose contracts are virtually expiring ahead of the transfer window is a recurrent and almost indispensable part of modern football. Free transfers are often a cost-effective way of recruitment, a craft mastered and perfected by clubs such as Bayern Munich and Juventus.
Free agent deals come in a mixed bag, from wizened veterans to disgruntled stars entering their prime.
Here are top players that are available on a Bosman deal.
‘El Matador’ as he is famously known is still one of the most underrated forwards in recent years. The Uruguayan has racked up 200 goals in 300 apperances for Paris Saint-Germain and is the club’s record goalscorer in history.
He was subject to a bid from Atletico Madrid in January but the move hit a brick wall with both clubs failing to find a middle ground . Italian club AS Roma are reportedly looking to sign the marksman.
At 33 years of age, Cavani is still an prolific striker and asset to have in any team.
Who says big things don’t come in small packages? A stalwart at the blue side of Manchester since his arrival 10 years ago, Silva has established himself as one of the finest players ever to grace the Premier League.
Endeared by friends and foe alike for his immense talent and understanding of the game, it’s hard to comprehend that the diminutive Spaniard began his career as goalkeeper.
With more than 400 appearances for City and 11 major trophies, ‘El Mago’ is set to leave once current campaign comes to a close. At 34, Silva is still a quality midfielder as proven by his incredible performances this season.
Hardly an year ago most of the Chelsea fans were eagerly anticipating for the club to offload the Brazilian. He has been in superb form this season and more so after the lock-down.
Willian rejected a two-year contract offer earlier this year, his preference a three-year contract so as to remain at Stamford bridge. Talks between the club and his representative are yet to yield substantial results.
A hardworking and technically gifted player whose flair and trickery has lit up the Premier League since his arrival five years ago will undoubtedly attract a good number of suitors once the season comes to a halt.
Liverpool and Arsenal have been linked to the player in recent months.
After 8 years in the Paris, Thiago Silva is set to end his hugely prosperous spell with French Giants Paris Saint-Germain. At 35, the Brazilian remains one of the best center-backs in Europe.
The PSG skipper is renowned for his aerial prowess, exceptional composure with the ball at his feet and his fearlessness in tackling opponents.Twice voted a member of the UEFA Team of the Year and the best Brazilian footballer in Europe, Thiago has shown no signs of slowing down.
The Veteran will certainly not be short of clubs willing to give him a swansong season.
Despite securing the long-term future of defensive partner Toby Alderweireld, Spurs head-coach Jose Mourinho has not had the same success with Belgian counterpart Jan Vertonghen.
The 33-year old has been a mainstay figure in the Tottenham team since his arrival from Ajax in 2012.
With rapidly changing fortunes at White Hart Lane and the defender falling down the pecking order, curtains appear to have closed down on his time in North London.
The defender is subject to numerous offer from Italian clubs among them AS Roma, Inter Milan and Napoli.
Other notable mentions are Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze, Chelsea winger Pedro, Liverpool’s Adam Lallana and Scotsman Ryan Fraser.