Former Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United players are among the highest-profile free agents currently waiting to find a club.
During the current financial uncertainty, a lot of clubs may be reluctant to shell out big fees during this January transfer window and there may be a greater focus on free transfers.
We’ve compiled a tantalising XI of players available on a free this winter, along with a few honourable mentions.
GK: Orjan Nyland
Nyland helped Aston Villa reach the Carabao Cup final in 2019-20 but fell out of favour following the arrival of £16million man Emiliano Martinez.
The Norway international terminated his contract with Villa by mutual consent and has been linked with clubs in England, Turkey and Holland.
RB: Cuco Martina
Despite scoring a stunning goal on his full Premier League debut against Arsenal, Martina failed to establish himself as a first-team regular at Southampton or Everton.
The 31-year-old is capable of playing anywhere across the backline, but the main reason we included him is just to give us an excuse to watch that goal again…
CB: Ezequiel Garay
Having played for the likes of Real Madrid, Benfica, Zenit Saint Petersburg and Valencia, Garay has some serious pedigree.
He asked to be released by Valencia at the end of 2019-20 after suffering a cruciate ligament injury but has since made a full recovery.
The Argentina international has been linked with moves to Liverpool and Barcelona as they look to bulk up their injury-stricken defences.
CB: Jozo Simunovic
Simunovic hasn’t played in over a year after injuring his knee playing for Celtic in September 2019 and left the Scottish champions after his contract expired in the summer of 2020.
Yet if a club is willing to take a punt on getting him fit, he could be a useful addition. Simunovic played well over 100 games during his five seasons in Glasgow and represented Croatia at every level up to Under-21.
LB: Victor Alvarez
A La Masia academy graduate, Alvarez made 75 La Liga appearances with Espanyol and recently spent three years at Russian Premier League club Arsenal Tula.
He can play as a left-back or left-winger, and, at 27, should be coming into his prime.
CM: Jack Wilshere
Once the future of English football, Wilshere’s career has been derailed by injury problems, and he was released by West Ham in October 2020.
While he will never get over his injuries, the 29-year-old is still an immensely talented player and may feel like he has something to prove.
“I think I want to try something different, LaLiga or Italy, something not many English players have done,” Wilshere told talkSPORT in October.
“I will probably take a week or two to decide. I was in this position at Arsenal and if I learned anything from that it is to take your time. It’s not that I have any regrets at joining West Ham, I just need to take the time.” continue reading