As more clubs take advantage of the free market for transfers, it is possible that there could be a lot of Premier League clubs offering fee-free deals.
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It’ll be another busy summer for some of the Premier League’s best sides as they aim to improve their squads ahead of the new season. However, elite talents are usually scarce so it can be expensive to acquire them.
Yet one strategy that’s often overlooked by top Premier League sides is exploiting the free transfer market.
Every summer, there’s often a wealth of talented stars available for free transfers, however rarely do we see enough teams take advantage.
This is something that’s started to change in more recent years across the continent though, with big clubs like PSG bringing in a host of stars such as Lionel Messi, Georginio Wijnaldum and Sergio Ramos on fee-free deals.
Real Madrid and Barcelona, La Liga giants, have followed the example of last year and are expected soon to announce pre-contract deals with Chelsea duo Andreas Christensen (and Antonio Rudiger)
It’s only a matter of time before a club announces the signing of midfield maestro Paul Pogba on a free too as he’ll depart from Manchester United at the expiry of his contract at the end of this season.
This season there are many more big names free of charge, Mirror FootballWe have analysed the available players and identified which clubs might be most suitable.
Axel Witsel Manchester United
Manchester United’s priority this summer is to sign a new defensive midfielder. However, given they’re eager to improve a number of key positions under Erik ten Hag, being savvy in the market could be crucial.
Witsel has been released from his contract at Borussia Dortmund and will be moving on a transfer basis. Despite this though, he’s still been a key player for the Bundesliga side this year, making 39 appearances so far.
The 32-yearold is a dominant presence with exceptional technical ability. It’s exactly what United need. While they look for a more experienced and long-term option, he could be a great stop-gap player.
Ivan Perisic – Newcastle United
It’s fair to say that the January deadline day move to bring Aston Villa’s Matt Targett in on loan paid off for Newcastle and he’s been a key player for Eddie Howe’s side in recent months.
However, as expectations grow at St James’ Park, there’ll be an emphasis on bringing in bigger and better players this summer and Perisic could be exactly that.
There’s a chance Inter may still persuade the versatile Croatian to stay, and it’s easy to see why’d they want to after a strong campaign from the 33-year-old in which he’s scored nine goals and registered nine assist from left wing-back. However as it stands he’ll depart from San Siro in June, and St James’ Park could be an exciting next project for him to be a part of.
Kylian Mbappe, Liverpool
Reports surfaced this week stating that Mbappe had agreed on a contract extension with PSG, but the star’s mother has since confirmed these reports weren’t true. Real Madrid may be able to seal a deal with the French international as it has been expected for a while.
Liverpool, however, have been long-standing interested in the 23 year-old. And the next few weeks could play a decisive role in perhaps tipping the scales in their favour as Jurgen Klopp’s men chase what would be an historic quadruple.
Should they achieve that feat, there’d be few arguments against them being considered the current best side on the planet, making them hugely appealing for any potential transfer targets, Mbappe included.
Liverpool did sign Luis Diaz as a forward in January but they still face the possibility of losing Roberto Firmino, Sadio mane and Mohamed Salah next years.
This does therefore open the door for a new superstar to join their ranks, and Mbappe’s availability this summer does make him the ideal player to be just that.