10 Premier League Free Agents That Your Club Could Sign This Summer
July 14, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Grace

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Demba Ba, James Milner, Sol Campbell, and Zlatan Ibrahimović – what have they all got in common? Apart from being exceptional football players, they have all joined the Premier League as a free agent at one stage in their careers. The 1st of July marked the end of the road for dozens of Premier League players, who have now become available on a free transfer.

With the Pep Guardiola revolution in full swing, and Mourinho and Koeman looking to shake things up, it’s no surprise that some potentially quality signings are up for grabs. As transfer fees continue to skyrocket, we have looked at 10 free agents from the Premier League bargain bucket that your club could sign this summer.

Andrew Surman

andrew-surman-bournemouth

Leaving: Bournemouth

Following a respectable mid-table finish in the 16/17 campaign, manager Eddie Howe is looking to upgrade his squad, with recent signings including Nathan Aké and Jermain Defoe. This means the end of the road for 30 year-old central-midfielder Andrew Surman. With 21 goals and 22 assists in the Championship, and 96 appearances in the Premier League, Surman has a wealth of experience in England’s top flight. Known for his excellent composure in possession and quality passing (85% pass completion in the past 2 seasons), this playmaker would make a superb free transfer.

Fraizer Campbell

Fraizer Campbell - Crystal Palace

Leaving: Crystal Palace

Campbell is just one of many names leaving Palace as a free agent this summer. Bounced around on loan from Man United to Hull to Spurs before eventually being sold to Sunderland, the 29 year-old striker never really got a chance to shine in England’s top clubs. However, a move to the Championship showed that Campbell is well capable of scoring goals. With 22 goals from 46 games in the Championship, and 8 from 18 games in the FA Cup, Campbell could prove to be the missing link for a club in England’s second-highest division.

Mathieu Flamini

mathieu-flamini-crystal-palace

Leaving: Crystal Palace

Another big name leaving the Eagles is Frenchman and defensive-midfielder Mathieu Flamini. Having just arrived one year ago on a free transfer from Arsenal, Flamini never quite made the cut at Palace with just 13 appearances all season. However, do not mistake this for a lack of experience, as Flamini has enjoyed a colourful career in some of Europe’s top divisions. From Marseille to AC Milan to Arsenal, the 33 year-old knows all about big clubs and bigger games. While time may not be on the side of Mathieu Flamini, his experience over the years could mean another couple of successful campaigns at a new club.

Bacary Sagna

Bacary Sagna

Leaving: Manchester City

Pep is looking to make title-chasing changes ahead of his second season as manager of Manchester City. Recent signings of Ederson and Bernardo Silva show that Guardiola is not afraid of drastic first-team alterations. With a mere 10 Premier League appearances this season, it is clear that 34 year-old right-back Bacary Sagna does not fit in with Guardiola’s plan. However 267 appearances in the Premier League, 57 in the Champions League, and 65 international caps for France is nothing to sneeze at. Sagna has the potential to make a prominent contribution at a new club.

Jesús Navas

jesus-navas

Leaving: Manchester City

Jesús Navas never quite reached the standard shown throughout his years in La Liga with Sevilla FC. The speedy winger received heavy criticism since his move to the Etihad for his lack of end product. As a result he was used sparingly under Guardiola, and is now leaving the club as a free agent. However, with World Cup, European Championship, Premier League, and Spanish Cup trophies to his name, you would go far to find another free agent this summer with such an impressive back catalogue. At 31 years old, the Spanish winger certainly has more to give and would make a great addition to many clubs as a free transfer.

Zlatan Ibrahimović

zlatan-ibrahimovic-man-united

Leaving: Manchester United

An unfortunate knee injury in United’s Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht has left the veteran Swede’s future hanging in the balance. Officially listed as a free agent, it is unknown whether United will use the one year option on Ibrahimovic’s contract to extend his stay at the club. Zlatan silenced critics who said he was too old to perform in the Premier League last season by scoring a phenomenal 17 goals in 28 appearances for Manchester United. Boasting first-team positions at Barcelona, PSG, Juventus, and AC Milan, Zlatan has the experience and the passion to prove age is just a number once again, should he continue to play.

Marcin Wasilewski

marcin-wasilewski

Leaving: Leicester City

Part of the Leicester City fairytale, Polish centre-back Marcin Wasilewski leaves the Foxes as part of the club’s most historic campaign. Outside of Leicester, Wasilewski enjoyed prominent success at RSC Anderlecht with 4 Belgian Championships in 7 seasons. Wasilewski has also racked up 60 international caps for Poland, competing in both Euro 2008 and Euro 2012. The recently turned 37 year-old is pushing on a bit, but has showed no sign of packing in his football boots just yet.

Martín Cáceres

martin-caceres

Leaving: Southampton

After six months and just one appearance for the Saints, Martín Cáceres has been let go as a free agent. Despite being a high profile international player, the 30 year-old centre-back did not fit in with manager Mauricio Pellegrino’s plan for the club. A decorated footballer, Cáceres played for European giants Juventus, Sevilla FC and Barcelona before joining Southampton. With a Champions League title under Barcelona, and 5 consecutive Italian Championships during his time at Juventus, Cáceres is no stranger to top-level tournaments. Having been plagued by injury for much of his recent career, Cáceres is now fully fit and could prove to be a notable free transfer if given the game-time.

Charlie Adam

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Leaving: Stoke City

Just like you don’t judge a book by its cover, don’t judge Charlie Adam by that woeful free-kick against Burnley in April 2017. A footballer’s career should not be defined by one slip-up, isn’t that right Stevie G? The 31 year-old Scottish midfielder has joined the list of Stoke City’s free agents this summer as manager Mark Hughes secured the signing of Darren Fletcher. Before his brief time at Liverpool, Adam clocked in an impressive 10 goals and 9 assists in 54 Scottish Premiership games for Rangers. His time in the Premier League has seen the Scotsman rack up 34 goals and 34 assists, proving he is as capable in front of goal as he is in a playmaker position.

Shay Given

shay-given

Leaving: Stoke City

Shay Given continues to make headlines, alongside Buffon, Cesar, and Tim Howard, as a goalkeeper who just won’t quit. Considering his extensive career in the Premier League (451 appearances), as well as retiring as the Republic of Ireland’s second most capped player of all time, it is hard to believe that Given’s only real accolade is his 2011 FA Cup title with Manchester City. The Donegal man leaves Stoke City this summer as a fresh-faced 41 year-old with no sign of retiring just yet. Given is reportedly looking for ‘one last hurrah’ before retirement, and believes he still has the capability to make a positive contribution as a free signing.

With just over 6 weeks to go until transfer deadline day, these free agents have plenty of time to negotiate a fresh start at a new club for the 17/18 season!

Ryan Grace
Writer by day, musician by night. Passionate about film and film score. Permanently bitten by the travel bug. Also loves a good Netflix binge.

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10 Premier League Free Agents That Your Club Could Sign This Summer
July 14, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Grace

10-premier-league-free-agents-that-your-club-could-sign-this-summer

Demba Ba, James Milner, Sol Campbell, and Zlatan Ibrahimović – what have they all got in common? Apart from being exceptional football players, they have all joined the Premier League as a free agent at one stage in their careers. The 1st of July marked the end of the road for dozens of Premier League players, who have now become available on a free transfer.

With the Pep Guardiola revolution in full swing, and Mourinho and Koeman looking to shake things up, it’s no surprise that some potentially quality signings are up for grabs. As transfer fees continue to skyrocket, we have looked at 10 free agents from the Premier League bargain bucket that your club could sign this summer.

Andrew Surman

andrew-surman-bournemouth

Leaving: Bournemouth

Following a respectable mid-table finish in the 16/17 campaign, manager Eddie Howe is looking to upgrade his squad, with recent signings including Nathan Aké and Jermain Defoe. This means the end of the road for 30 year-old central-midfielder Andrew Surman. With 21 goals and 22 assists in the Championship, and 96 appearances in the Premier League, Surman has a wealth of experience in England’s top flight. Known for his excellent composure in possession and quality passing (85% pass completion in the past 2 seasons), this playmaker would make a superb free transfer.

Fraizer Campbell

Fraizer Campbell - Crystal Palace

Leaving: Crystal Palace

Campbell is just one of many names leaving Palace as a free agent this summer. Bounced around on loan from Man United to Hull to Spurs before eventually being sold to Sunderland, the 29 year-old striker never really got a chance to shine in England’s top clubs. However, a move to the Championship showed that Campbell is well capable of scoring goals. With 22 goals from 46 games in the Championship, and 8 from 18 games in the FA Cup, Campbell could prove to be the missing link for a club in England’s second-highest division.

Mathieu Flamini

mathieu-flamini-crystal-palace

Leaving: Crystal Palace

Another big name leaving the Eagles is Frenchman and defensive-midfielder Mathieu Flamini. Having just arrived one year ago on a free transfer from Arsenal, Flamini never quite made the cut at Palace with just 13 appearances all season. However, do not mistake this for a lack of experience, as Flamini has enjoyed a colourful career in some of Europe’s top divisions. From Marseille to AC Milan to Arsenal, the 33 year-old knows all about big clubs and bigger games. While time may not be on the side of Mathieu Flamini, his experience over the years could mean another couple of successful campaigns at a new club.

Bacary Sagna

Bacary Sagna

Leaving: Manchester City

Pep is looking to make title-chasing changes ahead of his second season as manager of Manchester City. Recent signings of Ederson and Bernardo Silva show that Guardiola is not afraid of drastic first-team alterations. With a mere 10 Premier League appearances this season, it is clear that 34 year-old right-back Bacary Sagna does not fit in with Guardiola’s plan. However 267 appearances in the Premier League, 57 in the Champions League, and 65 international caps for France is nothing to sneeze at. Sagna has the potential to make a prominent contribution at a new club.

Jesús Navas

jesus-navas

Leaving: Manchester City

Jesús Navas never quite reached the standard shown throughout his years in La Liga with Sevilla FC. The speedy winger received heavy criticism since his move to the Etihad for his lack of end product. As a result he was used sparingly under Guardiola, and is now leaving the club as a free agent. However, with World Cup, European Championship, Premier League, and Spanish Cup trophies to his name, you would go far to find another free agent this summer with such an impressive back catalogue. At 31 years old, the Spanish winger certainly has more to give and would make a great addition to many clubs as a free transfer.

Zlatan Ibrahimović

zlatan-ibrahimovic-man-united

Leaving: Manchester United

An unfortunate knee injury in United’s Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht has left the veteran Swede’s future hanging in the balance. Officially listed as a free agent, it is unknown whether United will use the one year option on Ibrahimovic’s contract to extend his stay at the club. Zlatan silenced critics who said he was too old to perform in the Premier League last season by scoring a phenomenal 17 goals in 28 appearances for Manchester United. Boasting first-team positions at Barcelona, PSG, Juventus, and AC Milan, Zlatan has the experience and the passion to prove age is just a number once again, should he continue to play.

Marcin Wasilewski

marcin-wasilewski

Leaving: Leicester City

Part of the Leicester City fairytale, Polish centre-back Marcin Wasilewski leaves the Foxes as part of the club’s most historic campaign. Outside of Leicester, Wasilewski enjoyed prominent success at RSC Anderlecht with 4 Belgian Championships in 7 seasons. Wasilewski has also racked up 60 international caps for Poland, competing in both Euro 2008 and Euro 2012. The recently turned 37 year-old is pushing on a bit, but has showed no sign of packing in his football boots just yet.

Martín Cáceres

martin-caceres

Leaving: Southampton

After six months and just one appearance for the Saints, Martín Cáceres has been let go as a free agent. Despite being a high profile international player, the 30 year-old centre-back did not fit in with manager Mauricio Pellegrino’s plan for the club. A decorated footballer, Cáceres played for European giants Juventus, Sevilla FC and Barcelona before joining Southampton. With a Champions League title under Barcelona, and 5 consecutive Italian Championships during his time at Juventus, Cáceres is no stranger to top-level tournaments. Having been plagued by injury for much of his recent career, Cáceres is now fully fit and could prove to be a notable free transfer if given the game-time.

Charlie Adam

charlie-adam

Leaving: Stoke City

Just like you don’t judge a book by its cover, don’t judge Charlie Adam by that woeful free-kick against Burnley in April 2017. A footballer’s career should not be defined by one slip-up, isn’t that right Stevie G? The 31 year-old Scottish midfielder has joined the list of Stoke City’s free agents this summer as manager Mark Hughes secured the signing of Darren Fletcher. Before his brief time at Liverpool, Adam clocked in an impressive 10 goals and 9 assists in 54 Scottish Premiership games for Rangers. His time in the Premier League has seen the Scotsman rack up 34 goals and 34 assists, proving he is as capable in front of goal as he is in a playmaker position.

Shay Given

shay-given

Leaving: Stoke City

Shay Given continues to make headlines, alongside Buffon, Cesar, and Tim Howard, as a goalkeeper who just won’t quit. Considering his extensive career in the Premier League (451 appearances), as well as retiring as the Republic of Ireland’s second most capped player of all time, it is hard to believe that Given’s only real accolade is his 2011 FA Cup title with Manchester City. The Donegal man leaves Stoke City this summer as a fresh-faced 41 year-old with no sign of retiring just yet. Given is reportedly looking for ‘one last hurrah’ before retirement, and believes he still has the capability to make a positive contribution as a free signing.

With just over 6 weeks to go until transfer deadline day, these free agents have plenty of time to negotiate a fresh start at a new club for the 17/18 season!

Ryan Grace
Writer by day, musician by night. Passionate about film and film score. Permanently bitten by the travel bug. Also loves a good Netflix binge.

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