With pre-season now in full swing, the new season is edging ever closer and it’s time for managers to really start pulling out the stops in terms of transfer activity.
Arsene Wenger is already coming under fire for his lack of movement, whereas over in Liverpool Jurgen Klopp has been extremely busy adding to his squad for the upcoming season.
But it’s not so easy for all teams to spend the millions the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool have in the bank, so some will have to look at unattached players who are still looking for clubs. Who are they and who is the best around at the moment?
Who are some of the cheaper alternatives wage-wise going to be, too?
Here’s our summer of 2016 unattached XI! (In a 4-3-3 formation)
If you haven’t heard of Vladamir Gabulov, I’m not going to hold it against you. He’s a 32-year-old Russian keeper who has played in his homeland all his life.
But saying that, it’s only the top sides he’s ever had spells at, and he’s been number one at most places he’s been. He’s played with Dynamo Moscow, CSKA Moscow, Anzhi Machachkala, and Kuban Krasnodar during his career- and we’re sure he could do a job in your side too.
Much more of a household name, Alvaro Arbeloa is without a club after his seven-year spell at Real Madrid came to an end. He’s also spent time with Liverpool during his career, and has doubled up as a centre-half when absolutely necessary.
What would he bring to your club? Defensive solidity and a whole wealth of European experience.
Often dubbed as one of the strongest players in the game, Christopher Samba is a free agent after leaving Russian outfit Dynamo Moscow, primarily due to injury at the end of his contract.
He’s well known from his time spent in England with Blackburn Rovers, and there is little doubt the Congo international could still do a job at the back for your team.
‘King Kolo’ as he is dubbed from the stands is a free agent after his deal with Liverpool expired at the end of last season. Again, another player we all know and love (not just because of that chant), Toure is a man that would bring over 115 international caps and almost 500 domestic appearances’ worth of experience to your club.
A man of plenty of know-how.
Another veteran of the English game, Jose Enrique is looking for a club after a five year tenure with Liverpool ended at the end of last season.
A popular player on both Tyneside and Merseyside, Enrique is known for his willingness to get forward and his pace.
Another familiar name, former Chelsea man Raul Meireles has just been released from Turkish giants Fenerbahce. Despite his good footballing reputation, his time in Turkey was ravaged by controversy when he received an 11 game ban for spitting in 2012.
The ban was subsequently reduced to four matches, but unfortunately for the Portuguese international, this is what he is remembered for most during his time in Turkey.
But despite all this, his quality remains clear for all to see and in the 2013-2014 season, he helped his side to the domestic title.
A real one-club man, Leon Osman made over 350 appearances for Everton during a sixteen-year spell with the club. However, his time at Goodison has now come to an end and it is time for the midfielder to find a new team.
Osman would bring endless heart and endeavour to any midfield.
Arguably the most attacking of this trio, Kevin-Prince Boateng is well known around the world after spending time with AC Milan, Portsmouth and Schalke.
At 29-years-old, he’s still got plenty of years ahead of him and there must surely be a club that will stump up the wages to attract a player of his quality for nothing.
One of EURO 2016’s most talked about players, Hal Robson-Kanu had the tournament of his career as Wales made it all the way to the semi-finals, where they were eventually beaten by winners Portugal.
But Robson-Kanu’s wonder-goal against Belgium is what really grabbed the headlines, and it was eventually voted as Goal of the Tournament.
There’s been plenty of interest in his signature, but as a free transfer, why wouldn’t there be?
Love him or loathe him, you can’t question the quality he has shown throughout his career.
The Bulgarian international has most recently been in Greece with PAOK, but only signed a one-year-deal, meaning his is currently looking for a new club. He’s played in the top flight in Germany, England, Bulgaria and France in a career spanning 18 years, so there must be someone out there willing to take him on.
Stephane Sessegnon is a player that seems to have been around forever, but his time at West Brom came to an end at the end of last season after he was released.
Although he’s normally played as an attacking midfielder, we’ve seen the Benin international play out on the wing during his early days with Le Mans and PSG, and he would be a good addition to most sides looking for a player with pace and explosiveness.