UPDATED: check out our most recent unattached footballers article for free agents in the January transfer window.
With most players and managers happily enjoying a pre-season break, it’s been a relatively slow start to this summer’s transfer window.
That all looks set to change over the next few weeks. With July fast approaching, expect business to be brisk as managers refresh their squads ahead of the new campaign – particularly with plenty of unattached players waiting to be snapped up.
Below, we run through some of the top footballing talent currently without a club who could well be attracting the attention of Premier League sides this summer…
PFA Unattached Players List 2019 – Freebie Footballers Finding Favour
A freebie signing that could go one of two ways. Injuries have dogged Sturridge to such an extent it’s easy to forget the former England regular is still only 29 years of age. If – and it’s a big if – he can finally prove his fitness will last the course during the 2019/20 season, he could be one of the summer’s best buys. But will any club take that risk given his likely wage demands?
One of Sturridge’s teammates is also seeking pastures new this summer, with the 26-year-old Spaniard never quite fulfilling his early potential on Merseyside. Still, he’s at the perfect age to make a splash at a less high-profile club. He may prefer to escape the Premier League all together for a fresh start after a year in the wilderness.
At 33, Cahill’s no spring chicken, but he’s also still got at least another season in him at the top level. Premier League clubs looking for an experienced operator to marshal their backline will surely have the former Chelsea man’s number on speed dial. Bizarrely frozen out by former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri last time around, he played 43 times in 2017/18, suggesting there is still some life left in the old dog.
Here comes trouble. Balotelli has surely blotted his copybook in the Premier League after two short-lived but highly memorable spells on English soil. However, his natural talent has never been in question. He has remained prolific during his time in French football in spells with Nice and Marseille and could be tempted to prove his critics wrong this side of the channel. Will any Premier League manager decide he’s worth the hassle?
Another talented English striker cursing his all-too-regular trips to the physio room. A fit and firing Carroll would prove to be a real menace for defenders at any mid-ranking Premier League team looking for something a little different up front. Like Sturridge, managers may be sceptical about his likely added value.
One of the few players who genuinely impressed in a Fulham side that limped towards relegation last season. Strongly linked with a move to Turkey, his short spell in West London suggests he can still cut it at Premier League level.
Liverpool’s forgotten man failed to make an impact during his short-term move to doomed Fulham. At 25 years of age, he could be a tempting ‘project’ if the right manager is prepared to take a chance on him. Looks to be in last-chance saloon, however.
At 33-years-old, he’s not quite the bundle of energy that helped Leicester to Premier League title success in 2015/16. However, he still made 25 appearances for the Foxes last season. The newly-promoted sides could do with his experience.
Out of favour at West Ham in recent seasons, but any team looking for a reliable understudy could do a lot worse than taking a punt on the 32-year-old Spanish ‘keeper.
…And speaking of goalkeepers, could one of the all-time greats be tempted by a move to England for one last hurrah before he retires? It seems a stretch, but he’s already been linked with Leeds…
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