Which Players Could Be On The Move For Free This Summer?

Which Players Could Be On The Move For Free This Summer?
Dec 28, 2016

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The January transfer window comes with fresh speculation over the future of players with 6 months left on their contracts. Players can discuss terms to sign for a new club free of charge thanks to the Bosman Law. Here are some of the highest-profile players who could be discussing moves this January.

John Terry


Yep, it’s that time of year again. Another season, another transfer window where the future of Chelsea’s long-serving captain is put into question. Previously, the speculation over Chelsea’s seemingly eternal defender has seemed half-hearted but he has struggled for game time under Antonio Conte who has brought in a solid 3 at the back formation and it seems Terry’s time at Chelsea is approaching its end. He has already ruled out a move to a rival Premier League club and it seems more likely that he will move to China with Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG all interested in the former England centre back.

Xabi Alonso


Another seemingly immortal player, the former Real Madrid and Liverpool midfielder’s Bayern Munich contract runs out in the Summer and although it is possible that his contract is renewed, Carlo Ancelotti may choose to move him onto greener pastures as he did at Real Madrid. Should that happen, the maestro should not struggle to find a new club with former teams Liverpool, Real Madrid and Real Sociedad said to be interested. Any top flight club would benefit from the presence of this man.

Michael Carrick


The Manchester United vice-captain has won every trophy apart from the Europa League at Old Trafford and remains an important and underrated member of Mourinho’s midfield. However, with Mourinho happy to spend millions in order to improve the team, the veteran may be forced out of the club. He recently admitted it would be difficult to play for any team other than Manchester United but it goes without saying that he would improve most mid-table sides in the Premier League.

Santi Cazorla


It’s very difficult to understate Cazorla’s influence on Arsenal. He makes them more composed and makes the bridge from defence to attack that much shorter. However, his injuries have increased in frequency and severity and Wenger has been forced to find other options while the Spaniard has been unavailable. Perhaps Arsenal may allow Cazorla to leave in order to prolong his career. If so, there would be an abundance of teams looking to bring a composed creative influence into their midfield and the little magician would surely be happy to answer.

Keisuke Honda

The Japanese international has often been linked with a move to the Premier League but with him out of the first team picture with Milan and his recent claims that he feels no love from the fans, it’s likely that he will be departing the Italian giants. Spurs and Sunderland are said to be interested in acquiring his services alongside several MLS teams but the Japan star would be a boon to most teams in search of a creative influence. At 30 years old, he still has something to offer.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar


The Dutch frontman has had his struggles this season with Schalke enduring a difficult start to the season and spending much of his time this season watching on from the bench or from home. Regardless, the striker has 81 goals in 166 Bundesliga appearances. That comes to just under a goal every other game. He has stated his desire to return to Ajax but a Premier League move would be tempting. If one did materialise, he could become the second player to score in the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A after his former teammate Kevin-Prince Boateng completed the feat for Las Palmas earlier this year.

Jesus Navas


The Manchester City winger has failed to set the world alight during his time at the Etihad and has been extremely frustrating since his £15m move to the Premier League. However, his pace is nearly unmatchable at times and he would perhaps benefit from a step down in terms of club expectation. His chronic homesickness may be an issue in any move as he has previously refused to go on Spain training camps due to their distance from Sevilla, his home and club at the time. A move back to Seville may be on the cards but he could certainly offer more to a team in need of quality out wide.

Saido Berahino


In August 2015, West Brom were reportedly the recipients of a £30m bid for their talented English striker Saido Berahino from Tottenham Hotspur. The move fell through and Berahino famously claimed he would never play for West Brom again after an argument with their chairman at the time. Having admitted himself it was a childish move, it turned out it was a costly one. He was frozen out of the team and the teams pursuing him dropped in quality. Last Summer he was linked with a £15m move to Stoke. The Potters remain interested but they now face competition from Everton. One near-certainty is that Berahino will not be at the Hawthorns next season.

Fernando Torres


Having struggled for form ever since his £50m move to Chelsea from Liverpool, the Spaniard has rebuilt his reputation as one of Europe’s best big game players back at his boyhood club Atletico Madrid. However, he has become a victim of Atletico outgrowing him. With French strikers Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro ahead of him in the pecking order as well as youngster Angel Correa, it’s seen as unlikely that the Champions League runners-up will renew his contract. He still has a lot to offer clubs at a lower level than his illustrious career has boasted so far and he has been linked with a move to LA Galaxy among other MLS clubs.

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