A free agent can make or break a club, not that the big teams are on the hunt to sign these players but do not want to miss out on a bargain. Liverpool got Danny Ings recently, though they had to deal with a tribunal for the amount since Ings was not old enough and Burnley got a compensation, there have been other free agents who have turned sides into monsters, Robert Lewandowski being another one when he joined Bayern Munich.
Another season is about to end and with some major stars out of contracts in 2016, we list out five players who could light up the Premier League if they are brought in by some risk-taking managers.
One of the best goalkeepers to have played in Ligue 1, Steve Mandanda has been a mainstay for Marseille in all their ups and downs in recent years. The 31-year-old French international seems to be fed up of the constant madness that has plagued the club and with his contract expiring in 2016, he could be a great option for any top team in the Premier League.
Liverpool have been on the lookout for a goalkeeper with a lot of experience and Mandanda fits the bill. Chelsea might be looking for someone to man the sticks and with the leadership qualities the 31-year-old possesses, there could be a number of clubs fighting it out for him. Mandanda has more than 500 appearances in Ligue 1, that should be enough to suggest he can do well in England as well.
Gregory van der Wiel
A bit of a surprise seeing how he has not signed a contract extension yet but the PSG player is another one who would be looking for newer pastures at the start of the next season. The 28-year-old is a combative right-back and is known for his attacking instinct as well, something which would work wonders in the Premier League.
He does have 130 appearances for PSG in recent years but this season hasn’t been the best for the Dutchman as he has only taken part in 23 games. Laurent Blanc might be one person leaving the club at the end of the season and Van der Wiel could be another one. We have seen how players such as Virgil van Dijk have done well moving from other clubs and this Dutchman could be another to follow in the former Celtic defender’s footsteps.
A player who seems to be making the right noises but in Turkey, Caner Erkin started playing as a winger but has moved to a left-back role for his club Fenerbahce. The 27-year-old is extremely versatile and has a lot of pace to burn when it comes to attacking the opposition.
The attack minded player will also be out of a contract at the end of the season and him being an unknown quantity could do some damage if he does sign for a Premier League club. Liverpool have been linked with the Turkish star and you should not be surprised if he does make it to English shores for next season.
A star in the making, the Algerian has been a mainstay for the Valencia team and seems to be one of their best players currently. The 26-year-old is another versatile player who can play either as a winger or central midfielder and is known for his attacking ability.
Valencia aren’t really doing much this season and he could be on his way out of the club. The Algerian does have a knack of scoring important goals but more than that it is his running and creativity that could set the Premier League alight next season. Feghouli was linked with a move to Manchester United at one stage and it could still happen since he would be a free agent next year.
The big one who will be available at the end of the season, everyone knows that Zlatan will not be staying at French Champions PSG and this means that he will have a number of clubs fighting it out for him.
Zlatan is the leading scorer in PSG’s history and he can still do a great job leading the front-line. Athletic, strong, great in the air and with an eye for goal, Zlatan still is one of the best strikers in the world and if the right delivery is provided to him, he will give you at least 20 goals in a season. The question is who would be willing to have such a “strong” figure in the team? It is a risk to take but the reward could be fantastic for the club he joins.