Three Superstars From Europe Who Will Available For Free At The End Of The Season
The end of the season in Premier League is close. Clubs will have begun planning for the summer transfer window. And while all the cash and the crazy money that will be splashed around in the upcoming summer, there will also be several players who will be available for free as their contracts with their existing clubs come to an end.
Last season saw the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Joel Matip arrive on free and become huge successes, while the likes of Alvaro Arbeloa and Mathieu Flamini were flop signings. Ahead of the next summer window, we take a look at three top big name players from outside the Premier League whose contracts will expire at the end of the season and will be available to sign for free.
Daniele De Rossi
The 33-year old has been a great servant for Italian side AS Roma over the years, but with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, he could be on the way out.
De Rossi has played 36 games across all competitions for the Giallorossi this season and has scored 3 goals and has chalked up 6 assists as well. The Italian international has been a rock in the middle of the park over the years for both the club and his country and has once again played a huge hand in Roma’s strong season in the Serie A where they sit 2nd in the table.
His years of experience combined with the tenacity and defensive steel that he will bring to the fold along with his leadership could bolster any Premier League team. The 2006 FIFA World Cup winner could turn out to be a transfer coup.
The Real Madrid defender is on the way out after the club decided not to offer an extension on his current deal that will expire in the summer.
Pepe has hardly been used by Zinedine Zidane this season as the Frenchman has preferred to pair compatriot Raphael Varane alongside captain Sergio Ramos. As a result, the 2016 UEFA EURO winner has had to make do with just 18 appearances across all competitions in which he has chipped in with 2 goals and an assist.
At 34, Pepe might not feature week in week out, but the Portuguese international still has plenty left in his tanks to offer and could be a great addition to the likes of Liverpool or Arsenal, who have lacked the defensive solidity and a presence of a leader in the backline over the course of the ongoing campaign.
After his struggles with Chelsea and AC Milan, Fernando Torres managed to get his goal-scoring touch back upon returning to former club Atletico Madrid but is now set to depart the Rojiblancos as his contract with the club nears an end.
The 33-year old may not be the force that he used to be in his heydays, but he still has a lot left to offer as he has shown this season for Diego Simeone’s side. 8 goals and 6 assists from 41 appearances across all competitions is a decent return for a player whose career was said to be over a couple of years ago.
He may not be a top dog anymore, but Torres can add a great deal to mid-table sides like West Ham United or West Bromwich Albion, who have lacked a goalscorer in their ranks.