Free agents: The best players available on a Bosman Transfer

Martin Macdonald
David de Gea, Man Utd, 2022/23
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The 2023-24 summer transfer window saw a host of big-name stars move on free transfers.

Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets moved to Inter Miami, Milan Skriniar signed for PSG, Roberto Firmino and N’Golo Kante went to Saudi Arabia, joining Al-Ahli and Al-Ittihad respectively, and Angel Di Maria returned to Benfica for one last dance.

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Those are just the most high-profile ones. In the Bundesliga alone, Raphael Guerreiro and Konrad Laimer joined Bayern, Ramy Bensebaini signed for Borussia Dortmund and Marcus Thuram departed for Inter.

Joining Thuram in Italy was ex-Lyon star Houssem Aouar, who signed for Roma. The Algerian’s former Lyon teammate Moussa Dembele also headed for the exit after running down his contract, joining Steven Gerrard’s Saudi club Al-Ettifaq.

In Spain, Inigo Martinez and Manchester City legend Ilkay Gundogan signed for Barcelona. Furthermore, former Real Madrid men Isco and James Rodriguez found clubs after being released during the past season, joining Real Betis and Sao Paulo, respectively.

Then, Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos became the latest notable star to join a new club as a free agent- he returned to Sevilla on September 4.

Who are the best free transfers in soccer?

Every year on 1 July, players whose contracts expire at their clubs become free agents.

Even when the transfer window is closed from September to December and February to July, clubs around Europe and the world can still sign them outside of the regular transfer windows.

The biggest name who was a free agent until recently was Eden Hazard, but the Chelsea legend has now officially retired after leaving Real Madrid in June.

Long-time Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is still unattached after seeing his contract at Old Trafford expire. He had been linked with a move to Real Madrid following Thibaut Courtois’s ACL injury, but they opted to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga instead. Recently, De Gea has been touted as a potential injury replacement for Nick Pope at Newcastle, but links quickly died down.

Below are the best free agents unattached and available to be signed for nothing.

Out of contract players

Player Age Country Position Last Club
David de Gea 33 Spain GK Man Utd
Jesse Lingard 31 England CAM Nottingham Forest
Jerome Boateng 35 Germany CB Lyon
Xeka 29 Portugal CM Rennes
Anwar El-Ghazi 28 Netherlands FW Mainz
Santi Mina 28 Spain ST Celta Vigo
Helder Costa 29 Portugal RW Leeds
Douglas Costa 33 Brazil RW LA Galaxy
Mamadou Sakho 33 France CB Montpellier
Timo Horn 30 Germany GK Koln
Josh Onomah 26 England CM Preston
Karim Bellerabi 33 Germany RW Bayer Leverkusen
Phil Jones 31 Spain CB Man Utd
Shkodran Mustafi 31 Germany CB Levante
Arturo Vidal 36 Chile CM Athletico Paranaense

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