The January transfer window is still two months away meaning clubs will have to wait a little longer if they want to significantly strengthen their squad. However, clubs still have to option to sign players who are no longer under contract. Free agents such as Hal Robson-Kanu were picked up in the summer but many players still remain unattached.
We take a look at five free agents who still have something to offer the right club.
Ex-Juventus defender, Martin Caceres, is yet to find a club after his contract expired with the Italian champions. Injury issues hampered the Uruguayan’s progress and he was unable to break into the first-team before his contract was not renewed. Nevertheless, Caceres is a decorated footballer who has won five Italian titles and a Champions League crown with Barcelona. At the age of 29, Caceres still has many years ahead of him if he can put his injury troubles behind him. According to the Sunday People, Chelsea were interested in bringing the defender to Stamford Bridge but faced competition from four other Premier League clubs.
Who should sign him? – Chelsea, West Brom, Inter Milan, Besiktas
Former Manchester United and Tottenham striker, Dimitar Berbatov is looking for a new club and has his sights set on a Premier League return. The Bulgarian has been out of action since being released by PAOK in June. During his time in England, Berbatov was extremely prolific at White Hart Lane which earned him a move to Old Trafford. At 35-years-old, he may not offer top level abilities on the field but could be a useful option from the bench. Players such as Gareth Barry and Zlatan Ibrahimovic remain key players, even though they are moving towards the end of their careers. The addition of Berbatov would give clubs a highly skilled finisher and a hugely experienced individual which would no doubt benefit the club’s youngsters.
Who should sign him? – Swansea, Sunderland, Stoke
One player who went under the radar after agreeing on a move to Abu Dhabi is Jefferson Farfan. The Peruvian international spent ten years in the Bundesliga playing for Schalke. He racked up 170 appearances and scored 39 goals before he put pen to paper on a big money move to Al Jazira. His contract was terminated following a breach in his contract meaning he is now unattached. Farfan is 31-years-old meaning he has plenty to offer a mid-table side in the Premier League. He is a quick, technically gifted forward who can play all across the frontline. Definitely worth a trial at least.
Who should sign him? – West Ham, Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough
Another player with a point to prove is Zakaria Labyad. The former Sporting Lisbon playmaker graduated from the PSV Eindhoven youth academy and was once viewed as a player with mass potential. After becoming a regular in Holland, he was linked with a move to Chelsea but joined Sporting. He struggled to adapt to life in Portugal and was loaned to Vitesse. Before taking the Sporting job, former Benfica manager, Jorge Jesus, insisted that Labyad return to the club before he took the job. However, he soon fell out of favour and joined Fulham. The Moroccan international could be a fantastic addition if he can find the right club to get his career back on track.
Who should sign him? – Bournemouth, Burnley, Swansea
Philippe Mexes is another hugely experienced free agent who is still looking for a club. After making the move from Auxerre to Roma in 2004, Mexes established himself as a key man at the Stadio Olimpico where he won two Italian cups. He made 267 appearances for Roma before joining AC Milan on a free transfer in 2011 but left the club alongside Kevin Prince-Boateng and Mario Balotelli. At 34-years-old, Mexes will not be a regular starter but could be a solid backup for Premier League sides. His experience in continental competitions could also be valuable for younger players in the side.
Who should sign him? – Hull, Sunderland, Burnley
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