Transfers: Four Free Agents That Clubs Should Chase This Summer7 min read
With transfer fees on the rise year-on-year, most clubs around Europe cannot afford the extravagant sums it takes to bring quality talent in to bolster their squads.
What they rely on, however, is the free agency market, where players, such as Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey, run down their contract and can leave without any club paying an extortionate fee.
Here are four soon-to-be-free European players that clubs should certainly consider this summer:
The Spanish-born midfielder has been a key player in Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Manchester United since taking over in late December, but the stall in contract negotiations has worried fans of the club.
Herrera carries out his duties to the letter and very rarely strays away from them. He has been a commanding player in United’s dressing room over the last few years and was expected to be in the running for the captaincy if the Norwegian is awarded the job on a full-time basis.
However, if the Red Devils cannot iron out the finer details for Herrera, clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain will be ready to pounce and try to convince the Spain international to join forces with added monetary incentives.
There has been plenty of speculation and furore over Adrien Rabiot’s situation in Paris, suggesting that his mother and agent, Veronique Rabiot, has been looking for a way out of the French capital for the past 12 months.
Rabiot is a bright player with a good career ahead of him, but the 24 year old needs to be careful in the current climate or he will be remembered for his lack of professionalism and wasted career.
The Frenchman has already been banished by PSG once before and is once again told to stay away from the training pitch and will not feature in competitive games until he signs a new contract.
That eventuality looks far from happening, especially with the interest he is receiving from English clubs up and down the country. Rabiot would certainly provide creative ingenuity to any side he goes to, but how long until his attitude problems rise up once again and the cycle of disruption continues?
Adrien Rabiot To Sign For Before 2nd September 2019:
One of the more battle-hardened central defenders still left in the game, Diego Godín has been right at the heart of Diego Simeone’s success at Atlético Madrid.
With Inter Milan circling and waiting for the right opportunity to sign him, the Uruguay international might just feel now is the most opportunistic time to leave, especially with his contract running out at the end of the season.
For countless years in Europe’s top-tier competition, Godín has been a mainstay in Atlético’s defence and has produced many mesmeric performances. He is a titan that commands his players into war.
While at 33-years-old he might be too old and reduced in speed to hack it at the very top in England, a career in Italy might just be a perfect match. Aside from Juventus, there will be clubs vying for his signature.
Whoever manages to acquire Godín for the next few years have a player ready to live and breathe the shirt, seldom letting you down.
The France World Cup winner has been vocal in recent weeks, expressing his desire to play in a team that utilises his strengths and promises more game time.
Giroud is Chelsea’s second-choice number nine, behind Gonzalo Higuaín, but it can be said that when he does play, he usually threatens to find the back of the net. The centre forward has a combined 17 goals and assists in 34 matches this season, which is rather impressive given the majority of those performances have come from the bench.
He might not be the most elegant strikers, nor the quickest, but he does guarantee goals when played regularly. After stating that he is ready to even drop down a level in order to play consistently, there are going to be a whole host of clubs fighting for his signature this summer.
With Chelsea’s transfer ban that prohibits them from registering new players this summer, Giroud walking out on a free transfer could leave them in a difficult position with a lack of goal-scoring options next season.
Olivier Giroud To Sign For Before 2nd September 2019:
Any French club
Any Italian club