With the transfer window opening on June 9 for English clubs, we look at an XI of players whose contracts have expired and are free to move clubs on a Bosman. Goalkeeper – Willy Caballero The experienced Argentine keeper clearly impressed in his final season with Manchester City, as offers are believed to have come
With the transfer window opening on June 9 for English clubs, we look at an XI of players whose contracts have expired and are free to move clubs on a Bosman.
The experienced Argentine keeper clearly impressed in his final season with Manchester City, as offers are believed to have come in from Chelsea and newly-promoted Newcastle for his services.
Caballero made 16 starts in the Premier League last season and will be remembered fondly for his League Cup Final heroics against Liverpool in 2015/16.
Gael Clichy has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool in recent weeks, but those rumours have quietly fizzled out as the veteran defender’s future remains unclear.
Clichy spent six seasons at Manchester City, winning two of his three Premier League titles with the Sky Blues, the other coming with Arsenal in 2003/04.
Former Barcelona defender Martin Caceres made just one appearance for Southampton after signing as a back-up option on a free transfer in February.
The Uruguayan has a troubled past with injuries, limiting him to play more than 20 league games only twice in the last 10 seasons (34 appearances in 2007/08 with Recreativo Huelva and 25 appearances with Sevilla in 2010/11), but is one of the younger players available on a free transfer at just 30 years of age.
Bournemouth are believed to be the frontrunners for John Terry’s signature in a move that would see the former England international earn £100,000 per week with The Cherries.
His 19-year Chelsea career came to an end in glorious fashion; winning the English Premier League for a fifth time.
Bacary Sagna is another ex-Manchester City full-back whose future remains uncertain, as Crystal Palace, Southampton and Newcastle have all been rumoured to show interest in the Frenchman.
Interestingly, Bacary Sagna only won an FA Cup in his seven years at Arsenal, which came in his final season with the club. He also only won a League Cup with Manchester City, joining them the year after they last won the Premier League.
Jesus Navas rejected the one-year contract extension from Manchester City, which suggested a rotation role at right-back, and leaves on a free after arriving for £15 million from Sevilla in 2013.
He leaves the club with a Premier League winners medal and two League Cup wins, and is a World Cup and European Championship winner with Spain.
Lucas Leiva could be set to end his 10-year stay with Liverpool by returning to Gremio in the summer. The defensive midfielder has also been linked with Turkish outfit Besiktas, but wants to return to his native country with the club he started his career as a youth player.
Lucas was much-maligned throughout his early Liverpool years, but has turned his Anfield career around to stand as the last remaining player from the Rafa Benitez era. He won Liverpool’s player of the year award in 2011 and won the League Cup the following year.
Former Blackpool and Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam has spent the last seven years of his career playing in the Premier League, but that is likely to end following links to Cardiff City in the Championship and a possible return to Rangers in Scotland.
Adam played in all 120 minutes of Liverpool’s League Cup Final win over Cardiff in 2012, missing his spot kick in the penalty shootout.
Premier League veteran Steven Pienaar could be back in South Africa after leaving his homeland 16 years ago to join Ajax, with Kaizer Chiefs holding talks with his representatives.
Pienaar is mostly known for his time at Everton, where he played 229 games and scored 24 goals. His other Premier League clubs were Tottenham, staying for just a season-and-a-half, and mostly recently Sunderland, who were dismally relegated from the Premier League.
Powerhouse forward Victor Anichebe has the option of exploring alternatives to playing with Sunderland in the Championship next season, as his one-year deal with The Black Cats expires at the end of the month.
Anichebe has never played outside of the English Premier League, spending all 12 seasons in the top flight. Most of those have been spent with Everton until moving to West Brom in 2013. His contract was allowed to run out in 2016 before reuniting with David Moyes at Sunderland on a free transfer.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future remains in doubt after his season ended with an ACL injury. His impact at Manchester United was immense, finishing as their top-scorer on 28 goals, but they will nonetheless continue to look for long-term solutions up front.
Ibrahimovic is one of the biggest names in world football, winning titles with six of the eight clubs he has represented, and other than his recent injury, shows no signs of slowing down as he approaches his 36th birthday in October.