Following up from our English Premier League Free Transfer XI, we bring you a Serie A XI of players available to be picked up for free during the summer, with a number of interesting names making the list. Goalkeeper – Daniele Padelli Daniele Padelli played a peripheral role in Torino’s season, losing his starting spot
Following up from our English Premier League Free Transfer XI, we bring you a Serie A XI of players available to be picked up for free during the summer, with a number of interesting names making the list.
Daniele Padelli played a peripheral role in Torino’s season, losing his starting spot to Joe Hart, and made just two starts in Serie A. He has been approached by Inter Milan and is all-but-confirmed to join the Nerazzurri over the summer.
Padelli has spent almost his entire career in Italy. His one season abroad was with Liverpool, who he joined on a loan deal in 2007, where he made one appearance.
Paolo De Ceglie was most recently seen turning out for Marseille in Ligue 1, making 12 appearances in the 2015/16 season.
De Ceglie has been on the books at Juventus since 1995, as a nine-year-old youth player, but his time at the club appears to be over after failing to make a single appearance this season.
35-year-old centre-half Paolo Cannavaro still has plenty to offer in the twilight of his career, making 18 appearances in Sassuolo’s league campaign, helping them to a respectable 12th-place finish.
Though he hasn’t quite had the career of his older brother, Fabio, Paolo has managed over 300 appearances in Serie A, most of which came with Napoli.
One of the more active players on this list, Brazilian defender Felipe made 32 league appearances for Udinese this season.
Felipe began his career as a youth player with Udinese in 1999, and has never played outside of Italy’s top-flight.
After making 33 appearances for Fiorentina this season, Gonzalo Rodriguez has expressed his desire to join Greek champions Olympiakos, saying, “I want to play for Olympiakos and I’d love to move to Greece…It’s a big club and would allow me to challenge for a place in the Champions League.”
Rodriguez has only ever played for two clubs since leaving Argentina: Villarreal and Fiorentina. He left the Yellow Submarine following their relegation in 2012, and became Fiorentina’s captain in 2015.
Atalanta finished fourth in Serie A this season, the highest finish in the history of the club, but Abdoulay Konko played little part, starting just seven times.
Konko has played his entire senior career in Italy, barring a two-and-a-half season spell with Sevilla from 2008 until 2011.
Experienced midfielder Alberto Aquilani most recently turned out for Sassuolo on a loan spell from Pescara, making 25 appearances for both clubs throughout the campaign, scoring once.
Aquilani is a name familiar to English football fans after a short stay with Liverpool in 2009. He has also had spells with Roma, Juventus, AC Milan, Fiorentina and Sporting Clube de Portugal, and has 38 Italian national team caps to his name.
Miguel Veloso ended up finishing the season as a Genoa player, making 25 appearances in all competitions, after being tempted with a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League.
Veloso has made over 50 appearances with the Portuguese national team, and won two Ukrainian Premier League titles with Dynamo Kyiv in 2015 and 2016.
Amid AC Milan’s swift rebuilding process, there will be several players deemed surplus to requirements. Keisuke Honda is one of those players.
The Japanese international started just two league games and made a further six appearances off the substitutes bench, and is heavily tipped to join an MLS club over the summer.
Veteran forward Goran Pandev was used sparingly by Genoa this season, starting six times in the league, scoring three and making a further 14 appearances off the bench.
Pandev is well known for playing in Jose Mourinho’s treble-winning Inter Milan of 2009/10, and was a starter in the Champions League Final victory over Bayern Munich.
Rodrigo Palacio’s advancing years have seen him fall down the pecking order to the likes of Mauro Icardi and Eder at Inter Milan, starting just three league games this season.
Palacio joined Inter in 2012 after impressing at Genoa, and finishes his career in Italy with 96 goals from 269 appearances for those two clubs.