The January transfer window did not see too many star players move clubs especially with the EURO16 in mind. But if any of the transfer rumors are to be believed, the summer transfer window after the end of this season will be one heck of an affair.
There are a number of players who are set to make the move in big money transfers from top European clubs. But ant clubs dream would be to sign a star, impact player on a free transfer.
Here are 10 European stars that are set to be free agents after the end of the season:
Xabi Alonso (Bayern Munich):
The classy Spanish mid-fielder has won almost everything possible with his stints in England, Spain and Germany. He will, however, be without a contract at the end of the Bundesliga season if he does not sign a new one with the league leaders and at 34, will still be a good bargain for a top club. He has been linked with a move to the MLS and also with a comeback to English franchise Liverpool in recent times.
Michael Carrick (Manchester United):
The England international has been at the heart of the Old Trafford midfield for a long time now. He is however at the fag end of his contract and has recently expressed his views of not renewing a contract with United. The 34-year-old is an experienced mid-fielder and United will be mad at letting him go with the player still having some football left in him.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG):
The Swede has enjoyed a great time in France where he has taken the Paris franchise to a number of League 1 titles. His contract at the Parc des Princes expires after the end of this season and Laurent Blanc has not yet been able to put pen to paper with Zlatan. It is also widely tipped off that the forward will play in the Premier League at the start of next season.
The Brazilian legend has been un-employed since his contract with Fluminense ended last September. There were rumors that he was on his way to Leicester City but it is now understood that the ex-Barcelona player will be on his way to the cash rich league in China. Surely even now, he is a huge asset for any team.
Ezequiel Lavezzi (PSG):
Another PSG forward who is set to be out of a contract this summer is Argentine Ezequiel Lavezzi. Lavezzi has not been able to find a regular starting spot in the star studded League 1 franchise and has made it clear that he is not signing a new contract with the club. He is on the radar of a number of clubs including Liverpool from England and will be a good addition to any squad.
Joel Matip (Schalke):
Though rumors emerged in the January transfer window that Matip will sign a new contract with the German side, he is set to be a free agent this summer and is reportedly close to a move to the Premier League side Liverpool. Though a lot of clubs are after the defender, he may still sign with Schalke and stay in the Bundesliga.
John Terry (Chelsea):
The long serving Chelsea captain announced late January that he will not sign an extension with the London club and is set to leave after a 16 and a half year association with Chelsea. He is still a strong and smart defender who will surely be welcomed in the MLS in the States.
Victor Valdes (Manchester United):
After having a fall out with the Red Devils, Valdes is presently un-employed and will be available for free this summer. The ex Barcelona shot stopper was one of the best in his prime and will still provide a lot of strength to any squad he walks in.
Joel Campbell (Arsenal):
After nailing a starting spot in Wenger’s squad this season, Campbell will surely be up for a contract extension but as things stand, the young England international is out of a contract this summer. He is still learning to be consistent at the highest level but will be a good bargain for any squad in the Premier League.
Martin Caceres (Juventus):
The Uruguayan international has not been able to find a regular place in Turin and is tipped to leave Italy in search of a new adventure. Inter Milan, Fernabache and Liverpool have all been linked in this January window but a summer move for the 28 year old seems imminent. He is an experienced defender and will surely be on the radar of more European clubs.