The transfer market in Europe, Russia and the Middle East has closed. However, clubs still have the opportunity to sign free agents to contracts. We have compiled the largest number of star players who are without a team. From world champions to former CSKA and Lokomotiv players: who else can the top European and Russian leaders invite?
David De Gea
David De Gea
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The former Manchester United goalkeeper was sent to Saudi Arabia, Bayern Munich and Inter, but remains without a club. It is too early for the 32-year-old Spaniard to end his career. That’s why we are waiting for De Gea in the new team!
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After Manchester United, the winger visited Nottingham Forest for a season. But the club that remained in the Premier League released Lingard. The 30-year-old Englishman is a free agent and has not interested anyone, not even in the fashionable destinations of Turkey and Saudi Arabia. But perhaps soon some club will realize that he has difficulties in attack and invite Jesse to join them.
Danger of Eden
Danger of Eden
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The Belgian went from being a candidate for the Ballon d’Or to being a man without a contract. The move to Real broke Hazard’s career. Although in Madrid he won the Spanish championship and the Champions League, individually he did not show anything remarkable. The logical result was the termination of the contract.
Now Eden is a free agent. But it seems that we will not see the Belgian anywhere else. A little earlier he said the following: “It’s time to enjoy life with family and friends while drinking beer.” A hint of retirement? But what happens if someone makes Hazard change his mind?
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In 2019, Gbamen moved from Mainz to Everton. Injuries and competition prevented the Ivorian from breaking into the first team. Jean-Philippe did not become an indispensable player. And in the second part of the 2021/2022 season he was loaned to CSKA, where he proved to be a talented footballer. The next season, the guy spent at Trabzonspor, but he was not interested in long-term cooperation with the Turkish club. Now Gbamen is waiting for offers, including from Russia.
Alejandro “Papu” Gomez
Alejandro “Papu” Gomez
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On September 1, Sevilla announced the termination of the contract with Gómez. The Argentine never managed to become as important a player as he did at Atalanta. Now the world champion is waiting for offers. Gómez is 35 years old: it is likely that he will return to his home in Argentina. But even in his current form, Papu would not be lost in the RPL. Don’t our teams need a top-level playmaker?
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Strange destiny for the French defensive midfielder. At the beginning of August he signed a contract with Konyaspor and ten days later he left the Turkish club. And now he’s a free agent. Will Morgan, 33, find a new team? His record includes Manchester United, Everton, Southampton and Nice.
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Lyon is the last club in the world champion’s career: 2014. In July 2023 he terminated his contract with Olympique. Previously, Jerome played for Bayern, Manchester City and Hamburg. Will he be heading to a new league? Boateng, 35, is a powerful and experienced defender. An excellent option for those looking for defensive reinforcement.
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The Belgian’s main problem is discipline. Nainggolan is a very controversial footballer. Because of this, he never developed a career at the highest level. Roma and Inter are the highest point. Curiously, in the summer Raja was offered to Spartak, but the red and white team rejected his services. There is no doubt about the qualities of the midfielder, but is there any club capable of calming his violent nature?
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The man who became a meme as an Arsenal defender. The German often “brought it” and made mistakes, which is why he earned the reputation of an unreliable footballer. Although Mustafi is a world champion. Still, Shkodran is not a terrible player, he is capable of strengthening many teams. His last club was Levante, which he left in July. Now Mustafi is only 31 years old and can still spend several years at a decent level.
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The left-back’s career took a nosedive after Tottenham. At first, Danny was considered an important player for Spurs, he was called up to the England team and was not in doubt. But under José Mourinho he was in the reserve and in 2020 he was loaned out. In July 2021, Rose left for Watford, but only spent one season at the club. Danny has been without a club for a year! It’s hard to imagine what shape the 33-year-old defender is in now. But teams can consider Rose as a firefighter option on the left wing.
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Another center back on the list. Sokratis successfully played for Borussia Dortmund, then there was an ambiguous period at Arsenal and he moved to Olympiacos. Papastathopoulos spent a season and a half in Greece and in July his contract with the red and whites ended. The 35-year-old defender does not want to end his career yet and is waiting for offers.
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The former Lokomotiv, Manchester City, Lazio and Inter player has been without a club since July 2023. His last team was Abha of Saudi Arabia. Despite the fact that everyone, on the contrary, is going to the Middle East, Felipe abandoned him. The 35-year-old Ecuadorian has not yet found a new club. But he may be of interest even to representatives of the RPL. For example, Spartak or Loko lack a center forward. He is not the worst option!
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The Brazilian spent last season in Saudi Arabia. Gustavo played for Al-Nasr and even played with Ronaldo for six months! However, the 36-year-old’s contract with the club has expired. There is a new story ahead. But so far Louis hasn’t found a club. It is possible that he will retire, he is not the youngest footballer yet.
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Atem Ben Arfa
Atem Ben Arfa
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An incredibly talented player who, due to his character, did not reach his potential. Ben Arfa has already been without a club for a year. In July 2022, Atem left Lille. The winger’s dribbling and technique would be useful for many clubs. At least outside of the big championships. Ben Arfa is already 36 years old.
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A great footballer who suffered injuries. In July, Pastore left the Qatari club. The 34-year-old Argentine has not played in big clubs for a long time. Until the beginning of 2023 he played for Elche and in 2021 he left Roma. The reason lies in the frequent injuries, due to which Javier missed many games. But he is still capable of performing magic from time to time. For example, not in the most intense leagues.
Cousin. List of other star players without a club: Santi Mina, Anwar El-Ghazi, Andre Ayew, Adrien Silva, Djordje Despotovic, Alan Dzagoev, Simone Zaza, Yann M’Vila, Nico Schultz, Jaloliddin Masharipov, Karim Bellarabi.
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