Free agent XI: The out-of-contract stars that can still be signed

Monday marked the end of the international transfer window, with Premier League clubs maing their final big splashes of the summer.

The domestic window remains open until Friday (October 16) meaning that top-flight clubs can buy from the EFL and vice versa.

But to all intents and purposes, managers now have their players in place for the 2020/21 season.



The free agents still remaining after the international window closed on Monday

Despite the window being closed however, those bosses performing on a shoestring budget could look at the growing pool of free agents availabe.

Those not attached to a club can be signed at any point during the season, although they may be impacted by the Premier League’s registration deadline.

With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at those available on a free and tried to build the best possible XI available:

GK: Danijel Subasic



Subasic is a free agent after leaving Monaco at the end of last season

Two years removed from starting in a World Cup final, Subasic is now wuthout a club.

The Croatian international left Monaco in June, after spending eight-and-a-half-years with the provincial club.

During that time he won a Ligue 1 title, as well as helping Monaco to the Champions League semi final in 2017.

LB: Gael Clichy



Gael Clichy celebrates scoring
Clichy won two league title during his stay with Man City

After winning the Premier League three times during his stay in England, the former Arsenal and Man City defender left for Turkey and Istanbul Basasehir in 2017.

During his three years in the Turkish capital, he plaued more than 100 times, helping the club to their first ever league title in 2019/20.

Aged 35, the Frenchman could still have a few miles left on the clock.

CB: Ezequiel Garay



Ezequiel Garay during his time with Valencia

Coming off a four-year stint with Valenica, the Aregntina international is arguably the most high-profile member of the back-four.

The 33-year-old has 32 Argentina caps and despite being linked with a move to England for several years, he has never taken the plunge.

At the back end of his career, he could be an option for teams needing a reliable and experience central defender.

CB: Jozo Simunovic

The youngest player on the list, the 26-year-old was a surprise release by Celtic at the end of last season.

The defender won 12 trophies during his time in Glasgow and despite a series of injuries, he did impress Parkhead bosses Brendan Rodgers and Neil Lennon.



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RB: Nathaniel Clyne



Clyne has been training with Crystal Palace in recent weeks

Clyne has endured two injury ravaged seasons and missed the entirety of Liverpool ’s Premier League winning seasons with an anterior curicaye ligament injury.

The Crystal Palace academy graduate has been training with his former club and could be snapped up by Roy Hodgson in the coming weeks.

CM: Jack Wilshere

His move across London from Arsenal to West Ham was supposed to finally signal the resurrection of the former England star’s career.

However, injuries restricted him to just 18 appearances in two seasons with the Hammers.



He struggled with injury issues at West Ham

His contract was terminated last week, but Wilshere is convinced he can still contribute in the Premier League.

He said: “Although I am of course frustrated that I was not able to full showcase what I am capable of at West Ham, I remain convinced I can still contribute at the very top of the game.”

CM: Steven Defour

A brilliant start to his Burnley career was hampered by serious njuries. He layed just six times in his final season at Turf Moor, before returning to Belgium with Royal Antwerp last September.



Steven Defour’s final seasons with Burnley were ruined by injury

It remains to be seen whether Defour can return to the form that earned him 52 Belgium caps, but if he can, it’s a risk worth taking.

CM: Yohan Cabaye



Cabaye last played in the Premier League with Crystal Palace

The 34-year-old has more than 150 Premier League appearances during his spells with Newcastle and Palace.

His form at Newcastle was that good, he earned himself a move to French giants PSG in 2013.

That didn’t really work out, but when fit he is a player that’s proved his worth at the top level.

LW: Danny Welbeck

After spells with Manchester United and Arsenal, Welbeck was hoping his move to Watford would provide him regular first-team opportunities.

Unfortunately, he could only manage 18 appearances as the Hornets were relegated.



Danny Welbeck had his Watford contract terminated last week

His hefty wages meant the Championship club were forced to terminate his contract earlier this week.

On his day, Welbeck has proved he is a capbale top-flight forward and will more than likely be snapped up before too long.

CF: Mario Mandzukic



Mandzukic last played in Europe with Juventus

Another of Croatia’s 2018 World Cup squad, Mandzukic is on the lookout for a new club after leaving Qatar and Al-Duhail.

His final season with Juve saw him score 10 times in all competitions and before that, he has enjoyed almost a decade at the top level of European football.

RW: Daniel Sturridge



Sturridge has said he has “unfinished business” in the Premier League

Available to play after his ban for breaching betting rules ended, Sturridge is looking for a Premier League return.

The former Liveprool striker enjoyed a positive start with Trabzonspor in Turkey before having his contract cancelled.

Despite being linked with a number of clubs across the world, Sturridge has yet to decide his next move as he holds out for a move to the English top-flight.

He said: “I believe I’ve got a lot to give to the Premier League and I would say that’s my first choice. I do feel I have unfinished business so I would like to go back and play there.”

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