The transfer market has already closed in all major European leagues and several deals have been concluded.
However, many top players remain without a club and, being at the end of the contract, can still be signed even if the window is closed. Here are the best footballers who are free agents and could sign for any club in the days, weeks or months to come.
Old knowledge of the Spanish championship, the Italian striker remains without a club. Zaza, who spent two seasons at Valencia, scoring 20 goals in 58 games, could return to La Liga. After coming to the end of his four-year deal with Torino, the 31-year-old has caught the eye of Rayo Vallecano, who desperately need a No.9, and Espanyol, as a possible replacement for Raúl de Tomás who is not appreciated by the coach.
The Asturian recently terminated his contract after nine years in the Premier League with Manchester United. Highly regarded at Old Trafford, the 35-year-old midfielder has a stellar track record (he has rejected several offers from MLS franchises and wants to continue competing at the highest level). Back in Spain, Betis and Valencia have expressed interest in recent weeks but as of now Mata is yet to decide on his next destination.
Hatem Ben Arfa
Undeniably gifted, but with discipline issues. Passed by Lille where he played in the Champions League last season, the 35-year-old French striker left the club through the back door following his setbacks off the field with his coach at the time, Jocelyn Gourvennec. His career has always been a mystery and he is now looking for a new challenge where he can find the consistency he has always lacked. Without a doubt, a misunderstood genius.
He joined Villarreal from Spurs last season and played a total of 24 games for the club, but only 11 in the starting XI. As the season progressed, it became clear that Unai Emery wasn’t entirely sold on the Ivory Coast right-back. Although the season proved historic for the sub, reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League, the 29-year-old defender failed to secure a place, with Emery preferring Juan Foyth. Despite being strongly tipped as a replacement for Héctor Bellerín at Betis during the recent transfer window, the defender is still without a club and is looking for a new challenge.
The Belgian player was released after ending his contractual relationship with Olympique Lyonnais. After four seasons with the Ligue 1 club, Denayer has been free since July and has reported interest from Valencia and Wolves – both in need of defenders.
The Portuguese striker has decided to end his adventure in his native country after spending two seasons at Vitória de Guimarães – and despite the option of an additional season. Characterized for being an outgoing player with characteristic technique, Quaresma does not consider the option of retirement and is one of the highest quality players on the market. « It’s not time to hang up my boots yet, I still know how to play football and I want to continue doing what makes me happy, » he said recently.
Linked with Rayo and it looks like he’s close to joining Wolves but a problem with his work permit means he’s still without a club. His last club was Atlético Mineiro, Brazil, which he left after one season. His physical condition is unknown, but the memory of Diego Costa at Chelsea and during his first two seasons at Atlético de Madrid invites us to give him another chance. An attacker who leaves no one indifferent.