Free agents: The best players still available on a Bosman

Carlo Garganese

The summer transfer market closed at the start of September, meaning that all clubs from Europe’s major leagues are unable to buy contracted players until the window reopens in January.

However, clubs can still sign free agents and there are a number of top players available and without a club.

Here is a selection of the best players currently without a contract.

Dani Alves, 38, Brazil

Paulinho, 33, Brazil

Serge Aurier, 28, Ivory Coast

Nicolas N’Koulou, 31, Cameroon

Clement Grenier, 30, France

Oscar Romero, 29, Paraguay

Fernando, 29, Brazil

Gaston Ramirez, 30, Uruguay

Hatem Ben Arfa, 34, France

Robbie Brady, 29, Ireland

Jemerson, 29, Brazil

Mateo Musacchio, 31, Argentina

Eliaquim Mangala, 30, France

Sebastian Giovinco, 34, Italy

Sidnei, 32, Brazil

Diego Perotti, 33, Argentina

Jack Wilshere, 29, England

Iago Falque, 31, Spain

Giovani dos Santos, 32, Mexico

Kevin Mirallas, 33, Belgium

Marco Parolo, 36, Italy

Sergio Romero, 34, Argentina

Senad Lulic, 35, Bosnia

Daniel Sturridge, 33, England

The pick of the free agents is Serge Aurier. The defender and Tottenham agreed to mutually terminate his contract at the end of August and he represents a fantastic option for any club needing a right back.

Serge Aurier

Serge Aurier

At the age of 28, he is at the peak of his career and he has bags of experience at the top level having played for the likes of PSG, Spurs and appearing 69 times for Ivory Coast.

Another eye-catching player is Dani Alves. Despite now being 38, he proved at the summer Olympics that he is still playing at a high level.

And, course, he has enjoyed a glittering career with Brazil, Barcelona, Juventus, PSG, Sevilla and others.

Another good option on the list based on current form is Nicolas N’Koulou. He has won 75 caps for Cameroon, making him one of the most capped players in his country’s history.

He was one of Serie A’s steadiest defenders during his four years at Torino, leaving at the end of last term. He previously excelled with Marseille and is only 31. He would be a decent addition for many teams.