Free agents: The best players available on a Bosman Transfer

FT Desk
  • FT Desk
  • Updated: 23 Nov 2022 19:17 GMT
  • 4 min read
FT Desk Updated: 23 Nov 2022 19:17 GMT 4 min read
Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United, 2022/23

A staggering €4.5 billion exchanged hands in the summer 2022 transfer window. But not everyone costs clubs a transfer fee…

In the Premier League, Chelsea lost both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, who signed for Real Madrid and Barcelona, respectively, while Alexandre Lacazette returned to Lyon and Nemanja Matic signed for Roma. Christian Eriksen joined Manchester United in his second free transfer move of 2022, taking Jesse Lingard's place in the squad, with the Englishman joining Nottingham Forest, also on a free transfer.

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From Italy, Ivan Perisic signed for Tottenham and Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernadeschi both jetted out to the MLS to Toronto. Napoli also lost Dries Mertens on a free transfers, with the Belgian international joining Galatasaray.

Paulo Dybala left Juventus in tears and signed for Jose Mourinho's AS Roma. But, the Turin-based club made two high-profile free transfer signings to make up for it. Juventus signed PSG's Angel Di Maria and re-signed Paul Pogba from Manchester United.

In France, highly-rated young midfielder Boubacar Kamara joined Aston Villa, whilst in Germany, Niklas Sule left Bayern Munich for Borussia Dortmund and Corentin Tolisso returned to Lyon.

From Spain, Isco signed for Sevilla, Gareth Bale moved to Los Angeles FC and Ousmane Dembele renewed his deal at Barcelona after becoming a free agent.

Not one of them commanded a transfer fee.

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The biggest name currently available on a free transfer is, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo, who had his contract rescinded by Man Utd in November.

Every year on July 1, a whole host of players whose contracts expire at their clubs become free agents.

Even when the transfer window is closed from September to December and February to July, clubs around Europe and the world can still sign these free agents outside of the regular transfer windows.

Below are the best free agents unattached and available to be signed for nothing on a Bosman Transfer.

Out of contract players

PlayerAgeCountryPositionLast Club
Cristiano Ronaldo37PortugalFWMan Utd
Artem Dzyuba34RussiaFWAdana Demirspor
Faouzi Ghoulam31AlgeriaDFNapoli
Adem Ljajic31SerbiaMFBesiktas
Simone Zaza31ItalyFWTorino
Fabio Martins29PortugalFWAl Wahda
Edgar Ié28PortugalDFTrabzonspor
Zakaria Labyad29MoroccoMFAjax
Enock Kwateng25FranceDFBordeaux
Danny Rose32EnglandDFWatford
Hatem Ben Arfa35FranceMFLille
Eliaquim Mangala31FranceDFSaint-Etienne
Nikola Maksimovic30SerbiaDFGenoa
Santiago Arias30ColombiaDFAtletico Madrid
Sofiane Feghouli32AlgeriaMFGalatasaray
Matej Vydra30CzechFWBurnley

Some legends of the game recently moved for nothing, namely ex-Spain stars Diego Costa and Juan Mata, who joined Wolves and Galatasaray respectively.

Ex-Chelsea star Danny Drinkwater has also recently found a new club, joining Mata in Turkey at İstanbul Basaksehir.