Pogba, Eriksen and the players to move on a Free Transfer this summer

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith Updated: 11 Aug 2022 20:23 BST 9 min read
Paul Pogba Juventus

Paul Pogba, Christian Eriksen, Paulo Dybala and Franck Kessie are just four examples of players to move on a free transfer so far this summer.

Free transfers have become an increasing vital tool for leading clubs in the market, and the summer of 2022 has simply confirmed their importance, with high value players avaialble for transfer without requiring a transfer fee.

Even more stars may well follow in the weeks to come as the transfer market settles down and teams gear up for the start of their respective seasons. A transfer market panic often happens as the deadline approaches ever closer, and so with several players still available on a Bosman deal, they may be picked up before the window draws to a close.

With the transfer window still open several weeks after the season begins, clubs will be able to assess the strengths and weaknesses left in their squad, which could see several more free transfer moves.

Those players that do move on a Bosman deal will follow in the footsteps of the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos and Memphis Depay, who all moved on free transfers in 2021, showing that even the greatest players in the game can now move without a transfer fee.

This summer so far has already seen several big moves with no transfer fee attached. For example, Ousmane Dembele decided to sign a second deal Barcelona in order to continue his stay at Camp Nou, but he was a free agent for several days after his first contract the club expired. On the other hand, his international team-mate Pogba opted to leave Manchester United to re-join Juventus after his deal at Old Trafford expired, although he picked up an injury just weeks into his second spell at Juventus.

However, Pogba isn’t the only free transfer arrival for the Bianconeri this summer, either, with Angel Di Maria also joining the club on a Bosman deal. Paulo Dybala left Turin to join Roma on a free deal.

Barcelona have also been active in the free agent market, picking up Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen for nothing from Milan and Chelsea respectively.

Luka Jovic’s move to Fiorentina, Arturo Vidal’s transfer to Flamengo and Aaron Ramsey's move to Nice aren’t included in this list as their contracts didn’t expire this month, they were simply let go after a contarct termination.

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Premier League free transfer signings

PlayerFromTo
Christian EriksenBrentfordMan Utd
Ivan PerisicInterTottenham
Jesse LingardMan UtdNottingham Forest
Boubacar KamaraMarseilleAston Villa
Stefan OrtegaArminia BielefeldMan City
Thomas StrakoshaLazioBrentford
James TarkowskiBurnleyEverton
Fraser ForsterSouthamptonTottenham
Sam JohnstoneWest BromCrystal Palace
Malcolm EboiweiDerbyCrystal Palace
Ben MeeBurnleyBrentford
Mateusz LisAltaySouthampton
Ryan FredericksWest HamBournemouth
Joe RothwellBlackburnBournemouth
Wayne HennesseyCrystal PalaceNottingham Forest
NetoBarcelonaBournemouth
Alfie MawsonFulhamWycombe
Joel RoblesBetisLeeds

Antonio Conte has been reunited with his former Inter Milan pupil Ivan Perisic, while Erik ten Hag has also linked back up with Christian Eriksen, who trained with Ajax and then played for Brentford after leaving San Siro in 2021.

Aston Villa have snatched one of France’s most promising young midfielders in Boubacar Kamara, while Stefan Ortega has arrived as Ederson’s back-up at Manchester City.

Frank Lampard has addressed the issues in the Everton backline by adding Burnley’s James Tarkowski, while Thomas Strakosha will compete with David Raya for a starting spot at Brentford.

Ben Mee joined Tarkowski in leaving Burnley to return to the Premier League, signing for Thomas Frank's Brentford along with Strakosha.

Jesse Lingard was one of a group of players to leave Manchester United upon their contract expiry this summer and has joined Nottingham Forest, despite interest from West Ham.

La Liga free transfer signings

PlayerFromTo
Antonio RudigerChelseaReal Madrid
Andreas ChristensenChelseaBarcelona
Franck KessieMilanBarcelona
Axel WitselBorussia DortmundAtletico Madrid
Luiz FelipeLazio Real Betis
Pepe ReinaLazioVillarreal
Samu CastillejoMilanValencia
Sergio AsenjoVillerrealReal Valladolid
Jose Luis MoralesLevanteVillarreal
Ruben PenaVillarrealOsasuna
JoseluAlavesEspanyol
Unai LopezAthletic BilbaoRayo Vallecano
Joseba ZalduaReal SociedadCadiz
Kiko CasillaLeedsGetafe
Fernando PachecoAlavesAlmeria
IscoReal MadridSevilla

Former Chelsea defensive duo Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have caught the eye this summer with their moves to Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.

The Danish international isn’t the only free transfer arrival at Barcelona this summer though, with Franck Kessie joining from AC Milan.

Axel Witsel has left Borussia Dortmund to join Atletico Madrid, while Copa del Rey winners Real Betis have added the quality of Luiz Felipe and Betis' neighbours Sevilla swooped to bring Isco in from Madrid.

Serie A free transfer signings

PlayerFromTo
Paul PogbaMan UtdJuventus
Angel Di MariaPSGJuventus
Paulo DybalaJuventusRoma
Henrikh MkhiteryanRomaInter
Andre OnanaAjaxInter
Divock OrigiLiverpoolMilan
Nemanja MaticMan UtdRoma
Matias VecinoInterLazio
Alessio RomagnoliMilanLazio
Andrea RanocchiaInterMonza
Mattia DestroGenoaEmpoli
Nuehen PerezAtletico MadridUdinese
Mile SvilarBenficaRoma
Tomas RinconTorinoSampdoria
Festy OboseleDerbyUdinese
Salvatore SiriguGenoaNapoli

Juventus have yet again stolen the headlines in the free transfer market by signing Pogba, Di Maria and Dybala. The Old Lady have been experts in making Bosman moves in recent years, with Andrea Pirlo, Sami Khedira and Pogba himself back in 2012, three examples of successful free transfers.

Pogba’s former Man Utd team-mate Nemanja Matic has also arrived in Serie A, linking up with Jose Mourinho for the third time in his career, this time at Roma.

Liverpool icon Divock Origi has left Anfield to join reigning Scudetto champions AC Milan.

Bundesliga free transfer signings

PlayerFromTo
Niklas SuleBayern MunichBorussia Dortmund
Noussair MazraouiAjaxBayern Munich
Matthias GinterBorussia MonchengladbachFreiburg
Randal Kolo MuaniNantesEintracht Frankfurt
Jonjoe KennyEvertonHertha Berlin
Niklas StarkHertha BerlinWerder Bremen
Maya YoshidaSampdoriaSchalke
Oliver BurkeSheffield UnitedWerder Bremen
Danny da CostaEintracht FrankfurtMainz
Mitchell WeiserBayer LeverkusenWerder Bremen
Michael GregoritschAugsburgFreiburg
Jordi Osei-TutuArsenalBochum
Anthony CaciStrasbourgMainz
Danilho DoekhiVitesseUnion Berlin
Grischa PromelUnion BerlinHoffenheim
Jordan LarssonSpartakSchalke

Bayern have been busy in the transfer market this summer, with free signing Noussair Mazraoui set to provide competition for Benjamin Pavard at right-back.

The Bavarians have lost Niklas Sule, however, on a Bosman deal to their rivals Borussia Dortmund. Former BVB star Matthias Ginter has joined Freiburg from Borussia Monchengladbach.

Ligue 1 free transfer signings

PlayerFromTo
Alexandre LacazetteArsenalLyon
Corentin TolissoBayern MunichLyon
Steve MandandaMarseilleRennes
Chancel MbembaPrtoMarseille
Karamoko DembeleCelticBrest
Wahbi KhazriSt. EtienneMontpellier
Jonas MartinRennesLille
Maxime GonalonsGranadaClermont
Remy CabellaMontpellierLille
Akim ZedadkaClermontLille
Thomas DelaineMetzStrasbourg
Alexis SanchezInter MilanMarseille
IsmailyShakhtar DonetskLille
Aaron RamseyJuventusNice

Lyon have dipped into the free transfer market to re-sign two of their former stars. Alexandre Lacazette has returned from Arsenal, while Corentin Tolisso has re-joined from Bayern Munich.

2020/21 champions Lille have strengthened their squad by adding three players on a free transfer, namely Jonas Martin, Remy Cabella and Akim Zedadka.

Marseille, meanwhile, have clinched one of the more eye-catching deals of the summer by bringing in Alexis Sanchez from Inter.

Rest of the World free transfer signings

PlayerFromTo
Gareth BaleReal MadridLAFC
Giorgio ChielliniJuventusLAFC
Lorenzo InsigneNapoliToronto
Federico BernadeschiJuventusToronto
Douglas CostaJuventusLA Galaxy
Dani AlvesBarcelonaPumas
FernandinhoMan CityAthletico Paranaense
Roman BurkiBorussia DortmundSt Louis City
Jose CallejonFiorentinaGranada
David OspinaNapoliAl-Nassr
Burak YilmazLilleFortuna Sittard
Romain SaissWolvesBesiktas
MarcalWolvesBotafogo
Xavi SimonsPSGPSV
Sime VrsaljkoAtletico MadridOlympiacos
Lucas LeivaLazioGremio
Cenk TosunEvertonBesiktas
Andriy YarmolenkoWest HamAl-Ain
Hector HerreraAtletico MadridHouston Dynamo
Marwin HitzBorussia DortmundBasel
Mario GasparVillarrealWatford
Emre MorCelta VigoKaragumruk
Walter BenitezNicePSV
Jose CallejonFiorentinaGranada
Jens Stryger LarsenUdineseTrabzonspor
Dries MertensNapoliGalatasaray
Sergio RomeroVeneziaBoca
Matt MiazgaChelseaCincinnati
Riqui PuigBarcelonaLa Galaxy
Arturo VidalInterFlamengo
Luis SuarezAtleticoNacional

Gareth Bale’s move from Real Madrid to Los Angeles FC is the biggest free transfer move outside Europe, but it’s one of several to the MLS.

The Wales international will be accompanied by Douglas Costa, Giorgio Chiellini, Lorenzo Insigne, Federico Bernadeschi and Hector Herrera in the United States.

Both Lucas Leiva and Fernandinho have left Europe to return to Brazil.

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