After having a look at the list below, Europe’s top club sides may not have to spend huge amounts of cash on players in the summer as some of the continent’s best are available for nothing, with Chelsea’s man of the moment Didier Drogba being one of the picks.
The Ivory Coast striker aside, Into The Top Corner check’s out the best of the rest of the free transfers. Have we missed anyone out?
10. Khalid Boulahrouz (Stuttgart)
Chelsea’s former defender is nicknamed ‘The Cannibal’ because he supposedly eats up opponents, so Arsenal and QPR – who could both benefit from strengthening at the back – may find him useful to have on board!
9. Danijel Pranjic (Bayern Munich)
Sunderland were so desperate for a left-back in January that they signed Wayne Bridge on loan from Man City. Pranjic would be ambitious signing, but don’t be surprised to see a top club provide competition for the 30-year-old Croat’s signature.
8. Daniel van Buyten (Bayern Munich)
Van Buyten may be 34, but he’s still one of Europe’s top stoppers and Harry Redknapp has proved in capturing Ryan Nelsen that he’s not afraid of buying the odd golden oldie. Surely better than the centre backs currently at Tottenham…
7. Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace)
Crystal Palace’s 20-year-old right back was a £3m target for Man United in the January transfer window, but will now wait until his contract runs out when only compensation will be necessary to land the England U-21 star.
6. Mark van Bommel (AC Milan)
Van Bommel has enjoyed an illustrious career playing in the Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Italy, so could England be his next destination? Still as combative as ever, with Spurs sniffing around before he moved to current club Milan, the Dutchman’s steel and experience would boost a Tottenham squad that needs strengthening to sustain a challenge at the top
5. Ivica Olic (Bayern Munich)
At 32, Olic is a powerful and dynamic striker, who could provide Liverpool with back-up for Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll. In fact, he might even score more goals than them!
4. Hugo Rodallega (Wigan Athletic)
At the time Spurs, QPR and Fulham expressed interest in Colombian Rodallega earlier this season, Wigan looked nailed on for relegation from the Premier League, so it will be interesting to see what happens with him being a free agent this summer.
3. Cristian Chivu (Inter Milan)
A Champions League winner under Jose Mourinho and a Serie A winner with Roberto Mancini – one of these managers is likely to be in charge at Man City for the 2012/13 season.
2. Diego (On Loan at Atletico Madrid from Wolfsburg)
Attacking midfielder Diego is still only 27 and has won more than 30 caps for Brazil. He’s impressed on loan at Atletico Madrid this season.
1. Salomon Kalou (Chelsea)
Until his vital goal for Chelsea against Benfica in the Champions League quarter final, ‘Kalouless’ as he was known by some Blues fans looked like he would definitely be leaving in the summer. However, a recent run of starting berths have garnered him more praise, though Liverpool and Tottenham might be able to offer him more opportunities to play