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Top 10 players who are are still a free agent

Manav ChowdhuryManav Chowdhury

October 21 2023
Top 10 stars who are free agents after summer window 2023

These stars are without a club currently

A free agent is a player who is eligible to sign with other clubs or franchises; i.e., not under contract to any specific team. In the world of football, free agency provides players with the opportunity to explore new horizons, seek improved agreements, and embrace fresh challenges. Free agents do not have to be signed during the normal transfer window that is implemented in some country’s leagues. If they are signed by a team, the team signing them does not have to pay any fees. Here we look at the top ten players who are still free agents and still clubs can sign them:

10. Opa Nguette

He plays as an attacking midfielder and striker. Nguette was a France youth international, having represented his nation at the under-18 to under-20 level, before switching allegiance to Senegal. He is a tall and physically robust player, last time he played for Baniyas which competes in the UAE Pro League.

9. Jean-Philippe Gbamin

The defensive midfielder has represented the French national team at various age groups in international levels, Gbamin is also eligible to represent Ivory Coast at the international level due to his parents’ nationalities and his birthplace. In April 2017, it was announced that Gbamin had committed himself to playing for the Ivory Coast internationally. He made his senior debut for Ivory Coast in a 5–0 friendly loss to the Netherlands on 4 June 2017. He is known for his vision and intelligent play, last time he played for Premier League club Everton.

8. Nico Schulz

He has played for some big clubs in Germany like Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Monchengladbach, and has also represented Germany in various age groups at the International level, as a fullback his pace allows him to make recovery runs effectively, which is something really good. He is also quite good in one-on-one situations and he also has other quality attributes which can help him to get a good offer. He has also played for the national team and till now made twelve appearances in which he scored two goals.

7. Karim Bellarabi

From playing rough on the streets of Bremen to being called up to represent the German national team, former Bayer 04 Leverkusen winger Karim Bellarabi has come a long way from those humble beginnings, and it hasn’t always been an easy route to the top. By virtue of his mixed heritage, Bellarabi could have represented Morocco, Ghana or the country of his birth. But somehow he was convinced to represent the German team.

He is very strong in one-on-one situations and a very skilful player. He made his senior international debut for Germany on 11 October 2014 in a 2–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying defeat away to Poland, playing the full 90 minutes. On 13 June 2015, Bellarabi scored his first international goal in a 7–0 win against Gibraltar.

6. Helder Costa

Initially representing Portugal at youth and senior level, in 2021 he opted to represent the Angola national team. He is a versatile and very technical player who can play as a number ten as well as on the right wing. He is known for his skill, pace, trickery and creativity. Costa spent most of his career abroad, including at Deportivo de La Coruña in LaLiga and Monaco in Ligue 1. He also spent several years in England with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United, winning the EFL Championship with both.

5. Luis Gustavo

He began his career as a left-back but has played mostly as a defensive midfielder, and also as a centre-back. He spent almost a decade in Germany playing for some top clubs such as Bayern Munich. His last club was the Al-Nassr which competes in the Saudi Pro League. He also made forty appearances for the Brazil national team.

4. Jérôme Boateng

A versatile defender, Boateng primarily is a centre-back, although he can also play as a right-back. Physically strong and composed in possession, he has gained a reputation as a tough-tackling defender, with good passing and an ability to read the game. He played for Manchester City, and Bayern Munich and recently played for Lyon. There are still rumours that some clubs will want to sign him but still nothing yet confirmed. He has made seventy-six appearances for the German national team.

3. André Ayew

Born in France, Ayew has been a full international for Ghana since 2008 and has earned over 110 caps. At youth level, he starred for and captained the under-20 team that won both the 2009 African Youth Championship and the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He has played in three World Cups (2010, 2014 and 2022), as well as seven Africa Cup of Nations (2008, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021), helping them finish runners-up in 2010 and 2015. He has played in France, England and Qatar. He is still considered to be one of the best winger that Ghana ever had.

2. Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard Manchester United Saudi Pro League
Lingard could join Saudi side Al-Ettifaq FC on a free transfer

Lingard is a versatile attacking midfielder comfortable in an attacking midfield position. His mobility is also a big strength when he has the ball at his feet because he can carry play forward at pace and quickly change direction or decelerate to avoid pressure. Though he is known more as a player who creates chances or plays the pass before the assist, he also poses a significant goal threat. After some loan spells at other clubs like Derby County and West Ham, he signed for Forest last season in which he was unable to perform as per expectations.

1. David De Gea

An elegant and athletic keeper, De Gea is known in particular for his outstanding reflexes, agility, and shot-stopping ability between the posts, as well as his penchant for saving the ball with his feet, which enable him to produce acrobatic dives and spectacular saves. De Gea’s poor passing and lack of confidence with the ball at his feet was one of the reasons for the contrast between his performances with Manchester United and Spain. Gone from Old Trafford with no fanfare after 12 years and we’re past the stage where he is posting training videos on social media to remind everybody that he is still alive. 

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