THE transfer window may be closed – but the clubs can STILL do business.
Quite a number of players are available for free transfers, just waiting for their chance to prove that they still have something to offer.
There are former England internationals, Ballon d’Or candidates and a couple of much-maligned center-backs who recently played in north London.
Here SunSport is looking at a delicious first XI of free transfers that could seduce some clubs into a final summer deal.
It was no surprise that Manchester United was released Sergio Romero this summer.
He had somehow managed to slip to fourth choice behind 38-year-old Lee Grant in the goalkeeper ranking.
The 34-year-old has made 96 caps for Argentina, so he can’t be that bad – even though the last of those caps was in 2018.
Sergio Romero is available for free following his Manchester United sackingPhoto credit: PA
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In the center half, we picked two players who probably think they have something to prove in the Premier League.
David Luiz is a full Brazilian international but is unfortunately known more for his mistakes than his off-defense skills.
And Arsenal fans won’t have shed tears, though Shkodran Mustafi followed him out the Emirates exit door this summer.
On the left is the reliable one Neil Taylor. Best known for his days at Swansea, his career ended at Aston Villa, but at 32 he should still have a lot to offer.
Right-back is one of the surprises of this transfer window, Serge Aurier.
The Ivorian reached a deal with Tottenham to dissolve his contract after four years with the Londoners.
He has even been linked to a move to Barcelona so there should be a lot of applicants for the 28-year-old.
Serge Aurier terminated his Tottenham contract six months earlierPhoto credit: PA
Jack Wilshere and Nabil Bentaleb will be the linchpin of the midfield.
England international Wilshere, with 34 caps, heartbreakingly revealed how he considered retiring after being fired from Bournemouth as he struggled to find a club.
You will be surprised to learn that Bentaleb is only 26 years old. He started his Prem career at Tottenham and also played for Newcastle.
There’s a lot of attacking power ahead of the pair, with a Ballon d’Or nomination Franck Ribery along with ex-Middlesbrough and Southampton Mann Gaston Ramirez and former Newcastle cult hero Hatem Ben Arfa.
Jack Wilshere has admitted that he was considering retiringPhoto credit: Reuters
At the top is the former star from Liverpool and England Daniel Sturridge.
The 32-year-old last played a game more than 17 MONTHS ago and recently trained for Spanish club Real Mallorca.
Sturridge was banned for four months for violating the betting rules and saw his Trabzonspor contract torn up.
His impressive résumé includes times at Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, where everything collapsed for him under Jürgen Klopp.
Daniel Sturridge last played for Trabzonspor more than 17 months agoPhoto credit: Getty
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