Free transfers can be a smart way to save money while poking holes in a roster after closing the transfer window. Some clubs, such as Juventus, have even built teams in recent years that are capable of fighting for the Champions League.

Premier League clubs can still retain talent until October 16, when the official registration window closes, which means there’s plenty of time to tinker and improve the squads before January.

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Here we have selected a top free option that is still available for every position on the field of play and suggested a potential applicant for the player.

Michel Vorm

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The former Swansea City and Tottenham goalkeeper is without a club for the second time in so many years after failing to hit new terms in north London. A goalkeeping crisis last fall meant Spurs signed the Dutchman again and he may be hoping for a similar situation at a Premier League club this year.

Vorm, who played 15 international matches from his country, was once considered one of the best netminders in English football, but at 36 he knows that his better days are in the past. Still, a club in need of experienced support could do much worse.

Possible applicant: Everton

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Nathaniel Clyne

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Liverpool had been interested in signing right-back Clyne for a couple of years before this summer. The English defender reportedly had nearly £ 100,000 a week at Anfield, despite having played second fiddle to Trent Alexander-Arnold in recent years.

The former Crystal Palace man is sure to find a home soon enough, though his salary expectations are likely to fall. He remains a solid defender who is comfortable on the ball and good at joining the attack. At 29 he still has a lot in the tank.

Possible applicant: A return to the palace

Eziquiel Garay

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The Uruguayan center-back would bring experience and even goals to a Premier League team in need of some defensive reinforcement. The 33-year-old has won trophies in Spain, Portugal and Russia in a brilliant career but was hit by the financial troubles in Valencia in 2020 and was advised that he could leave in the summer.

Garay played in the league more than 200 times and scored 20 goals in the division (which would be a reasonably decent return for a more offensive player). He is known for his aerial skills and his building game. Probably best used as cover in a top 6 club to shed some light on high quality defenders.

Possible applicant: Tottenham Hotspur

Adrian Mariappa

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A central defender who has played well over 150 Premier League games cannot be overlooked. Adrian Mariappa was able to terminate his contract in Watford this summer after the Hornets were relegated from the top division after a five-year stay.

At 34, Mariappa’s best days are behind him, but he remains a quick, dedicated defender who can knock the ball out of defense. At 5ft 10, the Jamaican is a little short and is not known for its aerial skills. Hence, he would probably be better for a side in the bottom half that tends to play with a back three.

Possible applicant: Fulham

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Gael Clichy

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The former Arsenal and Manchester City defender has played for Basaksehir in the top Turkish league for the past three years but is now without a club after terminating his contract.

The 35-year-old could still get a job for a Premier League team in midfield, most likely as a replacement for a younger left-back. Clichy has won everything in English football, having won three Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups while at Etihad. The Frenchman may have lost some of his old explosive pace, but his experience and technical ability cannot be questioned.

Possible applicant: Brighton

Jack Wilshere

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Wilson’s announcement via Twitter that he had agreed to prematurely terminate his contract with West Ham was difficult to read for many football fans. The 28-year-old Englishman seems to have taken the lead at Nou Camp yesterday and is being hailed as the naturally most talented midfielder of his generation.

It’s been three years since Wilshere last played more than eight games in a Premier League season (he played 27 games on loan to Bournemouth in 2016-17) and there is a feeling that injuries are both physical and effective have taken too much psychological toll. to a talented player.

Wilshere claims he can still get a job at a big club, but it can be imagined that he is not up to the heavy pushing required of many of the top 6 in England. Either a play-as-you-play deal at a club willing to show patience or a move to a slightly less physical location could do Jack for good.

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Yohan Cabaye

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Cabaye is known to Premier League fans for having conducted the orchestra in both Newcastle and Crystal Palace in earlier times. A big move from the former to PSG in 2014 never really worked out for the Frenchman – despite having won three league titles and two league cups in Paris – and he’s now without a club after a stint at Saint Etienne.

Cabaye may not be the most physical midfielder, but he remains a compact presence on the ball and can still get around the field. The 34-year-old could backup an existing playmaker in the Premier League – maybe a backup for Jonjo Shelvey at his old club?

Potential applicants: Newcastle United

Mario Mandzukic

Mario Mandzukic

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While some players on this list may have trouble competing against younger opponents in a top division again, the same cannot be said for Mario Mandzukic. The Croation forward remains an absolute machine and could still be a headache for elite defenders 10 years younger than him even at the age of 34.

Not only is Mandzukic fit and strong, he is also versatile, a leader and has won almost everything there is to be won in a phenomenal career, including 10 championship titles and a European crown.

The target man will have a long list of suitors and will have to decide if he wants to play every week or if he would like to offer a rotation option in a top club.

Potential applicants: Manchester City has a striker crisis?

Alen Halilovic

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The ‘Balkan Messi’ may have struggled to live up to their bill as one of the most exciting young talents in world football, but at just 24 years old, there is still time to revive his career.

In 2013, at just 16 years old, Halilovic became the youngest player to ever represent Croatia. However, the La Masia-trained attacking midfielder has been frustratingly inconsistent since leaving Barcelona during his time in Hamburg, Milan, Las Palmas and Heerenveen.

Some managers love a project, and if Halilovic rediscovers his genius, a club could have a player of serious value on their hands. It would also be a cheap game of chance if only a few teams were interested in his services.

Potential applicants: Leicester City looks without ideas when James Maddison is not there

Danny Welbeck

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Another player, Watford, was allowed to go free after the club was relegated to the championship last season. Welbeck’s weekly wage of £ 100,000 would not have been sustainable for a second division club and it would be hard to argue that the 29-year-old earns that type of wage package at his next club.

Welbeck is still a good player, but he doesn’t score enough to qualify as an elite striker. His versatility, stamina and pace are all valuable attributes, however, and there is no reason to believe that Welbeck cannot be an excellent option for a mid-to-low table team in the Premier League.

Potential applicants: Burnley

Daniel Sturridge

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Injuries and the loss of that explosive acceleration have seriously hampered the career of what was once considered England’s most talented finisher. At 31, Sturridge should still be enjoying the twilight of his prime in a Champions League club. Instead, he’s without an employer and there are few teams that want to bet on a player who just isn’t fit long enough.

However, when someone takes a risk and Strurridge reclaims some of his old magic, we’re talking about a player who can still score at least 15 goals per season. He spent the last season at Trabzonspor in Turkey, where he scored seven goals in 16 games – a really decent return to a new country. Could it be time to get home (even if you’re paying while playing a deal)?

Potential applicants: A return to West Brom?

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