Football is replete with transfers. Trophies are difficult to win without a proper transfer strategy.
In such a competitive market, only wealthy teams can afford to spend large sums on huge signings. Free agents, on the other hand, provide an opportunity for other teams to get a good deal.
When a team signs a player who has been released at the conclusion of his contract, this is known as a free transfer or a Bosman transfer.
When quality players’ pay expectations aren’t met or they’re ready for a change, this type of situation frequently arises. Many top players have left as free agents and have found success with their new teams.
Now let’s look ahead to 2022, when we’ll look at the five most valuable midfielders who will be free agents this summer.
- Jesse Lingard-€20 million
The long-standing relationship between Jesse Lingard and Manchester United could come to an end this year. At Old Trafford, the Englishman is at the bottom of the hierarchy. Despite a strong showing on loan at West Ham United last season, he was unable to persuade Manchester United to give him additional game time.
The attacking midfielder had the option to leave United in the summer, but he chose to stay and battle for his spot. Lingard’s inventiveness and experience would have been ideal additions to any Premier League team’s roster. But that didn’t happen, as Lingard is currently in the midst of another another season in which he hardly plays.
In his 229 appearances for Manchester United, Lingard has 35 goals and 21 assists to his name. Ralf Rangnick’s future with the English international is uncertain. As he aims to make the England team for the 2022 World Cup, a move to a mid-table Premier League side would be a sensible choice for him.
- Boubacar Kamara-€25 million
Boubacar Kamara is a Ligue 1 midfielder who now represents Marseille. He is most effective in defensive midfield, right ahead of the backline, but he can also play as a centre back. His contract expires in a few months, and he is presently valued at €25 million.
Kamara has spent his entire career at Marseille, but he may leave in the summer. As his contract dispute unfolds, a number of Premier League clubs have kept an eye on him over the last year. His qualities would be at home in the Premier League of England.
For his boyhood club, the 22-year-old has made 155 appearances. A senior call-up could be in the cards for the midfielder, who has represented France at all levels since he was a teenager. Signing him on a free transfer would be a coup for any team, especially given his age and potential.
- Marcelo Brozovic-€40 million
For the duration of his career, Marcelo Brozovic has gone unnoticed. The Croatian has struggled to create headlines because he is surrounded by colleagues Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, and Mateo Kovacic. Regardless, the midfielder would be at home in any European midfield trio.
Croatian midfielder Ante Rebic is mostly a defensive player. His passing ability, on the other hand, allows him to operate effectively in both central and attacking midfield. Inter Milan’s 29-year-old midfielder has 279 appearances for the club, scoring 26 goals and providing 35 assists.
Due to financial difficulties, the reigning Serie A winners were forced to sell players such as Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi last summer. Another of their great players, Brozovic, is likely to leave the San Siro. He would be a fantastic free agent, despite his age.
- Franck Kessie-€48 million
In normal conditions, Franck Kessie would be a very expensive player. If he does not renew his contract, though, he may become a free agent. The midfield maestro from Milan is presently valued at €40 million, putting him in second place on our list.
For the seven-time Champions League winners, the Ivorian has appeared in nearly 200 games. In Stefano Pioli’s machine, he is a necessary gear. If they are entrusted with finding Kessie’s replacement, the Serie A leaders will have their work cut out for them.
For the modern box-to-box midfielder, Kessie’s attributes are essential. Barcelona is said to be interested in signing the 25-year-old. It’ll be intriguing to see how his contract issue plays out, as well as whether he joins a new team this summer.
- Paul Pogba-€55 million
The transfer of Paul Pogba from Manchester United to Juventus in 2012 was arguably one of the best in recent history. The Old Lady reaped significant benefits from his services before selling him back to Manchester United in 2016 for a sweet profit of €105 million.
Pogba hasn’t exactly lived up to expectations at Old Trafford, despite forming a deadly three with Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo at Juventus. Despite flashes of brilliance in the Premier League, Pogba has only scored 29 goals and assisted 41 times in 149 games for United.
His attitude and work off the ball have both been lacking. Pogba, who is still only 28 years old, would thrive in a club that would provide him with more security. Pogba might be a terrific free transfer this summer if a team with a quality defensive midfielder is able to get him.