The 2022 summer transfer window has seen a rise in the number of stars leaving on free transfers, with players realizing the value in terminating their contract rather than agreeing to a contract renewal.
In the Premier League, Chelsea lost Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, who signed for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, while Alexandre Lacazette returned to Lyon and signed Nemanja Matic to Roma. Christian Eriksen joined Manchester United on his second free transfer in 2022, replacing Jesse Lingard in the squad, with the England player joining Nottingham Forest, also on a free transfer.
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From Italy, Ivan Perisic signed with Tottenham and Lorenzo Insigne, and Federico Bernadicki both moved to the MLS League to Toronto. Napoli also lost to Dries Mertens on free transfers, with the Belgium international joining Galatasaray.
Paulo Dybala left Juventus in tears and signed the Roma club led by Jose Mourinho. But the Turin-based club has signed two high-profile free signatures to make up for it.
Juventus have signed Paris Saint-Germain’s Angel Di Maria and re-sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United to replace outgoing Dybala.
In France, highly-rated young midfielder Boubacar Camara joined Aston Villa, while in Germany, Niklas Sule left Bayern Munich for Borussia Dortmund and Corentin Tolisso returned to Lyon.
From Spain, Isco signed with Seville, Gareth Bale moved to Los Angeles, and Ousmane Dembele renewed his contract with Barcelona after becoming a free agent.
None of them asked for a transfer fee.
Who are the best free transfers in football?
From July 1, just like every year, a whole group of players whose contracts have expired in their clubs became free agents.
Even when the September-December and February-July transfer window closes, clubs across Europe and the world can still sign these agents for free outside of normal transfer periods, meaning these players will be available throughout the 2022-23 campaign if they’re Unsigned before the transfer window is closed.
Here are the best free, unrelated proxies available to sign for nothing on Bosman Transfer.
Players out of contract
|player||age||nation||Site||The last club|
|Adnan Yanozay||27||Belgium||attacker||Real Sociedad|
|Edinson Cavani||35||Uruguay||attacker||Manchester United|
|Juan Mata||34||Spain||mf||Manchester United|
|Serge Aurier||29||Ivory Coast||defender||Villarreal|
|Dan Axel Zagadou||23||France||defender||Borussia Dortmund|
|Diego Costa||33||Spain||Street||Atletico Mineiro|
Arguably the group pick is now Florian Grelic, as well as Edinson Cavani and former Chelsea and Arsenal star Willian. Willian has been linked with a strange move to Fulham, while Cavani has reportedly been a target for Valencia.
Elsewhere, some of the game’s legends are available for free, such as Brazil star Marcelo and former Spain attacking midfielder Juan Mata.
Former Borussia Dortmund defender Dan Axel Zagado is still a free agent despite only 23 years old.