With 3 months of the season left, here’s a look at some of the high profile players from the Premier League which any club can sign for free as their contracts run out in June.
After such a brilliant start to his Arsenal career, 31 year old, Andrei Arshavin has suffered a major fall from grace – first, losing his place to Theo Walcott and now, having fully drifted into obscurity, barely making the bench. Having said this, he is still a great technical player with experience who would be a very good free signing and with Reading and Fulham linked in the past, the Russian may still be in the Premier League next season.
Arguably Chelsea’s biggest legend, 34 year old, Frank Lampard could leave Stamford Bridge for free due to Chelsea’s new ‘over 30’ policy. While he has indeed lost a yard of pace, his experience and quality will always remain as Chelsea fans will argue and the England international could join another top European club.
Banished to the reserves, 32 year old, Florent Malouda will in all probability leave Chelsea at the end of the season but he can still prove to be a vital player with his experience both for club and country. France would be the likely destination or if Malouda wants to remain in England, he could go to an inferior club for free.
31 year old, Kolo Toure has been 4th choice at Manchester City for a while now and is probably leaving at the end of the season. However, his performance against Chelsea recently showed he can still produce the goods when they matter and interest will definitely be high in the Ivorian, come the summer.
34 year old, Rio Ferdinand may have been snubbed by England manager, Roy Hodgson but his performances for club have improved drastically ever since and has remained a regular for Manchester United, delighting their fans in the process. However, his contract is up at the end of the season and while he may be old, it is likely that he will get a short term extension. If that is not the case however and Sir Alex Ferguson chooses to promote Chris Smalling or Phil Jones instead, there will be many suitors ready to prise Ferdinand away from Old Trafford.