The Fight for the 4th Place | A Decisive Fixture21 February 2020 / Miguel Coelho
Who's coming on top Saturday? Chelsea or Tottenham?
With the beginning of the new year, a new winter transfer market will be open and many players will be able to start negotiating with other teams before being able to leave for free within 6 months. Eriksen, Cavani, Willian, Mertens or Matuidi are some of the stars that will finish their contracts in June 2020, and they could become great signings without cost as once were Pogba, Ibrahimovic or Lewandowski, among many others. Next, we review the most important free signings of recent years.
Undoubtedly one of the best signings in the history of football, as Bayern Munich still enjoys the free signing they got in 2013 when the Polish striker left Borussia Dortmund after the end of his contract. The Bavarian team left its great rival without its main figure, and since then they have won the Bundesliga five times with Lewandowski as the league's top scorer in four of them.
The French midfielder belonged to Manchester United in his youth, but he barely played and ended up leaving for Juventus as a free agent in 2012. During the next four seasons, Pogba became a Serie A star and won the league title in each one of the campaigns he stayed with the 'Vecchia Signora', in addition to claiming the Golden Boy award in 2013. As if that were not enough, in 2016 United ended up paying 105 million euros to recover the player in one of the most expensive transfers of history.
After an excellent spell with Paris Saint-Germain, which included a total of 12 titles, Ibrahimovic left for Manchester United for free in 2016. Although an injury left him out at the end of the season, the Swede scored 28 goals in his first campaign and helped the English team to win the League Cup and the Europa League, in addition to ensuring their return to the Champions League. The following year he would end up leaving for free to the MLS to play in the LA Galaxy.
After an extraordinary performance with Barcelona, ??the Brazilian player ended up leaving for free in the summer of 2016 even though he still had one year left on his contract. Time would end by demonstrating the great mistake made by the Catalan club's board since even at 33, Dani Alves showed that he was still the best right-back in the world and helped Juventus get the Italian Cup and League titles in his only season at the club. At the end of his contract, he went as a free agent to PSG, where he continued adding titles to his endless collection.
The signing of Pirlo from Milan to Juventus in 2011 was unexpected because of the quality of the player and because it occurred free of charge among great rivals. The midfielder had spent 10 years as a ‘rossonero’ and with 32 years he still had a lot to offer, as demonstrated by the four consecutive Series A titles won by the ‘Vecchia Signora’ since his arrival.
James Milner from Manchester City to Liverpool, Raúl from Real Madrid to Schalke, Santi Cazorla from Arsenal to Villarreal, Jesús Navas from Manchester City to Sevilla, Sami Khedira from Real Madrid to Juventus or Miroslav Klose from Bayern Munich to Juventus are others of the great transfers that were completed without any cost and that gave enormous results to their new clubs. The story could be repeated from January and many fans are already dreaming with the big names that could join their clubs for free.
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