The two-month long transfer window was not long enough for a number of clubs in the Premier League even after more than a billion spent before the deadline day. However, time has not yet run out as these clubs can still sign free-agents who were not able to find a club in the transfer window. Players who were out of contract at the end of the previous season and were not offered a new one at the club will now be given another chance at another place to prove themselves.
There are a number of free-agents that are up for grabs at the moment but here are three that might attract a lot of interest in the weeks to come.
Arsenal’s former no.20 midfielder has been a servant of the club for 7 years in two different spells and was not offered a contract by Arsene Wenger who let go of a number of players from his position. He made just 16 league appearances for the club in the previous season and was mostly used as a third choice with the likes of Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla preferred in the midfield.
He has gathered a lot of experience from his days not only in England but also in Italy and France and will be a great addition for most clubs in the Premier League. Though the likes of AS Roma and AC Milan (one of his former clubs) were reportedly interested, Premier League outfit Crystal Palace are now regarded as front runners for his signature and Mathieu will surely add some mettle to Pardew’s side.
The only non-Premier League player that makes the cut is the Uruguayan defender who is now considered surplus to requirements for the Italian Champions. The former Barcelona man moved to Turin in 2012 on a loan and impressed enough to get himself a 3-year contract after the end of the first season on loan. He, however, was not able to extend his stay at Juventus and is now looking for a new club.
The 29-year old who has 69 caps for his country is one of the most experienced players available as a free-agent at the moment and is already attracting interests from the Premier League. Antonio Conte, who already spent on Marcus Alonso and David Luiz to add to his defense now wants the centre-back/ full-back on a free to add to his squad. It will be a decent addition given the lack of options for the manager due to the injury to Kurt Zouma.
The last player on the list and the only attacker to make it is Togo international Emmanuel Adebayor. The 32-year old moved to the Premier League back in 2006 and has since played for Manchester City, Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace in that order in the last 7 years. His productivity has been decreasing over the course but his killer instinct is something that cannot be taken away and if given the right setup, he can still thrive in the Premier League.
At 32, the Togo international still has a lot to offer to the sport and will be a valuable addition for most teams in the league.