The best players in Europe available for FREE this summer, including Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars

29 Apr

Arsenal’s decision to allow Aaron Ramsey to leave the Emirates for free looks worse on an almost daily basis.

The Wales international, who is suffering from a hamstring injury, will join Juventus this summer when his contract expires after more than a decade in north London.

Aaron Ramsey bid farewell to Arsenal on Sunday

Clubs across Europe will be well aware the dangers of letting your best stars leave for nothing.

Some of the best clubs in the world, however, have failed to agree new contracts for their stars and could face a similar dilemma to Unai Emery.

Check out talkSPORT.com’s list below of best players from across Europe who could follow Ramsey and walk away for nothing.

David Luiz (Chelsea)

David Luiz is in his second spell at Chelsea

The Brazilian defender may have his critics but he has huge experience and was a key part of Chelsea’s Premier League title success in 2016/17.

Chelsea want to keep the 32-year-old but no new deal has been agreed and, as it stands, he will leave in the summer.

Once the world’s most expensive defender, Luiz has made more than 500 appearances in his club career and has 52 caps for Brazil.

Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)

Diego Godin could be set to leave Spain

Although a move to Inter is widely expected, there is no official word as to where Godin will be playing next season.

The 34-year-old was reportedly close to signing for Manchester United, but then pulled out of a deal when Atletico seemingly agreed to meet his demands.

However, nothing was signed and so Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be tempted to go back in for the experienced Uruguay international again this summer should a move to Inter not materialise.

James Milner (Liverpool)

The teetotal midfielder is a model professional for young players

Despite featuring 30 times in the Premier League for Liverpool, Milner is still yet to agree a new deal at Anfield.

Versatile, athletic and a consummate professional, signing the former England international would be a shrewd move for any manager in the English top flight.

With Norwich City and Sheffield United set to feature in the Premier League without much recognised experience, a deal for Milner could be perfect – although it will be a big surprise if Jurgen Klopp doesn’t keep him at Anfield.

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

Daniel Sturridge has been with Liverpool for six years

Liverpool are also set to let Daniel Sturridge go this summer. The striker has undoubted quality and was outstanding in the 2013/14 season when Liverpool went so close to winning the Premier League title, firing 21 goals.

But since then he has struggled with injury and has appeared in just 25 Premier League games for Liverpool over the past two seasons.

He has been part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad in recent weeks and started against Newcastle at the weekend but a new contract looks unlikely.

Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain)

Exiled to the reserves, Rabiot is still a talented player

After falling out with Thomas Tuchel at Paris Saint-Germain, Rabiot was banished to the reserves and has not played for the Ligue 1 champions since December.

A move to Barcelona in the January window seemed certain, but when it fell through, Rabiot sacked his mother as his agent.

Tottenham Hotspur were linked with a potential move, but it seems as though Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United are now the frontrunners.

Yacine Brahimi (FC Porto)

Direct, tricky and pacy, Brahimi could be perfect for the Premier League

The winger is expected to leave Portugal at the end of the season, despite his good form directly resulting in Porto reaching the Primeira Liga summit.

Direct, tricky and with an eye for goal, the Algerian is seemingly perfectly suited for the Premier League and has been linked with moves to West Ham United and Watford.

At 29, his next move is likely to be his most important so expect to see the mercurial forward in high demand.

Mario Balotelli (Marseille)

Unplayable on his day, the Italian striker could be on the move this summer

Time is running out on the gloriously controversial striker’s glittering career but the demand will surely still be high.

Now at Marseille, Mino Raiola is guiding the Italy international’s career and is likely to try to tempt clubs in England into making a move.

After flopping at Liverpool, it is unlikely to see the striker in England again. But do not be surprised to see a bidding war develop in Europe for the 28-year-old.

Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow)

Once seen as the future of Russian football, there is still time for the midfielder to leave his mark

Injuries have halted Dzagoev’s progress since he burst onto the scene, but the Russia international is still a fine playmaker.

Capable of playing off of the left or through the midfield, the 28-year-old has an eye for goal and would fit into many different styles of play.

Should a team sign him and he maintain his fitness, it could prove to be one of the signings of the summer.

Hector Herrera (FC Porto)

Herrera is a full Mexico international and a natural leader

After six seasons in Portugal, Porto captain Herrera seems set to leave the Dragons and follow teammate Brahimi onto pastures new.

Although Madrid rivals Atletico and Real are expected to do battle for the services of the midfielder, Premier League sides could be kicking themselves if they let the star go without a fight.

Dependable and strong, expect to see Herrera get a big move.

Max Kruse (Werder Bremen)

A move to London possibly beckons for Kruse

At 31, Kruse is surely at the peak of his powers and he has enjoyed a fantastic season in the Bundesliga – scoring 11 goals and grabbing nine assists.

A full Germany international, the forward has never played outside of his native country and could be set to test himself in the summer.

Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace have been linked for the Bremen captain and a Premier League move could be perfect.

Juan Mata (Manchester United)

The Spaniard is one of the most likeable players in world football

Juan Mata does not appear to have a future at Manchester United.

Signed by David Moyes in January 2014, the Spaniard has given United fans plenty of wonderful memories with important and eye-catching goals in big games.

A return to La Liga possibly beckons, with former side Valencia the front-runners to make a deal happen. Brighton have also been tipped to make a surprise approach though.

Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)

Arjen Robben’s time at Bayern Munich is coming to an end

After joining from Real Madrid in 2009, Robben has made more than 300 competitive appearances for the Bavarians and won seven Bundesliga title as well as the Champions League.

“I’m 35 in the summer and I think it’s good for everyone, including myself and the club. I’m still very happy at the club, but the point is also coming where you say, now it’s okay.”

Although defenders know exactly what he is going to do once he gets the ball on the right touchline, his consistency and accuracy make him still a worthy signing for many top-flight clubs in Europe.

Danny Welbeck

Welbeck is leaving Arsenal after five years at the north London club

Arsenal announced on Sunday that Danny Welbeck will leave the club this summer.

The striker, 28, has not played since he sustained a broken ankle during a Europa League match in November and is out of contract on June 30.

The news broke after Welbeck was honoured in front of the Emirates Stadium crowd alongside the soon to be departing Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech following the Gunners’ 1-1 draw with Brighton on Sunday.

Welbeck joined Arsenal from United in 2014 and won the FA Cup with the north London side, where he was often utilised as an attacking option off the bench.

And he could be an attractive asset on the cheap for another Premier League club, with EvertonWest Ham and Newcastle all reportedly showing interest in the forward.

Franck Ribery

Franck Ribery – 8
Ribery has no plans to hang up his boots just yet

Veteran winger Franck Ribery is set to leave Bayern Munich when his contract expires in the summer.

The Frenchman won 21 trophies, including eight Bundesliga titles and a Champions League crown during a hugely successful 12-year spell with the Bavarian outfit.

And the 36-year-old has revealed he has no plans to hang up his boots just yet.

“When I came to Bayern, it was a dream come true,” said the former France international.

“It won’t be easy to say goodbye, but we must never forget what we’ve achieved together, we’ve won so much together – more than 20 honours.

“I don’t have a concrete plan for next season yet. I’m not sure where I can go to play football. I will keep playing but nothing is 100 per cent certain yet.”

Ribery scored 123 goals in 422 appearances after joining from Marseille in 2007.

Aaron Ramsey Latest: Five transfer targets Arsenal could sign in the summer window to replace Juventus-bound star

10 Jan

Aaron Ramsey seems set for a move to Juventus in the summer as the Serie A side look set to complete another sensational free transfer.

To add to every Arsenal fan’s woe, boss Unai Emery has reaffirmed his desire to only complete loan deals this month.

Ramsey seems set for Serie A next season

The Wales international’s contract at the Emirates is up in six months and, according to reports, he will become the second highest-earner at the Turin side.

With a whopping £8million signing-on fee as well, the 27-year-old is in line to be a very rich man by the time he puts on the famous black and white shirt.

So where does that leave Arsenal? Considering Liverpool and Manchester United were sniffing after the midfielder, the Gunners can take solace Ramsey decided to not follow Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri by signing for domestic rivals.

Regardless, the north Londoners are in need of a replacement and the list of transfer targets seems to be growing by the day.

Below, talkSPORT.com will aim to list just five of those names and explain why they would fit seamlessly into Unai Emery’s side.

Scroll down to see the entire list of potential transfer targets.

Piotr Zielinski – Napoli

Zielinski in Serie A action

The Poland international nearly moved to Liverpool in 2016, until current Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri went all out to sign the midfielder for Napoli.

‘He will be the next Kevin De Bruyne’, Sarri confidently declared. With a buyout clause of €60million in contract, signing the 24-year-old would be seen as an investment as well as an impact signing.

His three goals in Serie A this season does not exactly qualify as prolific, but the attacking midfielder is certainly a star for the future.

How could they line up with him?

Zielinski could slot into the No.10 role

Denis Suarez – Barcelona

Emery is keen on a reunion with the Spaniard

Perhaps the biggest story of the window thus far has been the Barca star’s desire to leave the Camp Nou – with Arsenal his preferred destination.

A former student of Emery’s at Sevilla, the 25-year-old wants regular game time. His versatility and attacking instincts make him a prime target to replace Ramsey.

According to Spanish publication Marca, the personal terms on a deal have been agreed so watch this space.

How could they line up with him?

Arsenal could be electric next season with Suarez

Dani Parejo – Valencia

The midfielder is a set-piece specialist

A former target for Liverpool and Manchester United, the deep-lying midfielder was priced out of a move to Barcelona in the summer because of a €50million release clause.

Parejo will be 30 years old by the time next season starts, but his experience could be crucial in replacing a natural leader in Ramsey.

The former Real Madrid starlet has four goals and two assists in LaLiga already this season and is a master from set-pieces.

How could they line up with him?

Parejo and Torreira in tandem gives Mesut Ozil much more freedom

Hector Herrera – Porto

The Mexico international would bring a wealth of experience

The signing of Lucas Torreira in the summer was largely heralded owing to the tenacity the Uruguay international brought to the Gunners’ midfield.

Having played in two World Cups for Mexico, Herrera boasts a wealth of experience and a free transfer away from the Portuguese league beckons.

Although the Gunners would have to spend big wages to secure the 28-year-old, he would add steel and drive to the Arsenal midfield.

How could they line up with him?

Herrera would act as a shield for the back four

Nicolo Barella – Cagliari

Arsenal would have to beat Chelsea to the signing of the starlet

The Italian starlet who is attracting the attention of London’s biggest clubs, Barella is dynamic and making all the right moves.

A full Italy international, the midfielder has reportedly been contacted by Blues assistant boss Gianfranco Zola himself about a move to Stamford Bridge.

At €45million, the Gunners have a chance to nab the box-to-box midfielder before his value sky rockets. His style of play and enthusiasm means he may well be the closest thing to Ramsey on the market.

How could they line up with him?

Barella’s presence in midfield would increase the tempo of Arsenal’s play

Transfer news: Inter Milan in pole position to sign Arsenal and Tottenham target Hector Herrera

14 Nov

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur target Hector Herrera is in advanced talks with Inter Milan over a summer free transfer.

The Premier League duo have monitored the Porto midfielder in the last few seasons but are yet to make a concrete move at this time.

Porto ace Hector Herrera.

Herrera, 28, is out of contract in the summer and he is still yet to pen an extension, which has opened the door to a departure.

Both Arsenal and Spurs have been heavily linked with a move for the Mexico international, who has impressed in the Portuguese top flight since arriving from Pachuca in 2013.

But there is a new front-runner in a race to land him at the end of the season – Inter Milan.

According to Sport Italia, the San Siro club are already in discussions about a possible swoop which could come via a pre-contract agreement in the new year or a cash switch during the transfer window.

There is still time for either Arsenal or Spurs to make their move but Inter are currently considered in pole position to complete a deal for the 28-year-old.

Arsenal transfer news: Unai Emery identifies three midfielders to replace contract rebel Aaron Ramsey – reports

1 Nov

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has reportedly identified three midfielders he wants to replace contract rebel Aaron Ramsey.

The north London side confirmed on Thursday the 27-year-old, who has been at the club since 2008, would not be renewing his current deal at the Emirates stadium.

Ramsey is set to leave Arsenal in the summer

As a result, he will officially leave the club in the summer for free – with Liverpool and Manchester United reportedly interested in acquiring his services.

However, former Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery is wasting little time in seeking out potential replacements for the wantaway midfielder.

According to The Sun, head of recruitment Sven Mislintant has helped Emery identify Nicolo Barella, Miguel Almiron and Hector Herrera as transfer targets.

Cagliari midfielder Barella has already attracted attention from some of the Premier League’s top sides and has made it no secret he would be keen to play in England.

Barrella is already a full Italy international

Speaking in September,the 21-year-old said: “I’m not the one who sorts out the transfers.

“The interest from big clubs is pleasing, and makes me proud. It means I’m doing the right things.”

Atlanta United midfielder Almiron is another star who has reportedly caught the eye.

The 24-year-old scored 12 times and provided a further 13 assists this season in MLS and is wanted by West Ham United and Tottenham, if reports are to be believed.

The final reported target is Herrera – the current captain of Porto.

At 28, he represents the safer option of the trio. After five years in the Primeira Liga, the defensive midfielder is winding down his contract and is seeking pastures new.

The Mexican could be brought in as a cost-saving measure, to compensate losing Ramsey for nothing as well.

Hector Herrera: Watch midfielder’s best bits as Porto captain is linked with Arsenal and Tottenham transfer

1 Nov

Arsenal and Tottenham have been linked with Hector Herrera as the Porto midfielder enters the final months of his contract.

talkSPORT told you recently the north London rivals have been looking at bringing Herrera to England, with the player himself ready to depart Portugal after rejecting a new deal with his current club.

Herrera captains Porto but is believed to be looking to leave when his contract expires

Since joining Porto five years ago, Herrera has made more than 200 appearances for the club, and was made captain in the 2015/16 season.

However, his departure from the Estadio do Dragao appears imminent, and Arsenal and Spurs look the most likely benefactors.

But just what will the local rivals be getting if they sign Herrera when his contract expires next summer.

Courtesy of our friends at Dugout, you can watch some of Herrera’s best bits below, and find out just what makes the Mexico ace so in demand…

Arsenal transfer news: Gunners enter race to sign Tottenham target Hector Herrera from Porto

27 Sep

Arsenal are interested in signing Porto captain Hector Herrera, according to reports.

Herrera, the midfielder, has entered the final year of his contract at the Estadio do Dragao and has earned admiring glances from a host of Europe’s biggest teams.

Porto captain Herrera feels his time with the Dragons has come to an end

talkSPORT told you earlier this month that Tottenham will step up their chase for the 28-year-old when the transfer window opens in January, while Roma are also known to be tracking Herrera.

However, the latest reports say Spurs are facing rival interest in Herrera – from their fiercest rivals.

Correio da Manha claim Herrera is now ‘coveted by Arsenal’, with La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona also entering the race for the Mexico international.

It is stated that Porto have already rejected several offers made for Herrera, but the player is aware of the interest in him and wants to leave. Porto have attempted to tie him down to a new contract, but Herrera is said to have rejected an extension on three separate occasions.

Herrera has won 70 caps for Mexico

Herrera has made exactly 200 appearances for Porto since moving to the club from Pachuca in his homeland five years ago. He was named Dragons captain during the 2015/16 season.