The best free transfer XI of this summer

GK: Gianluigi Buffon (PSG)

The legendary Italian goalkeeper has been a phenomenal servant to the game and it was just this summer that he decided that it was time to move away from Juventus. He had a contract with the Old Lady but courtesy of his services to the club, Buffon was allowed to leave on a free and the Italian decided to join the French giants Paris Saint Germain this summer.

RB: Stephan Lichtsteiner (Arsenal)

The Swiss captain spent seven years with Juventus and at the start of the season, he was released by the Italian giants to help him join Arsenal. Lichtsteiner was Unai Emery’s first signing with the Gunenrs and it seems that the London club can benefit a lot from the Swiss fullback’s experience and understanding of the game this season

CB: Stefan de Vrij (Inter Milan)

Lazio lost out for a place in the Champions League this season following the results on the final day of the last season. De Vrij and Lazio failed to come on level terms to get a new contract signed. As no new contract was signed, De Vrij was available on a free this season and given how intense Inter Milan have been in the market this season, they managed to convince the Dutchman to join them.

CB: Emre Can (Juventus)

Can is naturally not a center back but given the limited options for this position on this list, Can fitted the best. The German normally plays in the midfield but played both as a right back and a center back at Liverpool. As was the case with Robert Lewandowski at Dortmund under Klopp, the same happened with Can as the midfielder was allowed to leave on a free and join Juventus this summer.

LB: Kwadwo Asamoah (Inter Milan)

Asamoah’s time at Juventus was a memorable one given how successful the Italian giants have been in the Serie A from the last seven years. Asamoah played in a number of positions for the Old Lady but he was released this summer, following which Asamoah decided to join inter Milan on a free transfer.

CM: Jack Wilshere (West Ham United)

Arsenal have sold a number of players in the recent past and this summer too they have let that happen. Wilshere was struggling to make it into Arsenal’s starting XI with his injury problems and inconsistency. It was time he made a move away and West Ham United was his preferred destination this season, ending his 17-year old stay with the Gunners with a free transfer.

CM: Andres Iniesta (Vissel Kobe)

The legendary Spaniard was at Barcelona for an incredible 22 years and it was heartbreaking last season when he announced that he would be departing from the Catalan club. After a remarkable career with the Spanish giants, the midfield maestro went on to join Vissel Kobe in the Japanese league and has already registered two goals in three games.

CM: Leon Groetzka (Bayern Munich)

Schalke have produced some great talents in the last few years and Groetzka is one of them. Groetzka was one of Schalke’s best performers last season which helped the German club finish second in the league. Unfortunately, the German ran out of contract and decided to join the champions Bayern Munich this summer on a free.

RW: Luis Nani (Sporting CP)

The former Valencia winger started his senior career with Sporting in Portugal. From there on he joined Manchester United and other clubs. Last season he was at Lazio on loan but the move didn’t bring the best out of him and running out of contract last season, he decided to return to Sporting for a third spell this summer.

LW: Bernard (Everton)

The Merseyside club had a superb transfer window this summer especially with the deadline day activities. Bernard was highly rated as Shakhtar Donetsk but as he failed to sign a new contract with the Ukrainian club, he was touted to be chased by a number of clubs. In the end, it was Everton who managed to get his signature and we can see the Brazilian in action this season in the Premier League.

ST: Fernando Torres (Sagan Tosu)

It all went downhill for the Spanish striker ever since he joined Chelsea but he revived some form when he joined Atletico Madrid for a second spell. After a productive spell with the Spanish club, Torres finally bid his goodbyes to his beloved club and went on to join Sagan Tosu in the Japanese league on a free this summer.