As the transfer of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid looks set to smash all existing records you have to start to wonder if there is any value left in the transfer market. One place you may find some quality bargains that won’t cost the earth is by searching out for the players who are out of contract or have been released by their clubs.
Since the introduction of the Bosman ruling into football there follows a mad chase to land the best players whose contract are running out. The introduction of the UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations should make these players even more attractive to chairman up and down the country. These are all the players that will cost your side absolutely nothing, aside from wages, signing on-fees and then the agent cut of course. So a bargain in football terms. Here is a best XI made up of the players left that could be signed for free this summer
Goalkeeper: Craig Gordon
The 30-year-old former Sunderland keeper has been without a club for 12 months since leaving the Stadium of Light last summer, and he since has been linked with various English and Scottish sides during the pre-season. He has spent the summer training at Rangers as the former Hearts keeper seeks a new club. The former Scotland international has struggled after the Black Cats paid a British goalkeeper transfer record of £9m in 2007. Following only 94 appearances in five years he was let go last summer after suffering recurring injuries. If Rangers decide against offering Gordon a deal at Ibrox, then he could look back to England for one last throw of the dice in his troubled career.