The Premier League’s Top Five Free Transfers this summer

Frank Lampard

Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, and Wigan Athletic players feature.

The Premier League transfer window will open once again on July 1st but, whilst the top teams prepare to splash their cash there are a couple of freebies to be found in the English top-tier.

1) Frank Lampard

The Chelsea ace has given an impeccable 12-years service to the Blues but, alas, it seems Super Frank will be moving on at the end of the season, his love-affair with the West Londoners over as the club have declined to offer the Englishman a new contract.

However, Chelsea’s loss will undoubtedly be someone else’s gain – and for absolutely nothing. Where he’ll go nobody knows but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him follow in footsteps of David Beckham – to LA Galaxy.

2) Kolo Toure

Manchester City paid Arsenal a reported fee of £16 million for the service of Kolo Toure back in the summer of 2009. However, the Ivorian has slipped down the pecking order at the Etihad in the past couple of seasons and will be allowed to leave for nothing at the end of the season.

He did, despite his general lack of first-team opportunities, put in some decent performances covering in City’s backline this term and, at 32 years of age, his experience could go a long way.

3) Andrei Arshavin

Arsenal’s former record-fee signing back in 2009 has barely even featured on the bench for the Gunners this term. Andrei Arshavin is a strange case – Gunners boss Arsene Wenger appears to have lost all faith in him. Despite his apparent laziness, there is not a shadow of a doubt that he is an exceptionally gifted footballer.

Just don’t expect him to run anywhere fast.

4) Florent Malouda

Another of the Premier League former sensations and another forgotten man is Florent Malouda. The Frenchman was Chelsea’s Player of the Year in 2010 but has since been ousted from the first-team fold.

He, like his Russian counterpart across town, is a player of exceptional technical ability and could provide that extra bit of panache to whoever takes him on.

5) Maynor Figueroa

Last but not least is Wigan’s Maynor Figueroa who, as a solid, durable, physical presence and an experienced Premier League centre back could quite easily find himself inundated with suitors come July, with West Ham already credited with an interest. A real bargain.

images: © Ronnie Macdonald, © wonker

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