Former Chelsea loanee and Liverpool target still searching for a club

Portuguese forward Ricardo Quaresma is a free agent following his departure from Al Ahli Dubai.

The former Chelsea loan player and Liverpool transfer target is without a club as he’s struggled to settle down following five different sides in as many years following his spell with Porto which ended in 2008.

Quaresma will certainly interest some sides for his experience alone; he’s played for several top European teams and has won 35 caps for Portugal at international level.

However, his options are limited with the biggest sides across the continent having already done their business and settling down for tough campaigns, fighting for silverware on all fronts.

The fact he’s never produced a stunning strike rate as an attacking player is also going to hamper his chances of finding a top European team with the most impressive spell in his career the 24 goals in 114 matches he produced for Porto.

Around 20,000 fans came to watch him sign a deal with Besiktas in 2010 but he may also find it difficult to find a new club because of how his association with the Turkish club came to an end.

“I couldn’t get on well with the new management and I’m leaving. It’s football. I thank everybody,” he said in December 2012.

That suggests he’s very particular over the hierarchy of any club he’s playing for, potentially causing trouble at the first sign of conflict.

So what are his options as he looks for a new club with several of the top leagues around Europe having already started?

One of the most obvious destinations is Russia with Anzhi Makhachkala a possible side that could be interested in him.

The fire sale Anzhi conducted this summer means they will be looking for players and his status as a free agent means he won’t be hampered by the fact that transfer window has closed in Russia.

He could also look to a league like the MLS over in the United States. Football continues to grow at a rapid rate in the USA and he could earn himself a very good deal as a highly experienced 29-year-old, boasting the fact he’s played for Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea over the course of his career.

Asia is another possible choice and another option outside Europe, with several Chinese sides in particular able to finance a potential deal.

In terms of English clubs that may be willing to take a risk on him, there aren’t too many options with most Premier League sides having already done their main transfer business for the season.

It’s unlikely that he’d consider Championship football unless one of the sides with a concrete chance of being promoted into the Premier League could finance what would likely be a very large contract.

Where do you think he’ll go next? Would you like to see your club give him a chance?

image: © Jason Bagley

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