How your club could sign an entire new midfield for free this summer, includes James Milner

Courtois, Matić & Milner - Chelsea v Man City

Does your club's midfield need that something extra to thrive in the Premier League? The answer might not cost as much as you think this summer.

Players don't come cheap nowadays but there's good news this summer with a host of top midfielders available on Bosman free transfers.

When the transfer window opens on July 1, bargain-hunting clubs will lock horns doing battle for the best of the freebies. And if your club plays its cards right you could sign up an entire new midfield without paying out a single penny in transfer fees.

Despite having been one of the best midfielders in the world, Bayern Munich had allowed Michael Ballack's contract to expire in 2006 and for the first time in the player's career he chose to play outside of Germany.

His free transfer to Chelsea remains one of the best Bosman free transfers ever and in four years the German helped the club win the Premier League, the FA Cup three times and the League Cup.

Here we take a look at some of the best midfield reinforcements which won't cost your club a penny in transfer fees.

One of the hottest properties when the window opens is sure to be Manchester City midfielder James Milner.

The England international still has plenty to offer at just 29 and should he decide to leave the Etihad in search of more game time, he could find the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham waiting to offer him just that.

The self-styled philosopher of football Joey Barton is on the market after QPR were relegated. Barton has proved he can perform to a high level in the English top tier for Newcastle United and Manchester City.

The 32-year-old could prove a shrewd bit of business as he is a good all-round midfielder but comes with his fair share of baggage.

Former Liverpool flop Alberto Aquilani has rebuilt his career back in his native Serie A.

The 30-year-old’s 37 caps for Italy and good form for Fiorentina may convince Premier League teams to take another chance on the midifelder.

Kim Kallstrom became a household name for all the wrong reasons after his move to Arsenal last January.

The Sweden midfielder was hailed as a big signing by Arsene Wenger but before he had even trained with the Gunners he injured his back playing beach volleyball and went on to make just four appearances for the club.

Ukranian star Yevhen Konoplyanka could be coming to a left wing near you this summer when his contract at FC Dnipro expires.

Still only 25, the world class star has attracted interest from the likes of West Ham, Spurs and Roma in the past with fees as much a £15 million quoted by sources such as the Daily Mail. So the competition is likely to be even more intense now his talents are available for nothing.

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