Top Five: Best ever free transfers - featuring Liverpool and Chelsea

Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Newcastle and Juventus have signed some great free transfers.

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Liverpool have already started their transfer business this summer, signing James Milner and Danny Ings ahead of Premier League competition.

Impressive signings, no doubt, but what is really good is that the Reds managed to agree the transfers for free, with only wages and a compensation fee to be paid for Ings.

Free transfers usually go under the radar in relation to the more marquee signings, who cost clubs gigantic transfer fees, but sometimes they can be better than costly signings.

With Liverpool completing their free business, we take a look at five other free transfers which turned out to be brilliant signings.

Demba Ba - West Ham to Newcastle

Moved from the Hammers following relegation to the Championship, Ba netted 16 goals in his debut season at St James’ Park, helping the club to a fifth placed finish. He continued to score regularly for the Magpies, before leaving for Chelsea in 2013 for roughly £7 million profit.

Sol Campbell - Tottenham to Arsenal

One of the most bitter transfers in recent history, Campbell crossed North London to sign for Spurs’ rivals Arsenal - for fee. He was a fantastic player for both Tottenham and Arsenal, but his career will go down in infamy due to his transfer.

Michael Ballack - Bayern Munich to Chelsea

One of Germany’s greatest ever midfielders, Ballack moved from Munich to Chelsea in 2006, turning down interest from a host of European giants. He had a great impact in his five years at Stamford Bridge, playing in the Blues’ first Champions Leage Final, and winning four trophies.

Gary McAllister - Coventry to Liverpool

A surprising move by Gerard Houllier, with McAllister being 35 when arriving at Anfield, he turned out to be an inspired signing, helping the club to the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup treble. Utilising his experience and talents, he was a great short-term signing in Liverpool’s last real era of success.

Andrea Pirlo - AC Milan to Juventus 

Arguably THE best free signing ever, Pirlo left Milan after a decade of service, which included two Champions League medals and a World Cup. Considered too old, he moved to Juve in 2011, and has helped them to four successive Scudetti, as well as the 2015 Champions League Final - at the age of 36.

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