50 Best Free Agents for Summer 2018: Arsenal and Liverpool stars feature

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The top 20 includes Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham stars.

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Time is ticking down to the summer and many of the world's best footballers will become free agents.

Clubs across England and Scotland will be scouring the globe for potential bargains, with players worth millions available for free as their contracts expire.

These include Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere and Liverpool's Emre Can, along with Dutch legend Arjen Robben.

But none of this trio makes the number one spot in our compilation of the top names.

Here is HITC Sport's annual top 50 free agents list... 

Stefan De Vrij of SS Lazio celebrates a opening goal with his team mates during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Olimpico on November 26, 2017 in Rome, Italy.

#1 Stefan De Vrij (Lazio) The Dutch international's four-year deal is coming to an end and clubs across Europe are showing an interest. The 26-year-old would be a tremendous addition for a title chasing Premier League team.

Arjen Robben of the Netherlands celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between the Netherlands and Luxembourg held at De Kuip or...

#2 Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich) The former Chelsea winger may be 34 but he still has a couple of years left at the top of his game. He will get a rest with no World Cup involvement this summer and be fresh for a new club if the German champions do not agree a renewal.

Jack Wilshere of Arsenal is chased by N'Golo Kante of Chelsea  during the Carabao Cup Semi-Final Second Leg at Emirates Stadium on January 24, 2018 in London, England.

#3 Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) English football's golden boy, Wilshere's career has been blighted by injury. It would be a big shock if he did not renew with his boyhood club but time is dragging on and the Gunners have not yet been able to tie him to a new deal.

Bernard of Shakhtar Donetsk breaks through to score his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Feyenoord and Shakhtar Donetsk at Feijenoord Stadion on...

#4 Bernard (Shakhtar) Brazilian international Bernard was linked to Arsenal and Tottenham before his move to Ukraine. The 25-year-old winger scored three goals in six Champions League games earlier this season including a strike in a win over Manchester City.

Max Meyer of Germany in action during the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Final between Germany and Spain at Krakow Stadium on June 30, 2017 in Krakow, Poland.

#5 Max Meyer (Schalke) German winger Max Meyer has recently interested Barcelona, Tottenham and Arsenal. The 22-year-old attacker has also been linked with signing for Bayern Munich.

Yaya Toure of Manchester City fends off Shinji Okazaki of Leicester City during the Carabao Cup Quarter-Final match between Leicester City and Manchester City at The King Power Stadium on...

#6 Yaya Toure (Manchester City) The Ivory Coast star's time in Manchester is coming to a close and barring a move to China, wherever he moves next he will have to take a pay cut. Toure has been largely rested this year and should be fresh next season for one last challenge if he has the motivation.

Nice's Italian forward Mario Barwuah Balotelli controls the ball during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and OGC Nice on December 11, 2016 at the Parc des...

#7 Mario Balotelli (Nice) Another one year deal for Mario Balotelli is winding down and he will hope he has done enough for one of Europe's top teams to take another punt on him. The former Liverpool and Manchester City striker has scored 21 goals in 28 games this season.

Bayern Munich's French midfielder Franck Ribery controls the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match VfL Wolfsburg vs FC Bayern Munich at Volkswagen Arena on...

#8 Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich) Along with a potential departure for Robben, Ribery leaving would herald a new era for Bayern Munich. The Frenchman is 34 and will have to take a step down but it is too early to write a player with his talent off completely.

Monaco's Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho (L) vies with Nice's French midfielder Wylan Cyprien (R) during the French L1 football match Monaco vs Nice on January 16, 2018 at the 'Louis...

#9 Joao Moutinho (Monaco) Portugal international Joao Moutinho came close to a move to Tottenham in 2012. His decision to later join Monaco paid off as they won the Ligue 1 title last season. He has made over 30 appearances this season and at 31 he has plenty more to offer.

Domenico Criscito (R) of FC Zenit Saint Petersburg and Sly of FC Ufa vie for the ball during the Russian Football League match between FC Zenit St. Petersburg and FC Ufa at Saint...

#10 Domenico Criscito (Zenit) Former Juventus left-back Criscito looks set to leave Russia after six successful years at Zenit. Any team looking for a left-back would be smart to try and sign the 31-year-old.

Mialn Badelj of ACF Fiorentina in action during the Serie A match betweenACF Fiorentina and Genoa CFC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on December 17, 2017 in Florence, Italy.

#11 Milan Badelj (Fiorentina) Croatian midfielder Badelj is 28 and would be a real bargain on a free transfer. He has previously been linked to Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham.

Emre Can of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Liverpool FC and NK Maribor at Anfield on November 1, 2017 in...

#12 Emre Can (Liverpool) German midfielder Can is one of Liverpool's most unpredictable players, capable of sublime performances one week and anonymous the next. He is strongly tipped to be signing with Juventus although has insisted no agreement has yet been reached.

Pau Lopez of Espanyol celebrates with team mates after saving a penalty during the Spanish Copa del Rey Quarter Final First Leg match between Espanyol and Barcelona at Nuevo Estadio de...

#13 Pau Lopez (Espanyol) Spanish under-21 goalkeeper Lopez spent last season on loan at Tottenham Hotspur. Having reclaimed his starting spot at Espanyol he is letting his contract run down and is attracting interest from clubs in Spain, Italy and England.

Roberto Firmino of Liverpool reaches for the ball ahead of Ivan Marcano of FC Porto during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between FC Porto and Liverpool at Estadio...

#14 Ivan Marcano (Porto) Spanish centre-back Marcano has been tipped to join Everton. He has made 30 appearances this season including seven so far in the Champions League.

Besiktas' Turkish midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup (R) plays the ball during the UEFA Champions League group G football match RB Leipzig vs Besiktas in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on December 6,...

#15 Oguzhan Ozyakup (Besiktas) Ozyakup left Arsenal without starting for their first team and has gone onto make more than 150 appearances for Besiktas. Now 25 he is now tipped to rejoin the Gunners on a free transfer, but Everton are also said to be keen.

Manchester United's newly signed Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini poses with his shirt during a photo call at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on September 13, 2013....

#16 Marouane Fellani (Manchester United) One of David Moyes' signings at Manchester United, Marouane Fellaini has had a difficult five years at Old Trafford. He may still re-sign with United, while he has been linked with clubs in Turkey as well as reuniting with Moyes at West Ham.

Kwadwo Asamoah of Juventus FC in action during the Serie A match between Juventus and AC Chievo Verona on September 9, 2017 in Turin, Italy.

#17 Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus) Ghanaian defender Asamoah has made 10 Serie A starts for Juventus this season but needs to move on if he is to play regularly. The 29-year-old has almost 70 international caps for his country and plays at left-back.

Hatem Ben Arfa of Newcastle in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Fulham at the St James Park on August 31, 2013 in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England.

#18 Hatem Ben Arfa (PSG) Unpredictable winger Hatem Ben Arfa has slipped back into obscurity on PSG's bench after being reborn at Nice a couple of years ago. The former Newcastle United winger is capable of producing the sensational, and if the right team take a gamble on him, there is a chance we see his mazy runs and spectacular goals once again.

Luiz Carlos of SC Braga challenges Facundo Ferreyra of Shakhtar Donetsk during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final first leg match between SC Braga and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Estadio...

#19 Facundo Ferreyra (Shakhtar) Former Newcastle loanee Ferrerya has been in incredible form for Shakhtar over the past few seasons. The Argentine has scored 20 goals in his last 26 games.

Michel Vorm of Tottenham Hotspur gives his team instructions during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Millwall at White Hart Lane on March 12, 2017 in...

#20 Michel Vorm (Tottenham) Tottenham's reliable back-up goalkeeper is good enough to start for most Premier League teams. The Dutchman should take his chance to move on and play regularly rather than signing up to spending the next few years stuck on the bench behind Hugo Lloris.

Pontus Wernbloom of CSKA Moscow in action during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Crvena Zvezda Belgrade and CSKA Moscow  at the Rajko Mitic Stadium on February 13, 2018 in...

#21 Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moscow) Swedish international Wernbloom's three year stint at CSKA Moscow appears to be coming to an end. The 31-year-old is a combative midfielder whose style lends itself to English football.

Yohan Cabaye of Crystal Palace in action during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on February 4, 2018 in London, England.

#22 Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) French attacker Cabaye has struggled to impact games at Crystal Palace this season in the same way he did at Newcastle United. He would be a terrific addition for a Championship club if he is willing to take a step down.

Andreas Bjelland of Brentford reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Norwich City at Griffin Park on January 27, 2018 in Brentford, England.

#23 Andreas Bjelland (BrentfordThe Danish centre-back is a reliable performer at Brentford and is arguably capable of playing at Premier League level. He is expected to be a starter for Denmark at the World Cup this summer which will enhance his chances of a big move.

Hamburg's midfielder Lewis Holtby celebrates scoring during the German first division Bundesliga football match 1 FC Cologne v Hamburg SV in Cologne, western Germany, on August 25, 2017.

#24 Lewis Holtby (Hamburg) Once hailed as one of Germany's brightest prospects, Lewis Holtby's career is stuck in a rut at Hamburg as the German side battle relegation. The former Tottenham star is 27 and is capable of more and needs a fresh move to get back on track.

Goalkeeper, Pepe Reina of Napoli in action during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Feyenoord and SSC Napoli at Feijenoord Stadion on December 6, 2017 in Rotterdam,...

#25 Pepe Reina (Napoli) Former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina is set to become a free agent and has recently attracted interest from AC Milan. Last year he was close to signing with Newcastle United and a Premier League return remains a possibility.

France's forward Jonathan Bamba (L) reacts after scoring a goal during the U-21 Euro 2017 qualifying football match between France and Kazakhstan in Le Mans, northwestern France, on...

#26 Jonathan Bamba (Saint Etienne) Exciting young winger Bamba is wanted by both West Ham and Crystal Palace. Just 21-years-old, he has scored seven goals and provided four assists this season.

Scott Arfield of Burnley is tackled during the Premier League match between Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor on December 23, 2017 in Burnley, England.

#27 Scott Arfield (Burnley) Canadian winger Arfield has been reluctant to sign a new contract at Burnley and could have his pick of clubs in the summer. Crystal Palace, Brighton, West Ham and Rangers have all been linked with the 29-year-old.

Aron Gunnarsson of Cardiff City and Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Cardiff City at Craven Cottage on September 9, 2017 in...

#28 Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff) Icelandic star Gunnarsson was playing regularly for promotion contenders Cardiff before picking up an injury in November. He is expected to return next month but it is still questionable where his future may lie.

Real Sociedad's Sergio Canales (R) kicks the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group L football match between FK Vardar and Real Sociedad at the Filip II Arena in Skopje on October 19,...

#29 Sergio Canales (Real Sociedad) Former Real Madrid prospect Canales is attracting interest from big clubs in Spain once again after a decent season for Sociedad. The 27-year-old has nine assists to his name and three goals, providing four of these assists in his last seven matches.

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Chris Brunt  in action during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between Leicester City FC and West Bromwich Albion at Hong Kong Stadium on July 19, 2017...

#30 Chris Brunt (West Brom) The Baggies have an option to extend Chris Brunt's deal when his current contract expires but the long serving midfielder may want a fresh challenge. West Brom are sliding towards relegation and the 33-year-old has only made 12 starts this campaign.

Pablo Hernandez of Leeds United celebrates after scoring he opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Middlesbrough at Elland Road on November 19, 2017 in...

#31 Pablo Hernandez (LeedsFans are desperate for Leeds to extend the Spaniard's contract but so far, no deal. The 32-year-old has scored four goals and has six assists so far this season, creating three goals in the last month.

Junior Hoilett of Cardiff City holds off Alex MacDonald of Mansfield Town during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Mansfield Town and Cardiff City at Field Mill on...

#32 Junior Hoilett (Cardiff) Former QPR ace Hoilett has excelled at Cardiff since signing as a free agent in 2016. He has been key in their battle for promotion, scoring 10 goals this season and providing eight assists.

Bakary Sako of Crystal Palace celebrates after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Watford at Selhurst Park on December 12, 2017 in London, England.

#33 Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace) Superb in the Championship with Wolves, Sako has never really been able to establish himself as a regular at Palace. The 29-year-old will be considering his future and he is helping his case by shining when he gets a chance. This season he has six goals to his name despite starting only seven matches.

Martin Kelly of Crystal Palace clears from Sead Kolasinac of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on December 28, 2017 in London,...

#34 Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace) Another ex-Liverpool defender, Martin Kelly is one of many soon to be out of contract players on Crystal Palace's books. The 27-year-old could be smart to consider dropping down into the Championship to play more regularly.

Bryan Ruiz #10 of Costa Rica speaks to the referee after a call against the United States during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier at Red Bull Arena on September 1, 2017 in Harrison, New...

#35 Bryan Ruiz (Sporting) Former Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz has spent the last three seasons in Portugal but could be set for a new challenge. The Costa Rica international has been out of favour this campaign and has scored only once.


Alessio Cerci of Hellas Verona FC celebrates after scoring his opening goal during the Serie A match between Hellas Verona FC and Bologna FC at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi on November 20,...

#36 Alessio Cerci (Verona) Former Italian wonderkid Alessio Cerci's career has not hit the heights it once promised and he his recovering from a poor spell in Spain with Atletico Madrid. He is still just 30 and has been playing for Serie A side Verona this season where he has scored twice and provided four assists.

Shayon Harrison of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League 2 match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton on January 15, 2018 in Enfield, England.

#38 Shayon Harrison (Tottenham) Prolific at youth team level for Tottenham, the young striker has not made the step up to the first team. He is currently on loan at Southend and his contract at Spurs expires this summer.

Emiliano Insua of Atletico de Madrid looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group G match at Vicente Calderon Stadium on December 11, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.

#38 Emiliano Insua (Stuttgart) The former Liverpool left-back has had a varied career and is nearing the end of a three year stint at Stuttgart. The Argentine is 29 and has more than 200 appearances in England, Germany, Turkey, Portugal and Spain.

Balazs Dzsudzsak of Hungary and Joao Moutinho of Portugal compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group F match between Hungary and Portugal at Stade des Lumieres on June 22, 2016...

#39 Balazs Dzsudzsak (Al Wahda) The flying Hungarian winger was once touted for a big money move to Liverpool from PSV. The 31-year-old is playing for UAE side Al Wahda where he has four goals and four assists this season and with his contract expiring this summer a return to Europe is likely.

Fernando Torres (R) of Atletico de Madrid competes for the ball with Alejandro Galvez (2ndR) of SD Eibar and his teammate Florian Lejeune during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de...


#40 Fernando Torres (Atletico Madrid) Former Chelsea and Liverpool striker Fernando Torres looks set to end his secon spell at Atletico this season. The 33-year-old has scored six times this season and was linked with a move to Newcastle in January.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United celebrates as he scores their third goal  during the EFL Cup Final between Manchester United and Southampton at Wembley Stadium on February 26, 2017...

#41 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) Does he have anything left? The decorated Swedish striker's second season at Old Trafford is yet to get started. He is unlikely to get a new contract with the Red Devils and a move to Major League Soccer is likely.

Claudio Yacob of West Bromwich Albion attempts to get away from Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on...

#42 Claudio Yacob (West Brom) The Baggies signed Yacob on a free in 2012 and he has proved to be a bargain. This season he has found it tougher, starting only seven matches. The 30-year-old needs a fresh start but its unclear whether he will find a team willing to match the £40,000 a year he has been earning.

Adam Maher of Eindhoven runs with the ball during the friendly match between FC Eindhoven and PSV Eindhoven at Philips Stadium on July 26, 2016 in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

#43 Adam Maher (FC Twente) Once one of Europe's most highly touted players, the Moroccan born Dutch international looks likely to be on the move again this summer. He is still just 24-years-old and has plenty of potential if the right manager can unlock it.

Wayne Hennessey of Crystal Palace in action during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on September 30, 2017 in Manchester, England.

#44 Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace) Hennessey has more than 70 international caps for Wales and he has spent the past four years with the Eagles since joining from Wolves. He has been a regular this season but no agreement has been reached on an extension.

Nasser Alaharak of Qatar in action against George Hirst of England during the U18 International friendly match between Qatar and England at the Grand Hamad Stadium on March 27, 2017 in...

#45 George Hirst (Sheffield WednesdayEngland youth international striker George Hirst is the son of 90s Owls favourite David. This makes his contract stand-off with the club all the more bizarre and he is expected to leave the club this summer. Chelsea, Everton and Leeds have previously been linked.

Davide Santon of FC Internazionale in action during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 16, 2016 in Milan, Italy.

#46 Davide Santon (Inter) Former Newcastle left-back Santon is coming to the end of his second spell at Inter. He has been linked with Crystal Palace in the past and at 27-years-old he could be a smart investment for a Premier League side.

Everton's Spanish goalkeeper Joel Robles reacts at the final whistle during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Leicester City at Goodison Park in Liverpool,...

#47 Joel Robles (Everton) Toffees back-up goalkeeper Robles is best known for starring for Wigan in their 2013 FA Cup win. The 27-year-old is keen to play regularly and has been linked with a return to Spain for the past year.

Sean Clare of Gillingham celebrates scoring during the Sky Bet League One match between A.F.C. Wimbledon and Gillingham at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on September 12, 2017 in Kingston...

#48 Sean Clare (Sheffield WednesdayAnother gem the Owls are battling to hang onto, Sean Clare actually has featured for the first team this season. The talented midfielder is catching the attention of Tottenham and Everton, who each hope to sign a bargain on a free transfer.

Charlie Adam of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Watford and Stoke City at Vicarage Road on October 28, 2017 in Watford, England.

#49 Charlie Adam (Stoke City) The 32-year-old has been only a bit part player for Stoke this season, making just four starts. A drop down to the Championship or move to Scotland could be the next step in the former Liverpool midfielder's career.

Joey Barton of Rangers  during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

#50 Joey Barton (unattached) Does Joey Barton have one more run left? His ban for betting ends on June 3 and he will be eligible to find a club as a free agent. Barton leaves a mark wherever he goes and admittedly not always for the better, but the 35-year-old could have a point to prove and a return to Burnley is not out of the question.

Full list:

(1) Stefan de Vrij (2) Arjen Robben (3) Jack Wilshere (4) Bernard (5) Max Meyer (6) Yaya Toure (7) Mario Balotelli (8) Franck Ribery (9) Joao Moutinho (10) Domenico Criscito (11) Milan Badelj (12) Emre Can (13) Pau Lopez (14) Ivan Marcano (15) Ozguhan Ozyakup (16) Marouane Fellani (17) Kwadwo Asamoah (18) Hatem Ben Arfa (19) Facundo Ferreyra (20) Michel Vorm (21) Pontus Wernbloom (22) Yohan Cabaye (23) Andreas Bjelland (24) Lewis Holtby (25) Pepe Reina (26) Jonathan Bamba (27) Aron Gunnarsson (28) Scott Arfield (29) Sergio Canales (30) Chris Brunt (31) Pablo Hernandez (32) Junior Hoilett (33) Bakary Sako (34) Martin Kelly (35) Bryan Ruiz (36) Alessio Cerci (37) Shayon Harrison (38) Emiliano Insua (39) Balazs Dzsudzsak (40) Fernando Torres (41) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (42) Claudio Yacob (43) Adam Maher (44) Wayne Hennessey (45) George Hirst  (46) Davide Santon (47) Joel Robles (48) Sean Claire (49) Charlie Adam (50) Joey Barton

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