Transfer Focus: A Starting XI of Free Agents

Each year, the summer Transfer window offers its share of good deals. Players that are reaching the end of a long contract, either become free agents searching for a new challenge, or end up having their club show them the door. They have plenty of time to chose their new club, with hopes of scoring extra signing fees on the way. This is our starting eleven of free agents:

Goalkeeper

Michel Vorm – 35 years – The Netherlands

Since Buffon went back to his ex Juventus, the next best Goalie without a contract is Michel Vorm. Backup of World Champion Lloris at Tottenham, the dutch spent the season on the bench. His contract with the Spurs ended in June, and Vorm has decided to leave the club after 5 years in London. An International that played 15 games with the Oranjes, and a good deal for a team searching for an experienced goalkeeper.

Defense

Gary Cahill – 33 years – England

After 7 long years playing for Chelsea, Cahill has won every possible trophy in England. He won the Champions League in his first year at the club, and the Europa League twice (in 2013 and this year). He was also named in the Premier League Team of the Year in 2013. Cahill has played over 60 international games for his country, representing England at 2 World Cups. 

Dani Alves – 36 years old – Brazil

We don’t need to introduce Dani Alves anymore. The Brasilian right defender has already entered the “Legends” hall of fame.  After a disappointing year with Paris SG, Alves is pushing hard for a possible Barcelona come back. Despite a strong Copa America this summer, he doesn’t seem like a priority for his old club (Alves spent 8 years in FC Barcelona, nabbing 3 Champions League and 4 Liga, among other tittles). The International player, who won the Ligue 1 this season, has won 40 titles and is eager to find his new home. He has even tweeted asking for any club to hire him! 

Patrick Burner – 23 years –  France

Still very young, the promising Frenchman has shown a lot of qualities this season playing for OGC Nice. He has the advantages of being a free agent, his young age and career could possibly make him strike a pretty low deal, saving a precious designated player spot. He is quick, has a lot of percussion, but still has a lot of progress to do on the defensive tasks. He could potentially be a great MLS defender.

Thimotee Kolodziejcak – 27 years – France

After a brief passage in La Liga Bancomer playing for Tigres, the solid defender is a free agent. Winner of the Mexican League this year, and plenty of national and European experience with French club St-Etienne, Kolodziejcak has the perfect age maturity to express himself as a solid defender, potential boss of the back guard. Tall and athletic, he will be able to charge the strongest MLS attackers. Ibrahimovic must remember him as a serious opponent, during their Ligue 1 clashes.

Midfielders

Yohan Cabaye – 33 years – France

Plenty of experience for this international (48 caps with France). Like many before him, he was seduced by the Saudi wallet, and exiled to Al Nasr but only played 13 games and never acclimated in the EAU. Still young and with plenty of experience, Cabaye played for big teams like Tottenham and PSG, but he has no club right now. He could even join immediately and share its experience with the current roaster of young aspiring players. The competition is fierce to sign him, as his agent reported to us that he is looking at 2 offers from Ligue 1, more precisely from Europa league qualified AS St-Etienne

Hatem Ben Arfa – 32 years – France

Any Football fan knows about Hatem Ben Arfa. Another French International (15 caps), and one of the planet’s best dribblers. A favorite of Youtube viral videos about most crazy skills and goals, the player is also known to be a huge diva, and no coach has been able to tame him yet. Going from club to club, this spoiled diamond just misses stability.

He is also a big fan of Miami and comes at least once a year on vacation. Would the beach be a good enough argument to convince Ben Arfa? The player is rumored to be in very advanced talks with Sevilla, as he announced himself on his Instagram account June 28. Over a month has passed, and he is still without a club. If Ben Arfa signs, no doubt that he will score some anthology goals. The MLS defenders are warned.

Arjen Robben – 35 years – Netherlands

No presentation needed for “The Flying Dutchman”. The 2010 FIFA player of the year is already a legend. OK, he announced his retirement earlier this month, but his appearances during the past season for Bayern Munich (his club won the German Bundesliga again) tells us that he still has a lot of gas. Certainly enough to break through most MLS defenses. Maybe a call from David Beckham will convince him to give one extra season (96 caps with Netherland). We definitely need a shining name in our team, and this one is free.

Franck Ribery – 36 years – France

(c)A lot of French players in this midfield list. Ribery is no contest the most legendary of them. Scoring and dribbling until his last season game (he also the running Bundesliga champ with Bayern), the left winger is not ready to retire yet. He has many options and clubs fighting to sign him. Last we heard, he refused a contract from AS Monaco (Ligue 1) because he doesn’t see himself playing for another French club other than his former Olympique de Marseille. Eintracht Frankfurt is now positioning itself to sign Ribery, but if the player is true to his heart that OM and Bayern are his clubs, he will most likely not join the Bundesliga as well. He already has a place in Miami, and has many close friends in the city. 

Attack

Mario Balotelli – 28 years – Italy

Signing Balotelli would be amazing. He is a scoring machine and has a lot of continental (Calcio winner with Juventus, Premier League with Manchester City, a Champion’s League…) and International (36 caps). Of course, it’s another temper to handle, and he constantly needs to be challenged to stay focus. But Galaxy did it with Ibrahimovic, so maybe the yearly sunshine will have a calming effect on the Italian. His history with Zlatan both in Italy and playing for arch-enemies Marseille while the LA player was with PSG will greatly enhance the rivalry with the LA Galaxy. If one player can finish best scorer of the MLS, it’s definitely Balotelli!

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