An Incredible XI Made Up Of Out-Of-Contract Players
The January transfer window has only just closed a couple of weeks back but clubs around the world will no doubt already be planning their summer business as they look to improve their squads.
And while we're bracing ourselves for another window of big spending, there could well be several top-tier free transfers given the sheer quality of players available.
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The volume of top-level players out of contract in the summer is so high that we've put together a pretty ridiculous XI. We've done similar before, but the situation has changed with a lot of players so it only feels right to do an updated version.
In goal, Michel Vorm is probably the best bet when it comes to goalkeepers available. The former Swansea man has played understudy to Hugo Lloris at Tottenham but would be a decent pick-up in the summer window.
Then, on the right side of a back three is Atletico's experienced right-back Juanfran, who looks set to leave the Spanish capital in the summer.
Lazio's in-demand centre-back Stefan De Vrij comfortably makes the team, playing alongside the Italian wall that is Giorgio Chiellini at the heart of the backline. Surely Juventus will tie him down to a new deal, but at the time of writing he's out-of-contract when the summer rolls around.
In midfield is where it gets spicy. Monaco's Joao Moutinho and Schalke's Max Meyer, still yet to make a decision on his future, are in the mix, as are Emre Can and Jack Wilshere.
Can has been stalling on an extension at Anfield and it seems as though he'll become the latest brilliant player to move to Juventus for nothing. Wilshere, meanwhile, has been brilliant since regaining full fitness but it remains to be seen whether he will follow Mesut Ozil in signing a new deal.
On the flanks, we've obviously opted for the deadly duo of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, who will both go down as Bayern Munich legends. 'Robbery' are out of contract in Bavaria as it stands, and though they are getting on, that could still change.
Up top, we finish the side with Mario Balotelli. The Italian has been in sublime form for Nice this season after re-signing with the Ligue One outfit, scoring 19 goals in 25 appearances and putting himself back in contention for the Italian national team.
Here is the team in full:
Notable mentions: Yaya Toure, Bernard, Hatem Ben Arfa, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gervinho, Oğuzhan Özyakup and Marouane Fellaini.
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