Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Premier League freebies to be had this summer

Manchester City and England midfielder James Milner is just one of the Premier League players available on a free transfer this summer

Manchester City and England midfielder James Milner is just one of the Premier League players available on a free transfer this summer

Every summer Premier League clubs spend hundreds of millions improving, tweaking and changing their squads.

However, this summer a number of Premier League players will be free agents and be up for grabs.

Here are a few of the top-flights players available on the cheap this summer:

Danny Ings (Burnley)

The 22-year-old helped the Clarets to promotion from the Championship last season and this season has also impressed in Sean Dyche’s struggling side.

Ings has scored nine Premier League goals during this campaign and has four assists.

For such a young player he has good movement and is an intelligent footballer. His impressive debut season in the top-flight means he is majorly in-demand. Premier League clubs Liverpool, Newcastle and Chelsea have all been mooted as potential destinations for the striker who looks set to leave Turf Moor.

Any English teams interested in signing Ings this summer would have to pay Burnley compensation, but that would be nowhere near the player’s true value in the transfer market.

Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa)

The highly-rated Holland international centre-back has endured a difficult season at Villa Park. However, he was a starter in his national team at the 2014 World Cup and at 30-years old has a wealth of experience both at club and international level.

He looks unlikely to sign a new deal with the Villans and Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is a known admirer of the centre-back. The centre-back may just yet make his way to Old Trafford this summer.

James Milner (Manchester City)

The England international is one of the most versatile and hard-working players in the Premier League. The midfielder is vastly underrated and is underappreciated at City and it looks like he is set to leave the Etihad Stadium.

Despite his versatility, Milner has struggled to be a first team regular in the City team in recent seasons. Milner has been linked with a move to Liverpool this summer, but will be in-demand if he does choose to leave City this summer.

Tom Cleverley (Manchester United, on loan at Aston Villa)

The midfielder has spent this season on-loan at Aston Villa from United, but has struggled to make the expected impact at Villa Park. The 25-year-old was highly-rated in his early career and was expected to go to greater things with United.

However he struggled to nail down a regular first team place at United and was heavily criticised prior to his summer loan move to Villa. Everton are reportedly his preferred destination, as Toffees boss Roberto Martinez has worked with the England international in the past and rates him highly.

Glen Johnson (Liverpool)

The experienced full-back has seen his career take a downturn in recent seasons due to injuries and poor form. Johnson has made just 14 Premier League appearances for the Reds, with five of those coming from the substitutes bench.

The 30-year-old looks unlikely to stay at Anfield this summer, as there have been no talks held about a new deal on Merseyside. He has told the media that he does not know where he will be playing next season, but it would be great for his kids if he moved abroad.

Italian club Roma are believed to be interested in the vastly experienced England international and a move to the Stadio Olimpico could prove an enticing one.

Kolo Toure (Liverpool)

Another of Liverpool’s vastly experienced defenders could leave Anfield this summer. The 34-year-old has played for Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool. Toure is far from finished though, as he proved in helping Ivory Coast to African Cup of Nations glory in February.

Toure has made 19 appearances for Brendan Rodgers team this season, despite not being considered a first choice centre-back. It would not be surprising to see Toure sign a new deal with the club from Merseyside, but I am sure there are other clubs willing to hand the centre-back a lucrative contract this summer.

Jon Flanagan (Liverpool)

Yet another Liverpool defender John Flanagan could leave his boyhood club as a free agent. The 22-year-old has missed the whole of this season with a knee injury, but is now back in training with the Liverpool first team.

Whether he will stay with the Reds beyond this season will most likely depend on whether he impresses boss Brendan Rodgers in training between now and the end of the season.

If he does leave then no doubt there will be top-flight teams willing to take the chance on the youngster, who despite his recent injury problems still holds a lot of potential.

Who would be the best free signing this summer from the Premier League?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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