Former Liverpool, Chelsea and PSG players are at the moment among the many highest-profile free brokers nonetheless ready to find a club for 2020-21.
We’ve already spoken to two players – Joel Lynch and Reuben Collins – at completely different levels of their careers concerning the issue of discovering a club within the present financial local weather, and people struggles lengthen to the very best reaches of the game.
We’ve taken a nearer took at seven players with Champions League expertise who nonetheless find themselves with out a club.
One of probably the most striker-y strikers of his era, Cavani was one of a number of high-profile players to leave PSG after their contracts expired this summer season. Unlike Thiago Silva and Thomas Meunier, Cavani is but to sign for a new club regardless of loads of hypothesis surrounding the 33-year-old.
Cavani has been linked with Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, just for the 2 clubs to sign completely different attacking targets, while a move to Benfica collapsed with the Portuguese outfit unable to meet his wage calls for.
Manchester United at the moment are being mooted as potential suitors for the Uruguay international. After a summer season chasing Jadon Sancho while they desperately need defensive reinforcements, it could be very Ed Woodward to immediately sign Cavani for no obvious motive.
In the meantime, Cavani has been conserving himself fit by turning to ballet, saying: “I don’t share the view that each boy has to play solely soccer.
“I believe that girls and boys have to be free to seek their happiness in what they are most passionate about, because that’s the best way to be well-trained, growing day by day in a firm structure.”
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Remember when he was sensible? Like, genuinely, correctly sensible? He actually, actually was, and we’re actually, actually unhappy he isn’t any more.
We’re scripting this on the second anniversary of Sturridge’s sensible strike in opposition to Chelsea, his last goal in a Liverpool shirt. While the previous England international has been linked with Sheffield United, a link rapidly dismissed by Chris Wilder, he was most just lately noticed coaching with eighth-tier Kidsgrove Athletic.
Exactly this time two years in the past, we had been bouncing back up to Liverpool after @DanielSturridge scored *that* equaliser within the 89th minute at Stamford Bridge…
What a goal 💥 pic.twitter.com/uPNZ29UDp7
— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) September 29, 2020
You may very well be forgiven for considering that Gotze has turn into the forgotten man of European football after his return to Borussia Dortmund fell flat, main to his release on the end of 2019-20.
But in recent weeks, two clubs have expressed an interest in signing the midfielder, together with, considerably bizarrely, his former side Bayern Munich.
According to Bild, Gotze has held talks with Bayern boss Hansi Flick, who has publicly expressed his admiration for the player and wants reinforcements following the departures of Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez, plus the loan returns of Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Perisic and Alvaro Odriozola.
However, Bayern chiefs Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Hasan Salihamidzic are reportedly not eager on the idea, regardless of captain Manuel Neuer saying: “It’s up to the bosses to decide whether he is a topic for us. But I’m confident he would be able to do well at Bayern.”
A move to Hertha Berlin seems more possible for the 28-year-old, who has vowed that he wants to win the Champions League before the end of his career, with sporting director Arne Friedrich just lately admitting his interest within the man who scored the profitable goal within the 2014 World Cup final.
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Having spent the last seven years scoring the very same goal for Napoli with out anyone noticing, Callejon has reportedly been earmarked by Fiorentina as a potential substitute for Federico Chiesa, who’s attracting interest from Juventus.
Time might not be on the 33-year-old’s side, but the winger nonetheless offered three assists in seven Champions League outings last time period, together with one in Napoli’s 2-0 win over Liverpool.
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Scorer of probably the most silly goal in Champions League historical past, Mandzukic was broadly tipped to swap Juventus for Manchester United or Tottenham last season, solely to as a substitute make the leftfield move to Qatari side Al-Duhail in December 2019.
After 10 appearances and two goals, the striker’s contract was terminated in July. Fiorentina, Inter and Galatasaray had been amongst a number of clubs linked with the 34-year-old, though a move to MLS has also been talked about.
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Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
Stop laughing, you on the back. Not solely does Choupo-Moting have Champions League expertise with both Schalke and PSG, but the previous Stoke forward scored PSG’s dramatic 93rd-minute winner in opposition to Atalanta in last season’s quarter-finals.
PSG even tried to lengthen the forward’s contract, just for talks to break down, suggesting beggars can certainly be choosers.
Without a club, the Cameroon captain has been left out of the side’s squad for the upcoming pleasant with Japan, which can hasten his seek for a new club.
In 2009, Sir Alex Ferguson wrote to Defour to wish him a speedy restoration from a damaged foot that scuppered the midfielder’s potential move to Manchester United from Standard Liege.
Fergie promised to keep track of Defour’s progress, but he in the end joined Porto in 2011, the place he played Champions League football for the first time.
He constructed on that European expertise additional with Anderlecht before becoming a member of Burnley in 2016. Defour was an on the spot hit the Clarets, telling the Burnley Express he was “in the best form of my life” at Turf Moor, just for injuries to wreck his progress.
Defour, now 32, spent last season at Royal Antwerp after his Burnley contract was mutually terminated, but he is once once more on the lookout for a new side.
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