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2018 Summer Free Agent XI

Zeeshan Ali
SENIOR ANALYST
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25.62K   //    07 Feb 2018, 20:32 IST

With the transfer market going bonkers, the teams across Europe could do themselves a favour by looking at these players who are out of contract, come the end of this season.

We've compiled a list of 11 such players who are free agents this summer and would most definitely improve the quality of even the top clubs in the world, and as the transfer fees for players with contracts to run, sky-rocket, free transfers will soon become the norm as clubs struggle to keep up with the transfer demands that have currently hijacked the world of football.

Formation: 3-5-2


Goalkeeper

Juventus FC v SSC Napoli - TIM Cup
Pepe Reina

Goalkeepers are pivotal for any team that is vying for the top spots in the leagues across Europe. Their importance only increases in cup competitions.

Few can argue that the replacement for Claudio Bravo at Manchester City, Ederson Santana de Moraes, is the driving factor behind City's surge to the summit of the Premier League, considering the rest of the team is identical to the one a season ago.

The stability that is provided by a goalkeeper enables the team to play with more freedom, knowing well that should the odd defensive lapse occur, the keeper has it covered.

Pepe Reina has always been a keeper who is under-valued, which defies logic when all you need to do is look at his exploits in world football. A staggering record between the sticks, he has 302 clean sheets in 742 professional appearances.

Mind-boggling stats. Throw in a World Cup, a couple of European Championships, an FA Cup, the Italian Cup, a Bundesliga Championship, a UEFA Supercup and an English League Cup and you've got yourself a keeper who has established himself in every top league in Europe.

All that experience for a free transfer? Nuts.

Substitute: Iker Casillas

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