These days players signing extravagant contracts for club record fees is a recurrent occurrence. Benzema recently signed a contract with a €1 billion buyout clause, Neymar was signed by PSG for 222 million euros and Saul Niguez signed a nine-year contract with Atletico Madrid.
But on the other end of the spectrum are quality players without professional contracts. Here are some of the best players without a contract at the moment.
#5 Sébastien Bassong
Sébastien Bassong was first thrust into the limelight when has was named Newcastle United's player of the season for 2008-09, his only season at St James’ Park before securing an £8 million move to Tottenham Hotspur.
At Spurs the central defender failed to make an impact and was loaned out to Premier League counterparts Wolverhampton before being sold to Norwich City. Bassong said he moved to Norwich with the purpose of reviving his professional career and that is precisely what he did.
The Cameroonian International was voted player of the season for 2012-13 and was named club captain in August 2013. Although his time at Norwich has been filled with ups and downs the 31-year-old is well loved among the fans.
Norwich City released Bassong this summer leaving him on the lookout for a new club. The defender was seen training with Harry Redknapp's Birmingham City, Redknapp signed Bassong while he was at Tottenham and tried to sign the defender once again but has since been sacked by Birmingham leaving the future of Sébastien Bassong in a state of uncertainty.