Free transfers, sometimes referred to as Bosman transfers, are like manna from heaven, especially in a football world where owners do not scruple in lashing out millions to buy top quality players.
Although it is usually the big-money moves that hit the headlines, it is not always about splurging. The freebies also stand a good chance of bringing success to the club gratuitously.
While some free agents peter out with age and fail to live up to fans' expectations, a number of them manage to excel at their new settlements.
So without further ado, let us take a look at the top 5 free transfers of this decade.
#5 Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Paris Saint-Germain to Manchester United
Zlatan's transfer to Manchester United was nothing less than a shrewd bargain as he inspired The Red Devils to clinch the FA Community Shield, EFL Cup and UEFA Europa League in his first season for the club.
During the 2016-17 season, the 35-year-old managed 28 goals in 46 appearances along with 10 assists. The buzz-worthy move of the Swede fueled many brickbats. However, Zlatan was quick in silencing the critics with his back-to-back sensational performances.
As a result of this, he won the overwhelming support of the Red Army who convinced him to sign a new one-year contract. However, the latter half of his stint at Manchester was marred with unfortunate injuries due to which he only made 7 appearances before getting his contract terminated in March 2018.
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