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Top 5 free transfers of this decade

Muhammad Saad
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
Modified 20 Dec 2019, 15:26 IST

Arsenal v FC Porto - UEFA Champions League
Sol Campbell in UCL action for Arsenal, he famously went for free from Spurs to Arsenal

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

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Zlatan proved to be a shrewd bargain for 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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Published 20 May 2018, 03:46 IST
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