Most players today come at a premium, but the Bosman ruling has meant that the power is with the players. While there were some extremely expensive buys, there were also some freebies on offer, and they could prove to be equally important.
Below is a list of the best Premier League free deals from 2013:
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham to Chelsea)
The 40-year-old was surprisingly let go off by his previous employers at the end of last season.
Schwarzer is an experienced custodian and brings a sense of assurance and reliability, something the London club has been missing over the years in their second choice keepers. And the Australian is an able back-up to Petr Cech.