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Top Premier League Bosman deals of 2013

Nishit Nakar

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  during the Capital One Cup third round match between Swindon Town and Chelsea at the County Ground on September 24, 2013 in Swindon, England.  (Getty Images)

Mark Schwarzer during the Capital One Cup third round match between Swindon Town and Chelsea at the County Ground on September 24, 2013 in Swindon, England. (Getty Images)

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.

Yaya Sanogo during the UEFA Champions League playoff second leg at The Emirates Stadium in London on August 27, 2013. (Getty Images)

Yaya Sanogo during the UEFA Champions League playoff second leg at The Emirates Stadium in London on August 27, 2013. (Getty Images)

Yaya Sanogo (Auxerre to Arsenal)

A typical Arsene Wenger signing this, as the Frenchman has raw talent and who better than the Arsenal manager to help refine his skills.

The 20-year-old powerful stoker, who suffered a double fracture in 2010 that kept him out of the game for two years, scored four times in 17 minutes for previous employers Auxerre against Laval earlier this year.

With the North London side lacking in depth upfront, a fit Sanogo would do well to act as Olivier Giroud’s deputy.

Jose Canas gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Swansea City at Selhurst Park on September 22, 2013 in London, England.  (/Getty Images)

Jose Canas gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Swansea City at Selhurst Park on September 22, 2013 in London, England. (/Getty Images)

Jose Canas (Real Betis to Swansea)

Swansea love a bargain don’t they? Last season they signed Michu for peanuts, while this year, they seem to have outdone themselves.

The 26-year-old Spaniard is a touch-tacking defensive midfielder, with great position awareness and good vision. And while he may not be as flashy as his counterpart, he is sure to be just as important in Michael Laudrup’s side.

Kolo Toure in action during Steven Gerrard's Testimonial between Liverpool and Olympiacos at Anfield on August 03, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Getty Images)

Kolo Toure in action during Steven Gerrard’s Testimonial between Liverpool and Olympiacos at Anfield on August 03, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Getty Images)

Kolo Toure (Manchester City to Liverpool)

The Ivorian arrived at Anfield to fill the massive void left by Kop legend Jamie Carragher’s retirement. And what an astute acquisition the 32-year-old has been for Brendan Rodgers.

The former Manchester City and Arsenal centre-back brings bags of experience and leadership skills that were lacking at the back for Liverpool. Prior to his injury against Notts County in the League Cup, Toure showed why City paid £14m for his services in 2009.

Mathieu Flamini celebrates after the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 01, 2013 in London, England.  (Getty Images)

Mathieu Flamini celebrates after the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 01, 2013 in London, England. (Getty Images)

Mathieu Flamini (AC Milan to Arsenal)

Before the deadline-day signing of Mesut Ozil, Wenger was publicly criticised for resigning someone who left five years ago for a better pay package.

And while Ozil and Aaron Ramsey have garnered all the applause, the Frenchman has gone about his dirty business by protecting the back four rather nicely. The old-boy has restored the bite that was missing in the Gunners’ midfield, allowing the others around him to surge ahead and grab the headlines.

The unsung hero has probably been the best value-for-money deal and could prove to be as important as the deadline day club-record signing, if Wenger’s men do finally end their long overdue trophy drought.

Edited by Staff Editor

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