Although the latest English domestic season is barely over, thoughts are already turning to next season. This is especially true for Premier League and Championship clubs, who are looking to either cement their status, or challenge for honours to earn the coveted prize of promotion. While the preseason is usually an exciting time for wealthy clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester United (who are expected to spend significant sums this summer), those with more stringent budgets must look for out of contract players and low-cost individuals.
3 Free Transfer Options that will emerge this summer
With this in mind, here are three out of contract players that may well be in demand during the next quarter. These include: –
Danny Ings (Burnley)
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Striker Ings scored 10 goals in Burnley’s doomed Premier League campaign last year, and earned a number of rave reviews for his movement and energetic top-flight performances. There was option to move in January, but declined a move in order to help the Clarets fight for their Premier League status. He will be available for free this summer, however, and clubs including Manchester United, Liverpool and even David Moyes’ Real Sociedad have been linked with his purchase. Given his age and undoubted promise, he will add value to any time and remains one of the most exciting English prospects.
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No matter how controversial a players’ history may be, there is always a manager willing to invest in them so long as they have talent. This may yet prove the case with Newcastle’s precocious but challenging forward Hatem Ben Arfa, who spent last season on loan at Hull City and managed to fall out with both hierarchies in the space of 12 months. The French international is incredibly gifted, can play all along the front line and is likely to be available for a bargain price this summer and he may prove excellent value for a club that is willing to indulge his eccentricities.
James Milner (Manchester City)
Whoever signs James Milner this summer will have bagged themselves the signing of the season. He’s had a solid season with Manchester City, playing in almost every position except goal, and the Blues are desperate to keep hold of him.
But they can’t offer him a regular place in the starting eleven and at 29, that’s what the England international will be looking for.
Liverpool are perhaps leading the chase for Milner, but you can expect there will be a huge tug of war for him over the next few months.