From Marcelo to Diego Costa: the footballers who are still free after the closing of the transfer market

This Wednesday, September 1, at 11:59 p.m., the transfer market in Europe formally ended. A frenetic day, as usually happens, in which hundreds of rumors circulated, dozens of signings were closed on the hour and many others fell.

Perhaps the biggest protagonist of the deadline It was Barça, a club that managed to secure the services of two Spanish full-backs: Marcos Alonso, who terminated his contract with Chelsea, and Héctor Bellerín, who came from Arsenal although last season he played for Pellegrini’s Betis. They also said goodbye to Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, who signed for Chelsea, and Sergiño Dest, on loan to Milan.

Another last-minute operation that surprised was the one carried out by Liverpool, which closed the hiring of the Brazilian Arthur Melo, without too much minutes in Juventus. Manchester City did not want to waste the last day either and signed Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund.

In any case, the fact that it was the end of the European market does not necessarily imply that the templates have been completely closed. A series of footballers who were left without a team, that is, free players, have the possibility of joining any club even when the transfer period is not open. From this slogan, below, the most surprising cases, perhaps Cream of the cream:


Skilled Brazilian left-back, the most successful player in the history of Real Madrid, who had the intention of continuing in the merengue store, but the leadership had not contemplated it for this season. At 34 years old, he resists retirement and looks for options. His name sparked the interest of Real Valladolid and even Leicester in the Premier League.

Diego Costa

The “bad boy”, as he is known in Spain. At 33 years old, after shining at clubs like Chelsea or Atlético de Madrid, the Brazilian naturalized Spanish striker wants a new opportunity in LaLiga. In fact, until a few weeks ago his arrival at Rayo Vallecano was taken for granted, but coach Andoni Iraola gave him the thumbs down.

Juan kill

At 34 years old, the midfielder and former Spanish player said goodbye to Manchester United, the club that sheltered him for the last nine seasons. A few hours ago, rumors began to circulate of a second stage for him at Valencia, after the team from Ché sold his playmaker, Carlos Soler, to Paris Saint Germain. Mata supposes a replacement of guarantees, despite his age.

Ross Barkley

Neither he nor Chelsea were happy with the current scenario. Without minutes on the field, the 28-year-old midfielder finally reached an agreement and terminated his contract last Monday. Although he has not played in any cast, for now, he is expected to continue his career in the Premier.


One of the pillars of Celta de Vigo said goodbye to the fans some time ago and still hasn’t found a club. But, even at 35 years old, he does not lack girlfriends: he was linked to Cádiz and Málaga, but even Rayo Vallecano entered the scene in the last few hours.

There are, in addition to these five names, by the way, other emblematic cases, such as Serge Aurier, who left Villarreal and is wanted by Atlético de Madrid, or Lorius Karius, a former Liverpool goalkeeper, who seems to have lost all his confidence after the blunders of the 2018 Champions League final. Sofiane Feghouli, Danny Drinkwater, Simone Zaza and Djibril Sidibé are other interesting players in the offing.

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