The start of the 2023/24 season has seen a host of big-name stars move on a free transfer.
Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets moved to Inter Miami, Milan Skriniar signed for PSG, Roberto Firmino and N’Golo Kante went to Saudi Arabia, joining Al-Ahli and Al-Ittihad respectively, and Angel Di Maria returned to Benfica for one last dance.
Those are just the most high-profile ones. In the Bundesliga alone, Raphael Guerreiro and Konrad Laimer joined Bayern, Ramy Bensebaini signed for Dortmund and Marcus Thuram departed for Inter.
Joining Thuram in Italy is ex-Lyon star Houssem Aouar, who has signed for Roma. The Algerian’s former Lyon teammate Moussa Dembele also headed for the exit after running down his contract, joining Steven Gerrard’s Saudi club Al-Ettifaq.
In Spain, Inigo Martinez and Manchester City legend Ilkay Gundogan signed for Barcelona. Former Real Madrid men Isco and James Rodriguez have also found clubs after being released during the past season, joining Real Betis and Sao Paulo, respectively.
Out of contract in 2023: The best free agents available on a Bosman
Messi, Pirlo, Ramos and the biggest Bosman transfers of all time
Who are the best free transfers in soccer?
Every year on 1 July, players whose contracts expire at their clubs become free agents.
Even when the transfer window is closed from September to December and February to July, clubs around Europe and the world can still sign them outside of the regular transfer windows.
The biggest names currently available on a free transfer are former Real Madrid stars Sergio Ramos and Eden Hazard.
Long-time Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is also still unattached after seeing his contract at Old Trafford expire. He has been linked with a move to Real Madrid following Thibaut Courtois’s ACL injury.
Below are the best free agents unattached and available to be signed for nothing.
Out of contract players
|Eden Hazard||32||Belgium||AM||Real Madrid|
|David de Gea||32||Spain||GK||Man Utd|
|Jesse Lingard||30||England||CAM||Nottingham Forest|