So we are nearing the start of the 2015/16 football season and managers have been wheeling and dealing, trying to improve their squads in a bid to strengthen and replace those players who wanted more or were not needed any more.
We have had a few big deals so far with United being busy and City signing Sterling etc…
But what about those players that didn’t sign new deals with their club from last season? What became of the big names who join the list of professional players world wide keeping agents negotiating with clubs who will be getting a free player.
There are several big names departing clubs this summer with contracts not being renewed and I’m going to look at some of the players who haven’t found new homes yet but really should have by now.
Arsenal’s French midfielder, Mathieu Flamini. Just ended his second spell under Arsene Wenger at The Emirates after resigning from AC Milan in 2013, where he scored 7 goals in 97 appearances. Last season he played 32 games in all competitions scoring just once with his defensive role in the Arsenal midfield taken by Francis Coquelin. Rumours have him linked to Galatasaray.
Next is another Arsenal midfielder in the form of injury prone Abou Diaby. Diaby has been with the Gunners since 2006 signing from Auxerre. He has made over 125 appearances for the club, bagging 14 times since then but he has spent just as much time in the physio room as Jack Wiltshire since breaking his ankle just 5 months after signing. He is a bit of a risk for any manger with his fitness issues, but a quality player, just 29 years old and has a few more years ahead of him. West Brom are the side linked with him at the moment and will probably say in the Premier League.
Sticking with London but moving to the blue side and former Chelsea ‘legend’, Didier Drogba. Over 100 goals and more than 250 appearances for Chelsea and 104 appearance with 65 goals for the Ivory Coast, Drogba is a goal machine. He may be 37 but he still has an eye for goal. Perhaps an MLS side will be a good fit for him to see out his career. Chicago Fire and Montreal Impact are to two battling it out for his services.
London seems to just be unemployed football players walking around aimlessly looking for help as my next one is former QPR midfielder, Joey Barton. Barton opted not to sign a new deal with the ‘R’s who fell back in to the Championship last season but since then the 32 year old hasn’t had much interest, especially from Premier League clubs. Leeds and Birmingham have been linked.
Leicester City have been rushing to find a replacement for my next player, Esteban Cambiasso. Not deciding to renew his contract after playing a massive part in keeping to Foxes in the Premier League last season. The 34 year old was asked by new manager Claudio Ranieri to make his mind up and he responded with this “I have taken this decision only 24 hours after receiving the proposal from Leicester because I want to give the club as much time as possible to find an alternative.” There are rumours he is eyeing a move to Aston Villa.
Leicester have been linked with my next player, he is not a replacement for Cambiasso being a striker. It is former Chelsea and West Ham man Carlton Cole. The forward looked like he was off in January as the hammers tried to cash in before his contract ended, but now his contract has run out and is looking like a bargain on a free transfer. 31 years old with 8 goals in 49 premier league appearances last season, could do a job for one of the newly promoted teams. As said before, linked with Leicester City.
Finally is a man leaving Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers after they couldn’t match his huge wage demands (rumoured to be £80,000 per week) which is probably a good thing as Wolves have been stung with big wages in the past. The 27 year old Frenchman, Bakary Sako, formed an incredible partnership with Nouha Dicko last season, with both scoring 15 goals each and making it in to the Championship team of the year. Highly thought after by Wolves fans so the rumours he may be signing for rival West Brom will not go down too well.
So there we have it, just a few weeks left until the big kick off, will these players find a home or will they be on our TV screens at the glamour grounds of Scunthorpe and Gillingham on Soccer Saturday, time will tell…
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