Five Free Agents & a Look at Where They're Heading
For the free agents out there, they will be seeking a new club to either train with, or sign with before the football season starts again.
John Terry bid his beloved Chelsea an emotional farewell and is now on the move following 19 trophy laden years at Stamford Bridge.
The centre-back will undoubtedly be a huge asset to whichever club acquires his services. And at the moment that club looks to be Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa.
The Championship club are currently favourites to sign the former England captain at 1/2, whilst Bournemouth or a move to the MLS are second favourite at 14/1 with most top bookmakers.
Gael Clichy is another defender out of contract and just one of a host of players that is set to leave Manchester City this summer as Pep Guardiola looks to really put his own stamp on the Etihad after undergoing his first managerial season without silverware.
At 31, Clichy still has a number of years to give yet and is Turkey bound as Fenerbahce look to be leading the race for his signature at 15/8. Elsewhere in the Super Lig, Galatasaray are 9/4, though if he is to remain in England, a move to Liverpool looks likely with the Reds currently 2/1 at Ladbrokes.
By many, Zlatan Ibrahimović’s year in the Premier League is considered a failure, however, the Swede won three trophies with Manchester United and scored some 28 goals.
Unfortunately for the striker, his season was cut short by a serious knee injury and Jose Mourinho opted not to keep the 35-year-old. Ibrahimović is an excellent acquirement for any club at any level and at the moment, a move to America looks most likely with any MLS to sign him at 4/11.
Lucas Leiva has been at Anfield for ten years now and has made over 250 appearances for Liverpool. However, the 30-year-old must now move on.
Leiva has been a great servant to the club and the Kop will wave goodbye with a heavy heart, though after a season of bit-part appearances, his departure is a move that suits both parties.
The Brazilian is currently 7/4 at Betfred to sign for former manager Rafa Benitez at Newcastle and 2/1 at Betfair to sign with former club Gremio.
Following his betting revelations, Burnley had no choice but to let Joey Barton go. It was a shame for both club and player after Barton bedded in well with Sean Dyche’s men and enjoyed a pretty successful season, both on a personal level and for the club.
Still, the Premier League may not have seen the last of Barton just yet as Watford lead the race for his signature. The Hornets are 2/1 at Coral to take the midfielder to Vicrage Road, though they face fierce competition from the SPL as Celtic are also said to be interested. The Hoops are 12/5 with most bookmakers.