Free Transfers: Which Players Could Premier League Teams Sign For Free?

Everyone loves a bargain, right? Even in this era where Premier League clubs seem keener than ever to splash the cash and bend Financial Fair Play to its absolute limits, some of the most inspired moves have been those that have cost a club absolutely nothing. 

Vialli and Poyet to Chelsea, Campbell to Arsenal, Lallana to Brighton – the list goes on and on. So, even with £815 million worth of spending in the January transfer behind them, which players could Premier League clubs pick up on free transfers for the remainder of the 2022/23 season? Check out SinkorSwimSports to find out! 

Isco (30, Center-Midfield, Spain)

Undoubtedly the most decorated free transfer in the market right now, Isco was one of the silkiest midfielders in the world during his nine seasons with Real Madrid. During his time at the Bernabeu, he won five Champions Leagues, four Club World Cups, three La Ligas, three Uefa Super Cups and one Copa del Rey.

He had been expected to join Bundesliga side Union Berlin on Deadline Day after his contract with Sevilla was terminated. However, the deal broke down with the German outfit claiming the play Spanish midfielder had priced them out. 

Isco Real Madrid
Isco’s move to Union Berlin fell apart on Deadline Day

Jordan Lukaku (28, Left-Back, Belgium)

His older brother might have had the most amount of transfer fees paid for him in football history, but Jordan Lukaku is available to clubs currently for absolutely nothing. 

The 28-year-old Belgian left-back has played eight times for his country and played for Anderlecht, Lazio and Royal Antwerp before his contract at Spanish second-tier side Ponferradina was terminated in January 2023. 

Renzo Saravia (29, Right-Back, Argentina)

29-Year-old Renzo Saravia won the 2018–19 Argentine Primera División and has had stints in Portugal with Porto, as well as in Brazil with Botafogo.

First capped in 2018, he was a member of the Argentina squad that finished third in the 2019 Copa America. He has received nine caps from his country but has been without a club since his contract with Botafogo was terminated.

Bojan Krkic (32, Forward, Spain)

The man who broke Lionel Messi’s record as Barcelona’s youngest-ever debutant, Bojan Krkic’s career has been one of a journeyman across world football. The Spanish forward won three La Ligas, two Champions Leagues, a Copa del Rey, a UEFA Super Cup and a Fifa Club World Cup, before leaving Barca in 2011. 

Since then, Bojan has played in Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, North America, Japan and infamously in that Mark Hughes-led Stoke City side in the Premier League. Still only 32, the forward has 93 goals from 433 career appearances. 

Bojan Krkic free transfer
Could Bojan be worth one more punt as a free transfer?

Pape Cheikh Diop (25, Center-Midfield, Senegal)

Having been a part of the U-21 Spain set-up between 2015 and 2018, Papa Cheikh Diop switched allegiances to Senegal and has received 3 caps since October 2020. 

He rose through the ranks at Spanish club Celta Vigo before Ligue 1 outfit Lyon won his signature in 2017 for a reported €10 million with €4 million of possible bonuses. He has been without a club since 2022, making him possibly one of the most exciting possible Premier League free transfers on the horizon.

Sime Vrsaljko (31, Right-Back, Croatia)

With over 50 caps for his country, including an appearance in a Fifa World Cup Final, is Sime Vrsaljko the best value Premier League free transfer option?

Alongside his 52 international caps, the Croatian right-back has had stints with Dinamo Zagreb, Sassuolo, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan, but finds himself without a club after leaving Olympiacos at the end of 2022. 

Jese Rodriguez (29, Left-Winger, Spain)

At one time considered possibly the best upcoming Spanish talent, Jese Rodriguez now finds himself on the hunt for a free transfer at the age of 29. Moving to PSG for a reported €25 million in 2016 kickstarted a series of loan spells to the likes of Las Palmas, Sporting Lisbon and (those guys again) Stoke City. 

He has been without a club since January 2023 when his contract with Turkish outfit Ankaragücü was terminated. 

Jurgen Locadia (29, Forward, Netherlands)

Brighton and Hove Albion broke the bank to sign striker Jurgen Locadia in January 2018, paying £15 million for the two-time Eredivisie champion. He made 46 appearances and scored 6 times for the Seagulls, before stints in the Bundesliga, MLS and the Persian Gulf League. 

He had to leave his club Persepolis in Iran in December 2022 after warnings from the Dutch Government over concerns for the safety of citizens living in the country following widespread protests. 

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Jurgen Locadia celebrates versus Arsenal, 2018

What do you make of our Premier League free transfers picks? Let us know which players you would be happy with your club signing!