sport news Sportsmail's best XI of players now available as free agents

sport news Sportsmail's best XI of players now available as free agents
sport news Sportsmail's best XI of players now available as free agents

The summer transfer window slammed shut on Tuesday night – bringing the curtain down on what has been one of the craziest windows in recent memory.

While Manchester City broke the British transfer record by signing Jack Grealish for £100million, city rivals Manchester United made a late dash to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford.

Former free agent Lionel Messi was snapped up by PSG after leaving Barcelona in what was another internet-breaking move. However, not every player was as fortunate in finding a new club.

Many players across Europe saw their contracts expire or mutually terminated, leaving them in no-man's land with the new season well underway. But even with deadline day over, these players can still sign with new clubs even outside the transfer window.

So, with this in mind, Sportsmail has put together a team of the best players who are now free agents and revealed what the future may hold for them...

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The transfer window slammed shut on Tuesday – but there are still players without clubs

The transfer window slammed shut on Tuesday – but there are still players without clubs 

GOALKEEPER – SERGIO ROMERO

While there's been plenty of excitement coming out of Old Trafford in recent weeks, one player that won't be a part of it is Sergio Romero.

The Argentine goalkeeper was released by the Red Devils earlier this summer and hasn't found a new club yet.

With Dean Henderson now at the club challenging David de Gea for the No 1 jersey, Romero found himself fall below Lee Grant in the pecking order and was surplus to requirements by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Sergio Romero was released by Manchester United earlier this summer and is without a club

Sergio Romero was released by Manchester United earlier this summer and is without a club

Romero also saw a deadline day move to Everton blocked last summer, which now seems bizarre given he has been allowed to leave for free just a year on. 

The 34-year-old didn't make a single appearance in his final three seasons at United but has shown he's a more than capable keeper when on international duty with Argentina. 

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DEFENDER – SERGE AURIER

One of the high-profile names in this XI, Serge Aurier will likely not take long to find a new home, with France his most likely destination.

The right back told Spurs he wanted to leave the club this summer, which saw the Premier League side frantically try and offload him before Tuesday's deadline but to no avail.

The 28-year-old even had a year left to run on his Spurs contract but with the arrival of Emerson Royal, Nuno Espirito Santo would've had four right backs at his disposal for the coming season.

Serge Aurier has been released on a free transfer by Tottenham after mutual termination

Serge Aurier has been released on a free transfer by Tottenham after mutual termination

This saw Spurs and Aurier come to the mutual decision to terminate his contract hours before deadline day ended, allowing the Ivorian to join the free agents list and continue his search for a new club.

Aurier arrived at White Hart Lane in 2017 for £23m from PSG but failed to really nail down the right back spot under four different managers. He made 77 Premier League appearances during his time at Tottenham.

DEFENDER – ELIAQUIM MANGALA

Eliaqium Mangala was once the most expensive defender in British transfer history, after Manchester City shelled out £42m for the Frenchman.

However, the centre back struggled to live up to the billing and was subsequently shipped out on loan to Valencia and Everton before securing a permanent switch to the Spanish side in 2019.

Like at the Etihad, it didn't quite work out at the Maestella and his two-year contract was allowed to run its course this summer, leaving him without a club for the start of this season.

At the age of 30, Mangala can expect to have a few more years of top-level football as his search for a new club continues.

Eliaqium Mangala was once the most expensive defender in British transfer history

Eliaqium Mangala was once the most expensive defender in British transfer history

DEFENDER – DAVID LUIZ

David Luiz announced earlier this summer that his time at Arsenal would be coming to an end.

The £50m arrival of Ben White meant that minutes would be at a premium and he would no longer be needed by Mikel Arteta.

The 34-year-old has since been in talks over a move to Brazilian side Flemengo and even previously met with Flamengo's vice president Marcos Braz and football director Bruno Spindel, with the Brazilian club pair said to be on a mission to bring in high-profile players.    

Flamengo could still sign Luiz - who has been capped 57 times for Brazil's national team - but the veteran defender is taking his time with reaching a decision over his next move as he wants to find a project that 'touches his heart'. 

David Luiz is currently searching for his next club after leaving Arsenal earlier this summer

David Luiz is currently searching for his next club after leaving Arsenal earlier this summer

MIDFIELDER – JAVIER PASTORE

It just hasn't happened for Javier Pastore in Italy.

The Argentine joined Roma in the summer of 2018 from PSG, arriving with plenty of promise but injury issues saw him make just 37 appearances across three seasons.

It saw Roma and Pastore come to the decision to mutally terminate his contract on deadline day, with the player free to join another club as a result.

Pastore admitted it 'wasn't easy to leave Roma' but he may find

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