The 2015/2016 season is far from over, but it’s never too early to look forward to the 2016 summer transfer window.
Teams will be able to spend as much as they can and want on the players they are keen on, but in some cases it’s possible to sign a quality player who’s out of contract with his current team. Those are the so-called free agents.
Next summer, a number of big names will be available for free, so we have put together the best XI possible, while also adding an alternative XI with reserves. Our formation is 4-2-3-1.
Free Agents XI
Steve Mandanda is our goalkeeper, as the 30-year-old is poised to leave Marseille. The Ligue 1 club has struggled all season. However, he has been capped 20 times for France and has been able to register 138 slates for l’OM since joining them in 2008.
He’s joined by current team-mate Nicolas N’Koulou in defence. The 25-year-old is courted by a number of clubs, like Leicester City, AC Milan and Valencia. He’s been capped 68 times for Cameroon, despite his young age.
N’Koulou’s partner in the heart of the defence is Chelsea’s John Terry. The Blues legend’s attributes and experience are obvious and he could be valuable for any team, even at the age of 35. PSG’s Gregory van der Wiel and Juventus’ Patrice Evra will man the defensive wings. The Dutchman has been a regular starter in France, while the former Manchester United defender enjoyed a career renaissance in Italy.
Milan’s Riccardo Montolivo and United’s Michael Carrick form the central midfield duo. They are both known for their hard work and warrior mentality. On top, they offer a bunch of experience in big games. Nice’s Hatem Ben Arfa features as our playmaker. The former Newcastle player has relaunched his career in Ligue 1, and is wanted by a number of top clubs.
Valencia’s Sofiane Feghouli and New York City’s David Villa occupy the wing positions. The Algerian has only seen his value rise after a number of great performances for the Spanish club, and is ready to leave La Liga. Villa moved to the MLS, but has the chance to once again shine in Europe at the age of 34.
Upfront, there’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The PSG star doesn’t need any introduction and is courted by a number of clubs, among others Chelsea and Manchester United. The Swede is 34 years old, but has scored 27 league goals this season, showing he’s far from done.
We’re keeping it short about our reserves. Brazilian international Alisson features as the goalkeeper. He’s helped by a defence composed of Inter’s Yuto Nagatomo, AZ’s (and former Aston Villa’s) Ron Vlaar, Brondby’s (and former Liverpool’s) Daniel Agger, and Shakthar’s Dario Srna.
Arsenal’s Mathieu Flamini and Atletico Madrid’s Tiago take on a role in midfield, with Sampdoria’s (and former Sunderland’s) Ricky Alvarez featuring as our playmaker. Stuttgart’s Daniel Didavi will play on the left wing, Partizan’s starlet Andrija Zivkovic on the right wing, while Atletico’s Fernando Torres is our striker.