The summer transfer market of 2016 is still a couple of weeks away, but it is already poised to become a big one. With a bunch of teams ready to spend huge transfer fees on star players.
But adding a star player doesn’t always has to cost millions of pounds. Some teams were able to land a big name for free. So let’s take a look at the five best free transfers in football history!
5. Sol Campbell (Arsenal)
Tottenham fans are still not able to look at Sol Campbell the right way, as the star defender left White Heart Lane on a free transfer for Arsenal in 2001. Campbell was actually never sold at all, as he also joined Portsmouth, Notts County and Newcastle on a free transfer.
4. Paul Pogba (Juventus)
Paul Pogba could leave Juventus this summer for a huge transfer fee, but it were the Serie A champions who got the Frenchman to Italy on a free transfer from Manchester United in 2012. United fans still can’t believe Alex Ferguson let this talent go, as Pogba has won four titles at Juve.
3. Cafu (AC Milan)
AS Roma believed Cafu was almost done in 2003 en let him walk to AC Milan on a free transfer. The Brazilian was a key player in the Rossoneri’s success between 2003 and 2008, winning the Champions League in 2007.
2. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Robert Lewandowski scored like a mad man for Borussia Dortmund before moving to Bayern Munich for free in the summer of 2014. The Poland international has since not been able to stop hitting the net…
1. Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)
But nobody beats Juve’s free transfer of Andrea Pirlo. AC Milan let The Maestro go to Turin, thinking his career was over. But Pirlo played wonderfully for the Old Lady, winning four titles in a row before leaving for the MLS in 2015.