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Four Of World Football’s Most High Profile Free Agents Who Are Still Available

PALERMO, ITALY - APRIL 10: Miroslav Klose of Lazio celebtates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between US Citta di Palermo and SS Lazio at Stadio Renzo Barbera on April 10, 2016 in Palermo, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

Despite the transfer window slamming shut at 11pm on Wednesday last, some clubs may still be browsing the market for additions, with unattached free agents able to be signed by a club at any time during the season.

Steven Parkhill identifies four of the most high profile free agents who may still find themselves completing a move in the coming weeks.


1. Miroslav Klose

Polish-born German international Klose is one high profile free agent, following his departure from Italian side Lazio in June, with the striker having spent five seasons with the club.

The striker is well known for his goalscoring exploits at international level, having scored 71 times in 137 appearances for Germany, retiring from international duty shortly after their World Cup win in 2014 as Germany’s record goalscorer, having exceeded the 68-goal record set by Gerd Müller.

MAINZ, GERMANY - JULY 27: Miroslav Klose competes against Claus Reitmaier during the 'Champions for charity' football match between Nowitzki All Stars and Nazionale Piloti in honor of Michael Schumacher at Opel Arena on July 27, 2016 in Mainz, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Miroslav Klose competes against Claus Reitmaier during the ‘Champions for charity’ football match between Nowitzki All Stars and Nazionale Piloti in honor of Michael Schumacher.


At club level, Klose has been a less prolific but usually reliable goalscorer, having scored 232 goals in 598 appearances for Bundesliga sides Kaiserslautern, Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich, and in Italy with Serie A club Lazio.

Despite now being 38, his legendary ability to score goals may help the World Cup-winning striker to find a new club.


2. Mathieu Flamini

At the end of last season Mathieu Flamini departed Arsenal for a second time when his contract expired. The French midfielder, who previously made 123 appearances for AC Milan, was linked with a return to Italian football earlier in the week, however has yet to sign for any club.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Mathieu Flamini of Arsenal is challenged by Sadio Mane of Southampton during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at the Emirates stadium on February 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

A former France international, Flamini is well known for his tenacity, strength, high work rate and versatility, possessing the ability and attributes to play in midfield, primarily as a defensive midfielder, or as an adequate option at full-back, having played at right-back several times for AC Milan and left-back for Arsenal.

Still aged just 32, the experienced midfielder may be a welcome addition at many clubs.


3. Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor, now 32, became a household name back in January 2006 when the Togo international joined Arsenal from French side Monaco. The striker was highly regarded at the club, scoring 62 goals in 142 appearances for Arsenal; however he became public enemy number one at the Emirates when he completed a £25 million move to Manchester City in 2009.

Since then the forward has endured spells at Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur and most recently Premier League side Crystal Palace, who he joined on a six-month deal last January.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:Emmanuel Adebayor of Crystal Palace is chased down by Daley Blind of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on April 20, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Adebayor, currently Togo’s all-time top goalscorer with 31 goals, was a prolific finisher for Arsenal, and occasionally for their north London rivals Spurs, however since then his talent has waned.

Despite his goalscoring talents diminishing, the 32-year-old may be a tempting option for numerous clubs. 


4. Raul Meireles

Former Porto midfielder Raul Meireles is a free agent following his release from Fenerbahçe at the end of last season having made 105 appearances for the Turkish club since joining in an £8 million deal from Chelsea.

Capped 73 times for his native Portugal, the midfielder represented his country in two World Cups and two European Championships, however did not take part in Portugal’s successful Euro 2016 campaign.

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 16: Raul Meireles of Portugal competes for the ball with Mario Goetze of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova on June 16, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The midfielder began his career in Portugal with Boavista, before winning twelve major trophies with Porto in a seven-year spell with the Norte-based side. However, he is better known for his Premier League spell between 2010 and 2012, having made 44 appearances for Liverpool and 48 for Chelsea, where he won the Champions League under Chelsea’s then caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo.

The former Portugal international has the ability to play anywhere across the midfield, in both defensive and attacking positions.

Steven Parkhill, Pundit Arena

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