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10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
One of Jose Mourinho’s earliest signings at the club, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was brought in as a free agent back in the summer of 2016 by Manchester United after his contract with Paris Saint Germain ran out. Although he was 34 years old at the time, United offered the Swede big amount of cash to fend off the interests from Major League Soccer and the Chinese Super League.
It has been a good return so far as he has scored 29 goals in 53 appearances across all competitions for the Red Devils. However, Ibrahimovic suffered a serious ligament damage in his right knee back in April of 2017, and has yet to fully recover from it and still remains in the sidelines after briefly returning in December.
9. Michael Ballack
After spending his whole career at Germany, where he played for the Bundesliga giants such as Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen, Michael Ballack decided to test himself abroad and joined Chelsea for free in 2006. He had a very successful four-year spell at the Stamford Bridge and made 166 appearances for the club. The German won six trophies in total, and also helped Chelsea reach its first ever UEFA CHampions League final in 2008.
8. Miroslav Klose
After struggling to find his scoring boots in the final two seasons with Bayern Munich, where he scored just four league goals in 45 games, Miroslav Klose decided to leave Germany and join Lazio for free in 2011. It turned out Serie A suited the striker better, as he scored 54 league goals in 139 appearances for the Italian giants. Klose equalled Goran Pandev as the club’s highest non-Italian goalscorer of all-time, and ended his Lazio career as the club’s seventh-highest all-time goalscorer.
7. Robert Lewandowski
When Borussia Dortmund refused to sell their star striker to domestic rivals Bayern Munich in the summer of 2013, they knew he was likely to join the Bavarians for nothing 12 months later. Lewandowski did exactly that, and he hasn’t looked back since. The Polish international has scored 137 goals in 179 appearances so far, and doesn’t look like he is slowing down anytime soon.
6. Steve McManaman
Steve McManaman was heavily criticized for signing a pre-contact agreement with Los Blancos midway through the 1998/99 campaign, but his decision to swap Merseyside for Madrid was soon justified. He ended up making 152 appearances across four seasons for Real Madrid, and helped the club win two La Liga and two Champions League titles. McManaman was also twice voted as the Real Madrid supporters’ favorite player at the club during his tenure, who adored him for his tremendous work rate.
5. Sol Campbell
Signing Sol Campbell for free in 2001 could arguably be the best bit of business Arsene Wenger has done since his time at Arsenal. Campbell had spent nine years at the bitter city rivals Tottenham Hotspur, but decided to leave the club in order to play Champions League football.
However, the move to Arsenal came as a shocking news after the defender publicly stated he’d never play for them, and there were no rumors linking hm to the club. Campbell enjoyed a fantastic time at Arsenal, playing almost 200 games and winning four titles. He was one of the leaders of the invincible side in 2003/04, which won the Premier League going undefeated.
4. Esteban Cambiasso
After starting only nine league games for Real Madrid in 2003/04, Esteban Cambiasso joined Inter Milan for free in the following summer in search of regular first team football. The move surprisingly worked out better than both parties expected, as Cambiasso went on to win nine trophies with the Italian giants.
He was a major force in midfield during Jose Mourinho’s treble campaign in 2009/10, and kept his compatriot Lionel Messi quiet in both games against Barcelona in the semi final of the Champions League. After staying at Milan for 10 years, he moved to Leicester City for a taste of Premier League football before retiring in Greece.
3. Raul Gonzalez
Raul fell out of favour in the Spanish capital in 2009/10, the Real Madrid legend starting only eight games in La Liga as Cristiano Ronaldo established himself as the club’s new figurehead.
Schalke were only too happy to provide the striker with a new home when it became clear he wouldn’t be renewing his contract at the Bernabeu – and Raul duly repaid their faith by spearheading the German side’s run to the Champions League semi-finals in 2011 and third-place finish in the Bundesliga a year later. He made 98 appearances and scored 40 goals in two seasons at Germany, before departing for Qatar and signing with Al Saad to close out his glittering football career.
2. Paul Pogba
On a purely financial level, this must rank as one of the greatest free transfers of all time: Juventus signed largely unknown Paul Pogba for free in the summer of 2012, and sold him back to Manchester United for a then world record fee of £89m four years later.
The fact that the Frenchman also offered so much on the pitch, developed into one of the world’s finest midfielders, and played a huge part in four trophy-laden seasons in Turin, made the deal even sweeter. He played over 178 games for Juventus, helping them win four Serie A titles and advance to the final of Champions League.
1. Andrea Pirlo
Deemed surplus to requirements at San Siro after 10 years of service, Andrea Pirlo left AC Milan in 2011 for a switch to the bitter rivals Juventus for free. The Italian showed the world that he was not quite done yet, as he delivered series of world class performances at Turin.
Playing in midfield with the likes of Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba, and Claudio Marchisio, Pirlo helped Juventus win four Serie A titles and reach the final of Champions League in 2015. He ended up making 164 appearances in all competitions despite his age, proving the critics, who assumed he has nothing left in the tank when he departed San Siro, wrong.
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Posted by Premier Football on Wednesday, January 3, 2018