Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

The best players up for grabs on a Bosman free transfer - from Michael Owen to van Nistelrooy

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Michael Owen of Manchester United in action during the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON 3rd round match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on January 9, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manuel Almunia
The Spanish stopper has slipped down the pecking order thanks in part to some high-profile mistakes as well as the emergence of Wojciech Szczesny. The return of veteran Jens Lehmann, who has hinted he may stay on at the Emirates, could see Almunia looking for pastures new this summer.
Miroslav Klose
With a proven track record of scoring at domestic and international level, the 32-year-old will no doubt be in demand should he fail to agree a new contract at Bayern. Talks have stalled over the length of a new deal.

The Bosman Ruling tends to be viewed in a negative light in which all the power is handed to the players and football clubs can be held to ransom.

But on the flip side, it means new players can be purchased for the sum total of absolutely nothing. And that will be the case this summer as contracts come to an end.

We've rounded up the best players in the Premier League and across the continent that will be available on a free transfer this summer.

>> Click on More Pictures to launch our guide.

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