Each summer, a handful of footballers move from one club to another at the buyers’ dream rate: nothing.
As part of the landmark Bosman ruling in 1995, a player whose contract is set to expire at season’s end can begin discussions regarding a new deal—either with his current club or a new one—six months in advance.
Andrea Pirlo took advantage of the arrangement when he swapped AC Milan for Juventus in 2011; Mathieu Flamini has twice made a Bosman move—in 2008 when he left Arsenal for the Rossoneri and just last year when he returned to Emirates Stadium.
Not surprisingly, there will be no shortage of players available on free transfers in July, and no doubt many of them will have deals in place with other clubs by the time the summer registration period begins.
The following slides reveal a team of them, a “Bosman XI” that are currently allowed to negotiate with whomever they wish.