The free transfer gave Juventus the man with the beard. Andrea Pirlo—inexplicably, unbelievably—was let go by AC Milan and allowed to join a direct rival for absolutely nothing.
Pirlo's contract with Juventus was set to expire this summer, but the club were not going to make the same mistake. While it took a few months to finalize, the contract extension finally came last month.
"Would I go back to Milan? No, not now. I did what I had to do there," Pirlo told Radio Dee Jay (h/t The Score). "I'm happy to be at Juve. I think that players don't have to go back to where they once did good things."
So Pirlo only looks forward. He could have gone to England by now—maybe even Real Madrid or Barcelona—but he is 35 and comfortable at Juventus.
There have not been any such high-profile moves (read: mistakes) since then. But there are still players waiting to be picked up, waiting for that chance to prove themselves once again.
Here are just seven of those Serie A players who would cost nothing.