Ten Players Over 30 That Arsenal and Other Big Clubs Should Pursue
All the talk this summer has been about young footballing studs: Gonzalo Higuain, Thomas Muller, etc.
What about their elders?
Experienced veterans are just as important to clubs as the up-and-coming youngsters.
With that being said, here are 10 footballers over the age of 30 that top teams should consider signing.
Mark Schwarzer is 37 years old and still going strong.
At the international level, Schwarzer has been the anchor of Australia's defense for the past five years.
He also plays the same role for his current EPL club, Fulham.
Schwarzer had a banner year this past season for FFC as he helped guide them to their first ever European tournament final, the UEFA Cup.
Even though Fulham eventually lost to Atletico Madrid, the 2009-10 campaign will not be soon forgotten by fans.
Arsenal's recent £2 million bid was rejected by Fulham, and now the club is saying they want at least £4 million and not a penny less.
Could Forlan's larger-than-life performance at the 2010 World Cup make him a player amongst EPL teams again?
There's no doubt that people won't soon forget his abysmal play at Manchester United, but his recent success at Atletico Madrid and Uruguay have got to put him back into the conversation.
The 31-year-old Uruguayan just won the Golden Ball in South Africa for being the tournament's best player and notched 18 goals and six assists with Atletico this past season.
Any side looking for a striker should consider Forlan, if Atletico is willing to part with him, that is.
It's easy to describe Liverpool's 2009-10 campaign in one word: disappointment.
A seventh place finish in the EPL last season left both fans and players unhappy, and questions arose whether the Anfield legend would return the following year.
Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho is very interested in Gerrard but isn't willing to pay the £60 million that Liverpool is asking for.
With the club in such desperate times financially, could it be that they'd sell their golden boy for less?
If the answer is yes, there will be an abundance of teams willing to bid on the English international.
At 31 years old Howard is six years younger than the other goalkeeper mentioned on this list, Mark Schwarzer.
In my opinion he's also better.
Howard proved at Everton and with the U.S. that he is still one of the premier goalies in the world, able to make difficult saves look routine and a born leader.
While it's highly unlikely that the Everton man will leave—he said his move to Everton saved his career, after all—it wouldn't be a surprise if some high caliber clubs showed interest this summer.
Chelsea's talismanic midfielder for nearly a decade, Lampard is an icon at Stamford Bridge.
Scoring 27 goals across all competitions last season, Lampard had arguably his most successful year in which the Blues won the double.
His consistency and attacking threat would be an upgrade for any side.
Lamp's former manager, Jose Mourinho, has expressed interest in the midfielder to join Real Madrid.
Chelsea boss Carlos Ancelotti said the rumors are little more than "a joke" and should not be taken seriously.
But if Lampard is actually open to outside offers, teams should start lining up.
Although Rio Ferdinand is as significant to Manchester United's identity as Wayne Rooney, there have been rumors that the 31-year-old central defender could leave Old Trafford.
Just one year ago there was mass speculation that the 6'2" Red Devil was in serious talks with Tottenham and Real Madrid.
After a knee injury ruled him out of the 2010 World Cup, Ferdinand will try to come back stronger than ever.
His leadership, strength in the air, and knack for good positioning would be great assets to any club.
What a surprise.
Miroslav Klose had yet another sensational World Cup, earning a place in history as the No. 2 all-time goalscorer in the tournament.
Now teams should come knocking.
Although he didn't exactly impress anyone at Bayern Munich this past season, Klose is still a dangerous striker with enough gas left in the tank to make an impact.
The EPL's West Ham have already expressed extreme interest in the German striker, and it would be a wise move for top clubs to follow suit.
While he wouldn't be a starter for a side like Arsenal or Manchester United, Klose could serve as a valuable backup.
Having been released by Arsenal just recently, Gallas is now on the open market.
It's only a matter of time before teams start calling.
In fact, Gallas has already been linked to Serie A powerhouse Juventus and the Bundesligas' Hamburg.
The defender, at times controversial, is still a force to be reckoned with. Even at the age of 32, his strength and stamina are basically unmatched.
It wouldn't be surprising to see the Frenchman end up on an elite club for the upcoming year.
Dirk Kuyt is only 29 years old now, but he turns 30 in a week.
Close enough for me.
The Netherlands winger had a wondrous World Cup, helping guide his country to a runner-up finish.
Although Kuyt doesn't score the goals once expected of him, he is indispensable due to his work ethic and ability to involve others.
Could he be reunited with old boss Rafa Benitez at Inter Milan?
There are rumors flooding in that the former Liverpool manager wants to snag the Dutchman and bring him to Italy.
Despite his sincere desire to stick with Juventus, the Serie A side appears open to bidders.
Having been linked to as many as three teams, including rival AC Milan and La Liga's Valencia, there is definite interest in the 32-year-old forward.
Trezeguet has shown he can still produce on the pitch—he scored 9 goals in 18 appearances for Juventus last season.
Whether the club stays loyal to their striker, who has suited up for the side since 2001, remains to be seen.