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Several high-profile free agents still available after closure of summer transfer window

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Although the summer transfer market has come and gone, there are still many high-profile players available and in search of a new club.

Several big name free agents remain without a club–including a former protege of Roma boss Jose Mourinho. While Manchester United fans and even experienced sports betting operators won’t be shocked, shot-stopper Davide de Gea tops the list as he continues the search for a new team.

Meanwhile, several other recognisable names remain out-of-contract and would be available to join a new club right away. Here are just a few of players still available as a free agent.

David De Gea

The Spaniard’s 12-year stint at Old Trafford came to an end after manager Erik ten Hag preferred a reunion with former Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana. Several clubs in Spain and Saudi Arabia expressed interest in the goalkeeper but hesitated in offering him a deal.

With the season well underway, would Roma give De Gea a serious look given the inconsistency of veteran Rui Patricio?

Papu Gomez

Veteran attacker Papu Gomez is still a free agent following his departure from Sevilla. Well-versed in Serie A thanks to his time with Atalanta, the Argentinean is coming off a poor season in which he registered only 1 goal and 1 assist in 19 appearances in La Liga.

Even though he’ll turn 36 years-old in February, the versatile forward could provide a spark off the bench for plenty of clubs.

Anwar El Ghazi

Perhaps the most intriguing free agent still available, the 28 year-old was recently released by PSV despite having made two substitute appearances this season.

English giants Manchester United quickly expressed interest in his services due to missing several of their wide players including Antony, Jadon Sancho, and Mason Mount out. However, the Red Devils eventually decided against signing the former Aston Villa man.

Jesse Lingard

Another pupil of Jose Mourinho’s, his contract with Nottingham Forest expired at the end of the 2022/23 season and he’s still without a club. Though, that may not be the case for much longer.

Lingard recently started training with West Ham and manager David Moyes is leaning toward inking the attacker on a short-term deal for the remainder of the season.

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