Free agents: The 10 best out-of-contract players headed by Man Utd legend

Sarah Winterburn
David De Gea in action for Manchester United.
David De Gea remains without a club after leaving Manchester United.

Fancy a free transfer signing? This lot are kicking their heels and waiting for somebody to get really desperate.

We have ranked by ‘value’ according to Transfermarkt but that’s just a guide.


1) David De Gea (Manchester United)
Gone from Old Trafford with no fanfare after 12 years and we’re past the stage where he is posting training videos on social media to remind everybody that he is still alive. Strongly linked with a move to Newcastle United but that was dismissed by Eddie Howe. Will we see him again at a decent level?


2) Andy Delort (Umm Salal)
The former Ajaccio forward is training with his old side after a brief spell at Umm Salal was terminated following his failure to settle in Qatar. Delort’s next club will be the 32-year-old’s 13th.


3) Xeka (Rennes)
Portuguese former Lille midfielder who was restricted to just six Ligue Un starts by injury last season. Newcastle were last linked but that seems highly unlikely.


4) Jairo Torres (Chicago Fire)
The 23-year-old winger agreed to terminate his contract with Fire to open up a designated player spot. Strongly linked with Liga MX side FC Juarez?

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5) Anwar El Ghazi (Mainz)
The ex-Villa winger has joined and left Mainz since he was linked with move to Manchester United in September when Erik ten Hag was struggling for wingers.


6) Helder Costa (Leeds United)
Released by mutual consent over two years since his last appearance for the club.


7) Arbër Zeneli (Adana Demirspor)
Kosovan international midfielder released early from his contract in Turkey.


8) Renyer (Santos)
Once touted as the most promising Santos product since Rodrygo, but he never really advanced beyond the Santos U-20 side. He is expected to sign a contract with lowly Portuguese club Estrela da Amadora.


9) Ake Loba (Nashville)
The Ivorian spent his last year on Nashville’s books at Mexican club Mazatlan FC. Loba, who joined Nashville in 2021 for a club-record fee from Monterrey, scored a total of two MLS goals.


10) Carlos Vela (LAFC)
The 34-year-old ex-Arsenal forward has been linked with a crosstown move to LA Galaxy, as well as NYCFC, Real Sociedad and Cruz Azul.

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