With plenty of the planet’s top talents comfortably in the final year of their contracts, the possibility of last minute deals in the summer transfer window remains distinct as managers look to apply the finishing touches to their teams.
Liverpool – 17/10 to beat Tottenham next up – have been one of the busier outfits during the off-season, but their thirst for proven world-class talent will not deter them from re-entering the market if the opportunity to make a top signing materialises.
Unless new deals are inked imminently, this trio of would-be free agents will all be available at budget-friendly prices and would unquestionably augment the quality in Brendan Rodgers’ squad.
Fabian Delph – Aston Villa
The soon-to-be-capped England man savoured his finest season to date last term, drawing countless plaudits for his consist virtuoso showings steadying the Villans’ midfield.
Since Rodgers lauded Steven Gerrard as one of the finest holding-midfielders around, Stevie-G has been busy trying to disprove his boss and Delph’s assistance could come in handy.
The Bradford-born engine room operative has all the hallmarks of a complete midfielder and his present owners aren’t in a position to risk losing him for nothing come June.
Marcelo – Real Madrid
Alberto Moreno may have been parachuted in, but his arrival means there’s only one natural left-back in the Reds ranks.
Marcelo is, for many, the leading practitioner in this field, but Los Merengues’ willingness to let his contract whittle down to less than a year suggests they don’t share the opinion of the masses.
Salvatore Sirigu – Paris Saint-Germain
Simon Mignolet has been reaffirming suspicions that he’s not dependable enough to keep goal for an elite outfit, while Sirigu has been working hard to cement growing beliefs that he’s the most underrated keeper on the continent.
He’s kept three clean sheets from four so far after inflicting 19 bagels in Ligue 1 last term.
PSG and their plans for world domination don’t hold the Italian in too high a regard, though, and if they can sign Petr Cech, he’ll be allowed to leave.