With the calendar year now ticking over into July, a host of elite level footballers have become free agents following the expiration of their contracts.
As of July 1, footballers whose contract were set to elapse in the summer now find themselves officially without a club
With the pool of available talent brimming like never before, Sportsmail takes a look at some of the best bargains out there and how they all fit together.
Goalkeeper – Gianluigi Buffon
The legendary Italian stopper is available this summer after opting to not extend his short-term deal with Paris Saint Germain.
Buffon is one of the few players who can be counted as a living legend of the game, having won absolutely everything in football bar the Champions League.
Thus far giving no indication on his next move, it remains unclear whether Buffon will join a side and make one final bid for European glory… or pursue a hugely lucrative contract in Asia of further afield.
Other free options: Guillermo Ochoa, Adrian.
Living football legend Gianlugi Buffon is available after leaving Paris Saint Germain
Full-back – Dani Alves
The man who needs no introduction. For a large portion of his career, Dani Alves was the standout full-back in European football.
Reinventing the position with flair and ferocity, Alves enjoyed successful spells with both Juventus and PSG.
After coming to the end of his contract, Alves is now available as the most welcome of freebies. His wages, however, are likely to be sizeable.
Other free options: Filipe Luis
Like Buffon, Dani Alves has also departed the French giants and is on the hunt for a new club
Centre-back – Gary Cahill
The Chelsea stalwart was given an emotional farewell by the club following the end of the previous campaign.
After staying at Stamford Bridge in January and rejecting a loan move away, Cahill proved he still wants to feature at the highest level, if called upon.
With a wealth of International, Premier League and European experience under his belt, Cahill is unlikely to be short of suitors.
Other free options: Thomas Vermaelen
Gary Cahill won the Europa League with Chelsea before coming to the end of his contract
Centre-back – Neven Subotic
The no-nonsense Yugoslavia was one of the golden boys of Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund era, making a name for himself by going up against the best and often coming out on top.
Following a spell with Saint Etienne Subotic, now 30, is on the hunt for a new challenge.
Neven Subotic was one of the stars of Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund era
Full-back – Alberto Moreno
The pacey Spaniard arrived at Liverpool as a bag of raw potential, who many fans thought could morph into the second coming of Jordi Alba.
Things on Merseyside didn’t quite work out for Moreno, who will be better remembered for his mistakes rather than moments of skill.
At just 26 however, the Spaniard represents a sublime bargain and is heavily tipped to make an imminent return to La Liga.
Winger – Arjen Robben
After sprinkling an era with joy and glory, Robben has called time on his Bayern Munich reign.
Despite his ageing years, Robben proved repeatedly that he still has that elite mentality, application and end product.
A Premier League return could well be on the cards, with a host of clubs now financially comfortable enough to splash out on higher wages.
Other free options: Franck Ribery
After a period of prolonged success in Bavaria, Arjen Robben has left Bayern Munich
Centre midfield – Yohan Cabaye
France international Cabaye is a seasoned veteran when it comes to elite level football.
A stint with PSG was sandwiched in between two Premier League runs with Newcastle and Crystal Palace, before the ball-playing star made a lucrative switch to Al-Nassr in Dubai.
Now available for free, it’s likely Cabaye could embrace one final big challenge.
Other free options: Ander Herrera
Yohan Cabaye is available and has considerable European and Premier League experience
Centre midfield – Samir Nasri
After showing flashes of brilliance for West Ham, Nasri is now available as a bargain freebie.
The Frenchman took a short-term deal in East London upon his return from a drugs ban, and could offer high reward for a team willing to take a chance on him.
Other free options: Adrien Rabiot, Keisuke Honda
Samir Nasri will be hoping a club takes a chance on him after returning from a drugs ban
Winger – Hatem Ben Arfa
After a short period with Rennes, the ever divisive Hatem Ben Arfa is on the move again.
When he is in the mood, Ben Arfa has previously shown he can be one of the most potent attackers in European football. Newcastle United and Nice supporters will testify.
Now 32 however, the risk of taking on the livewire may outweigh the reward.
Other free options: Abel Hernandez, Bakary Sako
The controversial Hatem Ben Arfa has previously shown he is capable of brilliance
Forward – Mario Balotelli
The Italian is looking for a new club after a quite impressive eight goals in 12 games for French giants Marseille.
The enigmatic star got the move from Nice after dominating in Ligue 1, but now appears to have outgrown the French league.
Manchester City and Liverpool have both been graced with his presence to mixed result, though calls from Premier League clubs this summer are to be expected.
Other free options: Andy Carroll, Wilfried Bony
Mario Balotelli performed impressively for Marseille during his short stay with the club
Forward – Danny Welbeck
Perhaps one of the most unfortunate men in world football, Welbeck is an absolute bargain this summer but comes with huge fitness worry.
After making do with a massively reduced role at Arsenal due to his repeat visits to the treatment room, Welbeck is looking to get back among the goals for someone and enjoy a prolonged run of action.
One labelled among the best finishers in the Premier League by the iconic Arsene Wenger, Welbeck could still have some magic in the tank to go out with a bang.
Other free options: Daniel Sturridge
After being seriously unlucky with injuries, Danny Welbeck is in need of a new team