The January transfer window of the main national championships in Europe, such as the English, Spanish, Italian, German and French, is officially closed. The hiring period for the second half of the 2020/21 season ended last Monday night.
But, luckily for several well-known athletes, who have already played for major clubs, wore their national team’s shirts and won important titles throughout their careers, there is a loophole that allows the arrival of reinforcements that are without a contract even in this post transfer window moment.
With the help of author Kate Richardson – you can check her profile here – we bring down seven important players who can benefit from this rule. After all, the transfer window may have come to an end, but they are still unemployed.
A member of the English national team that played in the 2014 World Cup, he scored almost 70 goals with the Liverpool shirt and, during a certain period, was one of the most feared strikers in the Premier League.
Despite being only 31 years old, not too high an age for a man in the attacking system, Sturridge has been living with an accelerated drop in performance for some time. Last season, for example, he only got seven balls into the net for Turkey’s Trabzonspor, and left as soon as the pandemic started showing signs that it was going to break out.
According to the English press, his most likely future lies in the North American MLS (Major League Soccer).
The former Manchester City and Arsenal player has been seen as one of the most creative attacking midfielders in world football and has even competed in two editions of the Eurocopa with France (2008 and 2012).
However excessive injuries and disciplinary problems have undermined Nasri’s career at major clubs in Europe. The Frenchman has not played an official football match since October 2019 and broke with his last team, Anderlecht, from Belgium, after “disappearing” at the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic.
Just last year, Nasri’s name came up on social media as a candidate for Brazilian team Vasco, as a reinforcement, but that speculation never took shape to materialize.
Just two and a half years ago, he lived the most important moment of his career when playing (and losing) a World Cup final. Afterwards, he retired from the Croatian national team, lost his position as starting goalkeeper at Monaco and, at the end of last season, chose to finish his contract with the French club.
Most fans imagined that Subasic would return to his homeland to defend a local team and end his career there, but the goalkeeper did nothing. Stopped for almost a year, the player continues with an indefinite future and open to new professional possibilities
A defender with experience of having played in a World Cup final in 2014, the Argentine spent a good part of the last four years in which he wore the Valencia shirt recovering from knee surgery, which greatly affected the negotiations for the future of his career and caused him to end up without a contract.
Seven months have passed since then, but Garay remains clubless. The Argentine has been posting videos on his social networks that show that he has been training and has playing conditions, but is still waiting for an offer that he likes. Despite the high age and recent physical problems, he can still take off a little wig in teams from the middle of Europe.
Liverpool’s defender for eight seasons, Skrtel was one of the protagonists of his generation in Eastern European football. After he left England in 2016, he still defended Fenerbahce and Atalanta.
In the first half of this season, the Slovakian played in the UEFA Champions League for debutant Basaksehir, from Turkey, and started five of the six group matches. Skrtel had his contract ended after suffering a rupture in the Achilles tendon. Expected to be able to return to the pitch only in May, it is not yet certain whether the defender will get a new team or announce his retirement
One of the most important Peruvian players of the past decade, Farfan has spent almost his entire career playing in Europe and being speculated as a possible reinforcement for some Brazilian teams when he didn’t play that well.
At the age of 36, the former Schalke 04 striker has been free at the market since the end of last season, when he ended his contract with Russia’s Lokomotiv Moscow. Despite being unemployed and without regular activities as a professional player, the striker went to play for his national team in the first two games of the World Cup 2022 qualifiers, in October.
It is expected that the Peruvian will return to South America this year. However, being almost 40 years, probably not many important teams will be interested in him.
We expect that these players will soon find a club in order to continue playing and showing their football skills.
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