2. Hatem Ben Arfa
A supremely talented attacking midfielder who is capable of pulling off the unthinkable, the Frenchman’s attitude has often left a lot to be desired. Despite winning the French cup with Rennes last season, at the expense of former club Paris Saint-Germain – where he had a miserable spell – Ben Arfa left the Roazhon Park upon the expiration of his contract and has been looking for a new club for nearly two months now.
The mercurial midfielder proved last term that he still has the capabilities of flourishing in the upper echelons of club football and, at the age of 32, he would no doubt slot seamlessly into any top team’s starting XI. There have been no shortage of reported suitors and it will certainly be interesting to see where he pitches up next.
1. Claudio Marchisio
The mistreated Juventus legend left his boyhood club in 2018 after a incredibly successful 13-year spell, signing for Zenit on a free transfer. However, his contract was terminated prematurely last month and is now a free agent, though the main problem is, he only recently recovered from knee surgery and will be severely lacking in match sharpness. Having only signed a one year deal with the Russian champions, he was released in July and is yet to secure himself a new club.
But as the old saying goes: “form is temporary, class is permanent.” And Marchisio’s name is almost synonymous with class, with the 55-capped Italy international in that rare bracket of majestic midfielders who exude elegance. At 33, he is certainly in the twilight years of his career, but his innate technical ability would still thrive and he would still have plenty to offer if he were to fully recover from his injury.