Out of contract in 2023: Football's best free agents after the closure of the transfer window

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Here are the top footballers who are without clubs and are available for free after the window shut around Europe

With the likes of Eden Hazard, Sergio Ramos, David de Gea and several other high-profile footballers out of contract, GOAL takes a look at the players who are available to sign for free following the closure of the summer transfer window.

  1. Eden Hazard
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    Eden Hazard

    Real Madrid announced that Eden Hazard will leave the club at the end of the 2022-23 season after agreeing to terminate his contract a year early The Belgium international had a miserable time in Madrid after joining the club from Chelsea in 2019, and has spent the summer weighing up new challenges.

    However, while he remains available to clubs, reports suggest the 32-year-old is seriously considering retirement after a series of fitness issues have plagued him.

  2. Sergio Ramos
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    Sergio Ramos

    Former Real Madrid captain and multiple Champions League winner, Sergio Ramos did not reach an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain club over an extension after an injury-ridden spell at the club.

    Ramos is one of the most decorated centre-backs in the history of the game. He captained Real Madrid during their historic European three-peat, has won the Euros twice and was an important part of Spain's 2010 World Cup winning squad. The 37-year-old was voted in UEFA's Team of the Year nine times.

  3. David de Gea

    David de Gea

    David de Gea left Manchester United in the summer of 2023 after the club decided against extending his contract. The Spaniard is currently without a club after spending more than a decade at the Theatre of Dreams. He was one of the few members remaining from the Sir Alex Ferguson-era.

  4. Roberto Pereyra
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    Roberto Pereyra

    Roberto Pereyra is without a club this summer after three years at Udinese. The 32-year-old Argentine won the Serie A title twice during his time at Juventus and was crowned Coppa Italia winner two times as well.

    He spent four years at Watford before moving back to Udinese and played a pivotal part at both the clubs. He scored 15 times in his 96 appearances at Udinese in all competitions during his second spell.

  5. Jesse Lingard

    Jesse Lingard

    Jesse Lingard's contract with Nottingham Forest expired at the end of the 2022-23 campaign and he is currently without a club. It has been reported that Fenerbahce, West Ham and several teams in the Middle East are keen on signing him.

  6. Kasper Schmeichel
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    Kasper Schmeichel

    Premier League and FA Cup-winning goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was released by Nice on transfer deadline day, and the 36-year-old is now available to any clubs looking for an experienced option between the posts.

  7. Axel Tuanzebe

    Axel Tuanzebe

    Former Manchester United centre-back Axel Tuanzebe is a free agent after multiple loan spells. The 25-year-old spent the last season on loan at Stoke City and Napoli, but wasn't the first choice at either club. He was a part of the United side that won the Europa League in the 2016-17 season.

  8. Phil Jones

    Phil Jones

    Phil Jones left Manchester United this summer after joining them in 2011 and spending over a decade at Old Trafford. He was one of the last remaining players from the Sir Alex Ferguson era and made 169 appearances for the Red Devils.

    The former Blackburn Rovers man won one FA Cup, two Community Shields, and a Premier League trophy along with a Europa League title during his time at the club.