Best Serie A-related Free Agents Still Available

The transfer market window is over, but there could still be some signings out of the free agent pool in the coming weeks and there are some decent names out there, especially for the mid-to-low table teams. Claudio Marchisio terminated his contract with Zenit to rehab from knee surgery, but he will not coming back to Serie A unless he changes his stance of playing only for Juventus in Italy. Likewise Keisuke Honda, that after spending time at Pachuca and Melbourne is now looking to move to his home country.

Former Inter Fredy Guarin could instead be an option for few clubs after two solid seasons at Shanghai Shenhua: he is 33 and should still have something in the tank and is a decently versatile in the midfield. Riccardo Montolivo might opt for an exotic destination as playing with pace has never been his forte and that only goes down with age. Still, he has nearly 400 apps in Serie A and his experience could come in handy.

Andrea Bertolacci is one of the younger options in the scrap heap and has been linked to numerous teams, but he will have to lower his demands compared to his Milan days. He was barely used last season but he can still be a decent contributor in the right role, as he showed the year before on loan to Genoa. José Mauri, who is only 23, is in the same position: he did not pan out with the Devil, but had shown good promise at Parma and there is obviously still plenty of time for him to improve. Giulio Donati is 29 and played just one season in Serie A back in 2010 and then turned into a pretty good right back in Bundesliga.

Ivan Strinic just rescinded his contract with the Rossoneri after missing a year to recuperate from a heart condition. He is no longer big-team material but he notched four assists in 39 games with Napoli and could help a squad short on offensive-minded left backs. Ignazio Abate instead became more and more defensive throughout his career and has been a viable back-up for few years with the Rossoneri.

Gabriel Paletta got released by Jiangsu Suning and could bring his craft to a minnow and he should be still an okay level since his China sojourn lasted only six months. Birkir Bjarnason left Aston Villa and he even be be a fantasy option for his well-known scoring prowess out of the midfield if he was back in the Peninsula.

Jonathan Biabiany lost a step and dealt with few injuries last year at Parma and will be looking for an opportunity to bounce back and he is only 31. Lorenzo Crisetig (26) did not impress last season, split between Frosinone and Benevento, and will likely have to settle for a Serie B side.

In the senior department, Matias Silvestre held up at Empoli in 2019 and has been sturdy for a long time in Serie A but it was not enough for him to find a new job during the summer. 40-year-old Stefano Sorrentino could instead be a good reserve/tutor behind a young goalie.

Among the foreigners that were loosely attached to Serie A there were Hatem Ben Arfa, who scored seven times with Rennes last season, the 26-year-old central midfield Lucas Silva, who could not break into Real Madrid’s rotation and was loaned to Cruzeiro in the last two seasons, Fabio Coentrao, another former Galactico that was last seen at Rio Ave, and behemoth striker Wilfred Bony, who played in Qatar from January on. Another former Milan is on the loose: it’s Jeremy Menez, who had a tough time staying healthy at America in Mexico.

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