The transfer window is now open and clubs all across Europe will be getting creative this summer.

Following the huge financial losses due to the coronavirus pandemic, many teams will be looking at swap deals as a way to bring in new players.

Others will have to sell before they can buy, including Real Madrid and Barcelona, usually two of the biggest summer spenders.

Signing out-of-contract players is another alternative and here, Standard Sport takes a look at some of the most intriguing options on offer for free this summer…

The Brazilian attacker is leaving Chelsea after seven seasons at Stamford Bridge and at the age of 31, he should still have much to offer.

Long linked with a move to Barcelona in recent seasons, the former Corinthians and Shakhtar Donetsk player now looks set to join Arsenal.

Mario Mandzukic

The former Juventus and Atletico Madrid striker is available on a free transfer after a short spell in Qatar.

Mandzukic rescinded his contract with Al-Duhail last month and has been linked with Tottenham. The Croatian is 34, but could represent a good short-term option as back-up — especially with five substitutions allowed again next season.

David Silva

The Spanish midfield maestro is leaving Manchester City after gracing the Premier League for 10 glorious years.

Silva is 34, but probably has one or two seasons left in him at the top and has been strongly linked with a move to Lazio. Al-Sadd, coached by Xavi in Qatar, have also shown interest in the former Valencia midfielder. Continue reading

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