Date: 5th May 2011 at 10:40am
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There have been many number of excellent free transfers or ‘Bosmans’ made over the years. Whether it’s Henrik Larsson moving from Celtic to Barcelona, Sol Campbell from Tottenham to Arsenal or Esteban Cambiasso moving from Real Madrid to Inter Milan, it’s clear that you don’t always have to pay over the odds for talented players. Sometimes you just need to sit things out, wait for the opportune moment and strike when the time’s right. With the summer transfer window fast approaching and a number of big names approaching the end of their contracts, the time may well be right for a bit of poaching. We here at Thisisfutbol.com have collated the seven best footballers available on a free transfer this summer. It’s all just further evidence that the best things in life are free.

Miroslav Klose

Yes, he may be gaining in age, but he’s one of small group of footballers who have at least 50 international goals to their name – that’s genuine pedigree for you. The German international has been a vital part of Bayern Munich’s side for the last three years but his contract is set to end in the summer and there are sure to be a host of teams from the Premier League and Europe looking to earn his signature. Despite his prominence in Germany Miroslav has found himself edged out of Bayern’s side thanks to a string of frustrating injuries and the rise and rise of Croatian striker Ivica Olic.

In total, Klose has made 144 appearances for Bayern Munich and netted 52 goals. Whilst that’s not a bad return, it pales in comparison to his International record. Since 2001, Klose has made 108 appearances for Germany and scored 61 goals. That’s more than one goal every two games. Any side that is looking to take him on will surely hope that he can emulate for them the success he’s had with his international side.

Despite injuries problems, Klose remains one of the best finishers in the game. He may be gaining in years, but that hasn’t affected his status as a natural goal-scorer. It’s little surprise then, that Tottenham have been keeping tabs on the German international, given their need for a quick fix upfront. The likes of Everton and Arsenal have all registered their interest and there’s every chance we’ll finally see Klose join the Premier League next season.

With Liverpool having Suarez and Carroll as our main strikers, it would not be a bad idea to have a player like Klose coming into the squad and providing cover for our front two. There is no doubt that Klose knows how to find the back of the net and his experience will help the younger players. I would much rather have Klose coming off the bench than Ngog!

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