The focus this summer will undoubtedly be on the potential high-profile moves of the likes of Paul Pogba, Raheem Sterling and Gareth Bale and the eye-watering transfer fees and wages that trio will command.
But Premier League clubs shouldn’t be so proud as to ignore the potential for a bargain in the free-transfer market with a number of b
Free agents: Mathieu Flamini, Abou Diaby, Damian Martinez
Arsene Wenger faces a big decision over whether to extend the contract of chronic sick-note Abou Diaby and whether Damian Martinez has shown enough promise between the sticks to become a more permanent fixture in his first team plans.
Mathieu Flamini is surely going to be shown the door in favour of an upgrade in the summer.
Free agents: Darren Bent, Ron Vlaar, Chris Herd, Enda Stevens
Darren Bent was cast into the wilderness by Paul Lambert and is currently on loan at Derby so considering the poor treatment he was afforded you wouldn’t begrudge him a decent move away.
It will be a source of frustration for Villa that they haven’t been able to get Ron Vlaar to sign a new deal to at least get them something in terms of a transfer fee, but alas he will likely leave on a free.