The recent summer transfer market represented a severe blow to many football stars who failed to find teams to defend their colors with the start of the new football season 2023-2024, especially those who have a large market value and were, shortly before, indispensable to their previous teams.
The summer transfer market closed its window last Friday, while it is scheduled to end tonight in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, whose clubs stole the spotlight from their European counterparts in the last Mercato.
Perhaps the most prominent of these players is Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea, whose contract with his former team, Manchester United, has expired, and he preferred not to sign a new contract with him, contenting himself with the services he received from him over a period of 12 full years.
Meanwhile, Belgian star Eden Hazard has been absent from the football scene since he agreed to terminate his contract with Spanish Real Madrid after the end of last season 2022-2023, despite having a year remaining in his contract.
Argentine Pau Gomez, who won the World Cup with “Tango,” faced the same fate as Hazard, as winning the World Cup did not help him find a new team, after he agreed with his former club, Sevilla, to terminate the contract between them a year before its end.
As for the Arab world, the Moroccan Ashraf Ben Sharqi has terminated his contract with the Emirati club Al Jazeera, while many reports confirm that the issue of his joining Al Rayyan of Qatar is on the verge of failure, which means that the former Egyptian Zamalek star will remain without a team at least in the coming period.
Below is a list of the top 20 players in terms of market value in the world – according to the “Transfer Market” website, which specializes in data and statistics – and they ended up without joining any team after the closure of the summer transfer market.
- Spain’s David de Gea: 13 million euros
- Englishman Jesse Lingard: 8 million euros
- Portuguese Miguel Angelo da Silva “CSKA”: 6 million euros
- Argentine Roberto Pereira: 6 million euros
- Moroccan Osama Al-Idrissi: 5.5 million euros
- Belgian Eden Hazard: 5 million euros
- Dutchman Anwar Al-Ghazi: 5 million euros
- Ivorian Jean-Philippe Gbamin: 4.8 million euros
- Englishman Axel Tuanzebe: 4 million euros
- The American Gibby Canon: 4 million euros
- Spanish Santi Mina: 4 million euros
- Finance Minister Moussa Marega: 4 million euros
- Moroccan Ashraf Ben Sharqi: 3.5 million euros
- Algerian Harris Belkibla: 3 million euros
- Argentine Pau Gomez: 3 million euros
- Spaniard Alvaro Aguado: 3 million euros
- Spaniard Jose Campagna: 3 million euros
- Finance Minister Elmami Toure: 2.5 million euros
- Frenchman Tanguy Coulibaly: 2.5 million euros
- Frenchman Yann M’Vila: 2.5 million euros