Ángel Di María joined Juventus on a one-year deal after his contract ended at Paris Saint-Germain. The talented forward became the club’s second eye-catching free signing of the summer, after the signing of Paul Pogba.
Juventus are hailed for their shrewd business in the transfer market, with a history of recruiting sensational players on free transfers. Free transfers have the benefit of leaving room to spend money in other areas, and the Old Lady has used this strategy on numerous occasions.
Let’s have a look at the top five free transfer signings the football club has made over the years.
Alves, a professional Brazilian footballer, joined Juventus FC back in 2016 after transferring over from Barcelona. Widely considered to be one of the greatest full-backs of all time, Alves is the most decorated player in the history of football, winning 41 trophies during his incredible career.
During his one season at the club, he won the 2016-2017 Serie A title and the 2016-2017 Coppa Italia. He also reached the Champions League Final. After his one-year stint with Juventus, he went on to join Paris Saint-Germain, also on a free transfer, and went on to win honours there as well. It is believed that he left the Italian club as he felt unable to help lift the standards of the game in Italy.
Another player in a long list of free transfers is Khedira. The German international moved over to Juventus from Real Madrid in 2015. Khedira has earned 77 caps for his national team and has taken part in three FIFA World Cups. He was one of the key players to help Germany clinch the FIFA World Cup in 2014, and has earned himself two UEFA European Championships.
His arrival at the Old Lady was crucial to the success and domination of the club in the domestic sphere. During his five seasons, he won five league titles and helped to win the Italian cup three times, along with one Italian Super Cup. He has since moved to Hertha BSC.