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Five of the best Premier players released by their clubs this summer

Premier League clubs have announced their released and retained lists, with several big names heading for the exit door, meaning they are now available on a free transfer this summer.

We’ve taken a look at five of the best Premier League players released by their clubs this summer, who could represent bargain signings in the transfer window.

Danny Welbeck

The England international has not been offered a new contract at Arsenal, having suffered a series of injury problems in recent seasons.

Welbeck started just one Premier League game for Unai Emery’s side last season, playing a total of just 148 minutes in their league campaign.

Still just 28, the former Manchester United forward could make a sensible signing for a Premier League side looking to boost their forward options this summer, provided he can regain full fitness after suffering a horrific ankle injury back in November.

Having scored 16 goals in 42 England appearances, Welbeck boasts international pedigree and his availability on a free is likely to attract plenty of attention.

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Gary Cahill

Another England international, veteran centre-back Cahill has been deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge after seven trophy-laden years at Chelsea.

Just 33, Cahill can still operate at the highest level and would prove a smart addition for any side’s looking to add top-flight experience to their backline.

Cahill won every major honour available after joining Chelsea from Bolton in 2012 and would bring leadership to the defence.

The defender has said he hopes to continue playing at the highest level and will no doubt have offers to extend his Premier League career.

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Daniel Sturridge

A player who scored 67 goals in 160 appearances for Liverpool, Sturridge will depart Anfield this summer after a five-and-a-half year stay on Merseyside.

But for injuries, that goal tally would have been substantially higher for a player who remains a predatory finisher.

Those injury problems may have robbed the forward of the pace he once had, though he remains a player capable of scoring regularly at Premier League level.

Having fallen down the pecking order at Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp decided to allow the England international to leave on a free transfer this summer, praising Sturridge’s attitude and leadership despite his lack of game-time.

If he can stay fit, he would be a solid addition on a free to any Premier League squad.

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Fernando Llorente

Having played a vital role in Tottenham’s run to the Champions League final, towering Spanish forward Llorente is out-of-contract at the North London club this summer.

Despite having turned 34 in February, the former Juventus forward remains capable at Premier League level. The target man’s game has never relied on pace, but his presence brings a physical dimension to the forward line.

Having scored 8 goals in 35 appearances in a bit-part role last season, Llorente would be a solid addition to any side looking to add to their forward options.

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Andy Carroll

One signed by Liverpool for a club-record £35m fee, it would be easy to have forgotten about Andy Carroll after the forward’s injury nightmare since joining West Ham in 2012.

Over seven seasons at the London side, Carroll played just 142 appearances, scoring 34 goals.

When fit, Carroll represents a handful for any defence with his towering presence and brilliant heading ability making him the ideal focal point in attack.

Still just 30, the nine-cap England international could prove a smart signing. His injury record remains a concern, but if he is willing to accept a financially sensible package he could attract great interest this summer.

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