10 stars who are still clubless

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May Mahlangu (left previous club Ordabasy in July
May Mahlangu (left previous club Ordabasy in July 2021)
Paulinho (left previous club Al-Ahli Jeddah in Sep
Paulinho (left previous club Al-Ahli Jeddah in September 2021)
Joel Untersee (left previous club HJK Helsinki in
Joel Untersee (left previous club HJK Helsinki in July 2021)
Hatem Ben Arfa (left previous club FC Girondins Bo
Hatem Ben Arfa (left previous club FC Girondins Bordeaux in July 2021)
George Lebese (left previous club Switchbacks FC i
George Lebese (left previous club Switchbacks FC in March 2021)
Eliaquim Mangala (left previous club Valencia in J
Eliaquim Mangala (left previous club Valencia in July 2021)
Dani Alves (left previous club Sao Paulo in Septem
Dani Alves (left previous club Sao Paulo in September 2021)
Carlos Tevez (left previous club Boca Juniors in J
Carlos Tevez (left previous club Boca Juniors in July 2021)
Andy Carroll (left previous club Newcastle United
Andy Carroll (left previous club Newcastle United in July 2021)
Jack Wilshere (left previous club Bournemouth in J
Jack Wilshere (left previous club Bournemouth in July 2021)

With the next transfer window only set to open in January, there are still a number of players who are available for free. Here are 10 top footballers who are clubless, including Dani Alves and three South African stars!

Two African players, who were recently available to be signed up after the closure of the latest window, found new clubs in recent weeks.

Read: African star's EPL contract cut short

Serge Aurier joined LaLiga outfit Villarreal earlier this month after Tottenham Hotspur cut their ties with the Ivorian in August, while Cameroon's Nicolas Nkoulou became Claudio Ranieri's first signing at Watford about two weeks ago.

There are, however, a number of top free agents who are still available to be snapped up.

Scroll through the gallery above to see 10 stars who are available for free, per Transfermarkt

Selecao legend Dani Alves recently parted ways with Sao Paulo amid a pay dispute after spending two years with the team. According to Marca, the 38-year-old left the Brazilian outfit because he has not been paid what is owed to him in relation to image rights since his arrival at the club.

Despite being in the latter stages of his career, Alves has insisted that his services are available if FC Barcelona show interest, and other clubs will be tempted to sign the marauding fullback who can also play in midfield, especially on a free deal.  

Another former Barca player, Paulinho, is also available for free after leaving Al-Ahli Jeddah in September. According to the Saudi Arabian side, the 33-year-old's three-year contract was terminated after just 58 days due to "emergency circumstances". 

Former Newcastle United playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa is also clubless, although he has been linked with a host of teams over the past couple of months, including Tunisian giants Esperance Tunis, while South African-born fullback Joel Untersee is still without a team since leaving Finnish side HJK Helsinki in July.

Other top footballers who can still be signed on free deals include an ex-Manchester City defender who cost the English giants €45 million (R765 million) and a former Kaizer Chiefs winger – scroll through the gallery above to see who they are! 

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6. Bryan Gill (Tottenham Hotspur) - €21 million in
6. Bryan Gill (Tottenham Hotspur) - €21 million increase, from €9 million to €30 million
5. Ivan Toney (Brentford) - €22 million increase,
5. Ivan Toney (Brentford) - €22 million increase, from €10 million to €32 million
9. Cristian Romero (Tottenham Hotspur) - €20 milli
9. Cristian Romero (Tottenham Hotspur) - €20 million increase, from €15 million to €35 million
1. Jack Grealish (Manchester City) - €50 million i
1. Jack Grealish (Manchester City) - €50 million increase, from €50 million to €100 million
2. Mason Mount (Chelsea) - €30 million increase, f
2. Mason Mount (Chelsea) - €30 million increase, from €45 million to €75 million
7. Phil Foden (Manchester City) - €20 million incr
7. Phil Foden (Manchester City) - €20 million increase, from €60 million to €80 million
4. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) - €25 million increase, f
4. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) - €25 million increase, from €40 million to €65 million
8. Luke Shaw (Manchester United) - €20 million inc
8. Luke Shaw (Manchester United) - €20 million increase, from €22 million to €42 million
10. Joao Cancelo (Manchester City) - €19 million i
10. Joao Cancelo (Manchester City) - €19 million increase, from €36 million to €55 million
3. Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal) - €25.3 million incr
3. Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal) - €25.3 million increase, from €2.7 million to €28 million