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Ranking the 10 Best La Liga Players Still Available in Summer Transfer Window

Samuel MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2014

Ranking the 10 Best La Liga Players Still Available in Summer Transfer Window

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    Now we're into July, most players who had contracts coming to an end have either signed an extension or found a new club.

    There are a few, though—a very small amount—who have not yet sorted out new clubs.

    Alongside those worrying about where they will be playing next season, there are a host of players who quite clearly know they are allowed to leave their current sides.

    These are namely Barcelona players, where the deadwood is being shipped out.

    The following slides look at the 10 players definitely available this summer and, in nearly all the cases, for free—or at least for very little money.

    *contract status correct per Transfermarkt

10. Rodri (Barcelona)

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    Now 24, the time is more than adequate for Rodri to cut his ties with Barcelona permanently.

    Following loan spells with Sheffield Wednesday, Real Zaragoza and Almeria, the latter of which started impressively, the striker is once again back in Catalonia.

    He has one year remaining on his contract, but Barca wouldn't stand in his way if a club came calling for his services.

9. Oier Olazabal (Barcelona)

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    The second of a host of players Barcelona are trying to lose this summer.

    Oier Olazabal has been a regular in the B team, and after Victor Valdes' injury, ended the season as Jose Pinto's back up.

    But with a range of new goalkeepers on display at Camp Nou, there's no longer a place for the 24-year-old at the club.

    His contract is up in 2015, and Barca wouldn't stop him from leaving as soon as possible.

8. Christian Lell (unattached)

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    Christian Lell joined Levante in the summer of 2012, signing a one-year deal with the option of another year.

    And after an impressive first season, that option was taken up.

    However, injuries hampered his second season with the Valencia-based club, and they parted ways at the end of the season without a new deal ever being discussed.

    A 29-year-old right-back, the former Bayern Munich man could still cut it for a European side.

7. Simao Sabrosa (unattached)

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    His best days are behind him, but signing Simao Sabrosa might still represent a bit of excitement for some clubs.

    Following a career that has seen him play for Barcelona, Benfica and Atletico Madrid, the 34-year-old's contract at Espanyol wasn't renewed at the end of the last season.

    Capped 85 times by Portugal, he has remained without a club since.

    After playing 34 games in la Liga last season, plus all the experience he has, he certainly still has a something to offer.

6. Hassan Yebda (Granada)

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    Following Algeria's elimination from the World Cup, Hassan Yebda's next move will surely be to finalise his future.

    The 30-year-old ended last season on loan at Udinese, where he made 10 appearances in Serie A, after starting it in Spain with Granada.

    Transfermarkt say his contact has now expired, and there may be a few clubs keen to take a punt on a midfielder with experience in several European leagues.

5. Bojan (Barcelona)

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    It's never quite worked out for Bojan at Barcelona.

    Heralded as the next big thing as a teenager, he has since spent time at Roma, AC Milan and Ajax.

    However, at none of those clubs did he manage to do a great deal to live up to the reputation he once possessed.

    Barca, despite Bojan still having a year to run on his deal, are now prepared to cut their losses on the 23-year-old striker.

4. Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona)

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    Alongside Bojan, Ibrahim Afellay will also be allowed to leave Barcelona for next-to-nothing this summer.

    The former PSV winger joined Barcelona in 2011, but his time in Catalonia has been disrupted by a series of injuries.

    Now 28, and after spending a season on loan with Schalke in 2012-13, he is another player Barca are prepared to let flee the nest this summer as they reshape their squad under Luis Enrique.

    Still with a year left on his contract, he won't be free, but Barca won't be demanding much.

3. Alex Song (Barcelona)

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    Barcelona will be demanding a bit more for Alex Song, but it's evident that the Cameroon international is available to a good home.

    The former Arsenal midfielder will surely interest clubs from England and Italy.

    After arriving at Camp Nou in 2012, the 26-year-old has spent two very average seasons at Barca, although he has managed to total 65 appearances for the club.

    A fee of around £10 million may be enough to clinch his signature.

2. Victor Valdes (unattached)

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    Through no fault of his own, Victor Valdes remains without a club.

    The former Barcelona stopper took the decision to seek a new challenge away from Camp Nou, appearing set to sign for French side Monaco.

    However, an injury sustained against Celta Vigo saw Monaco call any potential deal off.

    Well if they won’t, even though he's not yet back to fitness, surely one of Europe's top clubs will be prepared to give him a deal.

1. Keylor Navas (Levante)

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    Hot property.

    Coming off the back of a brilliant season with Levante, Keylor Navas was the star of the Costa Rica show as they progressed to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

    And as the 27-year-old deservedly enjoys a break, clubs will no doubt be lining up offers to trigger his release clause.

    Levante seem prepared for him to leave, with his buy-out cost being touted at between €8 and €10 million.

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