Andrea Pirlo

Ranked: 5 of Juventus' Best Free Transfers This Century

With Aaron Ramsey's transfer confirmed, Juventus have once again added a quality player to their ranks without spending a single dime. 


Over the years, the Italian juggernauts have developed a knack for signing quality players for free, players who usually go on to make a name for themselves. 


Here are Juventus' top five free transfers since the turn of the century.

5. Emre Can - 2018 - Liverpool

Emre Can emerged as one of the most versatile players during his time at Liverpool. His ability to play both in midfield and defence make him an asset to the Bianconeri, who have used the German in multiple roles, this season. He is yet to make an impact due to injuries, but the omens, so far, have really been positive. 



4. Sami Khedira - 2015 - Real Madrid

At Real Madrid, Sami Khedira probably didn't get the recognition he deserved, but at Juventus, his understated intelligence has made him a crucial member of the squad. Since moving from the Santiago Bernabeu in 2015, the German has made 119 appearances for the Bianconeri, winning three Serie A titles and three Coppa Italias, 

3. Fabio Cannavaro - 2009 - Real Madrid

After a successful three-year spell at Real Madrid, Fabio Cannavaro returned to the Bianconeri on a free transfer in 2009. The Ballon d'Or and World Cup winner didn't look at his best during his second spell at the club and only stayed a year before leaving for Al-Ahli. 


Over two spells, the legendary defender made 127 appearances for the club and even scored seven goals. 

2. Paul Pogba - 2012 - Manchester United

After failing to break into Manchester United's first team, Paul Pogba decided to try his luck in Italy, and moved to Turin on a free transfer. Over the next four years, the Frenchman developed himself into one of the best in the business, scoring 34 goals and recording 43 assists in 178 appearances. 


His blistering form urged his former club to break the bank, and the midfielder finally returned to Old Trafford for a then world record transfer fee of £89 million in 2016. 

1. Andrea Pirlo - 2011 - AC Milan

Hailed as one of the most graceful midfielders in the history of modern football, Andrea Pirlo joined the Old Lady from Milan in 2011. Under Antonio Conte, Pirlo developed into one of the finest deep-lying playmakers in the business. 


The World Cup winner made a total of 164 appearances for the club, winning four Scudetti and one Italian Cup, before leaving in 2015.