What would be the most expensive free transfer ever is brewing with Lionel Messi plotting to leave Barcelona via a disputed clause in his contract.
The 35-year-old Brazilian signed a two-year deal at Stamford Bridge for no transfer fee earlier this week as Frank Lampard continues a £200million-plus overhaul of his Chelsea squad.
With Silva making the move to England – and with Messi on the brink of joining him, Sportsmail takes a look back at the best free transfers in Premier League history.
Thiago Silva joined Chelsea on a free transfer after signing a two-year deal this week
Lionel Messi is also agitating for a free and highly-controversial exit from Barcelona
20. Teddy Sheringham – Manchester United to Tottenham
Teddy Sheringham’s return to Spurs in 2001 helped them finish in ninth-place in the top-flight
After being a goal machine at Tottenham in his first spell at the club, Teddy Sheringham joined Manchester United for £3.5million. After four seasons winning…