Clubs in Europe are deciding which players they want to bring to the summer transfer window, but if they can magically re-sign a former player, who will they choose?
We looked at some of the veterans who retired from each of the clubs listed below (after 1990) and found out if they could fit into the current squad. So who will it be and why?
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Arsenal, Thierry Henry, S.T.
Mikel Arteta’s side is the backbone of the team in the recent transfer window, but the world-class striker is yet to be seen. With Pierre-Emerick Obamayang and Alexander Lacazette gone, Arsenal need someone to bear the brunt of the goal. There is no one better in the history of the club than Henry, the best player in the Premier League with 228 goals and 106 assists in 375 games behind Ian Wright and Cliff Bastin. His dream is to bring him to the brink of his famous competitive edge as he struggles to rediscover himself in the championship race and even takes his best step forward from the new 14th. Eddie Niketia.
Atletico Madrid, Fernando Torres, S.T.
Torres, now the manager of the club’s teen A team, was named captain at the age of 19 and scored 91 goals in 244 appearances for Atletico Madrid before moving to Liverpool in 2007. He then returned to the club for four years (two on loan to Chelsea) after which he scored 37 goals in 159 games in his career. For this exercise, we will take the teen version of “El Neo”. Rarely has a young striker gained so much fame early in his career, and the current Atletico team would love to replace him with Luis Suarez.
Barcelona, Carls Puyol, C.B.
In the midst of all the financial uncertainty at Camp Nou in recent years, Barcelona have performed surprisingly well to maintain their commitment to attacking footballers such as Pedri, Gavi and Anu Fati. However, they now need some stability and back-to-back leadership, so they will choose to bring back the experienced Puyol. Every team needs a player who will give everything for their club and the new manager Xavi knows more than anyone what his former captain will bring to the table.
Bayern Munich, Philip Lahm, R.B.
Bayern need a replacement due to a close out of star striker Robert Lewandowski, but he has just signed Sadio Mane from Liverpool, so we have to assume the vacancy has been filled. We are going to take the version of Lam played on the way to the eight Bundesliga championships. Undoubtedly, later in his career he was even more dominant in midfield, but Bayern were able to use some quality in full-back position, and Lahm’s versatility meant he could play on both sides. .
Borussia Dortmund: Matthias Summer, CM
When Erling Holland headed for Man City for the 60m, Dortmund moved quickly to sign Karim Adami and Sebastian Haller in their place, so we didn’t see any surprising options. Instead, we will choose midfield for 18-year-old Jude Bellingham. Summer’s defensive behavior in the middle of the pitch will help Dortmund find a place in the game, and his 1996 Ballon d’Or (beating Ronaldo and Alan Shearer) showed how talented he was in his prime.
Chelsea, John Terry, C.B.
Chelsea have dropped two center-backs from their first squad this summer – Antonio Rudigar (Real Madrid) and Andreas Kristensen (Barcelona) – so there is an urgent need to find a second. One of the few academy products to make himself successful at the club, Terry’s leadership and defensive prowess made him one of the best players in England so far. The post-Roman Abramovich era of Stamford Bridge will require a person like him to move on, although his iconic number 26 shirt number is now worn by new female star Kadesh Buchanan.
Inter Milan, Wesley Snyder, AM
Following Antonio Conte’s defensive strategy in 2020-21, Simone Inzaghi is now using a counter-attacking style in the internship, and Snyder will be right up there with his ability to open the last third. The Netherlands international was one of the best midfielders in the world of his time and flourished over the counter under Jose Mourinho. When Snyder won the ball, Inter sat back and separated the opponents, which he will now do.
Juventus, Alessandro del Piero, AM
Striker Paulo Diabala has left a gap for Juventus despite signing a € 70m deal with Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic in January. Although Vlahovich is the more traditional No. 9, Del Piero will be ranked 10th. His 290 goals in 705 games are a testament to his influence in Turin, but so is his creativity and set-piece skills. Which will help the Old Lady to the top in Serie A again.
Liverpool, Steven Gerrard, CM
Liverpool are another club where it is difficult to target specific needs that make them strong immediately, but bringing Gerard back will certainly make a big difference. While Jurgen Klopp has done exceptionally well so far to secure his transfer target, the midfield of Gerard, Thiago and Fabinho will surely lead them to the title. When he was a player his speed, drive and stamina led the club forward and one imagines he would eventually do the same as a manager.
Manchester United: Roy Keane, CM
Against the backdrop of their worst season in the Premier League (in terms of points), United need to improve under new manager Eric Ten Hague. There are many positions to fill and the most influential experienced manager of the club will be Sir Alex Ferguson, but we will stick to the players. United need a good central midfielder, but they also need a player who can shape the dressing room and training ground. Flammable keys have both properties. The problem may be that it works great.
Manchester City, Vincent Co., C.B.
The company, which left in 2019, was playing for City some time ago and is still only 36 years old. Now Burnley’s manager, the Belgian center-back was one of the best defenders the Premier League has ever seen, but the problem with the previous winner is that there aren’t many holes. Now that he has arrived at striker Erling Holland, the departure of defensive midfielder Fernandinho this summer will probably solve a puzzle, so we will bring the company back under his leadership and either play him in midfield or put him next to Ruben. Use a dice from John Stones or American Laport instead.
AC Milan, Paulo Maldini, CB / LB
The Serie A champions were strong in defense last season, mainly thanks to Ficayo Tomori and Pierre Calulu, but they still needed to bring in new center-backs. The 1990s were one of the best defensive lines in Milan’s history, with Maldini, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Nesta and Cafu, among others, so it’s hard to choose one. Maldini is the greatest Milan player in history, he has managed more than 900 games for the club and he can also enter the left side of the defense as needed.
Paris Saint-Germain: Safe Susik, AM
Our first thought was about Ronaldinho, but the last thing PSG wants to do with Neymar and persuade Kylian Mbappe is his off-pitch lifestyle! They don’t need a goal scorer right now, so Paleta and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are out. Instead we go to Susic, the best player abroad to play in League 1. Bosnia’s creativity will help open the door for PSG’s attacking skills and add to their options in midfield.
Real Madrid, Roberto Carlos, L.B.
The veteran defender of the Brazilian club of Marcelo has passed away; One comes back. Real Madrid have a history of signing incredible left-backs and have won four La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies thanks to Roberto Carlos’ 11-year spell at the Bernabeu. There are some players who have the speed, the stamina and the strength and the ability to shoot and set-pieces. If Madrid can bring back one of the famous Galactics, they can put David Alaba in the center with Rudigar, with Ferland Mendy capable backup.
Tottenham Hotspur, Ledley King, C.B.
Initially, we thought of more offensive players like Paul Gascoigne or David Ginola, but they may not be able to handle the defensive duties expected from manager Antonio Conte. King will bring the same energy to Terry at Chelsea and as he is two-legged he could have a good place in the three-man defense alongside Christian Romero and Eric Dyer and also has the ability to play in defensive midfield if necessary his injury delayed his career. If you choose a good place around 05, it can be a good move.