JI am coming to an end, and with it, the contracts of several players with their current clubs.
Some have already sorted their futures, while others still don’t know where they will be playing next season. With the World Cup starting in November, securing regular football is imperative for those heading to Qatar.
Starting on Thursday, clubs will be able to sign players on free transfers. While that means they won’t have to pay a transfer fee, in many cases big signing bonuses are handed to the player.
Given the economic struggles of many clubs due to the pandemic, free transfers may be more appealing to some. From top-level names to solid options off the bench, here’s a look at some of the players that will be out of contract on July 1.
Isco leaves Real Madrid
After joining Real Madrid as a promising youngster at the age of 21, the Spaniard left after nine seasons in which he won every title possible. Although he isn’t always the most consistent of players, teams like Sevilla have shown interest in his services.
Luis Suarez leaves Atletico Madrid as a legend
After Barcelona decided to move on from him, Suarez rediscovered his best form at Atletico. Two seasons and a league title later, the Uruguayan will go to a club in order to best prepare for the World Cup. River Plate are said to be in the mix for the striker.
The uncertain future of Ousmane Dembele
One of the biggest names on the market. Barcelona have already stated they won’t improve their contract offer, meaning the ball is now in the Frenchman’s court. He currently has a value of 30 million euros according to Transfermarkt after a strong end to the season.
Pogba leaves Manchester United and returns to Juventus
Six years after leaving Juventus for Manchester United, the Frenchman is heading back to Turin. The Italian giants are getting a player they sold for 105 million euros on a free transfer, and who still has a lot of football left in him.
Di Maria might head in the same direction
Seven seasons after joining Paris Saint-Germain, Di Maria’s time in France is all but certain to end. Like Pogba, Juventus could be his next club in what would be his first adventure in Serie A.
Dybala won’t be reunited with Pogba
The Argentine will say goodbye to Juventus after seven seasons after struggling in recent times. At 28 years of age, he will be looking to join another top club, and he may not have to travel far to do so. Inter are looking to bring him to Milan for next season.
Witsel is on his way to Madrid
The Belgium international will finish his contract with Borussia Dortmund and will become Atletico Madrid’s first signing. The club must make sales worth 40 million euros, as Enrique Cerezo said, to be able to sign the 33-year-old.
Kessie is set to sign for Barcelona
The Ivorian midfielder will leave AC Milan, where he won the Scudetto last season, in order to join the Catalan side, who are currently unable to officially sign him. They will have to improve their financial situation in order to secure the midfielder’s services.
Christensen is in the same situation
The Danish centre-back, who has spent the last five seasons at Chelsea, is in exactly the same situation as Kessie. His chances to join Xavi’s team are very good, but until Barcelona’s financial situation improves, he will not be able to be registered.
Eriksen looking for return to Europe’s elite
After spending the second half of the season at Brentford, who have made him feel like a footballer again, Eriksen wants to return to the Champions League. The strong reputation he enjoys in England means he has no shortage of suitors. Manchester United seems to be the Danish player’s destination of choice.
Mkhitaryan has a deal with Inter
Once his contract with Mourinho’s Roma, with whom he won the Conference League last season, comes to an end, Mkhitaryan will join the Nerazzurri, having already signed an agreement with the club.
Players out of contract as of June 30
- Isco (Real Madrid)
- Luis Suárez (Atletico Madrid)
- Dembele (FC Barcelona)
- Pogba (Manchester United)
- Di Mara (PSG)
- Dybala (Juventus)
- Witsel (Borussia Dortmund)
- Kessi (AC Milan)
- Christensen (Chelsea)
- Eriksen (Brentford)
- Mkhitaryan (AS Roma)
- Belotti (Torino)
- Lingard (Manchester United)
- Romagnoli (AC Milan)
- Tarkowski (Burnley)
- Onana (Ajax)
- Zagadou (Borussia Dortmund)
- Origin (Liverpool)
- Felipe (Atletico Madrid)
- Tolisso (Bayern Munich)
- Januzaj (Real Sociedad)
- Aurier (Villarreal)
- Bernardeschi (Juventus)
- Sidib (AS Monaco)
- Ospina (Naples)
- Tello (Real Betis)
- Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid)
- Series (Fulham)
- Mbemba (Porto)
- Grillitsch (Hoffenheim)
- Brooks (Bournemouth)
- Luis Felipe (Lazio)
- Denayer (Lyon)
- Sam Johnstone (West Brom)
- Amartey (Leicester)
- Cyle Larin (Besiktas)
- Xeka (Lille)
- John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
- Jack Stephens (Southampton)
- Thomas Strakosha (Lazio)
- Ghislain Konan (Stade Reims)
- Cabella (Montpellier)
- Dzyuba (Zenit)
- Stefan Ortega (Arminia Bielefeld)
- Patric (Lazio)
- Pavn (Boca Juniors)
- Anthony Nwakaeme (Trabzonspor)