There are some top quality footballers potentially available for free next summer.
With a year left on their contracts, their current clubs may consider selling them – for a reduced fee – or risk losing them for free next season if no new deal can be agreed.
Here, talkSPORT.com looks at players whose current contracts expire in 2019.
Goalkeeper: David de Gea (Man United)
The goalkeeper is believed to have agreed a new five-year deal, but there is no official confirmation from the club yet. On 29 June, Man United tweeted it had been seven years since De Gea joined them, which was retweeted by the player along with the words: ‘proud to be part of this great family’. If he does put pen to paper then it is said he could earn around £350,000-a-week. Only an administrative error on deadline day in 2015 prevented him joining Real Madrid.
Left-back: Luke Shaw (Man United)
He needs to win his place back off 33-year-old Ashley Young first and there are rumours Jose Mourinho has earmarked one of Kieran Tierney (Celtic), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) and Danny Rose (Tottenham) as potential replacements for Shaw on the left. The Sun reports that Mourinho is ready to give him another chance to impress him during pre-season training. According to the Manchester Evening News, United have had no serious interest in the 23-year-old and it’s possible he could leave for free next summer.
Centre-back: Vincent Kompany (Man City)
He’ll be 33 when his contract runs out, but the defender, who played for Belgium at the World Cup, doesn’t look like he’s slowing down. In February, when he had once again fought back from injury with a determination Man City fans are used to seeing, he said: “Should I listen to people who say that I’d retire? I still have a contract for 18 months and I feel that I can contribute something to the team. If you can easily train with one of the best teams in the world, I don’t have to ask myself too many questions. I’m not scared to step on the pitch. I have never done that. It’s simple for me. I work so hard during my recovery and when I can train again with the squad, I leave everything behind me.”
Centre-back: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham)
Speaking about his current situation, the 28-year-old Alderweireld said: “I still have to talk with my agent, but at the moment I’m assuming that I’ll start training with Spurs after my holidays. I really do not know anything yet. In my head I just go to Tottenham. We will see.” The defender has been unable to agree a new deal to stay at the club and has been linked with a move away. Man United are believed to be the current favourites to land him. The north London side could extend his contract by one season if they choose to trigger it, but this could result in them losing the defender for £25million next summer if a transfer is sealed in the final two weeks of the summer transfer window.
Right-back: Matteo Darmian (Man United)
Darmian has been included in the pre-season tour of America even though he is likely to be on his way out of the club this summer. Both Inter and Juventus have been linked and it is understood the defender is keen on returning to Italy. United are happy to let him go, but may ask for £15m, according to some reports. Darmian, 28, has been at the club since leaving Torino in 2015.
Central midfield: Mousa Dembele (Tottenham)
Dembele, 30, has been the subject of interest from Italian side Inter but so far nothing has come of it so far. The club are willing to listen to offers for the midfielder, but there are reports he could run down his contract and leave for free next summer.
Central midfield: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea)
Not many midfielders are better than him in possession of the ball, are they? If Conte stays then surely he will be sold, though. He’s still better than Ross Barkley, Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko, isn’t he? And he has only just turned 31, so if Chelsea do sell him, then surely some top club will take a chance on him.
Central midfield: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
This is a key one. Ramsey, the goal scoring hero of Arsenal’s 2014 and 2017 FA Cup final wins, is said to be keen to work with new manager Unai Emery. Jack Wilshere has gone and fans were probably hoping to see the 27-year-old Ramsey partner summer signing Lucas Torreira in a new look Arsenal midfield, but he needs to sign a new deal first just like Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka and Ainsley Maintland-Niles have done. Ramsey was the fans’ Player of the Season last term.
Left forward: Anthony Martial (Man United)
Martial is on the pre-season tour of America even though his agent claims he wants out of Old Trafford. Juventus and Tottenham have both been linked with the player, who was left out of France’s World Cup winning squad. He started last season well, but then Alexis Sanchez was brought in to add extra competition for places where Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford can both operate. Martial arrived in 2015 for an initial £36m fee. Earlier in the season it was reported in The Times that Mourinho and his staff were concerned about the 22-year-old’s application in training and his concentration levels.
Centre forward: Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)
Chelsea paid £18m for him in January and the striker signed an 18-month deal, so it appears he was always going to be a short term option. The club have been linked with Gonzalo Higuain and Robert Lewandowski already in this transfer window and when Giroud moved across London from Arsenal it was because he wasn’t getting enough minutes on the pitch.
Right forward: Pedro (Chelsea)
Of his 31 Premier League appearances last season, 14 of them came as a substitute and it appears his best days are behind him. Like Fabregas, Pedro will be 31 when the new season starts. He joined Chelsea from Barcelona in 2015 and in June, said he is happy to stay. “Obviously I have a contract at Chelsea and most likely I will stay. I’m good here,” he told Spanish broadcaster Cadena Ser. “I’m very comfortable with my team-mates and, in football terms I’m very happy for having won the Premier League and the FA Cup in three years. I’m happy because it’s always difficult to win trophies in England,” he added.
(Info correct as of 18/07/19)