Top players who will be available on free transfer at end of season
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Following a very quiet transfer window over the Christmas and new year period, I thought it would be interesting to research to find some of the players worldwide who will be out of contract at the end of the 2020-21 season.
It was surprising to find / reported that some of the top players in the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1, and the Championship who will become available at the end of this season on a free transfer are rated as world class players.
The list below of an 11 starting players and six substitutes whose deals are set to expire at the end of this season on a free transfer, a situation I’ve not witnessed before in the football world :
OUT OF CONTRACT XI
Donnarumma, Hysaj, Ramos, Alaba, Bernat, Di Maria, Modric, Wijnaldum, Depay, Messi, Aguero.
GK – Gianluigi Donnarumma – Number one at AC Milan for five years, but still, only 21
RB – Elseid Hysaj – Napoli, 27 years old, can play in a variety of positions
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LB – Juan Bernat – Paris Saint- Germain, 27 years old, can play various positions
CH – Sergio Ramos – 16 years at Real Madrid, 34 years old
CH – David Alaba – 12 years at Bayern Munich still only 28 years old – with a wealth of international experience
WRMF – Angel Di Maria – Paris Saint-Germain, 32 years old
WLMF – Depay – Lyon 26 years old Netherland International
CMF – Georginio Wijnaldum – 30 years old, Liverpool defensive-minded mid-field player
CMF- Luka Modric – Real Madrid – Croatia, upfront arguably the greatest forward partnership could be snapped up for free in July, 2021
CF – Lionel Messi - Barcelona, age 33, record most goals in La Liga (456) and a record of most hat tricks in La Liga (36), Argentine international
CF – Sergio Aguero – 32 years of age, Argentine international 10 years at Manchester City scoring a club- record 256 goals
Fernandinho Luiz Roza – Man City – Brazil
Julian Draxler – Paris Saint-Germain – Germany
CMF – Florian Thauvin – 28-year-old Marseille and France international can also play wide midfield
Eric Garcia – Man City – Spain
David Luiz – Arsenal - Brazil
Olivier Giroud – Chelsea – France
It is concerning to find so many exceptional players out of contract at the end of this season.
Is this a sign of the times and the financial difficulties some of the top teams are facing due to excessive wage demands and commitment to long-term contracts?
Or is it the effect the coronavirus is having on our beautiful game?
Times are changing and clubs now more than ever need to plan carefully to safeguard their future.
Stay strong, stay safe and look after each other.