Top players who will be available on free transfer at end of season

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City disputes Referee Lee Mason’s decision to not award a foul in favour

Argentine international Sergio Aguero - Credit: James Fearn/PPAUK

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

Substitutes:  

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  

Olivier Giroud of Chelseaapplauds the Chelsea fans in celebration at the full time whistle after bea

Olivier Giroud of Chelsea - Credit: Dan Weir/PPAUK

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.