Free agent XI: 11 top players out of contract this summer

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The high prices involved in the transfer of players these days are no longer fresh news and now that the summer transfer window is fully open, there are undoubted deals that will be sealed. Clubs all over the world will be looking to strengthen their teams ahead of the new season. However, transfer funds are likely to be at a premium as usual and this may cause clubs to look out for a free agent this summer.

Free agent XI: 11 top players out of contract this summer
Free agent XI

Fortunately for them, some excellent players are free because certain stars have declined contracts at their current teams. From Paul Pogba to Christian Eriksen, Ousmane Dembele, and Dybala, let’s look at the 11 players as seen on Transfer Markt who are free agents but can form a good team.

GOALKEEPER

Thomas Strakosha – Lazio

Free agent XI: 11 top players out of contract this summer
Thomas Strakosha

Lazio’s number one goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha has ended his 8 yeas stay with the Italian giants last season. Strakosha joined Lazio in 2015 from Salernitana but is currently without a club. The Albania international has been linked with a move to English Premier League clubs like Chelsea and Fulham. But Fulham is the favorite to sign him for free this summer.

DEFENDERS

Andreas Christensen – Chelsea

Chelsea
Andreas Christensen

The Denmark international is among the top defenders who is a free agent after his contract with Chelsea came to an end. Andreas Christensen is a Chelsea youth team product but went on a loan deal to Borussia Monchengladbach before coming back to Chelsea. He later signed a four-year contract with the Blues but a renewal won’t be coming forth because he wants to leave to get more playtime. Barcelona is currently his favorite destination and Chelsea are already searching for a replacement.

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James Tarkowski – Burnley

Free agent XI: 11 top players out of contract this summer
James Tarkowski

Burnley star player James Tarkowski is also out of contract with the team that got relegated from the English Premier League last season. He’s a top target for some English clubs who want to strengthen their defense area and he could be headed for a significant move, with clubs like Newcastle and West Ham interested in his services.

Alessio Romagnoli – AC Milan

Free agent XI: 11 top players out of contract this summer
Alessio Romagnoli

Although Alessio Romagnoli’s time with AC Milan has come to an end this summer, the 27-year-old left with a good record. The AC Milan defender would certainly get a big move transfer this summer after he helped Milan to secure the Serie A title last season. Alessio Romagnoli played a crucial role at the back and this has put him on the transfer list of all the major European teams.

MIDFIELDERS

Paul Pogba – Manchester United

Free agent XI: 11 top players out of contract this summer
Paul Pogba

Manchester United star player Paul Pogba won’t be with the Red Devils next season after his contract came to an end and renewal was rejected. Pogba started as an academy player at United before moving to Juventus where he established himself as a top midfielder.

However, he returned to Manchester United in 2016 and has been a great addition to the club. But the Frenchman recently revealed that he won’t renew his contract because United didn’t value him as expected. Paul Pogba is currently linked with a free transfer to Juventus and he’s likely to sign a four-year deal with the Italian giants.

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Franck Kessie – AC Milan

Free agent XI: 11 top players out of contract this summer
Franck Kessie

Franck Kessie is another AC Milan player whose contract has expired and he’s ready to face new challenges in another club. Kessie was among the Serie A winning squad with AC Milan but has been linked with a move to an English Premier League club. However, Barcelona are in pole position to sign the midfielder but no deal has been accepted.

Jesse Lingard – Manchester United

Free agent XI: 11 top players out of contract this summer
Jesse Lingard

Most players in Manchester United are reluctant to renew their contracts and Jesse Lingard is not an exception. The Englishman was supposed to leave during the January transfer window but United prevented the move in an attempt to keep the player. Lingard had a successful loan move at West Ham but continued to struggle after he returned to Old Trafford. Hence, new manager Erik ten Hag has revealed that he won’t be part of his plan next season and the England international is currently searching for a new club.

Christian Eriksen – Brentford

Free agent
Eriksen playing for Brentford

Former Tottenham Hotspur Christian Eriksen is out of contract with Brentford. The Denmark international mutually terminated his contract with Inter Milan in 2020 and decided to move to Brentford on a one-year deal. The end of last season has brought the contract to an end and he’s without a club now. However, Manchester United are interested in the midfielder while Brentford want to extend their contract with him.

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Ousmane Dembele – Barcelona

Free agent
Ousmane Dembele

Dembele who joined Spanish giants Barcelona in 2018 from Borussia Dortmund is currently a free agent after his contract ended. The Frenchman is unlikely to renew his contract at Barcelona because of his poor performance at the club. He joined as one of the promising young players but struggled throughout his stay in Spain. Ousmane Dembele has been linked to a move to Chelsea and PSG.

FORWARDS

Paulo Dybala – Juventus

Juventus player Dybala
Paulo Dybala

Paulo Dybala joined Italian giants Juventus from Palermo in 2015 and has established himself as one of the team’s stars, but he has now decided to leave the Old Lady. The Argentina international has indicated that he would be interested in moving to the Premier League with Arsenal as one potential destination. However, the North London club is yet to make an official deal with him.

Andrea Belotti – Torino

Andres Belotti
Andrea Belotti

Torino star player Andrea Belotti recently announced that his time with the Italian club has come to an end after spending 7 years with them. Belotti started his career with AlbinoLeffe and later joined Palermo, where he won a Serie B title in the 2013–14 season. However, he moved to Torino in 2015 and has been with the club until last season and he’s now a free agent.

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