Tuesday, May 17

Out of contract in 2022: The best free agents available this summer

The 2022 summer transfer window is gearing up to be one of the most memorable of all time.

There are heaps of top players out of contract and with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic still being felt by many top clubs, transfer fees are out of fashion.

There’s bound to be lots of moving and shaking. If you are struggling to keep track of all the players who might be on the move, we don’t blame you. Here are some of the top stars who could be snatched on bargain deals next season.

Kylian MbappeKylian Mbappe

Mbappe has enjoyed another fine personal season / John Berry/GettyImages

All the noise coming out of Paris Saint-Germain suggests that Kylian Mbappe will not be extending his deal.

Barring a dramatic last-minute twist, Real Madrid will be the ones securing Mbappe’s signature.

Paul PogbaPaul Pogba

Pogba was one of the stars of Euro 2020 / Marcio Machado/Getty Images

Paul Pogba must be sick to death of people discussing his future. The bad news is things are only getting started.

Real and PSG are long time admirers, as are former club Juventus. Could he even be tempted to stay at Old Trafford?

Paulo DybalaPaulo Dybala

Dybala has long been linked with a Juventus exit / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Paulo Dybala has been linked with a move away from Juventus for an eternity.

This summer, the prophecy will finally be realised with Juve confirming his departure in March. United have been perennially mentioned as a possible destination but they will not be the only club interested.

Ousmane DembeleOusmane Dembele

Dembele must start fulfilling his potential soon / Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

Now 24, Ousmane Dembele needs to start consistently producing to avoid being pigeonholed as a player who came nowhere close to fulfilling their potential.

Barcelona were keen to tie him down to a new deal in January but talks broke down. Despite this, don’t be surprised if they make a last-ditch attempt to keep him.

Franck KessieFranck Kessie

Kessie has been a near ever present for Milan in recent seasons / Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

Franck Kessie appeared in the Champions League for the first time ever after he helped Milan secure an impressive second-placed Serie A finish last season.

This put him in the shop window ahead of a potential move, with Barcelona very close to confirming his arrival.

Marcelo BrozovicMarcelo Brozovic

Brozovic has been at Inter since 2015 / Nicolò Campo/Getty Images

Marcelo Brozovic has been a loyal servant to Inter for six years and few members of the squad would have enjoyed last season’s Scudetto win more than him.

The Nerazzurri are keen to keep him and the player is happy too, but we cannot rule out an exit entirely.

Andrea Belotti has shown remarkable loyalty to Torino over the years, but as he approaches his 30s he will be acutely aware that time is running out for him to secure a high-profile move.

There would be no shortage of suitors, with Belotti notching double figures goals in each of his past six Serie A seasons.

Kyle Walker, Andreas ChristensenKyle Walker, Andreas Christensen

Christensen had a great Euro 2020 / Pierre-Philippe Marcou – Pool/Getty Images

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel seems to be a fan of Andreas Christensen – but as of yet he has not got around to extending his contract.

Barcelona are prowling and the Blues are pretty resigned to losing the Dane at this point.

Antonio RuedigerAntonio Ruediger

Rudiger is a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge / David Ramos/Getty Images

Christensen is not the only Chelsea defender with an uncertain future. Antonio Rudiger’s deal is also expiring.

Like Christensen, Tuchel seems to be a fan of his fellow German but for now he seems set to be snapped up on a free at the end of the season.

Hibernian v Arsenal - Pre-Season FriendlyHibernian v Arsenal - Pre-Season Friendly

Lacazette’s Arsenal career could be over soon / Steve Welsh/Getty Images

Alexandre Lacazette’s recent upturn in form could convince Arsenal to stop him from walking away for free in the summer.

If not, former club Lyon and Newcastle could be interested.

Jesse LingardJesse Lingard

Lingard could have a future at Manchester United / Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images

Prior to his loan move to West Ham last January, the idea of Jesse Lingard getting a new Manchester United contract was farcical.

After seriously impressing in east London, though, Lingard might just have a future at Old Trafford – depending on their managerial situation. Even if he doesn’t sign a new deal, there will be a long queue of clubs trying to secure his signature next summer.

Gareth BaleGareth Bale

Some have tipped Bale to play golf when he retires / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Who knows what Gareth Bale will get up to when his Real deal expires.

Join the PGA Tour – 10/1. Have a very relaxing time at Cardiff City – 8/1. Retire from club football and focus on Wales – Evens.

Isco AlarconIsco Alarcon

Isco could do with some new surroundings / Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Isco has been a bit-part player for some time at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real’s break from spending did not even help him get more minutes this term and he is expected to leave at the end of the season.

Sergi Roberto is among a long list of players on the chopping block at Barcelona and seems likely to depart at the end of his contract.

Corentin TolissoCorentin Tolisso

Tolisso has featured more regularly this season / Alexander Hassenstein/GettyImages

At a club as dominant as Bayern there are always bound to be one or two players lost in the shuffle.

This has often been the case for Corentin Tolisso and he will likely fancy moving somewhere where he can be top dog.

Federico BernardeschiFederico Bernardeschi

Bernardeschi won Euro 2020 with Italy / Paul Ellis – Pool/Getty Images

Federico Bernardeschi’s days at Juventus could be numbered. We’re not sure about you, but he feels a bit Spurs-y in our opinion.

Marcus Ingvartsen, Mats HummelsMarcus Ingvartsen, Mats Hummels

Hummels has has a trophy ladened career / Christof Koepsel/Getty Images

Cracks are starting to show in the once rock-solid Mats Hummels.

He is not finished though and could make a tidy addition should Dortmund choose to start their inevitable post-Erling Haaland rebuild without him.

Luka ModricLuka Modric

Modric still plays for Croatia / Pixsell/MB Media/Getty Images

Luka Modric will be closing in on 37 when his Real contract expires, but the Ballon d’Or winner definitely has a few more years left in the tank at the top level.

Real would like to keep him around too.

Matthias GinterMatthias Ginter

Ginter featured for Germany at Euro 2020 / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Matthias Ginter has established himself as one of the Bundesliga’s most reliable centre-backs over the past few years.

With his contract up in the summer, several European clubs will be sniffing around but they may as well not bother. We all know he’s ending up at Bayern Munich.

James TarkowskiJames Tarkowski

Tarkowski could be on his way out of Burnley / Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

James Tarkowski has been keen on a fresh challenge for some time and with his Burnley contract expiring soon, he might finally get his wish.

Long-term suitors Leicester City might be tempted, but they have signed Jannik Vestergaard recently.

Andre OnanaAndre Onana

Onana is Serie A bound / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Inter seem to have won the race for Andre Onana as they search for Samir Handanovic’s long-term successor.

Boubacar KamaraBoubacar Kamara

Kamara was linked with a Premier League move in summer 2021 / Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images

He may have missed out on a Premier League move in summer 2021, but Boubacar Kamara will have no shortage of interested clubs when his contract expires in 2022.

A dynamic and relentless ball-winner whose passing is impressive too, the 22-year-old has all the skills to excel at the top level.

Luis Suarez proved he still has plenty to give during the 2020/21 season as his goals fired Atletico Madrid to an unlikely La Liga title.

However, his scoring has tailed off badly this term. Will he still have enough in the tank for the 2022/23 season? Time will tell.

Angel Di MariaAngel Di Maria

Di Maria’s PSG career could be at an end / John Berry/Getty Images

Angel Di Maria is part of a stacked forward line at Paris Saint-Germain and his chances of securing regular minutes during the 2022/23 season are remote.

He is not getting any younger either and may favour a move in the summer.

Noussair MazraouiNoussair Mazraoui

Mazraoui is on his way to Barcelona / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Barcelona will be hoping it’s second time lucky for them and Ajax right-backs.

With Sergino Dest failing to impress, Noussair Mazraoui is seemingly on his way to Camp Nou.

Christian EriksenChristian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen is on a short-term deal at Brentford / James Williamson – AMA/GettyImages

Christian Eriksen only signed a short-term deal until the end of the season at Brentford.

Should he keep on impressing, the Bees will face stiff competition to keep hold of the midfielder.

Edinson CavaniEdinson Cavani

Cavani is unlikely to remain at United / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Edinson Cavani was on a roll at the end of the 2020/21 season but injuries and increased competition for places have limited his influence this campaign.

He may be 35 now, but he can still contribute at the top level.

Marcelo VieiraMarcelo Vieira

Marcelo may be heading home to Brazil / Eurasia Sport Images/GettyImages

The days of Marcelo being the best left-back on the planet have sadly come and gone.

A return to his homeland with Fluminense looks most likely.

Luiz FelipeLuiz Felipe

Luiz Felipe is a reliable defender / Claudio Villa/GettyImages

Called up to the Italian national team in March, Brazil-born Luiz Felipe could be on his way out of Lazio at the end of the season.

There are several top clubs on the lookout for a new defender this summer and he could fit the bill.

Juan CuadradoJuan Cuadrado

Cuadrado could be on his way out of Turin / Nicolò Campo/GettyImages

Juan Cuadrado has rarely let Juventus down over the past few seasons.

But as he is getting on a bit, the Turin giants may wish to bring in a younger face.

Ivan PerisicIvan Perisic

Perisic has been excellent this season / Giuseppe Cottini/GettyImages

Ivan Perisic has played some of the best football of his career at wing-back for Inter this season.

Any clubs looking for someone to fill that role would definitely be interested in a move for the Croatia international.

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