19 high-profile players who are out of contract next summer
Dries Mertens (Napoli)
Mertens recently overtook Diego Maradona in Napoli’s all-time top scorer list, and he’s now just five short of Marek Hamsik in top spot. The Belgian should break the record this season; if he does, he may consider his work in Naples complete by the time his contract expires next summer.
The 32-year-old forward is coming towards the end of his career, but he’s shown no signs of slowing down when it comes to introducing the ball to the net, with seven strikes in 10 games so far this season. A big payday could soon be his.
Edinson Cavani (PSG)
Forced to play second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the early years of his PSG career, Cavani took centre stage in 2016. He responded in spectacular fashion, scoring 49 goals in 50 games followed by 40 in 47 the following campaign.
The Uruguayan was then shunted out of the limelight once more when Kylian Mbappe and Neymar arrived in the French capital in 2017. Now 32 years old and out of contract next June, Cavani looks set to seek pastures new ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
Boubakary Soumare (Lille)
Many players on this list are in their 30s and coming towards the end of their careers, but that isn’t the case for Soumare. The 20-year-old is running down his contract at Lille in the hope of securing a lucrative deal elsewhere when he becomes a free agent next summer.
Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool)
Previously in competition with Kyle Walker for England’s right-back spot, Clyne has become the forgotten man for both club and country. The former Southampton man has played just seven Premier League games for Liverpool since 2016/17, with injury problems and the emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing him closer to the Anfield exit.
Clyne doesn’t turn 29 until April, and as long as he can prove his fitness, the defender still has plenty to offer mid-table Premier League clubs.
Blaise Matuidi (Juventus)
Matuidi was linked with Manchester United in the summer and could become a target for the Red Devils if his Juventus deal is allowed to run out.
A reliable performer for club and country, the Frenchman would add some much-needed trophy-winning experience at Old Trafford – he's been crowned a league champion in six of the last seven seasons. Hard-working and versatile, the former PSG midfielder is more than happy to sacrifice himself for the good of the team.
Layvin Kurzawa (PSG)
Kurzawa has now been at PSG for more than four years, but he’s never nailed down a regular starting spot in that time. Injuries haven’t helped at times, but it’s hard to shake the feeling that the left-back has failed to live up to expectations at the Parc des Princes.
Currently playing second fiddle to Juan Bernat, Kurzawa will almost certainly depart PSG next summer. An excellent attacking full-back who’s still just 27, the Frenchman will attract plenty of interest from England and beyond.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)
Eriksen's Spurs career is nearing a sad conclusion, amid a season in which his team have underperformed and the dynamic Dane has been in and out of Mauricio Pochettino's first team. He was integral as they reached the Champions League final last season, but his public desire for a new challenge thereafter was met with deafening silence.
Manchester United reportedly made advances but Eriksen is said to want Real Madrid or Barcelona while he's in an attractive position. Bayern Munich and Juventus are both also hovering and can begin negotiating in January.
Charles Aranguiz (Bayer Leverkusen)
A key figure of Chile’s greatest ever team, Aranguiz helped his country reach the knockout stages of the 2014 World Cup and win back-to-back Copas America in 2015 and 2016. The all-action midfielder had the chance to join Leicester in between those two continental triumphs, but missed out on the Foxes’ title-winning campaign in favour of a transfer to Bayer Leverkusen.
Aranguiz may not turn down a Premier League offer for a second time, should one emerge next summer. The Chilean has suffered injury problems in recent years, but at 30 years old he’s not finished yet.
Stefan Savic (Atletico Madrid)
Savic had a brief spell with Manchester City earlier in his career, but the centre-back was restricted to just 12 Premier League outings under Roberto Mancini in 2011/12. He’s represented Fiorentina and Atletico Madrid since then, but could leave the latter when his contract expires in June.
Diego Simeone will probably attempt to persuade the Montenegrin to stick around at the Wanda Metropolitano, but offers from around Europe – including from the Premier League – would no doubt be of interest to the 28-year-old.
Eric Bailly (Manchester United)
It wasn’t too long ago that Bailly was hailed as Manchester United’s leading centre-back, but some terrible luck with injuries means the Ivorian could be released next summer. That isn’t to say his Premier League career will also be over, though; still only 25, the stopper has already shown he can thrive in England’s top tier.
Reports in August suggested that United would offer Bailly a new deal to protect his value, but there has been progress made since then. As things stand the former Villarreal man will be available on a free in less than eight months’ time.