Several players will head into 2014 uncertain over their futures. Some will be offered new deals at the end of the current campaign while others will have to go and find a new club as their current sides decide to move on.
There are some world class names on the list of players with expiring contracts next year and it will be fascinating to see whether their current employers stick or twist.
Here are ten of the best players with expiring deals in 2014, which could pave the way to some superb value free transfers.
Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United)
The Manchester United captain is expected to sign on at the club for at least another year but there is a definite chance for a team to come in with a big bid, which could poach him away from Old Trafford.
Samuel Eto’o (Chelsea)
The striker has had a decent impact at Stamford Bridge but with Jose Mourinho likely to invest in a younger, long term striker, it’s difficult to see Eto’o remaining a Chelsea player beyond this season.
Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur)
Spurs have really missed Kaboul while he’s been out with his current injury. His size, pace and power make him a very desirable centre back.
Patrice Evra (Manchester United)
David Moyes has already tried to buy a long term left-back for his current Manchester United side, which shows he’s already preparing for Evra’s departure. It will be interesting to see if the Frenchman is offered an extension.
Joleon Lescott (Manchester City)
Lescott is a very experienced English centre back but he’s found chances hard to come by at Manchester City. He’s a great option for any side looking for some defensive cover.
Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion)
Long is a competent, quick and passionate striker. He’s the sort of centre forward who can play different roles in an attack, which is just one of the reasons Liverpool have been strongly linked with him in the past.
Seb Larsson (Sunderland)
Larsson is an important player for Sunderland so it would be a surprise if they didn’t try to keep him. He’s got great precision in terms of his dead ball play and basic passing skills.
Fabio (Manchester United)
A candidate to replace Evra at left-back for United but he’s been used sparingly by Moyes and Sir Alex Ferguson before him. He’s not a bad defender, he’s just never had the chance to step up for the Premier League champions.
Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham)
Berbatov is arguably the best of the strikers out of contract at the end of the season. He’s a very experienced front man and there has already been a lot of talk about potential destinations for him this winter or next summer.
Joe Cole (West Ham United)
Joe Cole is another player with great experience. West Ham will more than likely try to keep him but if he decides to move on, another Premier League team could pick up a competent player who can cover multiple positions.
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