After the conclusion of the record-breaking summer transfer window, we take a look at ten Premier League stars who are out of contract next summer.
After an ever-eventful and record-breaking summer transfer window, the attention of fans all around the country is already turning to the January window, and the areas of their team which are in dire need of strengthening.
With players able to sign a pre-contract deal with new teams in January, we take a look at 10 of the biggest name players available on a free transfer, come next summer time.
Yaya Toure – Manchester City
One of the finest midfielders to grace the Premier League over the past few seasons, Manchester City’s Ivorian powerhouse Yaya Toure has confirmed that he will be leaving the Citizens at the end of the season.
Linked with a move abroad to both Inter and AC Milan, Toure has also been linked with a big money move to both China, as well as the United States of America.
Still more than capable of competing at the very highest level – as evidenced by his 36 Premier League goals over the past three seasons – whichever club snaps up Toure will be getting a top class player, with over a decade of experience within European football.
Antonio Valencia – Manchester United
A former Manchester United Player’s Player of the Year recipient – as well as a member of the 2009-10 PFA Premier League Team of the Year – Antonio Valencia will have no shortage of suitors, should he decide to leave the club at the end of the year.
Having started all three of United’s first three Premier League games under new manager Jose Mourinho however, Valencia may still yet choose to sign a contract extension with the 20-time English champions.
If he were to leave however, Valencia would no doubt draw the interest of countless Premier League; with the Ecuadorian winger possessing over 250 Premier League appearances, and almost 10 years of experience plying his trade at the highest level.
Saido Berahino – West Bromwich Albion
Over the past two seasons, Saido Berahino’s name has seemingly made the headlines as often for his deadline-day shenanigans, as it has for his goal-scoring exploits.
Firing himself into the public eye in the 2014-15 season – scoring 14 premier League goals for Premier League strugglers West Brom – Berahino has often been linked with a move away from the Hawthorns, with the striker himself repeatedly confirming his intentions to move away from the club.
A reported long term target of both Tottenham and West Ham, Berahino will have no problems whatsoever finding a new club after his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Laurent Koscielny – Arsenal
Considered by many to be one of the finest defenders currently playing within the Premier League, 30-year-old France and Arsenal centre back Laurent Koscielny’s contract is currently set to expire in just 10 months’ time.
A mainstay of the Arsenal line-up – and firm fan-favourite amongst Gooners all around the country – Koscielny remains likely to sign a new contract with the North London club before the end of the season.
Should he choose to leave however, Koscielny would be able to sign a pre-contract deal with a foreign club in the January window – with a sensational move to Barcelona even having been previously discussed over the past two seasons.
Fernandinho – Manchester City
Having only joined The Citizens in June of 2013 for a reported £34 million, Fernandinho’s initial four-year contract with the Manchester Club is set to expire at the end of this season.
An integral part of the club’s success since joining – making an impressive 140 total appearances across his first three seasons with the club – Fernandinho has certainly proved his ability to hold his own with some of the game’s very best players.
Having started all three – and scored in one – of Guardiola’s first three games in charge, Fernandinho’s versatility and overall ability may just be enough to earn him a new contract before the end of the current season.
Santi Cazorla – Arsenal
A fantastically gifted midfield maestro, and a player who will be in very high demand indeed, should he decide to leave the Gunners at the end of his contract; Santi Cazorla has just 10 months left on his Arsenal contract.
Having joined Arsenal for a reported £10 million in 2012, Cazorla has since gone on to make 124 Premier League appearances for Arsene Wenger’s club, scoring 24 Premier League goals along the way.
Having also played – and excelled himself – at Villarreal, Recreativo and Malaga in Spain’s highest division, Cazorla will almost certainly have his pick out of a number of top clubs, come next year’s summer window.
Adrian – West Ham
29-year-old Adrian has established himself as one of the Premier League’s most solid and reliable ‘keepers, over the past three seasons with West Ham.
Having joined from Real Betis in June of 2013, Adrian quickly established himself as West Ham’s first choice goalkeeper, going on to make 90 top-flight appearances over the following three seasons.
Still West Ham’s first-choice ‘keeper, and supposed favourite of current manager Slaven Bilic, Adrian still remains likely to sign a contract extension with the ambitious London club. Should he leave however, expect fierce competition to secure the talented Spanish ‘keeper’s signature.
Jesus Navas – Manchester City
Jesus Navas, and the debate over his role within both Manuel Pellegrini and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City sides, has been a divisive topic during the Spaniard’s time with the northwest club.
Having joined the club in 2013 for a fee of around £15 million, Navas has since gone on to assist 23 goals in his 99 Premier League appearances, helping the club to win one Premier League title, and two League Cup titles.
Reportedly not a favourite of new manager Pep Guardiola however, Navas could be set to depart from the club at the end of the season – with a host of both British and Spanish top-flight clubs said to be interest in the pacey winger.
Branislav Ivanovic – Chelsea
Another firm fan-favourite, and legend of the club he joined in January of 2008; Branislav Ivanovic appears to be finally coming to the end of his long and illustrious Chelsea career.
Having won two Premier League titles, three FA Cups, one Champions League title, one Europa League title, and one Community Shield and English League cup, Ivanovic has been a key part of Chelsea’s continued success over the past eight seasons.
Set to turn 33 in February of next year however, Ivanovic is said to have fallen out of new manager Antonio Conte’s plans, with the 88-times capped Serbian right back reportedly set to be released from the club at the end of the season.
Lucas Leiva – Liverpool
Last but certainly not least, 29-year-old Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva looks set to finally depart from Liverpool, after nine seasons spent with the northwest club.
Joining in July of 2007 for just £5 million, Leiva has since gone on to make 313 appearances for the club across all competitions, helping the club to victory in the 2011-12 League Cup along the way.
A solid holding midfielder, who has proved his top-flight credentials time and time again, Leiva certainly still possesses the ability to compete at the highest level, and will no doubt find himself the subject of some serious demand, come summer time.
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