Free agent signings will be nothing to sneeze at this summer regardless of parties. Whether it be the players’ will or that of the management, some clubs careers are bound to be cut short. Here are 10 famous players set to become free agents by this summer.
Ander Herrera – Manchester United
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s chief mission at Manchester United is to breathe new life into the organization. This, according to numerous fans and pundits, will need to include having to can some of the team’s current squad. Herrera is not one of the players those same fans will likely be happy to see go. But, this may be what happens this summer, when the Spaniard’s contract is up. Rumors suggest that the club and player are far from reaching an agreement and that PSG is more than happy to take advantage and snap up the midfielder.
Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia – Manchester United
Two other Red Devil players out of a contract, Darmian and Valencia were once battling for the same spot on the team. Valencia won most of the playing time, but injury has kept him sidelined since January. Still, this did little to help Darmian move up the pecking order.
The Italian is out of a contract this summer and anxious to move back to the Serie A. Valencia may do the same, unless he is offered a one-year extension. The Colombian is certainly in a better position to negotiate, although pressures for management to add young blood to the team, may see him be cut loose.
Vincent Kompany – Manchester City
Speaking of team legends, Kompany has been, for years, the bedrock on which the Citizens‘ team has been built. But, injuries have consistently troubled the Belgium player in recent campaigns. The defeat to Spurs in the UCL has also revealed Kompany’s diminishing physical abilities. It remains unclear whether Pep Guardiola will opt to cut ties with the emblematic City player.
Filipe Luis – Atletico Madrid
It looks like an end of the era moment is set for Atleti. The club has achieved a great deal recently but is set to lose some of its most important squad members, such as Luis and Diego Godin. Luis, an integral part of Diego Simeone’s tactical plans, is said to be counting down the days until the end of his agreement so that he may put his signature on an agreement with Primera Division rivals FC Barcelona.
David Luiz – Chelsea
Yes, there is a rumor that Luiz has already agreed to a one-year extension on his contract with the Blues. However, no official announcement has been offered and Luiz is unlikely to be happy with merely a one year deal. With several offers on the table for the Brazilian and an impending transfer ban, Chelsea is between a rock and a hard place.
Gary Cahill – Chelsea
Chelsea’s manager Maurizio Sarri has made little pretense about including fan favorite Gary Cahill in his plans since taking over the club. Having made a handful of appearances this season, the one time team captain is set to leave in the summer. Cahill is supposed to have been received an offer from Premier League side Fulham. Turkish mammoths, Galatasaray, may also prove an intriguing option.
Adrien Rabiot – Paris Saint-Germain
Critics of Rabiot will be claiming that the Frenchman is relishing the opportunity to finally leave PSG, on a free deal no less. After all, teams like FC Barcelona have been making a pass for quite some time. Rabiot is a product of the PSG’s academy and his departure will make Parisian fans none too pleased.
Daniel Sturridge – Liverpool
It’s still unclear whether Liverpool, or Sturridge, will be happy enough with their current arrangement for a new contract to be drawn up. The striker was welcomed into the fold after a loan spell at West Brom. He has had to contend with the role of a backup player. While his contribution has been minuscule, Jurgen Klopp would be hard pressed to find a better alternate striker than Sturridge.
Andy Carroll – West Ham
We will admit it. Over the years, we haven’t given Carroll much credit for his endeavors. It’s likely that West Ham’s bosses have come to a similar conclusion. The striker’s contract is up this summer and the clubs is in no hurry to extend it. While you would think that scoring no goals in the EPL this season would put some clubs off, Carroll may be sorting through offers in a couple of months. Newcastle’s management has shown an interest. And even UCL semi-finalists, Tottenham, are considering Carroll as a back-up to injury prone Harry Kane.
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