Footballers players who are free agents at the moment with their possible destinations


Footballers players who are free agents at the moment with their possible destinations

When Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil were nearing the end of their contracts, then-manager Arsene Wenger predicted this would become the norm.

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“I think in the future, you will see it more and more. Why? Because the transfers are so high, even for normal players,” the Frenchman declared in 2017. “You will see more and more players going into the final year of the contract because no club will want to pay the amount demanded… in the next 10 years, it will become usual.”

It’s difficult to argue with the Premier League’s wise old sage, just last summer, Hakan Calhanoglu, David Alaba, Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero, Sergio Ramos, Gini Wijnaldum, Gianluigi Donnarumma, and a certain Lionel Messi all moved clubs for nothing. More of the same could be expected this summer, with all of these players available for a free transfer in 2022:

1. Juan Mata

Possible destinations: Valencia, Getafe, MLS Clubs

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Torres and Mata with EURO Cup
Torres and Mata with EURO Cup

Juan Mata, the Spain international, will leave United at the end of the season after extending his contract for another year in 2021. His next move is unknown, with the player only pledging that he will not hang up his boots after his farewell at Old Trafford.

2. Luis Suarez

Possible destinations: River Plate, Aston Villa, Inter Miami

Suarez has regularly discussed how hurt he was by his Barca departure and looked at it from a fresh angle after showing his emotion when Atletico got over the line to claim league glory.
Suarez has regularly discussed how hurt he was by his Barca departure and looked at it from a fresh angle after showing his emotion when Atletico got over the line to claim league glory.

After signing a two-year contract with Atletico Madrid from Barcelona in 2020, Luis Suarez was reportedly keen on extending his stay at the Wanda Metropolitano, but it was announced that he will leave this summer.

Suarez is now considered a “veteran” at 35 years old, despite his goal contributions since his infamous departure from Barcelona, with La Liga title glory savoured during his debut season in the Spanish capital. While he has not decided on his next move, the prospect of reuniting with Lionel Messi next season at Inter Miami is appealing.

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3. Ousmane Dembele

Possible destinations: Chelsea

Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele
Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele

It is not an exaggeration to say that Ousmane Dembele has been a colossal disappointment. The World Cup winner signed as Neymar’s replacement in 2017 for well over £100 million and was slapped with a €400 million buyout clause just in case PSG tried any of that nonsense again but injuries have limited his time in Catalonia.

Ousmane Dembele has been linked with a move away from Barcelona as contract talks stall, but club president Joan Laporta has insisted that the La Liga giants intend to keep the French international while also claiming that he is better than Kylian Mbappe. As of the end of June, the forward’s future at Camp Nou was unknown.

4. Paulo Dybala

Possible destinations: Inter Milan, Roma, Arsenal

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Juventus star Dybala

Paulo Dybala has been one of the stars of Juventus since his arrival since from Palermo in 2015, but he has now decided to move on from the Old Lady. Arsenal is one possible destination for the Argentina international, who has hinted that he would be interested in a move to the Premier League.

Argentine forward Dybala has long been linked with a big money move to the Premier League, only for clubs to balk at the wage demands put forward by his agent, Jorge Antun. These demands are far easier to meet now there isn’t a transfer fee involved.

Dybala is one of the world’s best forwards, having scored more than 100 goals in over 250 appearances for the Old Lady, and there wouldn’t be a shortage of suitors.

5. Isco

Possible destinations: Valencia, Sevilla

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Isco has decided to leave Real Madrid as a five-time Champions League winner after falling out of favour with Blancos manager Carlo Ancelotti. With no new contract on the table, the talented Spain international playmaker will look to rediscover his spark away from the Santiago Bernabeu.

6. Divock Origi 

Possible destinations: AC Milan

Divock Origi is a Liverpool legend in his own right, not as flashy as Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane, but a key figure in many of the Reds’ most important victories.

Despite being a second or third choice in Jurgen Klopp’s preferred front-three, Origi makes the most of his few minutes on the field. Milan will be the forward’s next stop, and he will be hoping that San Siro will embrace him as Anfield did.

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7. Jesse Lingard 

Possible destinations: West Ham United, Newcastle United

Jesse Lingard

A January move for Jesse Lingard has been blocked, with Manchester United keen to keep the England international after a successful loan move to West Ham in early 2021. He has, however, struggled for regular game time with the Red Devils and will be part of a major summer refresh at Old Trafford as he departs and new coach Erik ten Hag takes over the managerial reins.

8. James Tarkowski

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Possible destinations: Everton

Leicester City, Everton and West Ham United have reportedly been interested in James Tarkowski. It looks like he will go now, especially with Burnley relegated

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For a player who’s been touted with a £30m+ move away from Turf Moor, there are no short of suitors for the 29-year-old defender who is a solid if not spectacular premier league-level defender.

9. Corentin Tolisso

Possible destinations: Olympique Lyon, Newcastle United

Corentin Tolisso footballer

The simple truth is, Tolisso, for all his promise, has never really felt like a Bayern player. Yes, he’s tidy on the ball and positionally intelligent, but he just seems to lack that ruthless mentality the likes of Joshua Kimmich and Goretzka have in spades. 

He won’t have a shortage of options, a Premier League club with deep pockets could do a lot worse than snapping up a midfielder with a World Cup, Champions League and four Bundesliga titles to his name. 

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