​The world players union FifPro will step in to resolve the 'emergency' issue of contracts expiring before the 2019/20 season can be finished later this year.


In the Premier League, players like Willian (Chelsea), David Silva (Manchester City) and Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) are all set to become free agents on 30 June - which at this stage looks set to be before the season can be finished.


The Daily Mail says FifPro are planning to tackle the situation head-on to come to find a quick resolution to the issue, with FIFA viewing the problem as an 'emergency' which faces European football.

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If the season does go beyond 30 June, players who are in the final few months of their contract would be under no legal obligation to play for the clubs to which they're currently tied.


Theoretically, those players would also be able to join new clubs and play in the 2019/20 season as long as they have only represented one club so far, as rules state a player can't feature for three or more clubs during any one season.


The Daily Mail's report adds that a handful of agents are advising players not to sign new short-term contracts to see out the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign, unless they include 'lucrative security payments' in the event of injuries which could impact their next move.


This isn't just an issue which is facing Premier League clubs, however, as a number of sides across Europe could lose key first-team players at the most crucial stage of the season.


Paris Saint-Germain could lose Thomas Meunier, Laywin Kurzawa, Tanguy Kouassi, Adil Aouchiche and Edinson Cavani before the 2019/20 season comes to a natural conclusion. 

Dries Mertens (Napoli), Charles Aránguiz (Bayer Leverkusen) and Mario Götze (Borussia Dortmund) are also on course to become free agents at the end of June.


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