The Most High Profile Free Agents in Football as Contracts End on 30 June

Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani's time in Paris has come to an end | Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

With the 2019/20 season set to run deep into summer as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, players whose deals were due to expire on 30 June have now either penned short-term extensions, agreed deals to move to new clubs, or left as free agents.

Here's a look at nine of the most high-profile stars now on the lookout for new clubs after becoming free agents as of 1 July.

Edinson Cavani

Paris Saint-Germain v Girondins Bordeaux - Ligue 1
Cavani was clinical at PSG | Xavier Laine/Getty Images

Where else could we start?

Joining Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2013, Cavani went on to become the club's all-time top goalscorer with 200 goals from just 301 appearances.

With PSG, he has won the league six times, while he has also won the Coupe de la Ligue five times and the Coupe de France four times.

But after seven years, he will be leaving Paris and has taken the decision to not even sign a short-term contract extension so that he can play for his side in the remaining cup games as well as the Champions League.

His wages won't come cheap but even at 33, he is one of the hardest-working classiest forwards around.

Angel Gomes

Angel Gomes
Man Utd had high hopes for Angel Gomes | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Angel Gomes was once considered the future of Manchester United, with the youngster becoming the first player born in the 2000s to appear in the Premier League when he came on as a substitute in May 2017 against Crystal Palace.

However, he has struggled for minutes in the first team since then and while talks had been going on for a while regarding a new contract, Gomes rejected United's offers. As a result, the 19-year-old will leave the club he joined at the age of six - but while there are no shortage of suitors, it isn't yet clear where he will end up.

Joe Hart

Joe Hart
Joe Hart will be looking to rebuild his reputation at his new home | Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Things haven't quite gone to plan for Joe Hart at Burnley. Looking to rebuild his reputation at Turf Moor, Hart only made 24 appearances for the Clarets after joining in August 2018, conceding 48 goals in this time and keeping just six clean sheets.

In 2019/20, Hart failed to make a single appearance in the Premier League, instead starting just two FA Cup games and one EFL Cup match.

With Burnley not taking up the option to get Hart to sign a short-term extension, the free agent is now being linked with a number of clubs in England.

Ryan Fraser

Ryan Fraser
Fraser has struggled to make an impact this season | Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

It was a very sour ending to Ryan Fraser's Bournemouth career, with the winger keen to move on and deciding not to sign a short-term extension to help his side in their fight against relegation.

Fraser was linked with a move away last summer after a very impressive 2018/19 campaign in which he bagged eight goals and provided 15 assists in all competitions. However, he hasn't been able to replicate that this season, managing just the one goal and four assists.

Nonetheless, interest in him remains high, with a source confirming to 90min in March that Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton were all monitoring his situation.

Mario Gotze

Mario Goetze
Gotze's time at Dortmund has come to an end | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc confirmed in May that Gotze will be leaving Dortmund when his contract expires after the player and club came to an agreement.

Often mentioned as the World Cup final goalscorer who was expected to achieve greatness but hasn't delivered, it is worth remembering that Gotze has needed to contend with a number of matters off the pitch.

He leaves Dortmund having made 219 appearances, and having scored a not unimpressive 45 goals and provided 61 assists.

Jeff Hendrick

Burnley boss Sean Dyche wasn't pleased with the fact that his board weren't able to reach an agreement with the likes of Jeff Hendrick with regards to short-term contract extensions.

After four years at Burnley and 139 appearances, Hendrick has left the club. Most notably (and most bizarrely), Hendrick has been linked with a move abroad - specifically to Milan.

Jeremy Ngakia

Jeremy Ngakia
Ngakia has a bright career ahead of him | Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

West Ham confirmed that along with Pablo Zabaleta and Carlos Sanchez, talented youngster Jeremy Ngakia would also be leaving the club on 30 June after failing to agree a new contract or a short-term extension.

The right-back has a very bright career ahead of him, but clearly he and his representatives came to the conclusion that his development would be aided by a move away from east London. Now a free agent, a number of clubs will be battling for his signature.

Nathaniel Clyne

Nathaniel Clyne
Clyne has struggled with injuries | James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

It's fair to say Nathaniel Clyne has struggled with injuries during his five-year spell with Liverpool. The right-back actually made 52 appearances in all competitions during his first season at the club. However, since then, he has only managed to make a further 51 appearances with the rise of Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing him further out of the picture.

Still just 29, the man Jurgen Klopp once saw as a 'machine' will now be looking to rebuild his career elsewhere.

Malang Sarr

Malang Sarr decided against signing a new deal with Nice after a frustrating 2019/20 season in which he spent time filling in at left back.

The versatile 21-year-old should be on the wishlists of numerous clubs around Europe as he has all the qualities to become a top defender. Equally, of course, any potential suitors would be able to snap him up on a free transfer, which will only increase the interest in him.

Sarr has been linked with Arsenal and Manchester City among numerous other top sides recently, and it's clear to see why.

This is a deal most clubs in Europe should be looking to do.

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