Transfers

Players who are officially out of contract on June 30

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Lionel Messi's future is not 100% certain - yet
Lionel Messi's future is not 100% certain - yet / Buda Mendes/Getty Images
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30 June is here. You know what that means? It's free agency season.

For all the players who have not been able to convince their clubs to hand them an extra year, the search for a new employer has begun.

Been distracted from all the potential comings and goings by Euro 2020? Never fear. Below we have listed some of the most notable players whose contracts expire on 30 June 2021.


1. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is at the Copa America currently / Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Despite having the entire season to hammer out a deal, cash-strapped Barcelona are yet to agree terms with Messi.

All the noises coming out of the club suggest it is only a matter of time, though.

2. Sergio Ramos

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Ramos is a Real legend / JAVIER SORIANO/Getty Images

Ramos has threatened to leave Real Madrid several times in recent years. On this occasion he was not bluffing.

Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Bayern Munich are just three of the clubs that have been linked and the defender is in for a busy summer of negotiations.

3. Juan Mata

Juan Mata
Mata converted his penalty in the Europa League final / Kacper Pempel - Pool/Getty Images

Mata is a nice guy. A very nice guy, in fact.

However, after barely featuring for Manchester United last season his time at Old Trafford seems to be over. The Spaniard is keen to stay but fresh terms are yet to materialise.

4. Elseid Hysaj

SSC Napoli's Albanian defender Elseid Hysaj   controls the...
Hysaj has been at Napoli for some time / KONTROLAB/Getty Images

After six years with Napoli, Hysaj has left the club. The versatile Albanian is comfortable at both full-back roles and would a sensible pickup for a host of top European clubs.

Unfortunately, it seems Lazio have beaten everyone else to the punch.

5. Nikola Maksimovic

Nikola Maksimovic
Maksimovic would not cost a penny / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Hysaj is not the only Napoli player about to enter free agency. Centre back Maksimovic's contract has also expired.

The 29-year-old is attracting plenty of Premier League interest, with West Ham among those linked with a move.

6. Lots and lots of Crystal Palace players

Gary Cahill, Wilfried Zaha
Palace's team will look very different next season / Pool/Getty Images

Patrick Vieira has a massive rebuilding job on his hands at Selhurst Park this summer.

In total, 14 first team players are out of contract in July: Gary Cahill, James McCarthy, Wayne Hennessey, Mamadou Sakho, Patrick van Aanholt, Stephen Henderson, Andros Townsend, Scott Dann, Martin Kelly, Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Ward, Connor Wickham, Jeffrey Schlupp and Sam Woods.

7. Jerome Boateng

Jerome Boateng
Boateng previously had a spell at Manchester City - remember that? / Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Boateng has had an incredible Bayern Munich career but he will be moving onto pastures new this summer.

He remains a competent operator, with Monaco looking like the favourites to secure his services.

8. Ryan Bertrand

Ryan Bertrand
Bertrand is safe pair of hands / Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Champions League winner Bertrand is leaving Southampton after a six year spell.

The reliable left-back has bags of Premier League experience, with Arsenal taking an early interest before Leicester City moved into pole position to sign him on a free transfer. No deal is confirmed yet, though.

9. John Lundstram

John Lundstram
Lundstram provided some magic moments during the 2019/2020 season / Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Lundstram may have been released by Sheffield United following their relegation, but he'll always be a Fantasy Premier League legend. If you know, you know.

In terms of his next move, a trip north of the border to Scotland seems likely.

10. Stevan Jovetic

Stevan Jovetic
Jovetic once cost Manchester over £20m / John Berry/Getty Images

Jovetic was once one of Europe's most in-demand strikers.

However, after another underwhelming season with Monaco, he has been released. Surely a move to Turkey will follow?

11. Ezgjan Alioski

Egzijan Alioski
Alioski featured prominently for North Macedonian at Euro 2020 / Piroshka van de Wouw - Pool/Getty Images

Alioski has been a near ever present in the starting XI since joining Leeds United in 2017.

Despite this he has not extended his Whites contract this summer, with the club confirming his exit recently.

12. Fabian Balbuena

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Balbuena enjoyed three seasons in east London / Visionhaus/Getty Images

Balbuena's West Ham career started promisingly enough. In more recent times injuries have stunted his playing time and he is now looking for a new club.

Currently at the Copa America with Paraguay, finding a Premier League suitor could prove difficult.

13. Yannick Bolasie

Yannick Bolasie
Bolasie was most recently on loan at MIddlesbrough / Jacques Feeney/Getty Images

Once one of the Premier League's most exciting players, Bolasie has become a forgotten man over the past few seasons.

His Everton nightmare will finally end this summer, with the winger reportedly plotting his next move while training with non-league side Spalding United.

14. Dwight Gayle

Dwight Gayle
Gayle is a born poacher / Stu Forster/Getty Images

No player demonstrates the step up in quality from the Championship to the Premier League better than Gayle.

In the second tier Gayle is prolific but he has always struggled to replicate his performances at a higher level. We're sure he'll fire yet another team to promotion this season, before scoring once in 30 games the campaign after.

15. Shkodran Mustafi

Shkodran Mustafi
Mustafi struggled in the Bundesliga / Lars Baron/Getty Images

Mustafi signed for Schalke in January, hoping to save the Bundesliga giants from an embarrassing relegation.

It did not happen, with Die Knappen finishing a distant 19 points from safety. At least they only gave Mustafi a six-month deal so his wages are no longer their problem.

16. Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll
Carroll is the archetypal target man / Stu Forster/Getty Images

Carroll has not made more than 20 appearances in a Premier League season since the 2015/16 campaign.

Since returning to boyhood club Newcastle, he has carved out a reputation as an impact sub who rarely makes an impact. No wonder they want him off the books.

17. Eliaquim Mangala

Eliaquim Mangala
Mangala is 30 / Alex Caparros/Getty Images

What a strange old career Mangala has had. Once considered the future of the Manchester City defence, he has been on a downward spiral for some time.

Valencia have got just 15 games out of him across two seasons and he is now looking for his next club.


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