Some of the top players in the Premier League are set to leave their clubs for free at the end of the 2020 season. Experienced stars and big names from the league’s top teams will be moving on when their current deals expire this summer. Expect to see a rush for their signature as teams look to reinforce their squads without having to fork out the transfer fee to do it.
Bagging a quality free transfer can not only bolster a manager’s options for the new campaign but also help them stretch their budget even further and assist with sticking to Financial Fair Play regulations.
Bookies have already started to offer odds where some these individual stars could end up before transfer window ends this summer. For example, Willian is at 4/1 to join Tottenham, and Adam Lallana is at 1/2 to join Leicester. If you fancy a bet, there are many betting sites that offer football transfer odds and a great selection of bonuses for both new and existing customers. Now, let’s take a look at five key players available for free once their contracts expire.
Willian – Chelsea
Brilliant Brazilian attacker Willian looks more and more likely to head for the Stamford Bridge exit at the end of the current campaign.
Willian has won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League during his seven seasons in London.
He has yet to sign a new deal with Chelsea and has teams like Arsenal and Tottenham already interested. The 31-year-old is keen to sign a two-year contract, but reports suggest the club have only offered one year.
The Blues have also secured the signing of Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech for next season, making Willian’s stay even less likely.
The diminutive attacker still has plenty of places to go with his technical ability, and he will be on a lot of managers’ wishlists.
David Silva – Manchester City
Spanish genius David Silva has already confirmed that his time at Manchester City will come to an end this summer. The playmaker has been one of the league’s best players for the last 10 years, and his ability to win games is still being seen whenever he gets game time at the Etihad.
Four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and five League Cups show the pedigree that the Spain international will bring a new club next term. The World Cup winner and double European Championship holder is a creative force of nature that will have plenty of offers on the table.
So far, the rumours suggest a new challenge at David Beckham’s Inter Miami await, but one of Europe’s elite clubs could still come calling.
Jan Vertonghen – Tottenham Hotspur
Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen is another star name that could leave on a free transfer. The left-footed centre-back shone alongside team-mate Toby Alderweireld under former boss Mauricio Pochettino but found himself out of favour at the start of Jose Mourinho’s reign.
The 31-year-old could still be convinced to sign a new deal, especially after Alderweireld eventually committed. Again, his experience and ability on the ball will also make him a top target for others.
The defender has been able to speak to overseas clubs since January and looks more and more likely to snub Spurs’ late attempts to keep him.
Adam Lallana – Liverpool
Injuries have curtailed Adam Lallana’s Liverpool career in recent seasons, but he remains a firm favourite with the Kop. The former England international has still played his part in Liverpool’s title charge this season despite having to be patient due to the club’s wealth of attacking talent.
Lallana has the technical ability in abundance, and his knack of finding space between the lines to unlock defences means he won’t be short of admires if he does leave Anfield this summer.
His current contract does have a one-year extension option built-in, but a new challenge could be on the cards for the midfielder. The likes of Arsenal, Leicester and Tottenham are reportedly interested.
Olivier Giroud – Chelsea
A World Cup-winning centre forward but struggling to get games in Frank Lampard’s young Chelsea team. It’s been a frustrating time for Olivier Giroud this season, and a new club is on the cards for the French international.
He has lifted the FA Cup and Europe League trophy since arriving from Arsenal in 2018 but has been overlooked for much of the current campaign due to the form of young prospect Tammy Abraham.
Giroud and his link-up abilities while leading the line were vital to France’s World Cup victory in 2018. He might be wasteful at times in front of goal, but his overall scoring record in the Premier League is still under one in three. He is apparently interested in Internationale where he could link back up with his former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.
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