An Incredible XI Of Players Out Of Contract This Summer

You just can't beat a Bosman transfer and as always, we can expect plenty of bargain free transfers to come about in the summer window given the contract situations of some pretty big players in world football.

Though a lot can happen before June rolls around, we've decided to look ahead and put together an XI of players who are out of contract this summer.

Goalkeeper: Alphonse Areola

Areola established himself as PSG's No.1 goalkeeper ahead of Kevin Trapp last season but has had to contend with the arrival of the legendary Gianluigi Buffon this season.

He and the Italian have chopped and changed thus far, with Areola playing four Ligue One games and Buffon going in between the sticks for five.

But worryingly for PSG, the Frenchman, who has Mino Raiola as his agent, is out of contract in June and he will no doubt have plenty of suitors if he does not pen to paper.

Right-back: Almamy Toure

Right-back proved to be a difficult position to pick from but we've ended up selecting Monaco right-back Almamy Toure. He made 23 appearances for the club last season but has barely played this term - making just two appearances in the French top tier.

The 22-year old, previously linked with Fulham and Crystal Palace, is a free agent in the summer.

Centre-back: David Luiz

The Brazilian was isolated by Antonio Conte but has been reborn under Maurizio Sarri, starting every single game in the Premier League and playing an integral role in the Blues' undefeated start to the season.

His contract is due to expire but although he's not signed on the dotted line just yet, you would expect him to stay at Stamford Bridge for a bit longer.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Centre-back: Jan Vertonghen

One of the best defenders in the Premier League, Vertonghen, along with several key members of the Spurs squad, signed a new contract back in 2016.

That deal is scheduled to finish this summer, though like Luiz, it looks likely that he will stay put as he recently revealed the club have the option to extend his stay for another year.

Left-back: Luke Shaw

A resurgence for the Southampton youth player has seen him establish himself as Manchester United's first-choice left-back after a tough spell where he was injured and out of favour under Jose Mourinho.

United have opened talks with his camp over a new contract but it's said that the 23-year old is in 'no rush' to commit his future and his focus at the moment is on working his way back in the England side.

Centre-midfielder: Adrien Rabiot

The 23-year old midfielder is in the middle of a contract dispute with PSG, having reportedly rejected three different offers from the clubs.

He looks almost nailed on to move onto pastures new and if he does not come to an agreement with the Parisiens, it's inevitable that a series of top European clubs will be licking their lips - with Manchester City, Liverpool and Barcelona already said to be monitoring his situation.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Centre-midfielder: Mousa Dembele

The second of two Spurs players on the list, it seems as though the Belgian's stay in North London will soon be over as he is now a few months into his final year.

The former Fulham man appears content with running down his contract at the club and will have no shortage of offers, even if he is approaching 32.

Right midfielder: Juan Mata

The Spaniard is one of eleven Manchester United players currently out of contract in the summer at the time of writing.

Mata is in his 'option year' - activated back in January - but is well liked at Old Trafford as he is, he could be on the move given he's not a guaranteed starter under Jose Mourinho.

Could an emotional return to Valencia be on the cards?

Attacking midfielder: Aaron Ramsey

It looks like the Welshman will leave Arsenal for a new after 10 seasons at the Emirates, with contract talks stalling with the Gunners and Ramsey potentially joining Jack Wilshere in moving on for free - or even sooner in January so Arsenal get some sort of fee for him.

The talk at the moment is that Manchester United and Liverpool are right at the front of the queue to secure the 27-year old's signature.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Left midfielder: Brahim Diaz

The youngest member of the side, Brahim Diaz could well follow Jadon Sancho in leaving Manchester City in order to get first-team football.

The former Malaga youngster's pathway into the first-team is blocked by the fact that Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane and are all in front of him but City value him highly and could still get him to commit - though it's in their best interests to try and get things sorted sooner rather than later or they face losing another exciting prospect.

Striker: Olivier Giroud

The World Cup winner signed an 18-month contract when he made the short move from Arsenal and his stint is poised to come to an end in June.

While he's not scored so far this season, Giroud has contributed to the team in other ways and might just sneak a new deal at Stamford Bridge.

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Notable mentions: Daniel Sturridge, Iker Muniain, James Milner, Ander Herrera, Yacine Brahimi, Cesc Fabregas, Mario Balotelli, Nacho Monreal.

Think you could put together a better side? As always, sound off in the comments.

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

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