32 big-name players in Europe in the final 12 months of their contract

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The likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich all have high-profile players who’ve just entered the final year of their contracts.

There is likely to be a greater focus on free transfers over the next few months and a number of potential bargains could be on the cards in 2021.

We’ve taken a look at some of the biggest names around Europe’s major leagues whose deals expire at the end of 2020-21. Note: An * indicates that the club have an option to extend their contract for another year.

La Liga

Lionel Messi – Barcelona
Luis Suarez* – Barcelona
James Rodriquez – Real Madrid
Ivan Rakitic – Barcelona
Lucas Vasquez – Real Madrid
Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid
Diego Costa – Atletico Madrid
Luka Modric – Real Madrid
Arturo Vidal – Barcelona

It’s not every day you get to sign one of the greatest footballers of all time on a free transfer, but Messi is yet to extend his Barcelona contract.

Ramos, Modric and Suarez may all be the wrong side of 30, but they still have plenty to offer at the top level.

READ: 11 more incredible records Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has broken in 2019-20

Serie A

Gianluigi Donnarumma – AC Milan
Arkadiusz Milik – Napoli
Piotr Zielinski – Napoli
Gonzalo Higuain – Juventus
Hakan Calhanoglu – AC Milan
Elseid Hysaj – Napoli

Donnarumma is regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers in the world and we can definitely think of a couple of teams who need a new No.1…

Calhanoglu is also worth a punt, even if just for those free-kicks.


David Alaba – Bayern Munich
Thiago – Bayern Munich
Kevin Volland – Bayer Leverkusen
Giovanni Reyna – Borussia Dortmund
Javi Martínez – Bayern Munich
Jerome Boateng – Bayern Munich
Karim Bellarabi – Bayer Leverkusen
Lars Bender –  Bayer Leverkusen

Thaigo and Alaba have been ever-presents in the Bayern Munich starting XI over the last few years and they should still have plenty of years left in the tank.

Reyna enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season at Dortmund but can’t commit to a long-term contract until he turns 18 in November 2020.

READ: Comparing Thiago Alcantara’s 2019-20 stats to Liverpool’s current midfielders

Ligue 1

Memphis Depay – Lyon
Florian Thauvin – Marseille
Angel Di Maria – PSG
Julian Draxler – PSG
Juan Bernat – PSG
Ibrahim Sangare – Toulouse

After a difficult spell at Manchester United, Depay has rebuilt his career at Lyon and will have Europe’s biggest clubs vying for his signature.

Rest of Europe

Alex Telles – Porto
Moussa Marega – Porto
Taison – Shakhtar Donetsk

Telles is a perfect example of a modern-day full-back, providing 13 goals and nine assists for Porto in 2019-20.

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