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

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Any Football Manager player worth their salt will know the start of a new season is the time to look at which players have entered the final 12 months of their contract.

Such players will be available to officially approach from January to arrange a pre-contract deal.

And we’ve taken a look at some of the biggest names around Europe’s major leagues whose deals expire at the end of 2019-20.

La Liga

Luka Modric – Real Madrid
Evar Banega – Sevilla
Santi Cazorla – Villarreal
Stefan Savic – Atletico Madrid
Nacho – Real Madrid
Joaquin – Real Betis

Any team wanting a cultured midfielder to control the tempo of games could do worse than looking towards Spain. Modric, Banega and Cazorla may all be the wrong side of 30, but all have the ability to dictate the middle of the park.

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Serie A

Dries Mertens – Napoli
Blaise Matuidi – Juventus
Giacomo Bonaventura – AC Milan
Jose Callejon – Napoli
Juan Cuadrado – Juventus
Aleksandar Kolarov – Roma
Giorgio Chiellini – Juventus

Matuidi was expected to leave Juventus this summer only to stay put, meaning their expanding squad is likely to be trimmed over the next few transfer windows. Mertens and Callejon remain to of the more exciting forward in the league at Napoli.


Mario Gotze – Borussia Dortmund
Nuri Sahin – Werder Bremen
Salomon Kalou – Hertha Berlin
Benjamin Stambouli – Schalke
Raphael Guerreiro – Borussia Dortmund
Charles Aranguiz – Bayer Leverkusen
Lukasz Piszczek – Borussia Dortmund

Gotze and Sahin, crucial components in Jurgen Klopp’s brilliant Borussia Dortmund side, should still have plenty of years left in the tank, although they have both struggled to recapture such form since initially leaving the club.

We really hope Chelsea re-sign Kalou once their transfer ban is over.

READ: A ridiculously good XI of players sent out on loan this season

Ligue 1

Edinson Cavani – PSG
Thomas Meunier – PSG
Layvin Kurzawa – PSG
Thiago Silva – PSG
Loic Remy – Lille
Yaya Sanogo – Toulouse
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting – PSG

Neymar’s future may dictate much of what happens at PSG, although they already have a ready-made replacement for Cavani in Mauro Icardi, whose loan move from Inter includes an option to be made permanent.

Yaya Sanogo? Yes please.

Rest of Europe

Adil Rami – Fenerbahce
Gael Clichy – Istanbul Basaksehir
Jeremy Mathieu – Sporting Lisbon
Emiliano Viviano – Sporting Lisbon
Scott Sinclair – Celtic
Jon Flanagan – Rangers
Leroy Fer – Feyenoord
Lee Cattermole – VV-Venlo

‘Lee Cattermole – VV-Venlo’ will never not be fantastically weird. We really hope he extends his contract tbh.

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