56 high-profile players in Europe in the final year of their contracts

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Former Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea favourites are among the players in Europe who have entered the final 12 months of their contracts.

We have already looked at every Premier League player whose deal expires in 2019, and now we’ve turned our attentions to the rest of Europe.

We’ve picked out 56 players you are likely to recognise who are potentially available on a free transfer next season.

La Liga

Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao)
Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)
Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid)
Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid)
Juanfran (Atletico Madrid)
Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona)
Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid)
Santi Cazorla (Villarreal)

Godin is expected to agree a new deal with Atletico after briefly emerging as a target for Manchester United in the summer, but for now there may be a few nervous fans.

Likewise, Vermaelen was linked with a move away from Barcelona, but manager Ernesto Valverde convinced the club’s hierarchy to keep the defender at the club this term.

It’s probably safe to say everybody would like to see Cazorla play on a little longer after battling back from injury.

Serie A

Ignazio Abate (AC Milan)
Andrea Bertolacci (AC Milan)
Cristian Zapata (AC Milan)
Riccardo Montolivo (AC Milan)
Miranda (Inter Milan)
Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan)
Sami Khedira (Juventus)
Andrea Barzagli (Juventus)
Ravel Morrison (Lazio)
Daniele De Rossi (Roma)
Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria)

We’re still getting over Francesco Totti leaving Roma, so we can’t cope with the possibility that De Rossi may not be at the club next term.

On the other hand, we’re extremely interested to see where Morrison ends up next. The former Manchester United starlet has returned to Lazio after a spell on loan in Mexico.

Bundesliga

Juan Bernat (Bayern Munich)
Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)
Rafinha (Bayern Munich)
Nuri Sahin (Borussia Dortmund)
Franco Di Santo (Schalke)
Max Kruse (Werder Bremen)
Jakub Blaszczykowski (Wolfsburg)

Robben and Ribery are the standout names, and their departures would signal the end of an era for Bayern Munich, having joined the club in 2009 and 2007 respectively.

Sahin, meanwhile, will be looking for a club which allows him to combine playing with his studies, having been enrolled at Harvard Business School.

Ligue 1

Yoann Gourcuff (Dijon)
Rafael (Lyon)
Mario Balotelli (Nice)
Adrien Rabiot (PSG)
Angel Di Maria (PSG)
Alphonse Areola (PSG)
Dani Alves (PSG)
Lassana Diarra (PSG)
Gianluigi Buffon (PSG)
Neven Subotic (Saint Etienne)

A host of big-name players have entered the final 12 months of their deals at PSG but, to be honest, we’re here to talk about Balotelli.

The former Liverpool and Manchester City striker was expected to leave Nice this summer after failing to turn up for the first day of pre-season amid interest from Marseille, but it was confirmed he will remain at the club for a final campaign.

“There will be a season three to the hit series,” read a statement from Nice on Twitter. “The agreement was endorsed by all parties on Monday night.”

Few players are as box office as Balotelli. No disrespect to Nice, but it would be fun to have him back on the biggest stage.

Primeira Liga

Eduardo Salvio (Benfica)
Jonas (Benfica)
Yacine Brahimi (Porto)
Hector Herrera (Porto)
Adrian Lopez (Porto)
Iker Casillas (Porto)
Maxi Pereira (Porto)
Luc Castaignos (Sporting Lisbon)

Brahimi is the name to keep an eye on, with the Porto winger having been linked with a £22million move to the Premier League over the summer. Wolves, Everton and West Ham were all reportedly interested in the 28-year-old and could revisit a move either in January or at the end of the season.

Süper Lig

Pepe (Besiktas)
Ryan Babel (Besiktas)
Alvaro Negredo (Besiktas)
Martin Skrtel (Fenerbahce)
Roberto Soldado (Fenerbahce)
Mathieu Valbuena (Fenerbahce)
Yoan Gouffran (Goztepe)
Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor)
Hugo Rodallega (Kayserispor)
Robinho (Sivasspor)
Arouna Kone (Sivasspor)

Pepe and Valbuena aside, Turkey could witness a mass exodus of former Premier League names next summer.

Liverpool may want to re-sign Babel and Skrtel to recreate those last few seasons under Rafa Benitez, while Soldado could return to Spurs to solve their back-up striker problem.

In fact, maybe not.


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