Out of contract 2024: 50 top European stars that can move for free next summer

The summer 2023 transfer window is right around the corner and inevitably there’s plenty of speculation about where out-of-contract stars like Lionel Messi, Milan Skriniar and Ilkay Gundogan will be plying their trade next season.

But it’s always worth taking stock of players approaching the final year of their contracts, because this summer’s window is something of a last chance for their clubs to receive a sizeable fee for their most highly-valued assets.

Here are the 10 most valuable players from each of Europe’s top five leagues – Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Bundesliga and Serie A – that are out of contract in 2024.

Premier League

Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Declan Rice (West Ham)
Mason Mount (Chelsea)
William Saliba (Arsenal)
James Maddison (Leicester City)
Ruben Neves (Wolves)
Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea)
Jorginho (Arsenal)
Tomas Soucek (West Ham)

There are a number of high-profile Premier League players approaching the final years of their contracts, not least Tottenham’s all-time top goalscorer Harry Kane. The England captain is certain to a frequent fixture of the gossip columns this summer, with Spurs set to fight hard to keep him amid interest from Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Declan Rice, Mason Mount, James Maddison and Ruben Neves are all expected to move on from their respective clubs this summer, while it will be worth keeping an eye on how contract renewal negotiations progress for Marcus Rashford and William Saliba at Manchester United and Arsenal respectively.

Meanwhile, Jorginho only signed an 18-month deal when he joined Arsenal in January, suggesting the 31-year-old Italy international is only seen as a short-term stop-gap solution. He does have the option of an extra year at the Emirates, though.

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La Liga

Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona)
Pau Torres (Villarreal)
Alejandro Balde (Barcelona)
Guido Rodriguez (Real Betis)
Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid)
Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid)
Nico Williams (Athletic Bilbao)
Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal)
Mario Hermoso (Atletico Madrid)
Geoffrey Kondogbia (Atletico Madrid)

Barcelona have tied down star assets Gavi and Pedri, but they may have to think carefully about keeping hold of key assets Alejandro Balde, Jordi Alba’s successor at left-back, and Ousmane Dembele, who only renewed on a two-year deal last summer.

Meanwhile, the next stage of Diego Simeone’s rebuild at Atletico Madrid is approaching. Yannick Carrasco, Alvaro Morata, Mario Hermoso and Geoffrey Kondogbia are all out of contract in 2024 and may leave the Spanish capital sooner rather than later.

Elsewhere, the likes of Pau Torres, Guido Rodriguez, Nico Williams and Samuel Chukwueze have all turned heads in La Liga and will have no shortage of suitors this summer. This transfer window may represent their clubs’ last chance to cash in and receive a half-decent fee.


Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich)
Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich)
Djibril Sow (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)
Florian Neuhaus (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Sheraldo Becker (Union Berlin)
Anton Stach (Mainz)
Emre Can (Borussia Dortmund)
Jonathan Burkardt (Mainz)

This summer promises to be an important one at Bayern Munich. There have been big changes to the staff behind the scenes and the club hierarchy will be keen to improve Thomas Tuchel’s squad after they only just about got over the line to claim the Bundesliga title last season.

Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Pavard and Thomas Muller are three of Bayern’s more valuable assets approaching the last year of their contracts.

Djibril Sow, Florian Neuhaus and Emre Can will also be worth keeping an eye on over the coming months.

Serie A

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio)
Alessandro Bastoni (Inter)
Piotr Zielinski (Napoli)
Hakan Calhanoglu (Inter)
Hirving Lozano (Napoli)
Sofyan Amrabat (Fiorentina)
Bryan Cristante (Roma)
Alex Meret (Napoli)
Nicolas Dominguez (Bologna)
Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma)

Milinkovic-Savic has seemingly been strongly linked with Manchester United for every transfer window for as long as we can remember, but now the Serbian is finally approaching the end of his contract at the Stadio Olimpico – seemingly raising the possibility of him actually leaving Lazio – and talk has gone quiet.

The 28-year-old midfielder has been cagey on his future, but Lazio have qualified for the Champions League and he remains a Lazio icon, with fans raising a banner that read “Whether here or somewhere else, you will always be in our hearts. Sergej, Laziale for life” in their final home game of the season.

He’s not the only big-name Serie A player approaching the final year of his contract, with key players from Napoli, Inter and Roma also facing uncertainty.

Ligue 1

Presnel Kimpembe (PSG)
Youssouf Fofana (Monaco)
Alban Lafont (Nantes)
Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco)
Ludovic Blas (Nantes)
Tiago Djalo (Lille)
Enzo Le Fee (Lorient)
Timothy Weah (Lille)
Youcef Atal (Nice)
Kevin Volland (Monaco)

PSG academy graduate Kimpembe endured a frustrating, injury-ravaged 2022-23 campaign that limited him to just three starts. But he’s the only notable player on the perennial French champions’ books into the last year of his deal.

Elsewhere in France, there aren’t too many high-value assets out of contract in 2024, with a mix of proven, aging players alongside some younger talent. France international Youssouf Fofana, 24, is one worth keeping an eye on, having been linked with Chelsea.

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