43 of the most high-profile players out of contract in Europe’s major leagues
Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United players are among the most high-profile in Europe’s top five leagues soon to be out of contract.
As is the case at the end of every season, a number of players find themselves without a deal in place for next campaign.
We’ve taken a look through Europe’s top five leagues and picked out some the most notable players who may be available to move elsewhere this summer.
Emre Can (Liverpool)
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
Tim Krul (Brighton)
Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace)
Robert Huth (Leicester City)
Yaya Toure (Manchester City)
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United)
Michel Vorm (Tottenham)
Gareth Barry (West Brom)
Patrice Evra (West Ham)
Liverpool midfielder Can had clubs fighting for his signature on a pre-contract agreement in January, and it looks like he has finally settled on a move to Juventus.
Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether Unai Emery will offer Wilshere a new contract at Arsenal, with fellow former England prospect Shaw also waiting to learn of his fate at Manchester United.
Manchester City’s Toure may look to remain in the Premier League, with former boss Manuel Pellegrini taking over at West Ham.
The Hammers released former United man Evra after his brief stint at the club, while the likes of Huth and Barry are also out of contract with a lot of Premier League experience.
Fernando Torres (Atletico Madrid)
Sulley Muntari (Deportivo)
Fernando Navarro (Deportivo)
Dani Garcia (Eibar)
Mathieu Flamini (Getafe)
Sergio Canales (Real Sociedad)
Torres had intended to see out his playing days at boyhood club Atletico Madrid but has taken the decision to leave in the search of more playing time, saying: “I feel physically and mentally able to keep playing. I am in good shape and I will look elsewhere for games.”
Former Arsenal midfielder Flamini finds himself among fellow veterans Muntari and Navarro in being out of contract this summer.
Muntari has spent three months at Deportivo La Coruna, while Navarro has been at the club since 2015 after his lengthy spell at Sevilla.
Bacary Sagna (Benevento)
Rodrigo Palacio (Bologna)
Milan Badelj (Fiorentina)
Giuseppe Rossi (Genoa)
Miguel Veloso (Genoa)
Goran Pandev (Genoa)
Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus)
Andrea Barzagli (Juventus)
Martin Cáceres (Lazio)
Maxi López (Udinese)
Alessio Cerci (Verona)
Davide Astori’s replacement as Fiorentina captain, Croatia midfielder Badelj looks set to leave La Viola, with AC Milan and Lazio chasing the consistent midfielder’s signature.
Chiellini, Lichtsteiner and Buffon all find themselves out of contract after long spells at Juve, but while Buffon has announced his departure, it remains to be seen whether Chiellini will in fact leave, with Chelsea among his suitors, while Arsenal are reportedly chasing Lichtsteiner.
Meanwhile, fellow ageing players Veloso, Sagna, Pandev and Caceres are all yet to put pen to paper on fresh contracts at their respective clubs.
Arsenal are working on a deal to sign Switzerland right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer when the 34-year-old’s Juventus contract expires this summer. Lichtsteiner a long-term target who #AFC see adding experience/leadership to head coach Unai Emery’s squad #Juve #SUI
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) May 25, 2018
Claudio Pizarro (Cologne)
Aaron Hunt (Hamburg)
Nicolai Muller (Hamburg)
Nigel de Jong (Mainz)
Max Meyer (Schalke)
Holger Badstuber (Stuttgart)
Despite his tender age of 22, Meyer has featured 191 times for Schalke in all competitions, but he will leave on a free this summer after falling out with the hierarchy at the club.
He isn’t the first player to leave Schalke for nothing, following in the footsteps of Joel Matip, Sead Kolasinac and Leon Goretzka in recent years.
Badstuber is yet to be offered a fresh deal after joining boyhood club Stuttgart last summer, while 39-year-old Pizarro is out of contract at FC Koln.
Muller, meanwhile, is out of contract having made just three appearances this season thanks to a ruptured ACL which came as a result of celebrating a goal.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Metz)
Mario Balotelli (Nice)
Hatem Ben Arfa (PSG)
Yoann Gourcuff (Rennes)
Jonathan Bamba (Saint-Etienne)
Mathieu Debuchy (Saint-Etienne)
Kévin Théophile-Catherine (Saint-Etienne)
Former Liverpool and Manchester City forward Balotelli has hit an impressive 18 goals in Ligue 1 for Nice this season, and is being touted for a move back to either England or Italy.
“One year in the cupboard” is how Ben Arfa has described the last year being frozen out at PSG, as he set it on himself to see out his lucrative contract with the club.
Former Premier League full-backs Debuchy, Assou-Ekotto and Theophile-Catherine are all without a deal, as is former France and AC Milan midfielder Gourcuff.