Time is running out for some clubs to tie down their star men, as some of the biggest names in the world of football will be free to negotiate a deal in January ahead of the expiration of their contract at the end of the 2020-21 season. But, who are some of the stars that could be on the move in the summer if their current clubs aren’t able to agree on a new deal with the player?
There aren’t many bigger football stars in the world than Lionel Messi, and the legendary player will be allowed to leave Barcelona on a free transfer at the end of the current season. It looked as though Messi would finally get his wish of a move away from Barcelona in the summer, but threatened legal action from the club stopped the move in its tracks.
However, he will be allowed to leave the club for free at the end of this season, and there will likely be a number of clubs already monitoring the situation. A reunion with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City looks to be the most likely scenario for the Argentinean superstar. The move would quickly ensure that City’s odds with Unibet will shorten for Champions League success in 2021-22.
While Lionel Messi may be the most high-profile free agent this summer, it could be argued that the most profitable player that is available in the summer is David Alaba. The Austrian international has a market value of around £60 million and was a regular for Bayern Munich last season as the club won the treble. Alaba was formerly a left-back before he was converted into a central defender.
He is one of the finest central defenders in the world, and left-footed central defenders are a commodity that all the leading clubs will be looking for. Bayern Munich have already revealed that they won’t return with an increased offer, which means that Manchester United, Juventus and Liverpool will be on red alert.
One of the best up and coming goalkeepers will be available on a free transfer next summer, as Gianluigi Donnarumma looks set to leave AC Milan. Donnarumma is widely regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers in world football, and he made his debut aged just 16.
Donnarumma became the youngest ever goalkeeper to play for Italy the following year and has already made over 200 appearances for AC Milan. There will be a long lost of clubs targeting the Italian, with Juventus, PSG and Chelsea all likely to be in the market for a new goalkeeper next summer.
Memphis Depay has been able to get his career back on track during his time at French club Lyon, and he will be one of the most interesting signings available in the summer. Barcelona made their move for the Dutchman in the summer, but the deal eventually broke down after the Spanish club were unable to free up the wage space to bring in the 26-year-old.
He has scored 58 goals in 145 competitive games for Lyon, but he will likely be targeting a move to a club that can compete for illustrious honours this summer. A move to Barcelona looks the most likely destination for the Dutchman.