As we move deeper into the second half of this campaign there are players whose current deals are set to expire. Here are some of the key free agents as the season comes to an end.
Niklas Sule, Bayern Munich
Bayern’s interest in Rudiger is partly influenced by uncertainty of the future of Germany international Sule, who has rejected the club’s attempts to extend his contract beyond next summer.
At 26, Sule would be highly valued as a free agent due to his ability to play at the top level throughout a potential four- or five-year contract.
César Azpilicueta, Chelsea
A surprising inclusion given his status at Stamford Bridge, since joining Chelsea from Marseille in the summer of 2012, the multifunctional César Azpilicueta has not only become a relied upon stalwart but Chelsea’s skipper.
They say familiarity breeds contempt, maybe after ten seasons and winning everything in sight the 32-year-old defender feels there’s another challenge that awaits him.
Paul Pogba, Manchester united
Paul Pogba signed a six-year contract when he re-joined Man Utd in 2016 and he has finally entered the final six months of that deal.
The Frenchman has had good and bad times at Old Trafford but remains a quality player when fit and loved, as shown by his seven assists in four appearances at the start of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign.
Antonio Rudiger, Chelsea
Antonio Rudiger is one of four defenders Chelsea are in danger of losing in the summer due to their contract running out, and he could be their biggest miss and most popular name in the market.
The German is at the peak of his game, helping Chelsea win the Champions League in May and having also made a quick start to the season, before injuries hampered Thomas Tuchel’s defence. And he’s catching the eye of a lot of clubs according to reports, including Real Madrid.
Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona
Dembele, 24, has endured an injury-hit career at Barcelona since making a €105m move from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, making just 119 appearances in all competitions over four years at Camp Nou.
In spite of his fitness issues, Dembele is young enough to retain the interest of leading clubs across Europe, and he could be an interesting gamble for a top team next summer.
Kylian Mbappe ,Paris Saint-Germain
Kylian Mbappe is undoubtedly one of the brightest talents in football today, but questions still remain about whether or not he will remain at Paris Saint-Germain beyond summer 2022. Real Madrid have been fishing for his signature.