10 out-of-contract stars Premier League clubs can sign in 2021/22 summer transfer window
The Premier League season will soon be drawing to a close and, with the summer transfer window due to open on July 1, managers and players will be busy discussing their future plans.
But while several Premier League clubs will be preparing to dust off their chequebooks to make big-money signings, nothing beats a bargain or, even better, a free transfer.
Ever since the John Bosman ruling in 1995, footballers in Europe have had the freedom of being able to run down their contracts in search of a better payday elsewhere.
Recent examples include Aaron Ramsey, who reportedly earns £400,000-a-week with Juventus after leaving Arsenal in 2019. Chelsea also snapped up Thiago Silva last summer following the expiry of his contract at PSG and the Brazilian has proved to be one of the signings of the season.
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on clubs' finances suggests free transfers could be crucial this summer, with plenty of household names still available to snap up.
Here are 10 players who could leave for free and join a Premier League club this summer...
It seems that whoever clinches Aguero’s signature this summer could getting one of the best bargains in recent memory.
The 32-year-old has been absent for the majority of the season due to injuries and contracting coronavirus. Still, it was met with some surprise that Man City had decided not to offer the Argentine a new contract.
There are doubts over his long-term fitness, but Aguero is still a sharp finisher on his day and would strengthen any top European side, even if his powers are declining somewhat.
PSG and Juventus have also been credited with an interest, while a return to boyhood club Independiente cannot be ruled out.
The Brazilian has featured 29 times for Arsenal this season but with no new deal on the horizon, his representatives have reportedly begun sounding out potential suitors over a move.
The 34-year-old, who arrived at the Emirates Stadium from Chelsea in 2019, has endured a mixed spell in north London. The Gunners also have Pablo Mari, Callum Chambers, Rob Holding and Gabriel as centre-back options, meaning he could be allowed to leave.
Luiz has made no secret of his desire to return to Benfica before he hangs up his boots, while CBS Sports claim the defender is keen on securing a move to an MLS team in the United States.
Boateng had a short spell with Manchester City before joining Bayern Munich and it remains a possibility he could return to England this summer on a free transfer.
The Bavarians’ sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has confirmed the 32-year-old will not be offered a new contract after a decade at the Allianz Arena.
The centre-back has won eight Bundesliga titles and the Champions League on two occasions, and his experience would be useful to most Premier League teams. Tottenham have been linked with Boateng in the past, while Arsenal could be an option if Luiz does not extend his agreement.
The Dutchman, 30, looks set to depart Anfield after five years with the Reds, with the club believed to be unwilling to meet his contract demands, as reported by The Sunday Times.
According to talkSPORT, Juventus, PSG and Inter Milan are all thought to be keeping a close eye on his contract stand-off, though a move to a Premier League rival remains a possibility.
It's inconceivable to think after a successful four-year stint in France, Depay would want to try his luck elsewhere. But the Lyon forward has thus far refused to pen an extension to his contract and interested clubs are circling.
The Dutchman came close to agreeing to join Barcelona last summer in a cut-price deal before the Blaugrana pulled the plug, although there is every chance the LaLiga giants could revive the deal after Mundo Deportivo spotted him house-hunting in Catalonia.
Marca recently reported Liverpool have tabled an offer along with Juventus for the 27-year-old, who will certainly have some options to choose from. But after his disastrous 18-month spell with Manchester United, few could blame him for having doubts about coming back to England.
The Real Madrid captain is once again locked in a stalemate with the club over terms on a new contract.
Even at 35, Ramos remains a key part of Madrid’s plans but a poor performance against Chelsea in their Champions League semi-final defeat suggests the centre-back’s best days are beyond him.
He passed up the chance to move to Manchester United in 2016 and doesn’t look likely to head to the Premier League anytime soon.
Rather, it seems his future could lie in the USA, China or Japan, where fellow Spaniards Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres have spent the latter days of their careers.
It appears Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is resigned to losing one of his trusted lieutenants in Lucas Vazquez after snubbing a new contract.
The 29-year-old has never been a regular starter at the Santiago Bernabeu and may favour a new adventure after spending his entire career — bar one season with Espanyol — in Madrid.
The Spain international has reportedly spurned advances from city rivals Atletico Madrid, with AC Milan in prime position to sign him on a three-year deal, according to Calciomercato. Chelsea had reportedly shown an interest in the versatile winger, who looks to have played his last game for Los Blancos after suffering a posterior ACL injury.
The goalkeeper once dubbed ‘the next Gianluigi Buffon’ after making his AC Milan debut aged 16 could follow in the legendary Italian’s footsteps by joining Juventus.
Donnarumma, 22, has already clocked up 247 appearances for the Rossoneri but has rejected an offer of a five-year deal, with his agent Mino Raiola keeping his options open.
Chelsea and Manchester United have been tracking the Italy no.1 with doubts over the futures of Kepa Arrizabalaga and David de Gea.
But it appears Donnarumma may prefer to stay in his homeland, with Juve preparing a lucrative£10m-a-year offer, as reported by Gazzetta dello Sport.
For all of the occasions Draxler has been tipped to move to the Premier League, the German is yet to make the move.
But with his PSG contract set to expire in June 2021, the midfielder will no doubt have his fair share of admirers.
Still only 27, Draxler made a surprise move to join the French champions for £37m in January 2017, having rejected Arsenal three years earlier. It has been suggested the Gunners are targeting Draxler as a cheap replacement for Martin Odegaard, who looks set to head back to Real Madrid after his loan spell.
Injuries and a lack of form have seen Draxler fall down the pecking order at Parc des Princes and the midfielder recently admitted he would relish a return to Germany, with Bayern Munich understood to be considering a move, according to Sport1.
The playmaker will be hot property this summer if he decides to leave AC Milan amid reports the midfielder has stalled over signing a new five-year deal.
The Turkey international has scored four goals and registered eight assists in 30 Serie A appearances this season with Milan in the hunt for a Champions League qualification spot.
Calhanoglu is said to be holding off make a final decision as he is keen to play in the competition next season, with Tuttosport claiming unnamed English clubs are monitoring his situation should Milan finish outside the top four in Serie A.
* At the time of writing, the above players' contracts were due to expire in June 2021.