The Premier League season may have only finished last month but preparations are well-and-truly underway for the start of 2019/20.
Fans up and down the country will be expecting marquee signings and showpiece signatures this summer, but for funds to be sanctioned by the makers and shakers of all 20 league clubs, departures will need to take place.
In order to comply with financial regulations and generate spending money, managers will need to trim back their squads, getting rid of any deadwood and freeing up wages to make room for new recruits.
As such, there is an obligatory wave of players released every year – sometimes against the club’s wishes – and it usually makes for a very interesting ‘Best XI of free agents’ – this season is no exception with Mario Balotelli and Adrien Rabiot making the cut.
But what of those in the Premier League? Which players have already been released – or are set for release – by their clubs and may find themselves in precarious territory come July 1?
Released: Aaron Ramsey (Juventus), Petr Cech (retired), Danny Welbeck, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Cohen Bramall, Charlie Gilmour, Julio Pleguezuelo
It is a summer of high-profile departures for Arsenal, with Ramsey’s free transfer to Juventus the pick of the bunch. Elsewhere Cech has closed the curtain on an illustrious playing career, while Welbeck and Lichtsteiner have been deemed surplus to requirements by Unai Emery.
Thank you @AVFCOfficial it’s been a privilege to captain and play for you. So happy for the players, staff and fans to be back in the prem and end on a high.
— Tommy Elphick (@TommyElph4) May 31, 2019
Released: Mile Jedinak, Alan Hutton, Tommy Elphick, Albert Adomah, Glenn Whelan, Ritchie De Laet, Mark Bunn, Micah Richards, Ross McCormack
Hutton, Adomah and Whelan were all instrumental as the Villans reached the promised land, but with the trio all in their 30s, Dean Smith has sought to cut back the ageing legs in his squad, which also sees Jedinak, Elphick, De Laet, Bunn, McCormack and Richards sent packing.
— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) June 5, 2019
Released: Marc Pugh, Jordan Holmes, Tom Parker-Trott, Nathan Clements, James Boote
Having joined the Cherries in League One nine years ago, Pugh was a prominent member of Eddie Howe’s starting XI during their ascent to the top flight, but with Bournemouth now an established Premier League club, the seasoned winger will seek a new adventure elsewhere this summer.
82 – SUB – Bruno is replaced by Montoya – and what a reception he receives from the Amex.#GraciasBruno 🇪🇸
📻 Listen ➡️ https://t.co/bLusdpeKUG
— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) May 12, 2019
Released: Bruno (retired), David Ajiboye, Jonah Ayunga, Tyler Forbes, Dessie Hutchinson, Reece Meekums, Rian O’Sullivan, Richie Towell, Stefan Ljubicic, Ben Barclay, Billy Collings, Ben Hall, Owen Moore, Joe Tomlinson, Josh Kerr
New manager new era, and the end of one for Bruno, who has brought a close to his 20-year playing career, hanging up his boots at the age of 38.
WARD | "I couldn't speak highly enough of the club…I've enjoyed every minute of it…"
Stephen Ward bids farewell to the Clarets after his 5th season with the club.
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 13, 2019
Released: Stephen Ward, Anders Lindegaard, Jon Walters (retired), Ntumba Massanka, Conor Mitchell, Adam Bruce, Ed Cook, Mark Howarth, James Clarke, Aiden Stone, Marley Blair, Tinashe Chakwana
Among the names to part company from Turf Moor, Ward has ended his five-year association with the Clarets, while Walters has called time on his career.
One Gary Cahill.
Legend 💙 pic.twitter.com/zwCVHCCAHp
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 5, 2019
Released: Gary Cahill, Todd Kane, Robert Green (retired), Eduardo, Bradley Collins, Sheik Dabo, Josimar Quintero, Ruben Sammut, Kyle Scott, Martell Taylor-Crossdale, Jared Thompson
After two Premier League titles, two FA Cups, two Europa League crowns, one Champions League trophy and a League Cup medal, Cahill will leave the Blues this summer upon the expiration of his contract, while Green has officially announced his retirement from football after two decades between the sticks.
🗣 Julián Speroni: "It's been 15 years. Thank you for the award. I can't really express how much this means to me, how much the fans mean to me and not just to me but my family too."#CPFC 🦅 pic.twitter.com/NXHuF3StsM
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 2, 2019
Released: Julian Speroni, Jason Puncheon, Bakary Sako, Tyler Brown, Joseph Hungbo, Ollie O’Dwyer, Pape Souare
The big one in south London is, of course, Speroni, who leaves Palace after 15 years and over 400 appearances for the club. Local lad Puncheon has also waved goodbye to Selhurst Park.
Its been hard to confirm my situation for next season as that decision hadn’t been fully made by the club until now, unfortunately my journey at Everton has come to an end after 12 fantastic seasons, I have been lucky enough to play over 380 games and lucky enough to be club pic.twitter.com/APFP1eGIbx
— Phil Jagielka (@PJags06) June 4, 2019
Released: Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams, Harry Charsley, Boris Mathis, Mateusz Hewelt, Shayne Lavery, Jack Kiersey, Danny Bramall, Joe Hilton, Chris Renshaw
Having pitched up from Sheffield United 12 years ago, Jagielka has announced his decision to leave Goodison Park this summer, concluding a brilliant chapter on Merseyside that saw the centre-back win the Everton Player of the Season award on two occasions.
Leicester City legends 🦊
We said farewell to Simmo & Shinji three weeks ago today 💙 pic.twitter.com/a6lKhLcHwJ
— Leicester City (@LCFC) June 2, 2019
Released: Danny Simpson, Shinji Okazaki
Both key components of the Foxes’ famous Premier League title win under Claudio Ranieri in 2016, Simpson and Okazaki have left the King Power Stadium for pastures new.
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— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 4, 2019
Released: Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno, Adam Bogdan, Connor Randall, Ben Williams, Juanma, Conor Masterson, Glen McAuley, Corey Whelan
With both Sturridge and Moreno limited to sporadic appearances in Liverpool’s Champions League winning season, the Reds have decided to say farewell to the duo.
Released: Vincent Kompany (Anderlecht, player-manager), Aaron Nemane, Cameron Humphreys-Grant, Tom Dele-Bashiru, Charlie Oliver, Luke Brattan
Having captained City to an unprecedented domestic treble – including scoring that gobsmacking rifle of a shot against Leicester City – Kompany has packed his bags to take up a player-manager role at boyhood club Anderlecht in his homeland.
We will never forget United 🔴, for ever in our hearts ♥️. THANKS pic.twitter.com/yzP9TDq0xX
— Ander Herrera (@AnderHerrera) May 12, 2019
Released: Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia, Regan Poole, Matty Willock, James Wilson, Zak Dearnley, Tom Sang, Callum Whelan, Matthew Olosunde, Tyrell Warren, DJ Buffonge, Callum Gribbin, Millen Baars, Josh Bohui, James Thompson
After five years at Old Trafford, Herrera has called time on his Man Utd career and will leave on July 1 where he is expected to join PSG, while club captain Valencia has also ended a decade long stint in the North West.
Midfielder Mohamed Diamé's current contract is set to expire at the end of June.
The former Senegal international joined the Magpies in summer 2016 and has made 103 appearances in all competitions, scoring eight goals.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) June 5, 2019
Released: Mohamed Diame, Cal Roberts, Josef Yarney, Tyrique Bartlett, Juanito, Otto Huuhtanen, Stefan O’Connor, Max Allen, Thomas Cole, Sam Joyce, Deece Kasinga Madia
Having relocated to Tyneside in 2016, Diame played a crucial role to help Rafa Benitez’s Magpies climb out of the Championship and back into the Premier League at the first time of asking, but at 31 the Senegal international will bid farewell to St James’ Park.
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) May 3, 2019
Released: Ivo Pinto, Matt Jarvis, Steven Naismith, Yanic Wildschut, Bilal Kamal, Tristan Abrahams, Aaron Ekumah, Ryan Dickerson, Pierre Fonkeu, Louis McIntosh, Spencer Keller, Finlay Barnes
After three years at Carrow Road, Portuguese right-back Pinto will not be joining the club in the Premier League and has left for Dinamo Zagreb in the Croatian top flight, while Jarvis and Naismith have also left the club.
Released: Paul Coutts, Martin Crainie, Conor Washington, Daniel Lafferty, Caolan Lavery
Chris Wilder has wasted no time in his preparations for the new Premier League season, releasing a whole host of fringe players, though his squad is looking rather threadbare at present as disputes between the club’s owners rage on.
Released: Steven Davis (Rangers), Jonathan Afolabi, Jamie Bradley Green, Jake Flannigan, Siphesihle Mdlalose, Ben Rowthorn
Having joined the South Coast club from Rangers in 2012, Davis will return this summer – having spent the second half of the season on loan at Ibrox – with his contract set to expire.
Released: Michel Vorm, Fernando Llorente, Dylan Duncan, Charlie Freeman, Tom Glover, Connor Ogilvie, Jamie Reynolds
Michel Vorm joined Spurs from Swansea City in July 2014 and made 47 appearances in all competitions for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. But he will be leaving the club this summer at the end of his five-year contract.
Released: Miguel Britos, Ashley Charles, Andrew Eleftheriou, Tommie Hoban, Sam Howes, Tom Leighton, Joy Mukena, Michael Mullings, Kai Sanders, Sam Sesay, Ryan Suckling, Ben Tricker
The Hornets have confirmed the release of a number of academy graduates and young players as Javi Gracia looks to build on a sensational season at Vicarage Road.
West Ham United
— Adrián San Miguel (@AdriSanMiguel) June 5, 2019
Released: Samir Nasri, Andy Carroll, Adrian, Toni Martinez, Moses Makasi, Noha Sylvestre, Vashon Neufville, Josh Pask, Mason Barrett, Kevin Dalipi, Jay Mingi, Odysseas Spyridis
West Ham fans will be relieved to see the back of Carroll after an injury-plagued seven years in east London, but there will be no such feeling of alleviation for cult hero Adrian, who endeared himself to the Hammers faithful during his time at the club. Meanwhile, despite some promise, injury ended up ravaging Nasri’s short stint at the London Stadium and the club will not extend his stay.
— Oxford United FC (@OUFCOfficial) May 20, 2019
Released: Kevin Berkoe (Oxford United), Carlos Heredia, Ben Goodliffe, Aaron Hayden, Diego Lattie, Enzo Sauvage, Michal Zyro
The U’s will be delighted to have secured the services of 17-year-old Berkoe, with the versatile full-back ending a two-year spell in the West Midlands having joined Wolves from Chelsea in 2017.