In the Premier League, there are several players who are approaching the end of their contacts.
It happens at this time every year, with many not being renewed and winding down the final months of their deals that will expire on the last day of June. This season has an added wrinkle as the Coronavirus pandemic means that there will be a rush to get the season completed before these deals expire (or perhaps month-long renewals will have to be signed).
Regardless, there is plenty of talent that will soon be available for free. We’ve had a look at all the Premier League players whose contracts are expiring, and we’ve ordered them by their buy value on Football Index.
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Lundstram has been an impressive part of Chris Wilder‘s Sheffield United side that have rocketed up the Premier League this season thanks to his ability to compete in the middle of the pitch and get forward to impact the final third. Only Lys Mousset can top Lundstram’s direct goal involvement of 7 (4 goals, 3 assists) which is probably why Chris Wilder has said the club will be triggering an extension clause to make sure that Lundstram’s deal gets extended to 2021. “There’s an extension in [his contract],” he said. “And we will definitely be taking that up.”
Fraser has been an incredible creative force for Bournemouth over the last season-and-a-half; since the start of 2018/19 only two players have created more chances than his 138 and only Kevin de Bruyne has made more big chances than his 33. Fraser was heavily linked with a January move to Arsenal but that never materialised, however now the Gunners could snap him up for free.
Willian has been a fantastic servant for Chelsea over the years, helping them to win two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, EFL Cup and Europa League. He took Eden Hazard’s no. 10 shirt in the summer but he’s not been anywhere near as dominant this season as Frank Lampard has shifted the Blues to focus more on young players. Now Willian’s old club Shakhtar are one of a number of clubs out to pick up the Brazilian for nothing.
Japhet Tanganga has emerged this season as one of those very rare instances of José Mourinho trusting a young player. Tanganga’s ability to play all across the back-line has made him very useful to a Spurs side suffering from a string of injuries. Spurs obviously weren’t prepared for his emergence, hence the contract situation. From here it’s highly likely that they will renew him, but until they do other sides can sneak in and grab him first.
19/20 club: Chelsea
19/20 league appearances: 9
Football Index value: £0.50 (Sell) – £0.84 (Buy)
Olivier Giroud is a World Cup winning striker who, for some reason, has barely played for Chelsea this season. Unlike with Willian, Chelsea don’t really have another striker like Giroud and he has proven, on the rare occasions he has played, that he is a superb target-man. Unless the Blues make an effort to renew him, then there will be an incredibly creative striker hitting the market whenever 2019/20 ends.
Injury has meant that Adam Lallana has never really gotten close to fulfilling his potential at Liverpool despite several moments of brilliance. This season he has mostly been a spectator as the Reds have run roughshod over the entire league, although he did manage to get one final hero moment when he scored a late equaliser at Old Trafford to ensure Liverpool avoided defeat.
19/20 club: Spurs
19/20 league appearances: 19
Football Index value: £0.38 (Sell) – £0.63 (Buy)
Jan Vertonghen’s decline has been much faster than anyone anticipated. It was just last season the Belgian was showing the full-range of his skill-set by putting in a goalscoring attacking masterclass of one-leg of a Champions League tie and a defensive hold-the-line showing in the second (against Borussia Dortmund). This season he has looked slow and sluggish and given the emergence of Tanganga it’s no surprise there has been little movement on a new contract.
The young Fosu-Mensah was a blisteringly promising prospect when he emerged as an 18-year-old, however a combination of bad loan choices and injuries have meant he never developed as much as he would have liked. Now United are ready to let him go.
David Silva is one of, if not the one and only, greatest players in the history of Manchester City. Yet all good things come to an end. “When I finish my contract with Manchester City I will be 34 years old, at that time I will probably want to do something different,” Silva said. “I don’t know yet, but I won’t play for another club in England.” The question now becomes, where could he go?
19/20 club: Chelsea
19/20 league appearances: 9
Football Index value: £0.32 (Sell) – £0.54 (Buy)
Pedro has had an all-timer of a career. He won everything possible with Barcelona (and is the only player to score in six different competitions in a single season) and then even helped Chelsea win a Premier League too. Now at 32 he’s been on the bench for the most part, and will look for a new adventure in the season to come.
19/20 club: Liverpool
19/20 league appearances: 0
Football Index value: £0.26 (Sell) – £0.43 (Buy)
Clyne has been well and truly ousted as Liverpool’s right-back and will now be desperate to move on in the summer.
19/20 club: Bournemouth
19/20 league appearances: 2
Football Index value: £0.23 (Sell) – £0.38 (Buy)
Ibe has been told by Bournemouth his deal will not be renewed. A failed prospect, Ibe will look to restart his career somewhere lower down the footballing pyramid and prove that he still has what it takes.
Mendy was, at one point, Leicester’s record signing. He was supposed to replace N’Golo Kanté but never got anywhere near that level mostly because he picked up a serious ankle injury very early into his career at the King Power and never recovered from that blow.
19/20 club: Burnley
19/20 league appearances: 24
Football Index value: £0.16 (Sell) – £0.26 (Buy)
Having seen team-mate Ashley Westwood recently sign a new deal, Jeff Hendrick may be hopeful of getting one himself. The combative midfielder has played over 120 times in the league for Burnley, helping them grow and become an established Premier League side.
19/20 club: Burnley
19/20 league appearances: 14
Football Index value: £0.15 (Sell) – £0.25 (Buy)
Brady, like Hendrick, joined Burnley upon their promotion to the Premier League in 2016. He’s been a loyal servant since then but the Clarets have evolved beyond his abilities and now he’s heading for a free transfer this summer.