I’m free! 20 players with expiring deals allowed to discuss moves

Date published: Friday 17th January 2020 1:20

Ashley Young no longer features on this list while he completes a move to Inter Milan but there are still plenty of top players approaching free agency who are allowed to speak to other clubs now. And Inter seem to be in for most of them…


Christian Eriksen
Tottenham, 27, midfielder
Might he re-sign? Nope. The Denmark playmaker wants away.
What’s been said? “He played very well, very professional, which is what I expect from him. If his decision is to leave, then I think he has to leave with his head up. Fans, it’s always to respect, we have to respect, but the boy did it for us today.” – Jose Mourinho, January 2020
Clubs linked: Inter Milan, PSG, Manchester United


Chelsea, 31, winger
Might he re-sign? He probably will, yes.
What’s been said? ”I have stated several times my wish is to stay at Chelsea. I like the club very much, I feel very welcomed here, as well as my family, and we love living in London. My agent and the club are talking and I hope we can have some good news soon.” – Willian, December 2019
Clubs linked: Barcelona, Juventus


Ryan Fraser
Bournemouth, 25, winger
Might he re-sign? It looks highly unlikely, though his form will have to improve if he is to have the options he did last summer.
What’s been said? “Ryan’s situation is quite clear. There’s no change to it.” – Eddie Howe, January 2020.
Clubs linked: Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool


Thomas Meunier
Paris Saint-Germain, 28, right-back
Might he re-sign? It seems highly unlikely, despite remaining a regular starter for PSG. Meunier has always hedged his bets whenever he’s been asked…
What’s been said? “I want to stay. We have been talking about a contract extension for a while, but there’s no offer on the table anymore. I’m ready to stay in Paris. Everybody knows.” Thomas Meunier, June, 2019
Clubs linked: Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Everton, Arsenal

Dries Mertens
Napoli, 32, forward
Might he re-sign? Probably not. Napoli haven’t come to the negotiating table and they seem unlikely to meet Mertens’ demands for what is set to be his last big deal.
What’s been said? For now we have not talked about it, but I’m 31. Maybe someone forgets because I look younger, bit I’m now an old man.” – Dries Mertens, October 2019
Clubs linked: Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Manchester United, Inter Milan


Edinson Cavani
PSG, 32, forward
Might he re-sign? It seems doubtful. Thomas Tuchel admits the fact Cavani isn’t playing as regularly as he might like is ‘sad’ but he ‘doesn’t have a solution tight now’
What’s been said? “He will stay in January. There are still discussions but for the moment, nothing concrete. We are not very worried about the contract extension. Edi will certainly have numerous opportunities, and above all, he will be free at the end of his contract. Edi still has three years to play at the highest level and he can play in any major team in Europe.” – Cavani’s agent, December 2019
Clubs linked: Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea

Eric Bailly
Man Utd, 25, centre-back
Might he re-sign? Yes. United have the option of extending his contract by a further year so they could thrust the pen into his hand and make him scribble.
What’s been said? “We don’t want players running down their deals. Eric might see his future differently at the end of the day. For the next year, at least, we will box him off and see how his playing time fares over the rest of this season.” – a ‘United source’ told The Sun, November 2019
Clubs linked: Arsenal


Nemanja Matic
Man Utd, 31, midfielder
Might he re-sign? Until recently, it seemed certain he would not. But injuries have given Matic more playing time and Solskjaer seems to trust him more now than he did earlier in the season. United may well still trigger the one-year option they hold.
What’s been said? “United have some option to extend my contract, but we will see if the plans of the club match my plans. I couldn’t say anything more because I don’t really know either.” – Nemanja Matic, December 2019
Clubs linked: DC United, AC Milan


Mario Gotze
Borussia Dortmund, 27, attacker
Might he re-sign? Gotze has made only six starts this season and his prospects aren’t getting any better. He’ll probably leave.
What’s been said? “It has not yet been decided. It is of course also the case with him that he would like to have more minutes. We are talking to Mario. I spoke to his father before Christmas. I spoke to him again in Marbella. We will surely get together in the spring and then make a final decision.” – Michael Zorc, January 2020
Clubs linked: Everton, Hertha Berlin, LA Galaxy, Liverpool, Cologne


Jose Callejon
Napoli, 32, forward
Might he re-sign? It seems unlikely. Napoli reportedly offered Callejon a two-year extension on similar money but the player wants a pay rise.
What’s been said? “He can sign a new contract, but we don’t want to mess about… They made us an opening offer, but it didn’t satisfy the conditions of the player.” – Manuel Garcia Quilon, September, 2019
Clubs linked: AC Milan, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Espanyol


Giacomo Bonaventura
AC Milan, 30, midfielder
Might he re-sign? Quite possibly, yes. Milan are said to be keen to reach an agreement but the midfielder is represented by Mino Raiola so expect talks to drag on.
What’s been said? Not much, actually. It seems Bonaventura has been focusing on his return from a serious knee injury and Raiola is chirping about other clients.
Clubs linked: Fiorentina


Jan Vertonghen
Tottenham, 32, centre-back
Might he re-sign? Hard to say. It seems more likely now than it did prior to Jose Mourinho’s arrival and the manager would like to keep the Belgian.
What’s been said? “I won’t answer… I feel like everything I say will affect it in one way or another, so I prefer not to answer. I’m a happy man and I love the guys. Life is good in London and at this great club, so that’s all I want to say.” – Jan Vertonghen, January 2020
Clubs linked: Ajax, Napoli


Blaise Matuidi
Juventus, 32, midfielder
Might he re-sign? He might, yes. Juve are said to be keen to keep Matuidi for at least another year while he remains a vital cog in their midfield.
What’s been said? “All that talk in the papers of PSG was not true. Paris is always in my heart, I’ve been a fan of that club since I was little. Wearing their shirt was a dream come true, but I have always said I’m happy at Juve, one of the best clubs in the world. The competition for places at Juventus is strong, but he is up for the challenge and uses it to drive him on to be a better player.” – Blaise Matuidi – September 2019
Clubs linked: PSG, Manchester United


Chelsea, 32, winger
Might he re-sign? It seems doubtful. Frank Lampard is focused on younger prospects and Pedro has played only 69 minutes in the Premier League since September.
What’s been said? “If Barca call me, I’ll drop everything. There was a moment in pre-season when we played against Barca that, after talking with the coach, I saw a chance, but the door closed quickly. At this point, I don’t know what will happen to me, just that I’m contracted to Chelsea until the end of the season.” – Pedro, December 2019
Clubs linked: Barcelona, Inter Miami, NYCFC


Artem Dzyuba
Zenit St. Petersburg, 31, forward
Might he re-sign? Having hired Jorge Mendes as his agent, it seems the Russia striker has his heart set on a move abroad.
What’s been said? “I signed a contract with Jorge Mendes and his company. Back in the winter transfer window last year, there was a chance for me to leave Zenit. I understand Everton were interested in my services. But I didn’t want to leave. Back then, we had a chance to win the Russian Superleague title, and we did so. So, I can say that I did the right thing. In the summer, I also hoped something would happen, but it didn’t. There were just talks, so I am now at Zenit and I am very pleased with that.” – Artem Dzyuba, September 2019
Clubs linked: Celtic, Inter Milan, Everton, Crystal Palace, Wolves


Layvin Kurzawa
PSG, 27, left-back
Might he re-sign? Very unlikely since the 14-cap France international has hired new London-based agents in recent weeks and PSG have revealed the terms which they would require to sell this month. Arsenal are reported to be hot favourites.
What’s been said? He’s very excited about his new agents…

Clubs linked: Arsenal, Tottenham


Charles Aranguiz
Bayer Leverkusen, 30, midfielder
Might he re-sign?
What’s been said? For certain he will not leave in the January transfer window,” he remarked in an interview with Chilean newspaper La Cuarta.“I know that Bayer Leverkusen are wanting to renew his contract but I do not think he will stay in Germany or to to play in South America, where I know there is interest from Brazilian club Internacional, a club where he feels at home. Charles could go to Inter or Paris Saint Germain, we will have to wait and see what happens.” – Aranguiz’s agent Andre Cury, December 2019
Clubs linked: Internacional, Inter Milan, PSG


Real Madrid, 30, defender
Might he re-sign? The centre-back has always been a fringe player and he had options to leave last summer when he chose to renew for an extra year. This time, he is unlikely to stick around having started only four games this season.
What’s been said? Nothing, it would seem.
Clubs linked: Sevilla, Inter Milan, Man Utd


Luka Modric
Real Madrid,  34, midfielder
Might he re-sign? It seems doubtful since Modric is no longer first choice in the big games but he has previously stated his desire to retire at Real. That said, he also fancies Italy…
What’s been said? “I like Italy, it’s close to Croatia. I watch Serie A because I have many national team-mates playing there. Then the Italians are fantastic and have a mentality similar to us Croats. We’ll see if one day I can play in Italy, I can’t talk about this because I’m a Real Madrid player, I like being in Real and for now I see my future only there.” – Luka Modric, December 2019
Clubs linked: DC United, Manchester United, Inter Milan


Éver Banega
Sevilla, 31, midfielder
Might he re-sign? Quite possibly. Banega’s options are perhaps not what they once were even a year ago and he is settled in Spain.
What’s been said? “Seville is the best place I have felt whilst playing in Europe. I have not yet discussed my contract renewal with the club, but I am calm about the situation. I have told the club that I want to stay, and they know my intentions. My family is happy here and I want to keep my career going at the club.” – Ever Banega, November 2019
Clubs linked: Arsenal, Galatasaray, Fenerbahce

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