10 Soccer Stars Who Are Out of Contract in 2020
Some of the world’s best soccer players will be out of contract at the end of the season, meaning they’ll be able to switch clubs for free during the summer transfer window.
Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Robert Lewandowski are just three high-profile examples of players who have been signed for absolutely nothing over the years, and there are plenty more superstars who will be available for free in 2020.
While a lot of free transfers go under the radar, you can guarantee that the players in this post will be grabbing the headlines when they secure their next big deal.
Here are 10 soccer stars whose contracts expire in 2020.
David Silva – Manchester City
David Silva is a Manchester City legend. Simple as that. But after enjoying ten hugely successful years with the club, the Spanish wizard will say goodbye to the Cityzens at the end of the current campaign.
Silva arrived at the Etihad Stadium in 2010 and has claimed four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, and four League Cups during his time in England. The midfielder, who has also won two European Championships and the World Cup with Spain, will surely go down as one of the EPL’s greatest ever players.
Of course, Man City supporters will be sad to see him go. But at 34, Silva must now make way for the next generation.
David Beckham is said to be interested in luring Silva to his MLS franchise Inter Miami, while a move back to former club Valencia is also a possibility.
Edinson Cavani – Paris Saint-Germain
Edinson Cavani’s record for PSG is nothing short of exceptional. The Uruguay international joined the Parisians from Napoli in 2013 and has since become the club’s all-time record goalscorer, netting 200 goals in just over 300 appearances.
But the veteran striker has been used sparingly by PSG boss Thomas Tuchel in 2019/20, and it’s looking increasingly like that the French powerhouse won’t be renewing his contract when it expires at the end of the season.
Cavani has been a long-term servant at Parc des Princes, but he’s gradually fallen down the pecking order over the past couple of years. With Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi, and Neymar all preferred to the 33-year-old, Cavani must leave PSG if he wants regular game time.
It was reported that Cavani had agreed to join Atletico Madrid in January, but a deal wasn’t finalized. Instead, a move to Argentine outfit Boca Juniors could be on the cards.
Dries Mertens – Napoli
Belgian forward Dries Mertens looks set to run down his Napoli contract and leave the club for free. Mertens’ deal is due to finish at the end of the season, and he is running out of time to negotiate a new contract with the Italian giant.
The situation has put a number of high-profile clubs on red alert. Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal are all rumored to be keen on bringing Mertens to England, although he could remain in Italy with a switch to Inter Milan looking likely.
Mertens has been one of the most consistent forwards in European soccer for some time, so it seems crazy that he’ll be available for free in the summer. The 32-year-old is closing in on a century of international caps and is more than capable of performing at the highest level for years to come.
Willian – Chelsea
With the influx of exciting young prospects coming through the ranks at Stamford Bridge, it feels like Willan’s days at Chelsea are numbered.
The tricky winger has enjoyed a prosperous seven-year stint with the Blues, winning two Premier League titles under two different managers. But with the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount, and Christian Pulisic coming to the fore, Chelsea has chosen not to renew Willian’s contract.
At 31, Willian is no spring chicken. But he’s still got plenty to offer, and there will be no shortage of interest in the Brazilian when the transfer window opens.
Barcelona has been a long-term admirer of the former Shakhtar Donetsk man, and Chelsea has rejected numerous bids from the Spanish club in the past. However, Willian has recently expressed his desire to stay in England, so we could see him join a rival Premier League club.
Mario Gotze – Borussia Dortmund
When Mario Gotze scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final, it looked as though the German youngster was destined for greatness. But after suffering with injuries and illness in the ensuing years, Gotze’s career has never really taken off.
Following a relatively sterile stint with Bayern Munich, Gotze is now in his second spell with Borussia Dortmund. But the attacking midfielder has seen his role diminish recently.
With his contract winding down, it’s likely that Gotze will be allowed to leave Dortmund for free at the end of his current deal. His best years are arguably still ahead of him, so it’s vital that Gotze moves elsewhere in order to reignite his career.
Jan Vertonghen – Tottenham Hotspur
It doesn’t feel too long ago that Jan Vertonghen was regarded as one of the best defenders in the Premier League. Fast forward to today, and he is merely seen as a fringe player by Jose Mourinho at Tottenham.
Sure, Vertonghen isn’t at the level he once was. But he is still a solid center-back, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him leave North London for one of Europe’s top clubs.
Both Ajax — from whom Spurs signed Vertonghen in 2012 — and Inter Milan showed interest in the Belgian during the previous transfer window. But both clubs were put off by the English side’s £12m asking price, so it looks like Tottenham will have to release Vertonghen for free.
Pedro – Chelsea
Pedro has won just about every trophy imaginable throughout his illustrious career. In fact, the former Barcelona star has claimed 25 major honors in total, including the World Cup, European Championship, and Champions League.
The five-time La Liga champion added a Premier League winner’s medal to his collection in 2016/17, but his time in England could be coming to an end. Pedro signed a contract extension with Chelsea in 2018, and his current deal expires at the end of the season.
The 32-year-old may not be mentioned in the same breath as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, but it’s hard to ignore Pedro’s remarkable record.
It’s unclear where Pedro will end up, but you can guarantee that there will be a host of elite clubs eager to acquire his signature. After all, the chance to sign such a talented player for free doesn’t come around often.
Thomas Meunier – Paris Saint-Germain
It’s fair to say that Thomas Meunier has never really managed to settle in France. The right-back has failed to nail down a place in PSG’s starting eleven since arriving from Club Brugge in 2016, and it appears as though he’ll be allowed to leave when his contract runs out.
Still, there’s no doubting Meunier’s ability. He may not have been able to make a big impact at PSG, but there’s no reason why he can’t fulfill his potential elsewhere.
The Belgium international is in the final year of his deal with PSG, so he is able to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club. Borussia Dortmund has reportedly made contact with Meunier, and there will surely be many more clubs looking to snatch the available defender.
Adam Lallana – Liverpool
You can’t help but feel sorry for Adam Lallana. The 31-year-old has given his all for Liverpool. But with so many world-class midfielders ahead of him at Anfield, he rarely gets a look in nowadays.
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has handed the ex-Southampton captain just three Premier League starts in 2019/20, so Lallana will almost certainly be looking to leave the reigning European champion when the next transfer window opens.
Ultimately, Lallana is coming towards the end of his career, and he needs to be playing on a regular basis. With limited opportunities at Liverpool, it makes sense for him to leave Merseyside.
Having said that, Lallana is far from finished. He’s still got what it takes to play in the Premier League, so a move to a mid-table club would be the ideal scenario.
Olivier Giroud – Chelsea
Olivier Giroud is the third Chelsea player on this list, and just like Willian and Pedro, the French striker would be a fantastic free addition to almost every top club in Europe.
Having been frozen out by Blues boss Frank Lampard, Giroud was close to leaving Chelsea in January. But after the EPL side failed to find a replacement striker, the 33-year-old wasn’t allowed to leave during the previous window.
Instead, it looks like Chelsea will run down Giroud’s contract and allow him to leave at the end of the season. Tammy Abraham is clearly Lampard’s first-choice striker, so Giroud is now surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.
With transfer fees skyrocketing in recent times, even the richest clubs in the world are on the lookout for bargain buys these days.
There will be some incredible free agents up for grabs when the summer transfer window opens, and I’m excited to see where the players in this post end up.
If you think I’ve missed anyone from this list, feel free to share your suggestions of other players who are out of contract this year in the comments sections below.
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