The next transfer session which will start in January 2021, could be more chaotic than usual. And the reason is simple: there a lot of world-class players whose contracts are about to expire in June 2021. According to the transfer rules, any football whose contract is about to expire in 6 months, is free to sign a new contract with another team.
January is the month when you sign free agents whose contract is about to expire within 6 months. And this January the list of free agents includes incredible players. Amongst others, we can see Sergio Ramos, Leo Messi, Gigio Donnarumma and many more opportunities. As a result, we may see a very hot January and chaotic negotiations to bring big names at discounted prices. Let’s have a look in details on who is available.
How not to start with Gigio Donnarumma? The very young (class 1999) baby phenomenon of AC Milan has arrived close to the contractual expiry without finding an agreement for the renewal with the Italian team. The negotiation between AC Milan and Mino Raiola, goalkeeper’s agent, has been going on for some time now and the next few weeks could be decisive, in one way or another. Speaking of top players… who wouldn’t want Sergio Ramos on the team? In this case, as it often happens, the will of the player will be decisive: try a new experience abroad or end his career with Real Madrid with whom he won everything?
From the Liga to the Bundesliga, where Bayern Munich is trying in every way to keep David Alaba, born in 1992 on which the main European top clubs have put their eyes. Without forgetting Jerome Boateng, who may also leave Germany for free. Other possible occasions? Bernat from PSG as well as Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, both from Arsenal, a club that also risks to lose David Luiz for free.
Among the players whose contract expires in June 2021 there is also Luka Modric from Real Madrid, 2018 Balon d’Or. The Croatian midfielder will also be in the final phase of his career (35 years old last September 9) but his talent and leadership are indisputable. Experience that is certainly not lacking even to Georginio Wijnaldum, born in 1990 and due to expire in June with Liverpool, or to Javi Martinez, 32 years old who could say goodbye to Bayern Munich in June.
Opposite profile for age and characteristics, but on which a lot of people are trying to make a run for it: Giovanni Reyna, one of the last baby phenomenon launched by Borussia Dortmund who will do everything to renew the 2002 class contract. Hakan Calhanoglu is another “hot renewal” at AC Milan: after the first difficult seasons in Serie A, the Turkish seems to have settled down and is showing all his qualities just in the season when his contract with AC Milan may end. More, Julian Draxler is a talent held back by too many injuries expiring in June 2021 with PSG. Possible chances at zero also from the English Premier League, where at the end of the season the contracts of Juan Mata (Man Utd) and Ozil (Arsenal) will expire.
Imagine being able to take one of the strongest players in the history “for free”? A dream that only a very small circle of clubs (Man City seems ahead) can cradle: because Leo Messi at the end of the year can leave Barcelona at the end of his contract, putting an end to a long story with one of the most controversial endings in the history of football. However, in this specific case, it will be hard to say that Messi is for free since the super-champion will request a pharaonic salary. For those who cannot afford Messi, there is an alternative: Memphis Depay. Depay hardly will renew his contract and so Lyon could decide to sell him in January hoping to monetize something out of him. Barcelona is watching the developments…
In the French Ligue 1, there are also other options: Di Maria’s contract with PSG expires in June as well. Same for Thauvin’s contract with Oympique Marsiglia. Moving back to the Premier League, Sergio Aguero’s future in Manchester (City) is still uncertain. Milik in on sale too. Napoli will sell the footballer already in January for a small fee. Finally, from Lucas Vazquez of Real Madrid and Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid as well as Marega of Porto, Taison of Shakhtar, Slimani of Leicester and Giroud of Chelsea, any team can have its free agent this January!