Is it time to go out?
Transfers have been an integral part of football since its inception. At first they are chaotic, now they follow clearly defined rules. Every year, the players are becoming more expensive, but the “Bosman rule” continues to exist, which means that any player retains the right to go to any other club after the end of the contract without any penalty.
The first known footballer who took advantage of the new right was the Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids, who switched to Milan. Since then, such legends as Michael Ballack, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Raul and Gianluigi Buffon have changed their residence for free.
Before we talk about the top ten most desired players with expiring contracts, we mention those who haven’t been on our list: Javier Pastore (PSG), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United), Gary Cayhill ( Chelsea), Filipe Luis (Atletico), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Ander Herrera, Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Arjen Robben (Bavaria).
David Louis (Chelsea)
Controversial, but very talented, the 31-year-old Brazilian is always loved by fans. He became a star in Benfica, after which Chelsea signed him in 2011. After playing in PSG for two years, he returned to London, where he immediately won the gold from the Premier League. Last season, Louis quarreled with coach Antonio Conte, and was already ready to leave the team, until the mentor was replaced by Maurizio Sarri. In the summer the contract of the defender comes to an end, and most likely he will be offered to renew it.
Antonio Marcial (Manchester United)
The winner of the Golden Boy Award in 2015 did not become a global sensation, but this season he can easily be considered the best player of the sinking club. Many believe that Jose Mourinho, who did not trust the young player, prevented him from developing. As a result, Antonio did not even go to the World Cup in Russia. Despite all these misadventures, he remains a welcome player for many. This year it is good. Will he stay in “MJ”? It depends on whether he is offended by the Portuguese mentor, or all the problems in the past.
Musa Dembele (Tottenham)
The representative of the golden generation of Belgian soccer players, Dembele, clearly showed himself in Tottenham, which this season is difficult to imagine without him. Powerful, technically talented and “unsinkable”, he dominates the midfield. Unfortunately, he was often harassed by injuries, and last season he was not on the field as often as he would have liked – Eric Dyer, Christian Eriksen and Dele Ali walked over him under the guidance of Pochettino.
The Belgian contract expires at the end of the season, and numerous rumors indicate that he will leave the team. China is already attracted to itself, and in Europe, Milan has an eye on Dembele.
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea)
The 31-year-old midfielder can be considered the greatest in his position, and almost anyone will envy the number of his trophies. He was a star in Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea and the Spanish national team, and remains a great footballer. Since his appearance in London at the age of 16, he has inspired others, and very few people are able to dictate this way from the center of the field. But even the player of his talents do not always play Chelsea. Perhaps, unlike Louis, he is not so happy about the arrival of Surry, and is already considering possible options for care.
Fabregas’s contract expires at the end of the season, and rumors hint at Diego Simeone’s possible transfer to Atletico.
Diego Godin (Atletico)
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An impassable wall in defense, Diego Godin is considered one of the most reliable defenders of Atletico. He spent the last seven years at the highest level. Having made a name for himself in “Villareal”, Godin moved to Atletico in 2010. He trusted Simeone, and he raised the perfect defender for his team, where the defensive game is extremely important. After leaving, Gabi Godin became the captain of the “mattress” and led teammates to victory in the UEFA Super Cup against Real. Strong in the air and useful in both foul shots, it is very reliable and makes almost no mistakes. It is useful to any team. The 32-year-old veteran confirmed that he had recently rejected Manchester United’s offer, since he intended to remain at Wanda Metropolitano, but the new contract was not signed. With his departure, the Madrid will lose a lot.
Juan Mata (Manchester United)
World champion and national favorite, Mata made a name for himself in Valencia, from which he moved to Chelsea in 2011.
Already in the debut season, he won the Champions League. His departure to Manchester United perplexed many fans of the London club, who still haven’t forgiven this decision of Mourinho.