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Contract Rebels In The Top 6: Players Looking For The Exit Door

Contract Rebels In The Top 6: Players Looking For The Exit Door
Eoin Lyons
By Eoin Lyons
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Contracts aren't worth the paper they're written on these days, but more and more we are seeing players seeing out their deals at a club in order to garner a lucrative signing on fee at a new club. Players like Emre Can, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sead Kolasinac have all been happy to run down their contract at their respective clubs in order to secure a move elsewhere.

With the end of 2018 approaching clubs are starting to tie down their best players at the risk of losing them in one or two years time for bupkis. Balls takes a look at the top clubs in the Premier League and whether they have their house in order when it comes to securing their biggest assets.


Arsenal are resigned to losing Aaron Ramsey at the end of the season on a free transfer, with the Welshman at an impasse with the club in regards to a new deal. Danny Welbeck is another player who can leave for free in June.

The ageing Petr Cech, Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny are all likely to be moved on when their deals run out with Carl Jenkinson also unlikely to resign under Unai Emery.

Aaron Ramsey - Summer 2019

Danny Welbeck - Summer 2019

Nacho Monreal - Summer 2019


Petr Cech - Summer 2019

Laurent Koscielny - Summer 2020

Carl Jenkinson - Summer 2020


Man City

Pep Guardiola will have a big decision to make regarding his captain come the summer. Vincent Kompany will be 33 in April, and while he may not me at the peak of his powers any more, he is one of the leaders at Man City which could tempt the club to grant him an extension on his current deal.

Eliaquim Mangala on the other hand will probably be let go following a disappointing spell at the club since his 2014 move from Porto. Promising youngster Brahim Diaz proved his worth recently with a brace against Fulham in the Carabao Cup. Real Madrid have been mooted with an interest in the forward, but the club may have a problem keeping hold of the 19-year-old with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus further ahead in the pecking order.

Raheem Sterling has reportedly verbally agreed to extend his stay in Manchester, but there is still uncertainty surrounding the futures of Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Fabian Delph. David Silva and Fernandinho are 32 and 33 respectively, and with both players out of contract in 2020, the pair may seek pastures new as they enter the autumn of their careers.


Eliaquim Mangala - Summer 2019

Vincent Kompany - Summer 2019

Ibrahim Diaz - Summer 2019


Raheem Sterling - Summer 2020

Ilkay Gundogan - Summer 2020

David Silva - Summer 2020


Fernandinho - Summer 2020

Fabian Delph - Summer 2020

Oleksander Zinchenko - Summer 2020


Phil Foden - Summer 2020

Claudio Bravo - Summer 2020

Man United

Where do you start? United nearly have a first eleven of players that could leave for free at the end of the 2018/19 season. Of them, the most valuable to the club are Anthony Martial and David De Gea. Ageing full backs Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young could both conceivably be let go in June while Andreas Pereira and Matteo Darmian have not made much of an impact at the club, and much maligned centre back pairing Phil Jones and Chris Smalling might also be booted out come the summer.

Onto players who's deals run out in 2020 and Marcus Rashford's name appears. United fans will be desperate to see the Mancunian extend his stay at Old Trafford.

Nemanja Matic, Lee Grant and Marouane Fellaini on the other hand will probably be considered expendable by the time 2020 rolls around. Arguably the club's best defender Eric Bailly's deal also runs out in two years, which will worry the United faithful.

Anthony Martial - Summer 2019

Juan Mata - Summer 2019

David De Gea - Summer 2019

Ander Herrera - Summer 2019

Chris Smalling - Summer 2019

Matteo Darmian - Summer 2019

Antonio Valencia - Summer 2019

Andreas Pereira - Summer 2019

Ashley Young - Summer 2019

Marcus Rashford - Summer 2020


Nemanja Matic - Summer 2020

Eric Bailly - Summer 2020

Marouane Fellaini - Summer 2020

Lee Grant - Summer 2020

Tottenham Hotspur

The source of Tottenham's excellent defence could crumble come the summer, with both Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld out of contract. Spurs do have the option to extend Vertonghen's deal at the club by a year, whereas Alderweireld has been known to want a move away from a while.

Mousa Dembele has had his fair shared of injuries over the past few seasons so Daniel Levy may not be too eager to extend the Belgian's current deal. More pressing will be his mission to tie Christian Eriksen down to a long term contract.

Toby Alderweireld - Summer 2019

Jan Vertonghen - Summer 2019

Mousa Dembele - Summer 2019

Michel Vorm - Summer 2019

Christian Eriksen - Summer 2020

Vincent Janssen - Summer 2020


James Milner and Daniel Sturridge are both free agents come next June. You feel that Klopp could let either of them go, though with the evergreen Milner currently in the form of his life, the German may be tempted to see if he can squeeze another season out of the robust midfielder. Sturridge has also made a strong start to the season after his persistent injury woes, though may not prove value for money with his reported £120,000 week salary.

Moving down the list Lazar Markovic is basically a persona non grata at the club and it is understood that Moreno will be on his way once the season reaches its conclusion.

Onto the summer of 2020 and we're still not in danger of losing any first teamers. Joel Matip and Nathaniel Clyne currently make excellent second choice options for the Reds, though Divock Origi is clearly wanted out of the club after an unsuccessful loan spell at Wolfsburg.

Adam Lallana's deal runs out in 2020, though the club have the right to extend his contract by another year. Probably the most valuable player on this list for Jurgen Klopp.

James Milner - Summer 2019

Daniel Sturridge - Summer 2019

Alberto Moreno - Summer 2019

Lazar Markovic - Summer 2019

Joel Matip - Summer 2020

Adam Lallana - Summer 2020 (optional additional year)

Nathaniel Clyne - Summer 2020

Divock Origi - Summer 2020


Chelsea have a glut of elderly statesmen potentially leaving the club in June. Cesc Fabregas, David Luiz, Olivier Giroud and Gary Cahill will all more than likely be free to find another suitor. Loan ranger  Lucas Piazon will also probably be shown the door as will Willy Caballero and Rob Green.

Onto summer 2020 and Chelsea fans may be concerned to learn that three of their star forwards will be free to leave the club in two years. Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian are all coming into the final years at Stamford Bridge and with Hazard looking to Real Madrid, Sarri may have to cash in the club's biggest asset before it is devalued.

Fan favourite Cesar Azpilicueta's deal is also out in 2020, and his contract might be the most likely to get renewed.

Cesc Fabregas - Summer 2019

David Luiz - Summer 2019

Olivier Giroud - Summer 2019

Gary Cahill - Summer 2019

Lucas Piazon - Summer 2019

Willy Caballero - Summer 2019

Rob Green - Summer 2019

Eden Hazard - Summer 2020

Willian - Summer 2020

Cesar Azpilicueta - Summer 2020

Pedro - Summer 2020

Marko Van Ginkel - Summer 2020

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