The transfer market in today’s times is as unpredictable as one can imagine it to be. No player is assumed to be fixed at a club for a while and predictions of someone surely extending contracts is a thought of the days gone by.
With the teams undergoing constant change and money being spent in unimaginable amounts, it is no surprise that a number of players are currently in the last year of their contracts with the clubs they serve. With the 2017 transfer window now over, the January and summer of 2018 will be filled with rumours of these particular names.
Here is a look into the team that consists of the major final-year contract names from across Europe:
1. Michel Vorm
The 33-year-old still has a few years up his sleeve, and will want to be involved in a side that offers him game time rather than warming Tottenham’s bench more often than not.
A fighter with Atletico Madrid and a 22-time Spanish International, Juanfran will provide experience and grit to any side he prefers to move to.
3. Jose Gimenez
A rare sight with a 22-year-old in such a position. Tipped to be one of the best defenders in the time to come, Atleti will be determined to keep hold of him for a while.
4. Giorgio Chiellini
After Bonucci said goodbye to the Old Lady, Chiellini could soon follow suit. A world cup winner, a champion at heart, and a displayer of unmatched passion in every game. The player will be on the list of every top side in Europe.
5. Kwadwo Asamoah
A left-back by choice, the Juventus player can leave the club next season and set himself towards a career that will reach great heights.
6. Emre Can
The German international has become a key figure in Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side, and the Reds should be trying their best to keep hold of him. Juventus are eyeing the midfielder’s situation, and trophies can certainly aid their chase.
The player was on the verge of leaving Zinedine Zidane’s side earlier last season, but some impactful last 6 months have seen him cement a place in the best side in Europe. The player is also being seen as Spain’s rising hero in the years to come, and is a name Madrid simply cannot afford losing.
8. Andreas Iniesta
A world cup winning legend, a Barca veteran, and a player that is the complete product. The Spanish international has won everything a player can possibly dream of achieving, and if he decides to move to another challenge, only a side foolish enough will not be willing to sign him up.
9. Mesut Ozil
The German is definitely one of the best playmakers in modern football at the moment. However, the Arsenal fans seem to disagree to that every now and then, and given the situation of the club, it won’t be surprising to see him provide his magic elsewhere next summer.
10. Alexis Sanchez
The Chilean scored 30 goals for the Gunners last term, and was their saviour in an otherwise dark season. However, the absence of the Champions League, poor management skills, and the failure to attract big names to the club will play a key role in deciding his future.
11. Lionel Messi
A five-time Ballon D’Or winner and one of the best of all-time, Barcelona’s favourite man is in his final year at the club. Pep Guardiola is said to be a huge admirer of the magician, and wants him at Manchester City as soon as possible. Nervous days ahead for the La Liga side.
Written by Vikram Gupta
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