Which players are available on the transfer market?

Some of the biggest names in European football are available as free agents this summer, their contracts with their current clubs expiring.

Will Paul Pogba return to Juventus? What will Gareth Bale’s life be like after Real Madrid? And where could Christian Eriksen land?

Gareth Bale

Current clubs: real Madrid

In relationship with : DC United, Cardiff City, Newcastle United, Nottingham Forest, AC Milan, Tottenham Hotspur

Gareth Bale’s departure from Real Madrid comes after nine trophy-laden years in the Spanish capital, where he won the Champions League five times and La Liga three times.

The 32-year-old Welsh striker joined the Spanish champions in September 2013 for a record transfer fee of over £80million. He has already stressed that his family and his fitness for the World Cup will be his top priorities when deciding where to play next season.

Paul Pogba

Current clubs: Manchester United

In relationship with : Juventus, Real Madrid, Paris St-Germain, Manchester City.

Paul Pogba is leaving Manchester United this summer after six disappointing years in his second spell at the club. The midfielder won the EFL Cup and Europa League in the space of a year after his high-profile return to United in a club-record £89m transfer from Juventus in 2016.

While the 29-year-old helped France win the World Cup in 2018, he showed only flashes of his superb passing range and powerful forward run at United, where he was often proven to be a defensive handicap and irritated supporters with a perceived lack of effort.

In a documentary covering his private life, Pogba allegedly claimed United’s offer of an improved £300,000-a-week deal was « nothing », suggesting anyone who signs him will need to have deep pockets.

Christian Eriksen

Current clubs: Brentford

In relationship with : Brentford, Tottenham, Manchester United

Christian Eriksen should really be halfway through his four-and-a-half-year contract at Inter Milan. However, the 30-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest while taking part in Euro 2020 last June with Denmark which changed the trajectory of his career. His return to football came after being fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).

Eriksen was released by Inter (defibrillator not allowed in Serie A) and landed at Brentford on a six-month deal, where his qualities were on display helping the Premier League side. The Bees are keen to keep the former Ajax playmaker but will he stay in London or move elsewhere with interest from Manchester United?

jesse lingard

Current clubs: Manchester United

Linked to: West Ham United, Newcastle, Tottenham, Roma, AC Milan

Jesse Lingard is leaving Manchester United after coming through the academy ranks and spending two decades at the club. While United surprisingly chose to keep the England midfielder last summer, the 29-year-old has endured a difficult 2021-22 campaign and has been used sparingly.

Prior to that, a successful loan spell at West Ham at the start of 2021 served as a reminder of his qualities and finding a new club where he is guaranteed playing time in a World Cup year could enter into his thinking. .

Ousmane Dembele

Current clubs: Barcelona

In relationship with : Chelsea, PSG

Things haven’t quite gone to plan for Ousmane Dembele since joining FC Barcelona in 2017 from Borussia Dortmund in one of the most expensive deals ever.

Aged just 25, injuries have hampered the French striker’s development and he has only shown fleeting glimpses of his rich talent. When he’s on the right track, his speed, trickery and ability to wear down opposing defenses can thrill Camp Nou fans. Although he has been widely rumored to leave, club president Joan Laporta and head coach Xaxi are both hopeful he can be persuaded to stay.

Edinson Cavani

Current clubs: Manchester United

In relationship with : Real Madrid, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Juventus.

Edinson Cavani has had two mixed years at Manchester United.

The 35-year-old Uruguayan striker, who arrived on a free transfer from PSG in October 2020, started brilliantly with 17 goals in all competitions in his first season.

While the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo and a seemingly endless list of injuries saw him struggle last season. His personality and experience could nevertheless prove invaluable to potential suitors.


Current clubs: Manchester City

Linked to: Botafogo, Flamengo, Corinthians, Athletico Paranaense

Fernandinho, 37, made 19 Premier League appearances to help Manchester City win their fourth title in five seasons. The Brazil international has already expressed his desire to return to his native country when he leaves Manchester City, where he has won five league titles, six EFL Cups and the FA Cup.

Luis Suarez

Current clubs: Atlético Madrid

In relationship with : Juventus, Aston Villa, Sevilla, Inter Miami

At 35, Luis Suarez is part of the veteran category. His impending departure from the Wanda Metropolitano comes after a season where he scored 13 goals in all competitions. The Uruguay international may not be as dynamic as he was in his younger days, but his liveliness and movement around goal could tempt several clubs to make him a short-term offer.


Current clubs: real Madrid

In relationship with : Sevilla, Arsenal, Tottenham

Still in his prime, the 30-year-old playmaker will be looking to regain his mojo after losing his place in the Spain squad.

Angel di Maria

Current clubs: PSG

Linked with: Juventus, Barcelona

Argentina striker Angel di Maria bid a perfect farewell to PSG, scoring in the 5-0 win over Metz in their last match and being taken off to a standing ovation from the Parc des Princes crowd. The 34-year-old scored 93 goals in 295 appearances for PSG, winning five league titles and nine domestic cups during his time in the French capital.

Juventus and FC Barcelona are said to be in dispute over the signing of the winger.

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