Clubs are weary of having their top players contract run out as it means they will leave for a lesser market value. For other players, having a contract that will soon expire may give them a good chance of negotiating another deal with excellent pay package. Below we take a look at the Premier League top 6 clubs and their players whose contracts are expiring soon
Ever since Thibaut Courtois left Chelsea for Real Madrid, chances of David De Gea leaving Manchester United have significantly diminished but take nothing from the Spaniard who has been United’s outstanding player for over four seasons.
De Gea has a contract that will expire next summer, and Manchester United are keen to renew, but his pay package has been the reason he has not signed a new deal.
For the job he has done, De Gea insists the Old Trafford side will have to shell out £350,000 a week before he pens a new 5-year deal as he aims to be among the top earners alongside Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.
Anthony Martial has had a difficult life under manager Jose Mourinho, and he has decided to leave as his contract expires next summer, but Manchester United blocked the move.
The 22-year-old will be looking to leave during the winter transfers, but the club can trigger his extension clause to make him stay for another year.
Midfielders Juan Mata and Ander Herrera will see their deals run out next year (2019) and may soon start hunting for another club. Herrera is willing to stay if the club agrees to his terms which may include a better pay package and also more playing time.
His Spanish teammate Juan Mata may not be so lucky as his one-year extension clause had been triggered since January, so he doesn’t leave for free. There have been no transfer requests for the 30-year-old since and United may be forced to either give him a new deal or let him leave.
The Manchester United defence line is where trouble is brewing as six players will become free agents next summer. Manchester United is left with two options: buy new replacements or hand out new contracts to Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Matteo Damian, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young, players whom the coach may have lost faith in.
Rashford, Matic, Bailly and Fellaini will see their current contracts run out in 2020 alongside Lee Grant while Andreas Pereira‘s contract expires in 2019.
Chelsea’s major problem comes in the form of a Belgian Red Devil midfielder Eden Hazard. The superstar’s contract expires 2020, and the club has been looking to tie him down with another contract, but the World Cup semi-finalist is likely looking to ply his trade elsewhere.
Chelsea managed to ward off interest from Real Madrid, and the midfielder is currently enjoying life under new manager Sarri so the Pensioners may hope he stays if they are able to return back to Tuesday and Wednesday nights football.
31-year-old Cesc Fabregas and David Luiz will see their contracts run out next summer and both have different fates. Luiz is currently a regular player for Sarri side, but Cesc will pray for short term extension as he is only used sparingly.
Olivier Giroud and Gary Cahill will also see their current contracts run out next summer and will be looking for an extension, but the club may want to offload them to pave the way for younger players.
Pedro, Willian and Azpilicueta will see their contracts expire in 2020. All three players currently are part of Sarri’s team though Manchester United Manager may choose to buy Willian who has not hidden his desire to reunite with his former manager.
Other players whose contracts expire soon include Lucas Piazon, Willy Caballero, Robert Green, Marco Van Ginkel and Ethan Ampadu.
Liverpool doesn’t have much transfer headache to worry about as the only player that would have given them a headache is James Milner.
Milner is an important part of the Kop’s team, and Klopp will like to have the 32 year old around due to his work rate and attitude.
Same cannot be said for Daniel Sturridge who has seen his carrier blighted by injury. Daniel is currently in the final 12 months of his Liverpool contract and has a short time to prove he deserves an extension.
It may be difficult for him as Liverpool is firing from Mane, Salah and Firminho though it will not hurt to have another potent striker although Dan might have to move elsewhere to prove himself.
Alberto Moreno and Lazar Markovic will also see their current contracts expire in 2019
30-year-old Adam Lallana has till 2020 to prove he can remain injury free. There is also Joel Matip, Divock Origi and Nathaniel Clyne who may be looking towards signing a new contract of finding greener pastures
The Gunners are desperately trying to avoid the Alexis Sanchez problem with Aaron Ramsey as his contract expires in January and the player himself is stalling.
Ramsey is likely following the footsteps of Mesut Ozil, so he gets the best possible terms before he signs a new deal and the Gunners will be left with no other choice than to do his bidding.
Alongside Ramsey in the 2019 crew is Danny Welbeck the bench warmer, Nacho Monreal, Petr Cech and Stephan Licthsteiner.
Arsenal may be willing to sell Welbeck if there are offers as it will be too expensive to offer him a new contract, Cech’s extension may be to serve as a backup keeper as Leno is poised to replace him.
If Monreal can stay injury free, the commentators may be happy to see him play, so they don’t bite their tongues over his teammates Papastathopoulos and Konstantinos. Laurent Koscielny and Carl Jenkinson both have till 2020.
2019 is kind to Manchester City as they have only three players whose contracts are running out next summer. Vincent Kompany is likely to get an extension for his services, but Eliaquim Mangala and Brahim Diaz will likely leave.
City still has alot of time to prepare for 2020 as they have nine players (Sterling, Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva, Fernandinho, Delph, Zinchenko, Phil Foden and Claudio Bravo) who will be out of contract by then.
Sterling is currently holding out for a new deal after failing to reach an agreement with the club earlier this year, the club will miss Aguero who wish to return home to Independiente when his contract expires, and Phil Foden will get a lucrative new contract.
Silva, Delph and Fernandinho will hope they are still useful to the club by then or they will likely move elsewhere.
Tottenham is tying its stars to long-term deals as the manager look set to put on a serious challenge for silverware. Son, Alli and Kane have all recently tied their future to the club on a long-term basis.
While all is set in the attack and midfield, the defence is where they have a headache as Toby Alderweireld, and Jan Vertonghen will both see their contracts expire by the end of the season.
Alderweireld is linked to Manchester United and has been reluctant to sign a new deal while Vertonghen will extend his contract if the club wants to keep him.
Mousa Dembele is leaving, and same can be said of Fernando Llorente and Michel Vorm as their contract expires next summer.
Christian Eriksen and Vincent Janssen will both see their contract run out in 2020 and Tottenham will be happy to see Eriksen sign a new contract before next year to avoid a saga.