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The calibre of players available for FREE next summer is absolutely ridiculous

The likes of Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez and Arjen Robben are all out of contract this summer

Anyone for a billy bargain this summer?

Much has been made of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil’s current contract stand off at Arsenal, with both players’ current deals expiring at the end of the season.

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Arsenal are giving fans a glimpse of the future without contract rebels Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil

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Ozil and Sanchez are being linked with the Manchester clubs

But they are far from the only ones in that situation.

In fact, the calibre of players who could feasibly leave for free next summer is absolutely astonishing.

The legalities around contract negotiations allow players to open talks with a new FOREIGN club when they enter the last six months of their existing deals.

Robben and Ribery are both out of contract next summer

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Robben and Ribery are both out of contract next summer

So the following stars could all effectively sign pre-contract agreements as soon as January arrives:

  • Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
  • Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
  • Juan Mata (Man United)
  • Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
  • Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
  • Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)
  • Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
  • Leon Goretzka (Schalke)
  • Emre Can (Liverpool)
  • Stevan de Vrij (Lazio)
  • Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli)
  • Jose Gimenez (Atletico Madrid)
  • Max Meyer (Schalke)
  • Luke Shaw (Man United)
  • Daley Blind (Man United)
  • Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
  • Juanfran (Atletico Madrid)
  • Marouane Fellaini (Man United)
  • Ross Barkley (Everton)
  • Neven Subotic (Borussia Dortmund)
  • Miranda (Inter Milan)
  • Mario Balotelli (Nice)
  • Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk)
  • Oğuzhan Özyakup (Besiktas)

Giorgio Chiellini is set to pen a new deal with Juventus

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Chiellini is yet to commit his future to Juventus

Not bad.

Numerous reports believe Messi has verbally agreed a new contract at Barcelona which could be unveiled in the coming weeks, but technically he’s still entering the last few months of his current one.

The likes of Andrea Pirlo, Robert Lewandowski and Henrik Larsson have all taken advantage of the ruling in the past and proved masterful signings.

So could Premier League clubs pounce and snap up a brilliant Bosman when the transfer window opens in six weeks time?