This summer, it’s likely that some of football’s most sought-after names will be available for nothing.
Lionel Messi is among a host of star names in the final months of their contracts with friend Sergio Aguero and rival Sergio Ramos.
talkSPORT.com has picked some of the best who are set to become free agents in June, starting with Barcelona legend Messi.
Lionel Messi: Barcelona – 33 years old
Messi was set to leave last summer but ultimately chose to stay in Spain.
However, he is believed to be more willing to sign a new deal at Camp Nou now that there has been a change of presidency.
If he were to leave, the likely options in Europe are Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, where his former boss, Pep Guardiola, is in charge.
David Alaba: Bayern Munich – 29 years old
Several clubs have been linked with Alaba, but the Bayern and Austria ace are said to favor Real Madrid.
In the Premier League, Chelsea and Liverpool have reportedly registered an interest, but it looks like La Liga will be the decorated player’s next stop.
Alaba has won nine league titles in Germany and twice in the Champions League.
In February, he said it was not an easy decision to decide to leave. “I’ve been here for 13 years and the club means a lot to me… I haven’t decided where I’m going yet.”
Gianluigi Donnarumma: Milan – 22 years old
The goalkeeper is only 22, but has been a staple between the sticks since he was a teenager.
Reports published in January suggested Milan had offered Donnarumma a deal worth up to £ 6million a year, but no deal was reached between the two sides.
And this apparent blockage during the signing of a new contract would have alerted Chelsea.
A move to Stamford Bridge would surely mean the end of Kepa’s stay in England.
Sergio Aguero: Man City – 32 years old
After ten years and 181 Premier League (and more), Aguero will be leaving City.
His goals have won him titles, but the Champions League eludes him although he can fix it this season.
Aguero has been linked with PSG and Barcelona, but Chelsea are also believed to be at the forefront.
Recent reports suggest the striker is keen to stay in England and try to become the top scorer in Premier League history.
Georginio Wijnaldum: Liverpool, 30
Each week, Wijnaldum appears closer to leaving Anfield.
The midfielder has been a key player in the club’s recent success under Jurgen Klopp, but he could find it difficult to resist the lure of Barcelona.
According to some reports, he has already entered into a contract to bond with his compatriot Ronald Koeman.
Barca’s financial woes deterred them from hunting Wijnaldum last summer, but the fact that he will soon be a free agent makes his acquisition even more attractive.
Sergio Ramos: Real Madrid – 35 years old
He may be 35, but the Real Madrid captain is still one of the best in his job – and he knows it.
Having spent the last 15 years in the Spanish capital, he believes he has earned the right to order his next move.
“I have earned the right to make whatever decision I want.
“I will play at the highest level. Otherwise, I stay at home. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be worth it. That I agree with my age is no accident.
Man United were previously interested in signing him, while PSG are also an option.
Jerome Boateng: Bayern Munich – 32 years old
Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has confirmed Jerome Boateng will leave the club this summer.
The decision was joint and Salihamidzic is hoping the longtime center-back leaves titles.
Having joined Bayern in 2011, he won eight Bundesliga titles and two Champions Leagues.
Man United attempted to sign him in 2018 when Jose Mourinho was in charge and Boateng has revealed he considers them and PSG as well.
“Not because I wanted to leave Bayern Munich, certainly. It wasn’t an escape, but rather the thrill of a new challenge. I feel completely satisfied at Bayern – one of the biggest clubs in the world. “
Now he will have this new challenge – and Mourinho is still looking for an experienced center-back.
Memphis Depay: Lyon – 27 years old
In addition to Liverpool’s Wijnaldum, Koeman is looking to recruit Depay.
Barca manager turned things around in Spain with the club just one point behind leaders Atletico Madrid,
Depay was targeted last year, but ended up staying in France.
If the 27-year-old ex-Man United player is signed it would be a good deal given that Wijnaldum is close and Eric Garcia is expected to join for free as well.