Continuin Footie Central’s two-part series on players who are out of contract in the summer, and where they might be playing next season (for the first part please click here).
Here the second five names on the list.
Memphis Depay (Lyon)
Former Manchester United forward Depay is another one linked with a summer move to Barcelona, having refused to sign a new deal with his current club Lyon. He was heavily linked with a switch to the Catalan club at the end of he season, but the deal fell down because of a difference ion the two club’s valuation of the player.
However, like any deal for his Dutch international team -mate Wijnaldum, the move could be off if Roald Koeman is sacked as Barcelona team boss. And, because of Barcelona’s financial issues, the terms that have been offered to De[pay are not as generous as were on the table last summer.
Juan Mata (Manchester United)
Spaniard Mata has become a bit-part player under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United, and, although he has been offered a short-term extension, he is seeking the security of a multi-year deal.
Lazio now appear to be in the running to sign him, with a two-year deal on the table, plus an option of a further year.
Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)
34-year old Giroud seems certain to leave Chelsea this summer because of a lack of game time under Thomas Tuchel, but where he might be headed remains uncertain.
He ahs consistently been linked with a return to France, with Marseille touted as a possible destination, but Turkish clubs are also interested in signing him, especially Fenerbahçe. The MLS is also a possibility, especially David Beckham’s Inter Miami.
Sergio Agüero (Manchester City)
Agüero’s career at Manchester City, where he is the club’s record goal scorer is definitely coming to an end, and he will leave after the Champions League final.
Although he has been linked with a Premier League stay – Chelsea have been mentioned as a possible option – it is widely expected he will move to Barcelona, although he will have to take a substantial pay cut to do so. It has been reported that he will join the Catalan club on a two year deal worth £4.3 million per season.
Lionel; Messi (Barcelona)
Aguero’s fate seems inextricably linked with that of his close friend Messi, who is the godfather to Aguero’s son, Benjamin).
In fact, it has been suggested that one of the reasons why Agüero is moving to the Camp Nou is part of a deliberate ploy by new Barcelona president Joan Laporta to keep his star asset at the club.
Last summer, Messi seemed on the verge of moving, claiming he had a “gentlemen’s agreement” with then president Josep Maria Bartomeu to allow him to leave on a free transfer.
At that time, Manchester City and PSG – the only two clubs in world football who could afford his wages – were both interested in signing him, and, if he were available, would surely throw their hats in the ring again.
Many expect Messi to stay with the Spanish club, but with the club plagued by debt, he may have to agree to a healthy cut in his annual salary, currently believed to be worth £123 million a year.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.