Given the state of the world, the money circulating around in football has taken a serious hit and as such, the transfer market this summer may not be filled with big money moves as it has been in years past. Even though seasons across Europe are still to be completed, Premier League clubs are allowed to contact stars who are out of contract in the summer. If a deal can be reached over the coming weeks, then players can even sign a pre-contract agreement ahead of a free summer switch. We’ve decided to take a look at 20 star men who Premier League clubs should be interested in talking to.
Cavani has plied his trade with Paris Saint-Germain since 2013, becoming one of the world’s most prolific strikers during that time. Now 32, the Uruguayan was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea and Manchester United during the January window. Could they land him in the summer?
He’s only 1, but big things are expected from PSG defender Tanguy Kouassi. He’s yet to commit his future to the French champions and as such, clubs could swoop in and sign him, owing just a compensatory fee to PSG.
Mertens has been a brilliant servant to Napoli, but he could leave the Italian giants at the end of the season on a free transfer. There wouldn’t be a shortage of suitors for the dynamic Belgian forward, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all linked.
Nice defender Malang Sarr will leave the Ligue club this summer. The 22-year old is highly thought of in France and has been linked with a move to Newcastle in recent weeks.
Another World Cup winner who has been linked with a move to various Premier League heavyweights is Gotze. The Borussia Dortmund man is set to be a free agent at the end of the season and could potentially sign a pre-contract agreement with a new club in the coming weeks.
Versatile Paris Saint-Germain man Meunier won’t be short of interested parties should he decide to leave the Ligue 1 champions in the summer. He could get his next move finalised soon, with Arsenal and Manchester United linked with the Belgian over the past 12 months.
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Atalanta have had a good few and they’ve been helped by the performances of centre back Jose Luis Palomino. The 30-year-old is out of contract this summer and would bring a huge amount of experience to any Premier League backline. He’s recently been linked with a move to Turkey.
Spanish winger Callejon is also free to discuss a move away. He could end his seven-year association with Napoli at the end of the season, and at the age of 33, could be keen on a final career challenge in England.
Paris Saint-Germain left-back Kurzawa was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal, and it looks as if he’ll leave the French giants when his contract expires in the summer. Surely the Gunners will look to reach an agreement over the coming months?
As it stands, Janik Haberer will be leaving Freiburg in the summer. The versatile star, who can play in midfield or attack, would be a useful addition for plenty of Premier League sides.
Chelsea’s reluctance to offer Willian a three-year deal means the Brazilian is certain to leave Stamford Bridge this summer. Aged 31, it could be a risk to give him the long-term deal he’s after but in a shorter-term contract, he could still play a huge role for a number of top-flight sides.
Several Premier League clubs could be keen on bolstering their options in goal, and OGC Nice’s Benitez appears to be the best free option abroad currently. At the age of 27, it looks as if the Argentine still has plenty of high-quality seasons left in the tank.
Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser has signalled his intentions to leave the Cherries this summer. The Scottish international has recently been linked with Crystal Palace.
Former Tottenham man Stambouli is another option for top-flight sides. He’s currently with Schalke but could be keen on a return to England, should he receive an offer.
Zenit Saint Petersburg’s experienced striker Dzyuba appears to have all the attributes needed to succeed in the Premier League. The Russian is strong, good in the air and deadly in front of goal, so that could appeal to several top-flight teams.
Jan Vertonghen may be 33-years-old but he’s still got plenty to offer. It looks like he’ll be leaving Tottenham this summer and whilst he’s being linked with moves to Italy, he would be a good signing for a lot of teams in England.
Like his teammate Willian, Pedro is set to leave Chelsea this summer too. The 32-year-old hasn’t been a regular at Stamford Bridge but he’s shown that he has enough quality to help out more than a few Premier League clubs.
AC Milan midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura is another player who could join for nothing. He’s spent the last six years in Italy and has even gained 14 international caps during that time. Capable of playing in a deep central role or further forward, Bonaventura could be a smart pick up.
Adam Lallana, after a few years of injury issues, has stayed fit this season and has been a very good squad player for Liverpool. A number of clubs, like Leicester and West Ham, have been linked with the former England star.
Nampalys Mendy has found game time hard to come by at Leicester, given the midfield options they have. However, as he returns to fitness after his injury, he could be a good signing for a team looking for a combative star with Premier League experience.