Premier League teams face decisions on players whose contracts expire next summer, with a number of big names having entered the final months of their deals.
With time running out to agree contract extensions, we look at nine of the most high-profile players who are approaching free agency in 2024.
Nine Premier League names out of contract next summer:
Jorginho was a surprise signing for Arsenal last January, as Mikel Arteta sought to add experience to his midfield in the winter transfer window. The Italian was unable to help the Gunners to the Premier League title following his cross-capital switch from Chelsea and faces an uncertain future as he approaches the end of his contract.
The 31-year-old has totalled jut 18 minutes of action across three substitute appearances in the Premier League so far this season, following the arrival of Declan Rice from West Ham.
The player’s agent has said Jorginho will make a decision on his future at the end of the season and has hinted at a return to Serie A.
“This year he stays at Arsenal, then we can’t know what will happen next season,” Joao Santos told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.
“For now he is focused on playing two very important competitions such as the Premier and Champions League with the Gunners.
“Italy is always in our hearts, never say never. If there is an Italian team that needs Jorginho and his characteristics we will see what will happen.”
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United)
Aaron Wan-Bissaka has reached the final season of the five-year contract he signed when joining Manchester United from Crystal Palace, with a decision set to be made on his future. The right-back has failed to convince all since a £50m switch to Old Trafford, but reports have suggested the Red Devils are ‘open’ to a new deal with Erik ten Hag impressed with his recent progress.
The club – who have an option to trigger a year-long extension – are ‘looking to tie him down to a longer deal’, according to the Telegraph.
Victor Lindelof (Manchester United)
Victor Lindelof is another whose Manchester United deal is set to expire in the summer of 2024, though the club possess an option to extend the Swede’s stay for a further season.
Lindelof has struggled for an automatic role since Lisandro Martinez’s arrival from Ajax, but the Red Devils are expected to trigger his extension after a fine run of form during last season’s run-in.
Thiago Alcantara (Liverpool)
Thiago Alcantara survived Liverpool’s midfield overhaul this summer, though the Spaniard’s ongoing fitness issues prevented a potential exit after a hip issue curtailed his campaign last term.
The 32-year-old remains a valued part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad when fit, but he has started 20+ league games just once in three seasons at Anfield. As the Reds rebuild it appears unlikely Thiago, one of the club’s highest earners, will be offered a new deal.
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Joel Matip is in a similar situation at Liverpool, with the defender out of contract next summer and of a similar profile in terms of age and fitness concerns.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United)
Anthony Martial appears set to leave Manchester United at the end of the season, with the forward having been hit and miss across eight seasons at Old Trafford. Martial’s moments have been too infrequent in the Premier League, with periods of fine form mixed with anonymous displays.
The arrival of Rasmus Hojland during the summer indicated the long-term plan for Erik ten Hag and Martial is expected to move on at the season’s end. The France international has scored just 62 goals in 199 league games for the Red Devils and, at 27, has failed to fulfil his potential.
Callum Wilson (Newcastle)
Callum Wilson revealed earlier this year that he was only contracted to Newcastle until next summer, a surprise for some given his performances since joining the club. Wilson has scored 40 goals in 79 league appearances for the Magpies, including a career-best return of 18 in just 21 Premier League starts last season.
Alexander Isak’s arrival has reduced Wilson’s role, but the 31-year-old will be reluctant to leave a Newcastle team on the rise. This season Wilson, who spent time at non-league Kettering Town and Tamworth earlier in his career, will compete on the Champions League stage for the first time.
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Eric Dier (Tottenham)
Ange Postecoglou has made clear that Eric Dier does not feature in his plans at Tottenham, with the defender excluded from the Spurs squad across the opening weeks of the campaign.
Fulham, Bournemouth and Bayern Munich were linked during the summer, but no move materialised. Dier’s deal expires next summer, but the 29-year-old could seek a January exit should he remained sidelined in north London.
Pablo Fornals (West Ham)
West Ham have struggled to tie Pablo Fornals down to a new contract as the Spaniard enters the final months of his deal.
The midfielder has been central to David Moyes’ side in recent seasons and formed part of the team that won the Europa Conference League last season, scoring a crucial goal in the semi-final win over AZ Alkmaar.
Fornals was linked with a move to the Saudi Pro League during the summer, but remained with West Ham past the deadline. The Irons are understood to hold an option to extend Fornals’ deal by a further season.
Lloyd Kelly (Bournemouth)
Bournemouth turned down a bid in the region of £20m from Tottenham for Lloyd Kelly late in the transfer window, but now run the risk of losing the defender on a free transfer.
Spurs are not alone in their pursuit of the versatile centre-back, with Liverpool and Newcastle also said to be monitoring Kelly’s situation in search of a bargain buy.