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Bosmans 2018: Some of the players available on free transfers this summer
Bosmans 2018: Some of the players available on free transfers this summer

The 2018/19 Premier League season is now done and dusted, so attentions will be turning to getting transfer business done.

With the World Cup taking place, some clubs will want to have signings done early, especially if certain stars will be showcasing their talents on the world stage in Russia.

Big money will be spent across the Premier League, that is for sure. But there will also be some bargains.

They will have to do it sooner rather than later, with the transfer window closing before the start of the season this time around.

Here, Sporting Life's George Pitts takes a look at some of the best players currently set to be out of contract at the end of the season*…

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Emre Can (Liverpool)

Emre Can celebrates after scoring for Liverpool

A back injury kept the midfielder out of Joachim Low’s provisional Germany squad for Russia 2018.

He looks to have played his last game for Liverpool, with the two parties currently unable to agree on a new deal. The Mirror recently reported how Can and his agent have asked for a release clause to be inserted into his contract.

Despite being a little bit hit and miss at Anfield since arriving in 2014, his talent and potential is clear to see and he has improved this season under Jurgen Klopp.

At the age of 24, it is easy to forget that he is still so young and he will not be short of suitors, with Juventus leading the race to secure his signature.

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

Jack Wilshere in action for Arsenal

You would expect Wilshere to extend his stay at the Emirates, with performances this season showing he is back to full fitness, but Arsenal are cutting it fine.

He is yet to put pen-to-paper on a new deal, leaving top clubs on alert, and he may be holding out to see who will replace Arsene Wenger as manager at the Emirates.

The 26-year-old, who will not be going to the World Cup with England in the summer, joined the club at the age of nine. He has reportedly been offered a reduced deal with incentives due to his injury record.

Outgoing boss Wenger recently said of Wilshere's future at a press conference: "I give him only one advice, stay at the club.

"The noises I have is that he will do it, but I don’t know how close he is to signing the contract or not.

"I hope that will be concluded very quickly, that he can go [to Russia] with England and win the World Cup."

Marseille and AC Milan have been linked as potential admirers should he leave his beloved Gunners.

Wilshere transfer specials: Wolves (5/1), Everton (8/1), AC Milan and West Ham (both 18/1) and Bournemouth (20/1)

Mario Balotelli (AC Milan)

Mario Balotelli netted 15 times in France last season

The Italian maverick striker raised eyebrows when he moved to France in 2016, with Ligue 1 outfit Nice.

Barring the odd episode, to his credit he has kept his head down, scoring 43 goals in 66 appearances for the club.

Balotelli extended his stay by a further year last summer and his agent Mino Raiola has claimed his client is ready for a Premier League return, while other reports have linked him with the MLS and a return to Italy. He reportedly met Fiorentina chiefs recently, while Marseille are also said to be monitoring his situation.

Balotelli transfer specials: Napoli (4/1), Roma (5/1), Everton (8/1), Juventus and West Ham (both 12/1)

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United)

Marouane Fellaini celebrates after scoring for Manchester United

The Belgian recently spoke of being in a ‘strong position’ in relation to his situation at Manchester United.

Midfielder Fellaini claims he asked for a new contract last year and the club did not act, with them now left rueing the decision, with him apparently rejecting three offers from the club.

Jose Mourinho has publically said he wants the 30-year-old to stay, but he is yet to agree terms at Old Trafford.

Fellaini recently told Sport Voetbal Magazine: "The entire staff is doing everything to [get me to] stay.

"The club did not renew my contract last year. Now I am in a strong position, especially since Mourinho has stated that he wants to keep me.

"Last year I went to the coach and I said that I wanted a new contract. I then had a second meeting, but I will not ask it 10 times.

"Afterwards I became important for the team... and a good player costs at least 50 million euros. The club knows that they went wrong there.

"I am now 30 years old, at the end of my contract and negotiating with Manchester United.

"There are several clubs that show interest. I'm waiting for what's going to happen."

Fellaini transfer specials: Leicester (5/1), West Ham (7/1), Roma (8/1), Everton and PSG (both 10/1)

Yohan Cabaye and Joel Ward (Crystal Palace)

Yohan Cabaye
Yohan Cabaye

The Guardian reported last week how Crystal Palace are in danger of losing two experienced players in Cabaye and Ward.

The Eagles are due to discuss their futures after confirming the club’s place in the Premier League for next season.

French midfielder Cabaye has proved key in three seasons at Palace, starring for Roy Hodgson’s side in recent weeks, and is reportedly interesting Marseille.

Ward, a 2012 signing from Portsmouth, has notched over 200 appearances for the club, helping them to promotion to the Premier League. He has proved to be a reliable full-back and will not be short of suitors should he leave Selhurst Park.

Yaya Toure (Manchester City)

Yaya Toure record at Manchester City

Toure has played his last match at the Etihad in a City shirt, after eight largely successful years.

The 35-year-old is so keen to stay in the Premier League he's offered a money-back guarantee to any team willing to sign him this summer.

Toure has won three Premier League titles, but has played just 16 times this season and is determined to remain in England.

The Ivorian midfielder’s agent Dimitri Seluk says that his man is so confident of his ability that he will offer his new club a refund of his wages if they aren’t happy with his performances.

"Yaya is fit and desperate to prove he's still the best central midfielder in the Premier League,” Seluk told Sky Sports News.

"He's happy to accept a one-year deal to stay in England.

“And if his club are not satisfied with his performances, he will pay back half his wages, or the club can cancel his contract immediately, with no compensation."

Yaya Toure transfer specials: Everton (3/1), Wolves (5/1). West Ham (6/1) and any MLS club (7/1)

Tim Krul (Brighton and Hove Albion)

Tim Krul in Carabao Cup action for Bournemouth

A quality goalkeeper with over 150 Premier League appearances to his name, Krul’s one-year contract at Brighton is due to expire in the summer.

He has been a back-up to Mathew Ryan at the Amex, but he has shown his capabilities over the years and would provide good competition for a team’s number one spot.

Robert Huth (Leicester City)

Robert Huth

The 33-year-old German is leaving Leicester after the expiry of his contract.

A Premier League title-winner with Chelsea and Leicester, he provides an experienced head at the back and could prove a top signing in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Foxes’ vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said of Huth: “Players like Robert have been so important to our club in the last three years, not just for his qualities as a footballer, but for his qualities as a character.

“He’s a leader, a winner and a player whose commitment to the team has made him equally popular among our players and our supporters. His status as a Leicester City great is very much secure.”

Sky Bet transfer specials

Overseas free agents

Pepe Reina
  • Bernard (Shakhtar)
  • Pau Lopez (Espanyol)
  • Oguzhan Ozyakup (Besiktas)
  • Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus)
  • Hatem Ben Arfa (PSG)

*Contract information taken from football database Transfermarkt, all odds correct as of 0910 BST 11/05/2018.

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