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Out Of Contract Feature

Out of Contract Feature

With the English Premier League still getting over a chaotic season that saw an unbelievable title race between Manchester City and Liverpool, focus from clubs will now shift to next season as a busy summer of transfer activity approaches. Here, SportPesa pick out a few bargains as we reveal eleven targets by the position that will currently be out of contract on July 1st.st.

 

Goalkeeper: Adrian, West Ham United

Assured between the sticks for West Ham United, Adrian has brought some stability to West Ham’s rear-guard in recent years after joining the club from Real Betis in 2013. Now something of an understudy to Lukasz Fabianski, Adrian’s future looks to be away from the London Stadium and with a wealth of Premier League experience to his name, he could be a useful signing for a club searching for a competent goalkeeper.

Right Back: Antonio Valencia, Manchester United

A stalwart of Manchester United and one of the remaining names from the glory days of Alex Ferguson, Antonio Valencia is on the search for a new club after ten years’ service and over 300 games for The Red Devils. Versatile down the right-hand side and possessing a winner’s mentality, Valencia would be a good addition to many Premier League locker rooms.

Centre Back: Vincent Kompany, Manchester City

Whether Vincent Kompany leaves Manchester City is another question, but at the moment, the Premier League champions have still yet to offer the veteran defender a new deal. One of the league’s all-time great defenders, Kompany has been a revelation in the sky-blue shirt of Manchester City and if he does leave then an absolute winner will be up for grabs for free.

Centre Back: Gary Cahill, Chelsea

A major part of Chelsea’s recent success alongside legendary names such as John Terry, Frank Lampard, and Didier Drogba, Gary Cahill has been a staple in the Stamford Bridge defence since joining Chelsea.

Left Back: Alberto Moreno, Liverpool

Once identified as a promising full back, Alberto Moreno has been frozen out at Liverpool due to the phenomenal rise of Andy Robertson. Even when the Scottish captain is not available, Jurgen Klopp has opted to play either Joe Gomez or James Milner instead of Moreno. A star in Spain when Brendan Rodgers signed him in the summer of 2014, Moreno may return home following a disappointing time in England.

Right Midfield: James Milner, Liverpool

It seems crazy to think that James Milner won’t be at Liverpool next season after helping guide the club to two consecutive Champions League finals. Arguably the most versatile player in world football, Milner has settled into several positions at Liverpool and that robustness would be welcome at most clubs if the veteran midfielder doesn’t sign a new deal.

 

Centre Midfield: Juan Mata, Manchester United

Someone who has struggled for real consistency at the highest level, but on his day Juan Mata has proven to be a valuable asset for both Chelsea and Manchester United since making the move to England from Valencia. Now out of contract, Mata has been rumoured to be heading back to the Mestalla, but while that deal remains unresolved, other clubs are likely to be eager to add the creative midfielder to their ranks.

 

Centre Midfield: Ander Herrera, Manchester United

Perhaps not the midfield visionary that Manchester United fans anticipated when Ander Herrera arrived at the club from Athletic Bilbao in 2014, but there’s been plenty of bright spots from the Spanish midfielder. With outstanding ball retention qualities and the ability to pick a pass, Herrera will not be short of potential suitors when he finally leaves United.

Left Midfield: Samir Nasri, West Ham United

A shadow of his former self, but does Samir Nasri still have what it takes to play at the highest level? His recent stay at West Ham didn’t set the world alight, but is there a club out there with a manager who fancies trying to get the best out of him? A huge gamble, but could Nasri turn back the clock for one season?

Striker: Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool

Once plagued by injuries at Liverpool, Daniel Sturridge’s fitness is no longer preventing him from starting at Anfield as he finds himself down the pecking order behind Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohammed Salah and Divock Origi. Once one of the Premier League’s deadliest strikers, Sturridge has found goals, and opportunities, hard to come by in recent years, but at 29, a host of clubs will surely take a chance on him.

Striker: Fernando Llorente, Spurs

Once plagued by injuries at Liverpool, Daniel Sturridge’s fitness is no longer preventing him from starting at Anfield as he finds himself down the pecking order behind Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohammed Salah and Divock Origi. Once one of the Premier League’s deadliest strikers, Sturridge has found goals, and opportunities, hard to come by in recent years, but at 29, a host of clubs will surely take a chance on him.

 

Striker: Fernando Llorente, Spurs

Following a second-half cameo against Ajax that helped Spurs into the Champions League final, Fernando Llorente’s stock certainly increased as he faces the prospect of looking for a new club with Spurs yet to offer him a new deal. Capable of magic both on the ground and in the air, Llorente, on his day, is a handful for defenders and will certainly bring something to whichever club he chooses to join.

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