Footballers available on a free transfer

These are the footballers who are available on a free transfer

There are now just weeks to go until all players with expiring contracts in Europe become free agents. The players will become free agents once their current contracts expire on June 30—the official conclusion of the 2022–23 football season.

This can happen if a football player negotiates an early termination or If both sides decide not to renew the contract. Players look for free agency for a variety of reasons. To demonstrate their abilities and advance their objectives, some people opt for fresh challenges and a change of scenery.

Financial factors like better contracts or higher pay can also come into play. Players may look into free agency for greater career chances as a result of disagreements with club management, a lack of playing time, or lacklustre advancement.

Let’s look at the top 9 free agents in football who are available for grabs this summer.

Eden Hazard | FW | Real Madrid

B.V. Eden Hazard

Real Madrid: The saddest part about Eden Hazard’s current situation Creator: Soccrates Images | Credit: Getty Images Copyright: 2020 Soccrates Images

Eden Hazard agreed to have his contract terminated a year early, and Real Madrid made the announcement that he will depart the team at the end of the current campaign. When the former Chelsea player joined Real Madrid in 2019, he cost close to €140 million (£123.3m/$149.4m), making him the most expensive acquisition in the club’s history. After a dismal performance with Belgium at the 2022 World Cup, when they were eliminated in the group stage, Hazard recently announced his retirement from international football. Since that time, he has battled with his form and health.

“Real Madrid Football Club and Eden Hazard have reached an agreement whereby the player will leave the club as of 30 June 2023. Eden Hazard has been part of our club for four seasons, during which time he has won 8 titles: 1 European Cup, 1 Club World Cup, 1 European Super Cup, 2 La Liga titles, 1 Copa del Rey and 2 Spanish Super Cups. Real Madrid would like to express our affection to Eden Hazard and we wish him and his family the best of luck for the next stage of his career,” read a statement from the club.

The Belgian International will now need to find a new challenge after having a dreadful experience at the Santiago Bernabeu after joining there from Chelsea in 2019.

The Belgian was mulling retiring after finishing up his contract with Real Madrid next summer, but his exact future move is yet unknown.

N’Golo Kante | MF | Chelsea

N'Golo Kante

N’Golo Kante’s 2020/21 heroics will be rewarded greatly by Chelsea Creator: Quality Sport Images | Credit: Getty Images Copyright: 2021 Quality Sport Images

In the summer of 2023, N’Golo Kante’s current agreement with Chelsea will come to an end and is a free agent in football who is available for grabs. The French international midfielder first joined Chelsea from Leicester City in 2016, and in 2018, he signed a new five-year deal that will expire at the end of the current campaign.

According to recent reports, the midfielder may be poised to do a U-turn and quit Stamford Bridge, contrary to previous reports that he will sign a new deal to prolong his time there.

Ilkay Gundogan | MF | Manchester City

Ilkay Gundogan

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Ilkay Gundogan, who transferred from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City in 2016, has had a standout Premier League career thus far. Although his current contract is scheduled to expire in the summer, City is eager to keep him at the Etihad Stadium and has extended an offer to him.

Should the German international leave City in the upcoming weeks, teams like Barcelona and Arsenal are interested in grabbing him.

Karim Benzema | FW | Real Madrid

Karim Benzema

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ISTANBUL, TURKIYE- AUGUST 25: Karim Benzema of Real Madrid CF poses for a photograph with the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award after the UEFA Champions League 2022/23 Group Stage Draw at Halic Congress Centre on August 25, 2022 in Istanbul, Turkiye. (Photo by Lukas Schulze – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Karim Benzema was prepared to extend his Real Madrid contract by one year, but current rumours in Spain suggest that he may go for Saudi Arabia when it expires in the summer.

A Saudi Pro League team, most likely Al-Ittihad, is said to have offered the striker up to €100 million a season, plus incentives, and the Frenchman may go to Asia as a result.

Sergio Busquets | MF | Barcelona

 Sergio Busquets

Barcelona summon agent of Sergio Busquets to discuss salary reduction Creator: Quality Sport Images | Credit: Getty Images Copyright: 2021 Quality Sport Images

After 15 years at Barcelona, Sergio Busquets’ contract is set to expire at the conclusion of the 2022–23 season.

Busquets is also a target for Saudi Arabian teams, and MLS may now show interest in him this summer.

Luka Modric | MF | Real Madrid

Luka Modric

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Luka Modric’s Real Madrid contract was set to expire in 2022 but the Croatian midfielder signed a one-year contract extension in June. Reports suggest he is set to do the same thing again this summer, keeping him in the Spanish capital until 2024.

Naby Keita | MF | Liverpool

Footballer Naby Keita

Naby Keita offered to Inter Milan on free transfer Creator: Eric Alonso | Credit: Getty Images Copyright: 2022 Getty Images

Naby Keita will leave Anfield this summer and has been connected to a free-agency transfer to Crystal Palace. Galatasaray and Inter Milan are both keeping an eye on the midfielder.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic | FW | AC Milan

Footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic

I need to realise I’m not Superman’ – How 40-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic is inspiring Milan’s title charge | Sporting News Canada Creator: ISABELLA BONOTTO | Credit: AFP via Getty Images

There were suggestions that Zlatan Ibrahimovic might leave Milan before the start of the 2022–23 season, but those reports were dispelled when the Swedish forward agreed to a new contract that would keep him at Milan until the present season. Zlatan didn’t play as per the massive expectations from him. He was injured for most of the season. 

The veteran player has announced his retirement from football. 

Marcus Thuram | FW | Borussia Monchengladbach

Footballer Marcus Thuram

Why Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram deserves to be called up by France | Bundesliga Creator: Lars Baron | Credit: Getty Images Copyright: 2020 Getty Images

Marcus Thuram, a standout for Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga, will not extend his contract when it expires in the summer. Along with Serie A powerhouses Juventus and Inter, he is being watched by a number of major teams, including Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea.

Which players from this lot should your favourite football club buy? Let us know in the comments section.

Karim Benzema

Breaking: Al Ittihad confirms Benzema’s move to the club

Former Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has completed his move to Saudi Arabia club Al Ittihad. The striker has signed a three-year deal with the Saudi champions.

Benzema who was a formidable part of Real Madrid for over 14 years bid farewell to the club in a press conference. At the press conference, he was quoted as saying, “I’ll never forget Real Madrid because it’s impossible. It’s the best club in the world and in history, that’s as good as it gets. It’s time for me to leave today and to have another story, but the most important thing for me is what I’ve won here.”

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Karim Benzema further added, “I was lucky enough to fulfil my childhood dream thanks to the president, who a long time ago, when I was just 21 years old, went to my house, with my parents. When I saw you I said, he’s the man who brought Zizou and Ronaldo and now he wants me in his team. Thank you very much for that.”

On joining Al Ittihad, he stated, “Al Ittihad is a new challenge for me. It’s a good league and there are many good players. Cristiano Ronaldo is already here, he is a friend who shows that Saudi Arabia is starting to get ahead and I am here to win as I did in Europe”.

Karim Benzema joined Real Madrid from Lyon in the iconic summer transfer of 2009, scored 354 goals in 648 games and won a club-record 25 trophies during his time with the La Liga side. Talking about individual glories, Benzema was awarded the 2022 Ballon d’Or after having an exceptional season.

In addition to Benzema, there are a host of superstars who are in the ranks of the Saudi clubs. High-profile players including Chelsea defender N’golo Kante, Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric, Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha and former Arsenal player Alexis Sanchez have been approached by various clubs. Besides these giants, the Saudi Pro League comprises one of football’s greatest talents Cristiano Ronaldo.

Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema to sign a two-year deal with Saudi’s Al-Ittihad

After announcing his departure from 14-time European Champions Real Madrid, it is believed that star striker Karim Benzema will be joining Saudi Arabia club Al-Ittihad. The news first reported by Saudi state-run Al-Ekhbariya television station reported Benzema will join the club on a two-year deal. Al Ekhbariya said Al Ittihad’s chairman and vice chairman were in Madrid to hammer out a “record deal” with Benzema.

Benzema who has become a free agent after announcing that he would leave the La Liga club after 14 trophy-laden years wants to have a new experience. It is rumoured that his former Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, who is currently playing for Saudi club Al-Nassr has had talks with Benzema to convince him to come to Saudi Arabia.

Benzema, who came to Madrid in the iconic 2009 summer transfer has spent 14 years at the club. During his tenure, he became the second-highest goal-scorer (353) for Madrid in all competitions, only behind Cristiano Ronaldo (450).

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In the 14 seasons that he spent with Real Madrid, Benzema won a total of 25 titles with Real, including five UEFA Champions Trophies and four league titles. He was honoured with the prestigious Ballon d’Or award in 2022 after playing a crucial role in Madrid’s success in the La Liga, UEFA Champions League and the Super Cup in the 2021/22 season, scoring 44 goals.

Benzema, who used to be in the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo, came into his own after the superstar departed from Real Madrid. The Frenchman’s most successful season came in the 2021-21 season, where he managed 44 goals and 15 assists from 46 appearances in all competitions. The 2021-22 UEFA Champions League was a massive success for Real Madrid. After losing to Russian club FC Sheriff Tiraspol, the Spanish giants played to their potential to lift the UEFA Champions League trophy.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi wins the Best FIFA Men’s Player for 2022

After conquering his long-desired wish, the men’s FIFA World Cup, Lionel Messi has won the Best Men’s Player for 2022 at the FIFA Awards conducted yesterday.

Messi, who had a stunning World Cup with seven stunning goals and three assists during the tournament, was one of the strong contenders for the award. Besides Messi, his current PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema were also in the running for the award.

This is the second time Messi has won the award, which FIFA first inaugurated in 2016 after football’s world governing body split from Ballon d’Or organizers France Football.

Additionally, Spain’s Alexia Putellas won the best women’s player award for a second straight year. Argentina’s World Cup-winning manager Lionel Scaloni was voted the FIFA men’s coach of the year.

Also, Argentina’s World Cup winner Emiliano Martínez was voted FIFA’s best men’s goalkeeper. Polish amputee Marcin Oleksy won the Puskas prize for the best goal of the year at the FIFA awards. Warta Poznan’s Oleksy had scored a stunning volley against Stal Rzeszow, which won him the Puskas trophy in Paris.

The award, which is voted for by national team coaches and captains, journalists, and also fans, recognizes the best talent from the world of football.

Here’s a quick look at the full list of winners at the FIFA Awards:

Lionel Messi (PSG/Argentina) – The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2022

Alexia Putellas (Barcelona/Spain) – The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2022

Lionel Scaloni (Argentina) – The Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2022

Sarina Wiegman (England) – The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2022

Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa/Argentina) – The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper 2022

Mary Earps (England/Manchester United) – The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper 2022

Marcin Oleksy (POL/Warta Poznan) – FIFA Puskas Award for the most spectacular goal in 2022

Argentinian fans – FIFA Fan Award 2022

Luka Lochoshvili – FIFA Fair Play Award 2022

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