Dembélé, Pogba, Dybala, Eriksen… these football stars will soon be out of contract

At the end of June, the contracts of several football stars are threatening to expire. Like France’s Paul Pogba and Ousmane Dembélé, big names are free to join a new club and have yet to formalize their choice going forward.

The esteemed Dembele

Despite a spell at Barcelona cut short by physical issues, Ousmane Dembélé managed to shine with the Blaugrana club. So much so that Xavi is keen to keep the 2018 world champion this summer. But now the Barça management does not want to be based on the salary expectations of the 23-year-old winger.

Targeted by big European clubs in recent months, notably Chelsea or PSG, ‘Dembouz’ has yet to decide his future.

If the Frenchman seems ready to stay at Catalonia, the gap between the desired salary and the club’s offer prevents any agreement for the time being. Anyhow, the former Rennes and Borussia Dortmund won’t stay long without a club and still holds a sacred standing in Europe.

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Pogba on his way to a Turin reunion

Paul Pogba returned to Manchester United in 2016 with a €105m check to Juventus and failed to make himself indispensable to the Red Devils. At the end of the contract, the French midfielder will therefore leave the Mancunian club without bringing him anything. And six years after leaving Italy, ‘La Pioche’ was set to return to Serie A and looks set to be on the verge of signing at… Juventus.

“The talks with Pogba are progressing well, even instructed Maurizio Arrivabene, CEO of the Bianconeri. This agreement will also be essential for us on the commercial side.”

Dybala, Inter or nothing?

After Romelu Lukaku’s loan, Inter Milan seem on track to sign Paulo Dybala. The Argentine, author of a lackluster season at Juventus in which physical problems hampered his regularity, still scored 15 goals and provided 6 assists in 39 games.

Not enough to help Juventus fight for the Serie A title, but enough to convince the Nerazurri to position themselves. Problem: Although an agreement appeared to be on the right track, Paulo Dybala has still not signed with the Lombard formation. Especially if “La Joya” does not sign in Milan, the other interested clubs are not legion.

The wondrous Eriksen soon returns to a big one

Just over a year after suffering a heart attack during a Euro game, Christian Eriksen has returned to the pitch. The Danish attacking midfielder, who was recruited from Brentford this winter, will be out of contract this summer. Still not lost for the top tier, the playmaker has resurrected with the Bees.

And if the youngest 13th in the Premier League is indeed among the clubs looking to welcome him, Christian Eriksen is also on the shelves at Manchester United, where Erik ten Hag would put him back on the market after he left Ajax Amsterdam rubbing shoulders with him was part of his recovery.

Kessié and Christensen are waiting in Barcelona

Franck Kessié and Andreas Christensen, who are well established at AC Milan and Chelsea, have nonetheless opted to change sides during the summer transfer window. Targeted by many clubs, the Ivorian midfielder and the Danish defender have been announced at Barça. But the Catalan club haven’t been able to formalize his arrival yet. Blame it on the salary cap set by La Liga, which currently prevents the two players from being registered.

If Franck Kessié and Andreas Christensen appear to have a contractual arrangement with the Blaugrana formation, financial constraints could still disrupt their future.

Nice shots for Ligue 1

Aside from the big names who are still free to pitch, several renowned players have yet to formalize their next challenge. This is the case, for example, with Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez. At the end of their contracts – with Manchester United and Atlético respectively – the two Uruguayan strikers are the subject of persistent rumors in Argentina, where Boca Juniors and River Plate are trying to recruit them.

But the idea of ​​a new adventure in Europe could possibly convince her to postpone her return to South America. Not accessible to all budgets, owing to high salaries, ‘Le Matador’ and ‘El Pistolero’ would be like good bets for Ligue 1 clubs.

Ditto for Belgium defender Jason Denayer. At the end of his contract with OL, which has shifted up a gear for Corentin Tolisso, the 27-year-old center forward has a good rating in Europe. The Belgian, who has been pursued by Newcastle, also pleases Galatasaray and has linked his name with Stade Rennais in recent weeks. But for now he’s free this Thursday evening.

Among the other players whose arrival would offer a real plus to the elite formations we find world champion Djibril Sidibé, who was not renewed in Monaco, or Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina and midfielders Cesc Fabregas, Jean-Michaël Seri and Axel Witsel. Again, files that are not within reach for all budgets.

Jean Guy Lebreton RMC sports journalist

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