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Top 20 footballers who become free agents in summer 2024

Toni Kroos at Real Madrid
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A host of exciting transfer opportunities are tempting clubs all over Europe to start negotiating with their targets this January.

The allure of free transfers sparks excitement and anticipation among clubs and fans alike. The idea of prizing away transfer targets for free is not limited to clubs with financial issues. Even the wealthiest clubs are constantly monitoring the market for free deals.

According to the FIFA rules, players can enter direct negotiations with other clubs in the final six months of their contracts. As the January transfer window looms closer, let’s take a look at the best players who are set to become free agents next summer.

Best 2024 Free Agents

Kylian Mbappe tops our list of the best players whose contracts are set to expire at the beginning of the summer transfer window. The Frenchman is heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, but Paris Saint-Germain still hope to avoid a free move by completing another surprise contract extension.

Next up, we have Real Madrid’s iconic midfield pair, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, who will be available to leave Santiago Bernabeu for free next summer. Offers from Saudi Arabia and MLS are expected to be arriving for both players while staying at Real Madrid is also not ruled out.

Manchester United’s Aaron Wan Bissaka will technically be in the last six months of his contract after January. However, United are expected to either extend the defender’s current deal or, at least, activate a one-year option to keep him at the club for another year.

Check out our full list of the best players who will become free agents in the 2024 summer. 

1Kylian MbappéPSG25
2Toni KroosReal Madrid33
3Luka ModricReal Madrid38
4Aaron Wan-BissakaManchester United26
5Adrien RabiotJuventus28
6Olivier GiroudAC Milan37
7Mario HermosoAtletico Madrid28
8Nicolas PepeTrabzonspor28
9Eric DierTottenham 29
10Joël MatipLiverpool32
12Tomas SoucekWest Ham28
13Anthony MartialManchester United28
14Rui PatricioRoma35
16Koke Atletico Madrid31
17Luka JovicAC Milan26
18Quincy PromesSpartak Moscow31
19Piotr ZielisnkiNapoli29
20Michy BatshuayiFenerbahçe30