The summer transfer window 2022 is becoming one of the most memorable of all time.
There are lots of top players without a contract and with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic still felt by many top clubs, transfer fees are out of fashion.
There will surely be a lot of movement and shaking then. If you are struggling to keep track of all the players who may be on the go, we do not blame you. Here are some of the best stars that can be caught on bargains next season.
Mbappe will be looking for bounces from Euro 2020 heart surgery / Marcio Machado / Getty Images
All the noise coming from Paris Saint-Germain suggests that Kylian Mbappe will not extend his deal.
Expect a tug of war he has never seen before in the coming months. It’s someone’s guess who’s winning. If we had to guess, we would say that Real Madrid stopped acquiring the talent of the generation.
Ronaldo’s time in Turin has had highs and lows / Valerio Pennicino / Getty Images
It will be fascinating to see how Cristiano Ronaldo develops in the coming months.
Introduced to help end the Juventus Champions League drought, the old lady is yet to disperse her European hoodoo. Ronaldo will have a chance to bring bacon this season before he goes to goodness know where next summer.
Varane can follow longtime center-back partner Sergio Ramos out the door / Denis Doyle / Getty Images
Raphael Varane could soon sign for Manchester United. At present he is still entitled to this list.
We understand that he may want a new challenge. He has been at Real for a decade and has won everything there is to win several times.
Pogba was one of the stars of Euro 2020 / Marcio Machado / Getty Images
Paul Pogba must be sick to death by people discussing his future. The bad news is that things are just getting started.
Real and PSG have been fans for a long time, as has the former club Juventus. But when Manchester United were strengthened in the transfer window, could he even be tempted to stay at Old Trafford?
Goretzka is a key cog in the Bayern machine / Lars Baron / Getty Images
Leon Goretzka’s transformation into a world – class midfielder (and potential future bodybuilder) in recent seasons has been a joy to watch.
Bayern Munich will be eager to keep him but if Pogba leaves United he could be the perfect replacement.
Camavinga is a hugely exciting perspective / John Berry / Getty Images
Eduardo Camavinga is the hottest achievable prospect in European football. Still a teenager, he already has bags of first team experience and would make a fantastic addition to most tops.
Rennes want a transfer fee for the midfielder, but if those who target the Frenchman can wait 12 months, they can sign him for free.
Dybala has long been linked with a Juventus exit / Jonathan Moscrop / Getty Images
Paulo Dybala has been linked with a move from Juventus for an eternity.
Next summer, the prophecy can finally come true. United have been constantly mentioned as a possible destination but they will not be the only interested club.
Insigne helped Italy win Euro 2020 this summer / Insidefoto / Getty Images
Lorenzo Insigne has given Napoli the best years of his career, but since Gli Azzurri failed to qualify for the Champions League last season, it may be time to move on.
Insigne has just turned 31 when his contract expires next summer, which means he still has a few more years at the top level left.
Dembele must soon reach his potential / Aurelien Meunier / Getty Images
Now 24, Ousmane Dembele must be producing quickly to avoid being hollowed out as a player who came nowhere near fulfilling his potential.
Barcelona are keen to see the back of him and his obscene salaries so maybe a move away is just what he needs to start flourishing.
Kessie has been an immediate presence for Milan in recent seasons / Marco Luzzani / Getty Images
Franck Kessie will appear in the Champions League for the first time ever after helping Milan secure an impressive second-placed Serie A finish last season.
This could put him in the shop window ahead of a potential move next summer, although Rossoneri will be keen to keep the penal maestro around.
Sabitzer gets what to leave Germany / Lars Baron / Getty Images
Marcel Sabitzer enters his top and RB Leipzig’s captain may be tempted by a new challenge away from the Bundesliga.
There is a lot to like about Sabitzer, especially for high-pressure teams.
Pellegrini should work with Jose Mourinho this season / Fabio Rossi / Getty Images
A short two-season trip to Sassuolo aside, Lorenzo Pellegrini has been in Roma since he was nine years old.
It could end next summer or maybe even earlier, with Tottenham said to be interested in the midfielder.
Brozovic has been at Inter since 2015 / Nicolò Campo / Getty Images
Marcelo Brozovic has been a loyal servant of Inter for six years and few members of Antonio Conte’s squad would have had last season’s Scudetto victory more than him.
With the club in financial disarray, it seems unlikely that he will sign new terms before next summer.
Belotti was one of Italy’s Euro 2020 heroes / Claudio Villa / Getty Images
Andrea Belotti has shown remarkable loyalty to Turin over the years, but as he approaches his 30s, he will be very aware that time is running out for him to secure a high profile.
There would be no shortage of suitors with Belotti scoring double-digit goals in each of his last six Serie A seasons.
Sule can make a smart addition for many European teams / Alexander Hassenstein / Getty Images
Fitness problems have prevented Niklas Sule from really kicking in Bayern despite some promising screens.
If he does not like an injury – free promotion this time around, Bayern may neglect to offer him new terms.
Christensen had a fantastic Euro 2020 / Pierre-Philippe Marcou – Pool / Getty Images
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel seems to be a fan of Andreas Christensen – but he has not yet managed to extend his contract.
The Blues have plenty of midfielders, which means a new deal is no security, but it’s quite likely.
Rudiger is a favorite at Stamford Bridge / David Ramos / Getty Images
Christensen is not the only Chelsea defender with an uncertain future. Antonio Rudiger’s deal also expires.
Like Christensen, Tuchel seems to be a fan of his German colleague but at the moment he can catch one for free at the end of the season.
The Stones impressed with Ruben Dias last season / David Ramos / Getty Images
John Stones managed to rebuild his reputation extremely effectively last season and continued with an excellent Euro 2020.
If City choose to release him, he would be well placed to move abroad if he liked.
Carvajal has been a close presence for Real over the years / Soccrates Images / Getty Images
Dani Carvajal can withstand an injury blow 2020/21 and it remains to be seen if he forces himself back to the first team this semester.
It could also be a crucial year for the right-back when his contract expires around the corner.
Lacazette’s Arsenal career may soon be over / Steve Welsh / Getty Images
Arsenal have many underperforming older players in their books.
Alexandre Lacazette is one of them and it is likely that he will leave the club next summer if not earlier. The only problem may be finding a suitor.
Can Benzema seriously leave the Spanish capital? / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images
This is interesting. Karim Benzema has been in brilliant form for Real in recent seasons and shows some signs of slowing down.
But when Los Blancos looks at a move for Mbappe next summer, he could be sent out to free up some space in the salary cost.
Ings seems ready to move on / Robin Jones / Getty Images
Danny Ings seems to have had enough of life on the south coast and wants to test himself at a top Premier League club.
If the Saints do not meet his requirements, his suitors may be able to get a very good deal next summer.
Lingard may have a future at Manchester United / Matthew Ashton – AMA / Getty Images
Before moving to West Ham in January last year, the idea was for Jesse Lingard to get a new Manchester United contract.
After being seriously impressed in East London, Lingard may only have a future at Old Trafford. Even if he does not sign a new deal, they will be a long queue of clubs trying to secure his signature next summer.
Some have tipped Bale to play golf when he retires / Quality Sport Images / Getty Images
Who knows what Gareth Bale will do when his Real deal expires.
Join the PGA Tour – 10/1. Have a great time at Cardiff City – 8/1. Retire from club football and focus on Wales – Evens.
Isco can do with some new surroundings / Denis Doyle / Getty Images
Isco has been a player for some time at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real’s forced break from spending may lead to him getting a few more minutes this semester, but after such a long time on the shelf, he may still want a new challenge next season.
Roberto is the archetypal La Masia graduate / Alex Caparros / Getty Images
In an ideal world, Barcelona would keep Sergi Roberto after the end of next season.
However, this is not an ideal world. This is a world where Barça is floating on the brink of economic collapse. Roberto is among a long list of players on the chopping block and probably seems to resign before his contract ends.
Tolisso rarely played for France at Euro 2020 / Daniel Mihailescu – Pool / Getty Images
In a club as dominant as Bayern, it is always one or two players who are lost in the mix.
Corentin Tolisso fits this description appropriately. Surely it’s time for him to get regular minutes elsewhere?
Bernardeschi had a successful summer / Paul Ellis – Pool / Getty Images
With young players Federico Chiesa and Dejan Kulusevski only to improve, Federico Bernardeschi’s days at Juventus could be counted.
We’re not sure about you, but he feels a little Spurs-y in our opinion.
Hummels has a trophy-laden career / Christof Koepsel / Getty Images
Cracks begin to appear in the once solid Mats Hummels.
However, he is not finished and could make a nice addition if Dortmund choose to start their inevitable rebuilding after Erling Haaland without him.
Modric has retired from international service / Pixsell / MB Media / Getty Images
Luka Modric will close in 37 when his Real contract expires. He has already called his international career but we expect him to have a few more years in mind at the club level.
Whether he chooses to return to his native Croatia, stay in Europe’s five major leagues or look for one last big payday further afield remains to be seen.