The winter transfer window is now closed – but managers are already moving fast to secure some new names this summer.
A multitude of elite stars are currently only months away from their current clubs and their contracts are expiring.
One of the best XI players available for free transfers this summer is Messi
These players can now sign pre-contractual conditions before a free move on July 1st.
Lionel Messi and David Alaba have all made the headlines for the past few months.
But there are many more Superstar players for absolutely nothing.
Here is SunSports’ best XI of the summer giveaways …
GK – Gianluigi Donnarumma
Donnarumma was able to leave AC Milan for free this summerPhoto credit: Reuters
The only 21-year-old Italian has been a key figure at AC Milan for five years.
But when his contract expires, his time at San Siro seems to have run out.
And with a ten or even 20 year lead, Donnarumma could be the signature of the century for a happy club.
RB – Elseid Hysaj
Asked once, is Hysaj another player to be won for freePhoto credit: AP: Associated Press
The 27-year-old Napoli has long been on the radar of Premier League clubs. Chelsea and Manchester United were both thrilled in 2018.
After the prices for a move were set, clubs looked elsewhere and Hysaj’s stock cooled a little.
But the 55-man Albanian international would still be a great sign for a free kick, if only as a replacement.
CB – Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos was finally able to leave Real Madrid after a glamorous stay at the BernabeuImage credit: EPA
The 34-year-old Spanish legend, one of two superstar center-backs in this XI, is embroiled in contract negotiations with Real Madrid.
Ramos would like an extension of at least two years – Los Blancos never offers players over 30 years of age more than one year.
Madrid want Ramos to stay at the Bernabeu forever and break their own policies – but a multitude of clubs are on high alert if talks collapse.
CB – David Alaba
Alaba is set to leave the Allianz Arena this summer with a slew of clubs eager to land itPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty
THE Bayern Munich Superstar, 28, WILL Leave the Bundesliga giants this summer after the club gave up trying to persuade him to stay.
Alaba was closely linked to the move to Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, including the European elite.
Still years in the tank and being able to play in the center-back, left-back, defensive midfield and central midfield, it would be a sensational business for any team to get Alaba for free.
LB – Juan Bernat
Juan Bernat will be released this summer after missing this season due to injuryImage credit: EPA
The 27-year-old left-back from France will soon no longer be under contract in Paris Saint-Germain and is unlikely to renew.
Bernat only played three Ligue 1 games this season before sustaining a serious ACL injury.
The defender is likely to miss the rest of the season – but the clubs would get a player’s jewel in his prime if he can prove he hasn’t lost a step after the serious injury.
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CM – Georginio Wijnaldum
Wijnaldum are dying to move to Barcelona and could leave Liverpool for freePhoto credit: AP: Associated Press
The 30-year-old Liverpool star wanted to move to Barcelona this summer.
Anfield bosses will try to keep the Dutch midfielder at the club with a new contract offer.
Wijnaldum is also not guaranteed to leave the reigning Premier League champions – which depends heavily on Barcelona’s interests.
RW – Florian Thauvin
Thauvin is about to leave Marseille after five impressive yearsPhoto credit: AP: Associated Press
The 28-year-old ex Newcastle winger returned to Marseille in 2016 – initially on loan – and was in great shape.
A French international who has played ten caps, Thauvin has scored 61 goals in just 140 Ligue 1 games, including six in 18 games this season.
Despite his hot form, 2018 World Champion Thauvin will leave Marseille this summer.
CAM – Angel Di Maria
Angel Di Maria was able to leave PSG for good after almost six years at the clubPhoto credit: Reuters
SUPERSTAR, attacking midfielder Di Maria, 32, has been sensational since leaving Manchester United to join PSG in 2015.
The Ligue 1 giants will offer him an extension, and Di Maria’s wife even jokes that he should offer to stay as a chef if Messi moves to Paris.
But after 85 goals in 244 games for PSG and 12 trophies, it could be time for the Argentine to have one last swan song elsewhere.
LW – Memphis Savings
Memphis Depay are set to leave Lyon this summer after they almost got to Barcelona last yearPhoto credit: AP: Associated Press
The Dutch star – and another who flopped at Man Utd – appeared to be coming to Barcelona last summer only to ruin the deal.
The 26-year-old Depay no longer has a contract in Lyon in the summer and is expected to even move to the Nou warehouse.
But after an excellent three and a half years in France, Depay holdings are high and a number of clubs, including Juventus, are set to chase his signature.
ST – Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is finally ready to end his love affair with BarcelonaCredit: AFP or Licensor
You must have lived under a rock not to know that Messi will be out of contract this summer.
The Argentine legend, 33, nearly came to an end last summer, but for a late turnaround.
Messi – whose outrageous contract details leaked recently – is on the radar of Europe’s elite.
But PSG and Man City comfortably lead the race for the lifelong Barca forward.
ST – Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero could leave Man City this summer with compatriot Messi as a possible replacementPhoto credit: Reuters
After a phenomenal decade on Etihad, Aguero was finally able to leave this summer.
The 32-year-old Argentinian has been plagued by injuries and illnesses this season.
After 256 goals in 379 games, the four-time Premier League champions could be on their way with an expiring contract.
Despite Gabriel Jesu’s recent gain in shape, the city still lacks lethal support so that it could offer him at least another year.
Messi could be that man, but for now, Aguero may be forced to look elsewhere if he is to win that elusive Champions League crown.