5 Players Expected to Leave on a Free in the Summer

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Divock Origi

Liverpool’s big game super-sub, Divock Origi, sees his contract expire this summer with the likelihood that the Belgian forward will leave Anfield after seven successful years during a period of little playing time for him.

Despite never being a starter for the Reds, there is no doubt Origi will leave Liverpool as a club hero, with the forward instrumental in their 2018/19 Champions League triumph scoring crucial goals against Barcelona semi-finals and a goal in the final against Tottenham Hotspur.

At just 26, it’s a surprise Jurgen Klopp hasn’t pushed harder for Origi to sign a new deal, as he has been a valuable member of his Liverpool squad since taking charge of the club. The striker has been content at being backup at Anfield since the 2014 move, but may have his eyes on a summer move where he is guaranteed more regular starts after winning the Premier League and the Champions League with Liverpool.

If this is the case, AC Milan and Inter Milan could be ideal destinations for the forward, as with Zlatan Ibrahimovic (40) for Milan and Edin Dzeko (35) for Inter, both clubs may look to bring in a younger striker in replacement of these two.

There's always a chance for shining in Ligue 1 too after making a name for himself at Lille.

Most likely routes: somewhere in the top end of Serie A or Ligue 1

Niklas Sule

After five seasons at Bayern Munich, centre back Niklas Sule has announced his intention to depart the club in the summer in search of a new challenge and he puts himself in a rare bracket of Germans who do this and don't see Bayern as the peak of football.

Still just 26, the defender will be a coup for whoever secures his signature and he will arrive with four Bundesliga titles, multiple domestic cups, and the Champions League during his time in Germany, along with almost 200 appearances for Bayern.

No doubt an astute defender, one concern around Sule is his potential to pick up an injury, as since the start of the 2019/20 season, he has missed 47 games for the Bavarians with various injuries.

However, with fellow German Antonio Rudiger likely leaving Chelsea in the summer, the Blues may consider making a move for Sule, but reports suggest London rivals Tottenham may also look to bring the German to the Premier League as it’s no secret they are in desperate need for a top-class centre back.

Sule would arguably walk into either of these sides, although it is likely a host of top clubs will have the defender in their sights but there's no two ways about it: his next move is set to be to a team challenging for trophies after winning so many in Germany.

Most likely routes: Chelsea, Spurs

Franck Kessie

With negotiations seeming to have broken down between Milan and Franck Kessie, it looks as if the Ivorian will leave the San Siro come to the summer.

Kessie has played over 200 times for the Italian giants, becoming a mainstay in midfield appearing over 30 times in the league in each of his four seasons at the San Siro and constantly being linked to other clubs in the meantime.

Kessie tends to operate as a central midfielder with a focus on defensive duties, however, he has an eye for getting forward with 35 goals and 16 assists throughout his time for the Rossoneri.

The midfielder has been heavily linked with Spurs, however, we feel either Liverpool or Manchester United could be a better fit for him given their stature and also how they need new blood in midfield. A move to Old Trafford would likely see Kessie receive a mammoth contract, although, it could bring the end of his Champions League career for next season at least.

If Kessie opted for a switch to Anfield, he would more than likely start weekly as captain Jordan Henderson is beginning to slow down, as well as the ever-present James Milner potentially not far from the end of his career.

Most likely routes: Spurs, Man United, Liverpool, Chelsea

Paulo Dybala

Once tipped for stardom, Paulo Dybala hasn’t quite reached the heights he was once touted for but the Argentine has still gone on to be a fine player and will be desired by almost everyone on the continent.

At 28, Dybala is in what is commonly referred to as the 'prime age' for a forward, and he has so far scored six and assisted three times in 15 league games this season, but looks set to leave Juventus when his contract expires in the summer.

Throughout his time in Turin, Dybala has scored 109 times, creating a further 46 to give him a respectable 0.57 goal contributions per game. In reality, not many have done it better in the past decade for Juventus and he will go down as a club hero.

Dybala came very close to joining Spurs two seasons ago, and with Antonio Conte in charge and Fabio Paratici behind the scenes, we could see the London club trying for the Argentine again this summer. The same applied with United, but they've since picked up Bruno Fernandes.

Another potential destination could be Barcelona, as after the retirement of countryman Sergio Aguero, the Blaugrana could do with top class centre forward such as Dybala to ease the burden on Memphis Depay. On the other hand, Inter are reportedly set to offer the Juventus man a new contract as they seek to get players in as cheap as possible.

Most likely routes: Barcelona, Spurs, Inter

Andreas Christensen

A rare product of the Chelsea youth academy to find his way into the first team, Andreas Christensen is one of a number of Chelsea defenders on course to leave London for free this summer. Although never a mainstay in the Blues' team, the Denmark international has featured regularly for them since returning from his loan spell from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016/17 after excelling their

With a Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup to his name, the Dane looks to be moving on to pastures new where at 25, he could sign a long-term deal which may see him become a regular starter.

A return to Germany looks to be on the cards, with arguments to be made in signing for either of the Bundesliga’s flagship clubs in Borussia Dortmund or Bayern. On one side, a move to Bayern would guarantee silverware, however, like Sule's reasoning for leaving, it doesn't seem as if a starting role can be guaranteed.

Most likely routes: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen

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