Out of contract in 2022: The best free agents available on a Bosman

FT Desk
  • FT Desk
  • Updated: January 13, 2022, 10:03 CET
Ousmane Dembele playing against Dinamo Kiev in the Champions League

The new year is now upon us and that means two things when it comes to the transfer market. First of all, for the month of January, clubs all around Europe are able to buy players again.

And secondly, those whose contracts expire at the end of the 2021/22 season are officially permitted to talk to other clubs about signing on a Bosman transfer in the summer.

Some of the most greatest players in the world are out of contract in the summer of 2022.

Names such as Kylian Mbappe, Paulo Dybala, Paul Pogba, Franck Kessie, Marcelo Brozovic, Antonio Rudiger and Ousmane Dembele are among the big stars with expiring contracts.

Euro 2020 and Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne has already signed for Toronto on a Bosman Transfer and will officially move to Canada in the summer.

Perhaps never before have there been so many top-tier players who could leave on a free transfer. Superclubs such as Manchester United, PSG, Chelsea and Barcelona are running out of time to avoid their superstars leaving for nothing.

Out of contract in 2023: The best free agents available on a Bosman


Legends like Andrea Pirlo, Robert Lewandowski, Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos have been allowed to move for free over the past decade. Last summer, the goalkeeping star Gigio Donnarumma moved on a Bosman, too, and players letting their contracts run down is becoming a growing theme in football.

Football Transfers runs through the best free agents available in 2022, with clubs able to negotiate directly with these players from January 1, 2022.

In caps are players who have already signed for a new club on a Bosman Transfer.

This data is taken from Transfermarkt.

Which players are available on a Bosman in the summer of 2022?

Kylian Mbappe (PSG)

Paul Pogba (Man Utd)

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba

Paulo Dybala (Juventus)

Franck Kessie (AC Milan)

Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona)

Ousmane Dembele

Ousmane Dembele

Marcelo Brozovic (Inter)

Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)

Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) - JOINING TORONTO on July 1

Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich)

Andreas Christensen (Chelsea)

Andrea Belotti (Torino)

Denis Zakaria (Gladbach)

Sardar Azmoun (Zenit)

Boubacar Kamara (Marseille)

Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach)

Remo Freuler (Atalanta)

Jesus Corona (Porto)

James Tarkowski (Burnley)

Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal)

Jesse Lingard (Man Utd)

Alessio Romagnoli (AC Milan)

Jason Denayer (Lyon)

Todd Cantwell (Norwich)

Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim)

Nouassir Mazraoui (Ajax)

Luiz Felipe (Lazio)

Andre Onana (Ajax)

Florian Grillitsch (Hoffenheim)

David Brooks (Bournemouth)

Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid)

Angel Di Maria (PSG)

Angel Di Maria

Angel Di Maria

Isco (Real Madrid)

Sergi Roberto (Barcelona)

Serge Aurier (Villarreal)

Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich)

Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus)

Mbemba (Porto)

Dan-Axel Zagadou (Dortmund)

Sean Longstaff (Newcastle)

John Brooks (Wolfsburg)

Divock Origi (Liverpool)

Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad)

Calum Chambers (Arsenal)

Enis Bardhi (Levante)

Randal Kolo Muani (Nantes)

Cyle Larin (Besiktas)

Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

Samuel Gigot (Spartak Moscow)

Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

Luka Modric, Real Madrid

Luka Modric, Real Madrid

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

Ivan Perisic (Inter)

Artem Dzyuba (Zenit)

Henrik Mkhitaryan (Roma)

Juan Cuadrado (Juventus)

Victor Claesson (Krasnodar)

Niklas Stark (Hertha)

Marvin Friedrich (Union Berlin)

Reinildo Mandava (Lille)

Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal)

Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors)

Ben Brereton Diaz (Blackburn)

Sergio Asenjo (Villarreal)

Remy Cabella (Krasnodar)

Jose Luis Palomino (Atalanta)

Felipe (Atletico Madrid)

Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal)

Roman Saiss (Wolves)

Adum Marusic (Lazio)

Xeka (Lille)

Fedor Smolov (Lokomotiv Moscow)

Yacine Brahimi (Al-Rayyan)

Sam Johnstone (West Brom)

Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace)

Marcel Halstenberg (Leipzig)

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund)

Filip Djuricic (Sassuolo)

Fabian Schar (Newcastle)

Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace)

Matias Vecino (Inter)

Marc Oliver Kempf (Stuttgart)

Lys Mousset (Sheffield Utd)

Mattia De Sciglio (Juventus)

Robin Knoche (Union Berlin)

Cristian Tello (Real Betis)

Connor Goldson (Rangers)

Thomas Strakosha (Lazio)

Teemu Pukki (Norwich City)

Dries Mertens (Napoli)

Daniel Wass (Valencia)

Pascal Gross (Brighton)

Hector Herrera (Atletico Madrid)

Jed Wallace (Milwall)

Paulo Diaz (River Plate)

Amos Pieper (Arm Bielefeld)

Otavio (Bordeaux)

Souza (Besiktas)

Patric (Lazio)

Ferdi Kadioglu (Fenerbahce)

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton)

Marcelo (Real Madrid)

The names that immediately stand out are superstars Mbappe and Pogba.

The former was keen on a move to Real Madrid in the summer and on deadline day Los Blancos offered a humungous €200m for his services - even though he can be signed for free June.

After PSG refused to even negotiate, Mbappe will stay until the end of the 2021-22 season before probably signing for Madrid.

As for Pogba, his recent injury means he is very unlikely to renew at Manchester United.

Barcelona wonderkids Pedri and Ansu Fati recently signed new, extended deals to remain at Camp Nou. Ousmane Dembele is looking likely to leave, though.

Paulo Dybala is close to signing a new deal at Juventus to prolong his stay at the club, which dates back to 2015.

Lorenzo Insigne has signed for Toronto FC in the summer, while Andre Onana is set to move to Inter.