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

FT Desk
  • FT Desk
  • December 7, 2021, 13:56 CET
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Just like the players who were available on a Bosman in 2021, the list of best free agents for the summer of 2022 is stacked with world class talent – with names such as Kylian Mbappe, Paulo Dybala, Paul Pogba, Franck Kessie, Marcelo Brozovic, Ousmane Dembele and Lorenzo Insigne among the stars with expiring contracts.

Perhaps never before have there been so many elite players who could leave on a free transfer, so super-clubs such as Man Utd, PSG and Barcelona need to start negotiating to avoid their superstars leaving for nothing.

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

Legends such as Andrea Pirlo and Robert Lewandowski and more recently Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos have been allowed to move for free over the past decade, and a similar situation will want to be avoided by Europe’s biggest clubs.

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

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

Franck Kessie (AC Milan)

Paulo Dybala (Juventus)

Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona)

Ousmane Dembele

Ousmane Dembele

Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli)

Marcelo Brozovic (Inter)

Andreas Christensen (Chelsea)

Andrea Belotti (Torino)

Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich)

Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)

Jesus Corona (Porto)

Boubacar Kamara (Marseille)

Denis Zakaria (Gladbach)

Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach)

Remo Freuler (Atalanta)

Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim)

James Tarkowski (Burnley)

Jason Denayer (Lyon)

Sardar Azmoun (Zenit)

Jesse Lingard (Man Utd)

Todd Cantwell (Norwich)

Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal)

Alessio Romagnoli (AC Milan)

Angel Di Maria (PSG)

Angel Di Maria

Angel Di Maria

Nouassir Mazraoui (Ajax)

Luiz Felipe (Lazio)

Andre Onana (Ajax)

Juan Cuadrado (Juventus)

Florian Grillitsch (Hoffenheim)

Mbemba (Porto)

David Brooks (Bournemouth)

Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid)

Henrik Mkhitaryan (Roma)

Isco (Real Madrid)

Sergi Roberto (Barcelona)

Serge Aurier (Villarreal)

Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich)

Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus)

Sean Longstaff (Newcastle)

John Brooks (Wolfsburg)

Dan-Axel Zagadou (Dortmund)

Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

Divock Origi (Liverpool)

Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad)

Calum Chambers (Arsenal)

Enis Bardhi (Levante)

Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal)

Cyle Larin (Besiktas)

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)

Marcel Halstenberg (Leipzig)

Victor Claesson (Krasnodar)

Jose Luis Palomino (Atalanta)

Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal)

Marvin Friedrich (Union Berlin)

Niklas Stark (Hertha)

Roman Saiss (Wolves)

Adum Marusic (Lazio)

Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors)

Ben Brereton Diaz (Blackburn)

Randal Kolo Muani (Nantes)

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund)

Sergio Asenjo (Villarreal)

Filip Djuricic (Sassuolo)

Remy Cabella (Krasnodar)

Fabian Schar (Newcastle)

Felipe (Atletico Madrid)

Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace)

Fedor Smolov (Lokomotiv Moscow)

Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace)

Sam Johnstone (West Brom)

Matias Vecino (Inter)

Marc Oliver Kempf (Stuttgart)

Djibril Sidibe (Monaco)

Jack Stephens (Southampton)

Xeka (Lille)

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)

Reinildo Mandava (Lille)

Paulo Diaz (River Plate)

Otavio (Bordeaux)

Souza (Besiktas)

Patric (Lazio)

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 in less than 12 months.

After PSG refused to even negotiate, Mbappe will stay for at least another year 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 a new, extended deals to remain at Camp Nou, as did Porto's Fabio Vieira, while Jeremie Boga's contract at Sassuolo expires in 2023 and not the previously believed 2022.