As the 2016/17 Premier League season reaches its home stretch, the clubs are focusing on finishing on a high to secure either European qualifications or to avoid relegation. For individual players though, some of them are playing for their future. We look at eight Premier League stars whose contracts will expire this summer and assess where we think they will head to next term.
8) Wayne Hennessy (CRY / GK) – The 30-year-old Welsh international is currently the undisputed number one at Crystal Palace but has yet to pen an extension, having arrived at the club in 2013. He successfully displace French goalie Steve Mandanda earlier in the season and is highly rated by current boss Sam Allardyce.
Assessment: Will most likely extend his stay with the Eagles.
7) Charlie Adam (STK / MF) – 31-year-old Adam joined Stoke from Liverpool in 2012 but has only started in half of the Potters’ games so far this season. His stats aren’t the most impressive as well, having only scored once and provided just four assists. He also appears to be losing the pace that is required to succeed at this level. Stoke look set to secure their Premier League status yet again and may clear out some of its older players in favour for youngsters.
Assessment: Adam is a product of the Rangers system and a return to the North of the (Hadrian’s) Wall may be in the books. Otherwise, a move to the States is also likely.
6) Bacary Sagna (MCI / DF) – The French right-back is already 34 this year and City is not likely to offer an extension. Interestingly, despite spells with both Arsenal and City, he has never won the Premier League title. He was a regular with France but has failed to make the squad since Euro 2016.
Assessment: If Sagna feels that he may still have a chance to make it to the French 2018 World Cup squad, he will opt to move out of the Premier League to secure regular football. Otherwise, he may opt for a big money move to either China or the States.
5) Glen Johnson (STK / DF) – The ex-England right-back’s season with Stoke has been wrecked by injuries and inconsistency. The Potters are not short of options at the back so Johnson looks very likely to join Adam out of the door this summer.
Assessment: Johnson is likely to stay put in England, possibly joining one of the newly promoted sides next season.
4) Lucas Leiva (LIV / MF) – The Brazilian is currently the longest serving player in Liverpool ranks but his importance to the side has been reduced this term, having only made 8 starts. Regardless of Liverpool’s finish this season, Klopp is likely to make major strides in the transfer market and Lucas does not appear to be in his long term plans.
Assessment: There were rumours of interests from Inter over the winter transfer window and he may materialise the move this summer. In general, his style of play should fit any of the top Serie A sides.
3) Yaya Toure (MCI / MF) – Toure is one of the highest profile players without a contract this summer. After a row with the club earlier this season, he returned to the fold and showed that he can still deliver the goods with a string of solid performances since November. However, at 33, it is unlikely that City will offer him any extension.
Assessment: Given his reputation and stature, it will not be difficult for Toure to secure a big money move and China seems the most likely destination.
2) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (MNU / FW) – There can be no doubt now that the Swede’s first season in the Premier League has been an astonishing success. The question now is of course, where next for the 35-year-old. There is interest from the MLS and elsewhere, choices are aplenty for Ibrahimovic.
Assessment: United’s season can still be an overall success if they win the Europa League. Despite his goals, Ibrahimovic may still have something to prove in this league so we reckon he will sign on for a second season at United.
1) Santi Cazorla (ARS / MF) – The Spanish midfielder’s season had been entirely written off by an ankle operation and will not be fit to play for another three months. His condition has obviously delayed the contract extension discussions.
Assessment: Cazorla is one of the Gunners’ most senior players and has been pivotal for them for the previous four seasons. However, with Arsene Wenger’s own future at the club uncertain, the midfielder may opt to leave for free. Should he opt to do so, there will be plenty of offers from La Liga.