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League titles across Europe’s major leagues are now decided so, as clubs take time out for the summer, the future of players and possible transfers take centre stage.

The transfer window will soon be open and, with contracts running until June 30, we take a look at some of those players across Europe’s top leagues who are soon to be free agents come the end of this month.

The 2023 summer transfer window on The Athletic

Real Madrid have several players coming to the end of their deals this summer. Karim Benzema’s exit has now been confirmed while Marco Asensio will join Paris Saint-Germain. Toni Kroos and Luka Modric are expected to sign new deals and Dani Ceballos is considering Real’s latest offer. Nacho Fernandez has also been offered an extension, but Mariano Diaz will be leaving.

As for Barcelona, Sergio Busquets has confirmed he will be leaving and not joining a club in Europe, with Jordi Alba also departing.

Athletic Bilbao’s Inigo Martinez will be available and has interested Barca, while deals at Rayo Vallecano for defender Alejandro Catena and midfielder Santi Comesana and 37-year-old Radamel Falcao are coming to an end. Villarreal’s 40-year-old goalkeeper Pepe Reina is also out of contract.

At champions Bayern Munich, Joao Cancelo’s loan from Manchester City is coming to an end and Daley Blind’s contract is up. At runners-up Borussia Dortmund, midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud will be joining Brighton & Hove Albion while Raphael Guerreiro’s future will be one to watch this window after his departure was confirmed.

Konrad Laimer is set to join Bayern when his deal at RB Leipzig ends, Daichi Kamada has reached an agreement to join AC Milan from Eintracht Frankfurt, and the future of his team-mate, Evan Ndicka, is unclear with his deal ending.

Karim Bellarabi, 33, will leave Bayer Leverkusen after an injury-plagued end to his season, while Callum Hudson-Odoi’s loan from Chelsea will conclude.

Elsewhere, Marcus Thuram and Ramy Bensebaini’s deals at Borussia Monchengladbach are up. Interest in Thuram (13 goals and six assists this season) is expected to be high, while Bensebaini has joined Dortmund.

Tunisia midfielder Ellyes Skhiri, an ever-present for Cologne this season, could also leave on a free when his contract ends, with German media reporting interest from Sevilla and Roma.

Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar is set to join Paris Saint-Germain once his contract expires and Romelu Lukaku’s loan from Chelsea is likely to end, though his next move remains unclear.

Juventus have midfielder Adrien Rabiot out of contract as well as Angel Di Maria (who has confirmed his exit), while Brahim Diaz, who has been on loan at AC Milan, will return to Real Madrid. Sergino Dest, who was also on loan at San Siro, will head back to Barcelona and veteran forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed his retirement aged 41.

Roma have an option to buy Georginio Wijnaldum after his season-long loan, though he could return to PSG. The futures of Chris Smalling and Andrea Belotti (who signed a one-year deal as a free agent from Torino last summer) are still to be decided.

Elsewhere, Salernitana’s vastly experienced goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa’s contract is ending after he joined on a short-term deal in January. Torino, meanwhile, have the option to make Nikola Vlasic’s loan move from West Ham permanent.

Ligue 1

The future of Lionel Messi has been the big talking point in Ligue 1, with links to Saudi Arabia, a return to Barcelona or a move to MLS being put forward as options as the Argentinian’s contract at Paris Saint-Germain comes to an end. Centre-back Sergio Ramos, who played 33 Ligue 1 games for the champions this season, is also expected to follow Messi out of PSG.

Lille winger Jonathan Bamba, who got six goals and seven assists in Ligue 1 this campaign, and Lyon pair Houssem Aouar and Moussa Dembele are also out of contract. Branco van den Boomen will join Ajax on a free transfer after three seasons at Toulouse.

Rennes captain Hamari Traore and Nice midfielders Ross Barkley and Aaron Ramsey could also be available, with no new deals confirmed. Elsewhere, the futures of out-of-contract pair Sead Kolasinac and Alexis Sanchez at Marseille are also uncertain.

(Top photos: David Aliaga/NurPhoto via Getty Images; Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)



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