Football Free Agents 2024: Mbappé, Barco, Rabiot, Dier

Free Agents

The Summer 2024 free-agent market promises a mix of established stars and rising talents, headlined by Kylian Mbappé, Adrien Rabiot, and Luka Modric. Here’s a closer look at some of the notable players set to become free agents and the potential outcomes for their futures.

Kylian Mbappé (24, FW, Paris Saint-Germain):
Mbappé’s contractual saga took center stage last summer when he opted against activating the third year of his two-year deal with PSG. Despite a world-record bid from Al Hilal, the French forward chose to stay, signing a new deal with likely release clauses of €100-150 million. While Mbappé’s future remains uncertain, a move to Real Madrid seems likely in the next six months.

Adrien Rabiot (28, CM, Juventus):
Rabiot signed a one-year extension with Juventus in June, postponing a long-term decision on his future. A key player for the Italian club, the French international’s performances have attracted attention from clubs like Manchester United and Barcelona. Juventus fans hope for a longer commitment from Rabiot.

Luka Modric (37, CM, Real Madrid):
Modric, a stalwart at Real Madrid since 2012, has won 23 trophies during his illustrious career. Despite facing increased competition, the Croatian midfielder remains a valuable asset. Unhappy with playing time, Modric might consider extending his career elsewhere. Teammate Toni Kroos, at 33, has affirmed his retirement plans at Real Madrid.

Valentín Barco (19, LB, Boca Juniors):
An emerging talent, Barco’s contract with Boca Juniors expires in December 2024. The 19-year-old left-back has drawn interest from Premier League clubs like Brighton, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool. While a $20 million release clause exists, negotiations for a higher release clause could benefit Boca in future transfers.

Piotr Zielinski (29, CM, Napoli):
A key player for Napoli, Zielinski seeks an improved contract in what could be one of his final deals. With Inter Milan expressing interest, the Poland international may depart on a free transfer if negotiations with Napoli falter.

Lloyd Kelly (25, LB/CB, Bournemouth):
Despite Bournemouth rejecting a £20 million offer from Tottenham, interest in the versatile defender continues to grow. AC Milan, Liverpool, and Newcastle United are reportedly eyeing Kelly, who could leave for nothing if a transfer fee isn’t secured in January.

Eric Dier (29, CB, Tottenham):
Not featuring prominently in Tottenham’s plans, Dier has attracted interest from Bayern, Nottingham Forest, Bournemouth, and Fulham. With limited game time expected, Dier might opt to run down his contract and depart on a free transfer.

Thiago (32, CM, Liverpool):
Liverpool’s midfield overhaul could impact Thiago, who brings valuable experience to the squad. Injuries have limited his impact, and the 32-year-old Spaniard may find himself considering options in the Saudi Pro League or elsewhere.

As the summer approaches, the futures of these free agents will become clearer, with clubs eyeing strategic moves to bolster their squads.

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By- Sahiba Suri

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