Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric Among 8 Best Players Set to Be Free Agents This Summer

Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric Among 8 Best Players Set to Be Free Agents This Summer

Isaac Darko
updated at May 27, 2024 at 6:26 AM
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  • Several talented players are approaching the end of their current contracts
  • Rafael Varane recently confirmed that he will be leaving Manchester United
  • Sports Brief looks at the top stars who will test out free agency this summer

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As the 2023/24 football season draws to a close, enthusiasts are gearing up mentally for the next chapter.

This anticipation isn't exclusive to fans; players, too, find themselves contemplating their next moves as contracts near expiration on June 30.

While big-money transfers are set to dominate headlines, the realm of free agency often unveils hidden gems capable of elevating teams.

Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric and Marco Reus all feature in our list of potential free agents this summer.
Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric and Marco Reus are among top stars set to potentially be free agents this summer. Photo by David Aliaga.
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This upcoming summer promises a flurry of activity, with several top talents from esteemed clubs in the Premier League and beyond becoming free agents.

In light of this, Sports Brief has compiled a list of the eight best players poised to explore their options in free agency.

Best players set to be free agents

1. Kylian Mbappe

One of the summer's top free agents, Kylian Mbappe, is one of the leading contenders for the next Ballon d'Or.

Unfortunately for Paris Saint-Germain fans, his tenure with the club has come to an end.

While Mbappe previously reversed course in 2022, this time, a move to Real Madrid seems inevitable.

According to Goal, the Frenchman officially ended his career with PSG on Saturday, May 25, during the French Cup final.

The forward was part of the squad that beat Lyon 2-1 to secure the crown, with Ousmane Dembele and Fabian Ruiz scoring for the Parisians.

PSG's win in the tie ensured that Mbappe ended his career with the club in style by helping his boyhood club win the Coupe de France.

2. Luka Modric

From a Ballon d'Or winner to a legend, Luka Modric's time at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is drawing to a close this summer.

The 38-year-old Croatian has been one of football's finest exports, securing five UEFA Champions League titles during his tenure in Madrid.

While his next move remains undisclosed, there are reportedly multiple offers on the table. Fans hope the diminutive playmaker extends his stay a bit longer, given his enduring technical brilliance.

3. Marco Reus

Marco Reus has confirmed his departure from the club he rejoined in 2012.

Once an electrifying winger among the world's elite, injuries hindered his career, including missing out on the 2014 World Cup triumph.

Despite becoming a rotational player in recent years, the 34-year-old still possesses quality. His dream is to depart with a Champions League triumph, which would be Dortmund's first since 1997.

4. Raphael Varane

Varane had the potential to be the Premier League's top defender, boasting World Cup and Champions League victories.

While he could have been Manchester United's mainstay centre-back, injuries have made him a concern for Erik ten Hag.

The Frenchman bid his final farewell to the Old Trafford fans after Manchester United beat Newcastle United in their final home match of the season.

He will leave the club at the expiration of his contract after three seasons and is open to trying a new adventure next season.

5. Olivier Giroud

Despite being one of his generation's most underrated players, Olivier Giroud has amassed World Cups, Champions Leagues, and domestic titles in two countries.

Approaching 38 and with his contract in Italy's capital winding down, retirement might cross his mind.

However, Giroud, known for his tactical awareness rather than explosive speed, remains capable of thriving elsewhere. ESPN hinted at his move to LAFC post-Milan contract, but the club is yet to confirm.

6. Thiago Alcantara

Thiago's last season at Liverpool has been quiet, managing just one appearance due to injury. His Merseyside career has been plagued by 647 days on the sidelines.

While his prime might be behind him, clubs would still covet his expertise if he regains fitness. Additionally, he could transition into a player-coach role, often seen alongside Jurgen Klopp during his time out.

7. Mats Hummels

Dortmund faces the prospect of losing key figures this summer, including long-serving defender Mats Hummels, whose contract is nearing its end.

After returning to the club in 2019, he's been pivotal, notably in their Champions League run. While his future remains uncertain, indications suggest he may opt to stay at Signal Iduna Park for another season.

Lewandowski welcomes Mbappe challenge

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Robert Lewandowski expressing eagerness at facing Mbappe ahead of the PSG star's rumoured Real Madrid move.

The Barcelona forward welcomed the reported news of the French captain joining La Liga, saying the Catalan giants are not afraid of that possibility.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)