Players top Serie A clubs are at risk of losing as free agents this summer

28.3.2021.  
Players top Serie A clubs are at risk of losing as free agents this summer

While the English make the ultimate show of the football transfers, with their incredible coverage of each stadium of Premier League clubs on deadline day. Not to mention the constant panels on TV, the countless columns, and the spending power of the teams. But there is something special about the dealings in Italy. With far smaller resources, Italian teams remain relevant through their nimble dealings on the Mercato. A big factor in it, is the poaching of the free agents, those available to get for free.


Across Serie A top clubs, there are still more than enough players reaching the end of their contract to make a title-winning team. With the contracts mostly running out in two or three months, after the conclusion of the season that will see Inter crowned as champions most likely.


It’s the future Scudetto holders that have the most big-name players reaching the end of their sagas with Nerazzurri.


Inter players approaching the end of their contracts


Antonio Conte has managed to bag this Scudetto and come a point away from it the last year, with a team consisting of big-money signings like Romelu Lukaku and Nicolo Barella. But also of auxiliary role-players like the veterans coming to a close of their Guiseppe Meazza stories.


For Aleksandar Kolarov it’s the shortest, the Serbian arrived last summer in the quest of a Scudetto and signed a one-year contract after the club failed to bring in Emerson from Chelsea. The power-shooter had a far more reserved role under Conte, getting only seven Serie A appearances while playing 11 games and for 712 minutes total. It would be a massive surprise if the 35-year-old extends.


Ashley Young plays ahead of the former Manchester City player and has collected 27 games yet he plans on leaving and returning to England, with his childhood and debutant club Watford being mentioned as a destination for the 35-year-old.


Inter might lose another wide defensive player in Danilo D'Ambrosio, although the Italian played mostly as a centre-back this season. Getting 19 caps in the process, with three goals to his name, all in the league. If we would bank on one Inter player to remain for the 2021/2022 season, it would be the 32-year-old D'Ambrosio.


Andrea Ranocchia, once even a captain of the side got to the point of playing in only five measly games this season for the team that plays with three centre-backs. Ranochia is used as a glorified training dummy to help Romelu Lukaku's development as he posses a physical challenge for him, while his influence on the dressing room remains strong. Besides the 33-year-old centre-back, Inter might also lose the out-of-work reserve goalkeeper Daniele Padelli.


Juventus players approaching the end of their contracts


Only two recognizable names are reaching the end of their contracts with Juventus, but they are the two symbols of the Bianconeri's dominance in the past decade. It's almost fitting that Giorgio Chiellini and Gianluigi Buffon might go on with the loss of the title. Although, the born winners probably won't suffice with leaving without a major trophy as a goodbye. While the 43-year-old goalkeeper is a backup option with 10 games this season, the six-years younger Chiellini was riddled with injuries and played in 16 games under Andrea Pirlo.


Lazio players approaching the end of their contracts


Lazio finds itself in a tricky situation as it is experiencing a short-term bounce back in stature and finances, considering how the team was competing for the title in the previous season, playing the Champions League in the current. While they are now at risk of missing out on even the Europa League.


With their continental income in question, Lazio might leave the extension of the player contracts for as late as they can. With the players not keen on extending without knowing whether they'll have continental football next season.


All while the Biancocelesti have a number of players reaching the end of the road. Most notably the two loyal servents Marco Parola and Stefan Radu, with the latter at the club since 2008! The Romanian is surprisingly about to become Lazio's most capped player with his 402nd appearance, overtaking Guiseppe Favalli. With 22 appearances this season under Simone Inzaghi, he should and deserves to stay as long as he wants to.


Parolo played three games fewer this season and 259 total for the Rome club but aged 36, he might be closer to departure although his attitude in the dressing room is greatly appreciated. Lazio most likely won't risk losing him and the year-younger captain Senad Lulic who did struggle with injuries this season and played only 346 minutes.


The youngest man of the Lazio players nearing the end of their contracts, Mateo Musacchio played in the fewest matches of the bunch this season, only seven, although he did arrive only in January.


Atalanta players approaching the end of their contracts


La Dea is in risk of losing only the secondary goalkeeper Marco Sportiello, who did feature heavily in this season, playing in 19 games, five of which in the Champions League. As Gian Pierro Gasperini did alternate between him and Pierluigi Gollini. Sportiello is in talks with Roma regarding a move to the capital as the Giallorossi had bad luck with keepers in the past transfer windows.


Roma players approaching the end of their contracts


Henrikh Mkhitaryan has truly come into his own at Roma in this season and the Armenian has 22 goal involvements in 34 games this season, with a 50-50 split between goals and assists. Aged 32, the former Arsenal and Manchester United man won't have a shortage of suitors but for now, only rumours of Juventus' interest sound solid.


He is the only one the club is actually trying to keep and that goes for the Bruno Peres as well, even though he played in 33 games this season across both flanks. All players older than 30 not-named Mkhitaryan and Smalling can leave the club, the Italian press suggests. Including the veteran of 101 games for Roma Juan jesus, who did fall of the trend a bit and is yet to turn 30 this summer. He will be joined at the exit door by the 37-year-old goalkeeper Antonio Mirante.


Milan players approaching the end of their contracts


Certainly the biggest current names on this list are those of the red-and-black Milano club but THE name is most likely to stay. What's the hold up on extending Zlatan Ibrahimovic's contract is unknown, as Rosonerri surely must pay him what he wants considering how instrumental the veteran has been in lifting the club up.


The only way Zlatan declines if the financials are set is if the club lets Gianluigi Donnarumma slip through their fingers. The contract situation of the 22-year-old veteran of 241 games for Milan is not discussed enough and Chelsea and Juventus are both interested but not obsessed with the goalkeeper. His agent is Mino Raiola, same as for Zlatan, so that is certainly a headache for Milan.


The club will most likely let go the winter signing Mario Mandzukic as he played only 158 minutes since arriving and struggled with fitness. While another pressing matter is the case of Hakan Calhanoglu, an important screw in Stefano Pioli's team with seven goals and 11 assists in 33 games this campaign. With the rumours linking him to Manchester United, they don't seem to make a lot of sense as the Red Devils are overbooked on the position the 27-year-old creator plays.


Napoli players approaching the end of their contracts


While all the other clubs have some other lesser players coming close to the end of their contracts, like Donnarumma's brother Antonio for Milan, Napoli has only two players to worry about. Both of them from the defensive line and the Balkans.


Albanian Elseid Hysaj has been regarded as a solid option for all the top clubs needing a right-back and Milan are the most interested side. He is certainly going to leave the Stadium Diego Armando Maradona as his agent stated the 27-year-old and the Naples club couldn't come to an agreement. Hysaj played 214 games for Napoli in his career.


The two years older centre-back Nikola Maksimovic is also certain to leave with West Ham, Everton, and Inter all looking at the Serbian. The 193 centimetres tall Maksimovic played in 26 games this season so his in form but the former Torino man is clearly looking for a new challenge and a more lucrative offer.


Looking at these Serie A free agents, a serious starting XI could be made from it, with the midfield being the most problematic.


Gianluigi Donnarumma - Nikola Maksimovic, Giorgio Chiellini, Stefan Radu - Elseid Hysaj, Ashley Young, Marco Parolo‚ Senad Lulic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan - Hakan Calhanoglu, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.



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