The stunning £250m potential summer free agent XI - including Man Utd, Chelsea and Man City stars

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The summer transfer window is just days away and Premier League clubs are already preparing the get the cheque books out - but there are bargains to be had.

Now there’s a thing, what ever happened to cheque books? Are they still used? Were they ever really used by football clubs in transfer deals? Anyway, we’ve gone off topic.

There is already talk of some big money moves in the Premier League with the likes of Harry Kane, James Maddison and Declan Rice all involved in speculation in recent months. However, not every deal that takes place during the close-season will involve a hefty transfer fee with a whole host of eye-catching names approaching the final month of their current contracts.

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That means they will be eligible for a free transfer move this summer, although such agreements usually involve the player receiving a significant signing-on fee and an sizable weekly wage - so suggesting the deal is a free is somewhat misleading. With just weeks to go until the ‘free’ transfer market is swelled, 3AddedMinutes puts together a team of players that will become free agents at the end of June.

Goalkeeper - David de Gea (Manchester United)

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De Gea’s future at Old Trafford remains open to question, as does any assessment of his performances this season. The Spanish stopper has received criticism for several mistakes, yet kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League. Negotiations over a new contract are ongoing but as it stands, De Gea will be available on a free transfer at the end of next month.

Right back - Matt Doherty (Atletico Madrid)

Trent Alexander-Arnold is Liverpool’s only senior natural right-back — that’s going to need to change ahead of next season. A tried and tested Premier League defender like Matt Doherty could be a solid option for Liverpool to snap up to serve as back-up for their local lad.Trent Alexander-Arnold is Liverpool’s only senior natural right-back — that’s going to need to change ahead of next season. A tried and tested Premier League defender like Matt Doherty could be a solid option for Liverpool to snap up to serve as back-up for their local lad.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is Liverpool’s only senior natural right-back — that’s going to need to change ahead of next season. A tried and tested Premier League defender like Matt Doherty could be a solid option for Liverpool to snap up to serve as back-up for their local lad. | AFP via Getty Images

The Republic of Ireland international made a surprise switch to La Liga in January but has endured a frustrating time in the Spanish capital. Doherty has made just two substitute appearances and seems likely to leave Atleti next month. Despite his underwhelming season, the 31-year-old will still be an attractive option for a number of Premier League clubs this summer.

Left back - Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)

Contract with Borussia Dortmund expires in June 2023.Contract with Borussia Dortmund expires in June 2023.
Contract with Borussia Dortmund expires in June 2023. | Getty Images

After suffering heartache on the final day of the Bundesliga season after his side narrowly missed out on the title, Portugal international Guerreiro is set to leave Dortmund next month after seven seasons with the club. With top level experience and versatility among his many attributes, the 29-year-old will be in demand if a parting of the ways does come to pass.

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Centre back - Evan Ndicka (Eintracht Frankfurt)

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A highly-talented defender, Ndicka helped Eintracht Frankfurt to the Europa League Final win over Rangers last season and was also named in the Bundesliga team of the year. His pace and power has attracted Premier League interest, with Newcastle United and Manchester United both reportedly keen to land him on a free transfer this summer.

Centre back - Milan Skriniar (Internazionale)

The Slovakian defender has spent the last five years at Inter Milan and was one of their key players when they won the Scudetto under Antonio Conte. He has been linked with a reunion with Conte at Spurs and there is no doubt that the 27 year old would add immense quality to the heart of any defence.The Slovakian defender has spent the last five years at Inter Milan and was one of their key players when they won the Scudetto under Antonio Conte. He has been linked with a reunion with Conte at Spurs and there is no doubt that the 27 year old would add immense quality to the heart of any defence.
The Slovakian defender has spent the last five years at Inter Milan and was one of their key players when they won the Scudetto under Antonio Conte. He has been linked with a reunion with Conte at Spurs and there is no doubt that the 27 year old would add immense quality to the heart of any defence.

Speculation over a move to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain continues to dominate the headlines, with the latest talk suggesting the offer of a summer deal could be withdrawn. Skriniar has been a dominant presence at the heart of the Inter defence in recent years and will have no shortage of suitors should his move to the French capital fall through.

Midfielder - N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)

Kante has missed a number of games with injury. (Getty Images)Kante has missed a number of games with injury. (Getty Images)
Kante has missed a number of games with injury. (Getty Images) | Getty Images

Unquestionably one of the best holding midfielders in Premier League history, Kante has endured a season of frustration after injuries limited his attempts to help Chelsea during an underwhelming campaign. His contract is now entering its final weeks and he would have to prove his fitness to any suitors before a move could be made.

Midfielder - Adrien Rabiot (Juventus)

LISBON, PORTUGAL - APRIL 20: Adrien Rabiot of Juventus in action during the UEFA Europa League quarterfinal second leg match between Sporting CP and Juventus at Estadio Jose Alvalade on April 20, 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)LISBON, PORTUGAL - APRIL 20: Adrien Rabiot of Juventus in action during the UEFA Europa League quarterfinal second leg match between Sporting CP and Juventus at Estadio Jose Alvalade on April 20, 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
LISBON, PORTUGAL - APRIL 20: Adrien Rabiot of Juventus in action during the UEFA Europa League quarterfinal second leg match between Sporting CP and Juventus at Estadio Jose Alvalade on April 20, 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

The France international reportedly has several Premier League clubs battling for his services as his current deal at Juventus approaches its final month. The midfielder is said to open about what lies ahead and there have been suggestions his future could have been decided by the outcome of Juventus’ battle to get into Europe this season.

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Midfielder - Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City)

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The midfielder has been integral in City’s successful defence of their Premier League title and scored some key goals during the final weeks of the season. However, as it stands, Gundogan is out of contract next month and will depart the Etihad Stadium at the end of June. Pep Guardiola is believed to be keen to retain his services and there is interest from a number of clubs.

Forward - Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

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A Crystal Palace legend, no doubt about it, but Zaha is set to leave Selhurst Park this summer in what is likely to be the final move of his career. The talented forward has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs and reportedly has interest from around Europe.

Forward - Marcus Thuram (Borussia Monchengladbach)

Thuram is valued at £28.25m by Transfermarkt.Thuram is valued at £28.25m by Transfermarkt.
Thuram is valued at £28.25m by Transfermarkt.

A World Cup finalist and reportedly set to be one of the most in-demand free agents in world football during the summer. Borussia Monchengladbach have already accepted they will lost Thuram when his contract comes to an end and the likes of Newcastle United, Internazionale and Arsenal are said to be keen on landing him on a free transfer.

Forward - Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain)

Lionel Messi with six of his seven Ballon d’Or trophies in 2019Lionel Messi with six of his seven Ballon d’Or trophies in 2019
Lionel Messi with six of his seven Ballon d’Or trophies in 2019 | AFP via Getty Images

How could we possibly leave the GOAT out of this side? Messi has been linked with a whole host of moves as his PSG contract approaches its final month and the Argentina captain reportedly has interest from the MLS, Saudi Arabia and former club Barcelona.

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