The XI of world-class players whose contracts expire at the end of the season

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Just two months into the 2019/20 season and some clubs will already be looking forward to next summer's transfer window for potential signings.

Manchester United, for example, have endured an awful start to the campaign and it's become clear that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperately needs reinforcements.

Whether the Norwegian lasts the season is a whole 'nother question, though.

Following Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Newcastle, United are 12th in the Premier League on nine points after eight games.

They've only scored nine goals in that time and four of those came in the 4-0 win over Chelsea on the opening weekend - that's how bad they've been since then.

Change could also be on the horizon for Tottenham, who lost 3-0 to Brighton over the weekend and 7-2 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League last week.

Spending copious amounts of money is often viewed as the solution for clubs who have a bad season, but that might not be the case next summer.

Never before has there been such a world-class XI of players who are due to become free agents when their contracts expire. Let's take a look.

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FREE AGENT XI

GK - Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

RB - Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain)

CB - Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham)

CB - Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)

LB - Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma)

CM - Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

CM - Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)

RM - Jose Callejon (Napoli)

CAM - David Silva (Manchester City)

LM - Juan Cuadrado (Juventus)

ST - Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain)

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Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain)

Blaise Matuidi (Juventus)

Nemanja Matic (Manchester United)

Willian (Chelsea)

Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund)

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth)

Dries Mertens (Napoli)

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Most of those players would slot straight into United's best starting XI, so Solskjaer would be wise to enquire in January when they're able to start negotiating pre-contract agreements.

Of course, there's a good chance some of them will sign new contracts between now and the end of the season, but expect most to be available on a free.

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