The 30 most valuable footballers whose contracts expire in 2020

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Even some of the world's richest football clubs love themselves a bargain.

Just look at Juventus. The Old Lady have become masters of the free transfer in recent years, signing the likes of Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo and Fabio Cannavaro for absolutely nothing.

Liverpool bagged themselves James Milner without splashing out, Zlatan Ibrahimovic cost Manchester United nothing at all and Robert Lewandowski came to Bayern Munich for - you guessed it - a big fat zero.

So, you can get bet that big clubs and big players will be involved in some sneaky transfer deals over the next 12 months and the secret is keeping your eye on free agents.

With transfer fees rocketing through the ceiling in recent years, the best way to secure yourself a bargain is by scrounging around for top players who are seeing out their contracts.

30 most valuable free agents

And using the statistics on Transfermarkt, we've decided to do the legwork on behalf of these clubs and have identified the most valuable players whose contracts are running out in 2020.

Looking at some of the incredible players up for grabs, you better keep your fingers crossed that the club you support can take advantage next summer. Check out the full list down below.

30. Fernandinho (Manchester City) - £10.80million

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29. Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) - £10.80million

28. James Milner (Liverpool) - £13.50million

27. Ever Banega (Sevilla) - £13.50million

26. Adam Lallana (Liverpool) - £13.50million

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25. Charles Aranguiz (Bayer Leverkusen) - £13.50million

24. Artem Dzyuba (Zenit Saint Petersburg) - £14.40million

23. Josip Ilicic (Atalanta) - £15.30million

22. Laywin Kurzawa (Paris Saint-Germain) - £15.75million

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21. Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) - £16.20million

20. Boubakary Soumare (Lille) - £16.20million

19. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) - £18million

18. David Silva (Manchester City) - £18million

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17. Pedro (Chelsea) - £18million

16. Jose Callejon (Napoli) - £18million

15. Giacomo Bonaventura (AC Milan) - £18million

14. Nacho (Real Madrid) - £18million

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13. Blaise Matuidi (Juventus) - £19.80million

12. Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) - £19.80million

11. Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund) - £19.80million

10. Dries Mertens (Napoli) - £22.50million

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9. Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) - £22.50million

8. Eric Bailly (Manchester United) - £22.50million

7. Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain) - £27million

6. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) - £27million

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5. Willian (Chelsea) - £31.50million

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4. Stefan Savic (Atletico Madrid) - £31.50million

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3. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain) - £36million

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2. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham) - £36million

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1. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) - £90million

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Yup, you could get yourself a player worth in excess of £30 million for less than the price of a chocolate bar. Well, in terms of the transfer fee at least.

While some big names like Eriksen are as obvious as they are tempting, fans might be surprised to see the likes of Cavani and Modric poised to fly off the shelves.

The coming months will go a long way towards telling us the future of these 30 players, but there's definitely the room for a game-changing year in the world of football transfers.

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