Mbappe, Pogba, Bale: Which clubs will the 17 biggest free agents sign for?

We’re a little more than a month away from the end of the domestic season in Europe.

For some teams, there are trophies to play for and finals to be played.

But clubs will also be readying moves for their transfer targets this summer.

But before splashing the cash, they’re advised to look in the free transfer bucket because there are a host of quality players who will be out of contract this summer.

Which clubs will be snapping up a bargain for absolutely nothing?

Well, we’ve decided to look at 17 of the biggest free agents at the end of the season and predict where they’ll end up.

While we’ve used reports and speculation to guide our predictions, we’re simply playing a guessing game for a bit of fun. Don’t take it too seriously.

So, let’s take a look at our predictions below:

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Kylian Mbappe – Real Madrid

Mbappe to Real Madrid has been spoken about for many, many months. The eye-watering financial side could potential be tricky to sort but report reports from Gianluca Di Marzio suggests a €100 million signing-on-fee and a five-year contract at €50 million per season should seal the deal.

Paul Pogba – Paris Saint-Germain

There’s no way we can see Pogba staying at Manchester United beyond this season after some of his comments in recent weeks. He’s apparently met with PSG chief, Leonardo, to discuss a potential move and we could see the Frenchman moving back to his native country.

Gareth Bale – Retirement

We genuinely can’t think of a club that will sign Bale on his ridiculous wages this summer. Instead, if Wales qualify for the World Cup in Qatar, we predict he’ll train with a club (possibly Tottenham) to keep fit ahead of the tournament before retiring afterwards. A sad way for an incredible career to end.

Paulo Dybala – Atletico Madrid

Dybala has often been linked with a move to the Premier League and was very close to joining Tottenham recently. But we feel that ship may have sailed and, according to Sky Italia, Atletico Madrid are one of the clubs interested in his signature.

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Antonio Rudiger – Chelsea

Rudiger has established himself as a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge and supporters are desperate for the defender to stay. Of course, with the uncertainty over their new owner, they can’t offer him a new contract yet. But the defender is yet to agree terms with any other club and we can see him putting pen to paper on a new deal – when the club can eventually offer him one.

Andreas Christensen – Barcelona

This one looks to be a done deal with Spanish football expert, Guillem Balague, confirming as much. Barca club president, Joan Laporta, has confirmed they will be signing a defender and a midfielder for next season by telling Catalan radio station Rac1: “We’ve completed two signings for the next season. One is a midfielder, the other one is a centre-back. But I’m not allowed to mention their names.”

Franck Kessie – Barcelona

While Christensen appears to be the defender in question, AC Milan’s Kessie is apparently the midfielder.

Ousmane Dembele – Barcelona

A few months ago, it looked certain that Dembele would leave Camp Nou. But under Xavi, he’s seen something of a renaissance and it’s looking increasingly likely the winger will stay now.

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Alexandre Lacazette – Arsenal

Arsenal fans have been quite vocal in their criticism of Lacazette in recent weeks but, in truth, the club don’t have many other options in attack. As a result, we can’t see them allowing the 30-year-old to leave on a free transfer.

Jesse Lingard – Newcastle

Lingard enjoyed a loan spell at West Ham towards the end of last season but failed to make the move permanent last summer. While a move back to West Ham may seem the obvious choice, we think the Hammers may have moved on after another campaign sitting on the bench at United. Instead, Newcastle – who are likely to be busy this summer – could offer Lingard a lifeline.

Christian Eriksen – Tottenham

Brentford took a bit of a gamble on Eriksen and it seems a bit unfair that they’ll struggle to hold onto him because of his brilliant performances. A move back to Spurs is just too romantic for us to turn down. Eriksen at Spurs under Antonio Conte? Make it happen.

Angel Di Maria – Benfica

It looks as though Di Maria wants to leave PSG in the summer and a return to his former club, Benfica, looks realistic. The 34-year-old is still capable of playing at the very highest level.

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Divock Origi – AC Milan

Origi will leave Liverpool as a hero this summer and the Belgian looks to have already agreed to join AC Milan. He’ll be missed on Merseyside.

Luka Modric – Real Madrid

Real Madrid would have preferred to have wrapped up Modric’s contract sooner than this but we’re still confident he’ll remain at the Bernabeu.

Ivan Perisic – Inter Milan

Spurs were reportedly interested in Perisic but it seems the 33-year-old will stay in Italy for now.

Luis Suarez – Fenerbahce

Suarez has had a frustrating season at Atleti and, according to reports, is talking to two Turkish clubs – Besiktas and Fenerbahce – with his contract expiring. Suarez is a born winner and just wants to play football so we can see him taking the leap.

Isco – Sevilla

Isco is a forgotten figure at Real Madrid and desperately needs a move. Last month, Sport, claimed it was a done deal with Sevilla.

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