Manchester United are at risk of losing Juan Mata, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Michael Carrick, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ashley Young for nothing next summer, as all eight players are now in the final year of their respective contracts.
The club have an option to extend Blind’s contract by one year, which is something they may yet do. There are also clauses in the contracts of Ashley Young and Luke Shaw for an additional year too.
Ibrahimovic and Carrick are not worries in terms of their contract length as it is standard procedure at the club to measure out the older players on a year-by-year rolling basis, so it’s only really Mata, Fellaini and Herrera that they might be sweating over.
United aren’t the only club with players close to leaving for nothing though — there are a surprising number of high-quality players in Europe who could be available to sign a pre-contract come the January transfer window.
Below, we take you through some of the best talent United could consider on a Bosman deal…