When the calendar hits June 30, 2013, 119 players in the English Premier League will become free agents, unless a new deal is negotiated with them by then, or they’re sold to another club during the January transfer window. Of these players, some big names like Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand and Theo Walcott will be hitting the market.
When it comes to transfer rumors, Theo Walcott has probably been the busiest name on the market out of the players on the last year of their contract. The 23 year old English forward is unhappy with more than just he wages offered to him by Arsenal. He wanted to be guaranteed the role of a striker, and he wants better players around him. When Arsenal chose to sell Robin van Persie, that half made Walcott’s mind up about his future with the club. For now, there are no big offers for him in the January window, but on the other hand Wenger has been putting him in the starting lineup more and more. In 14 Premier League matches, he has 5 goals and 5 assists.
Chelsea seems to be the busier team when it comes to big names and expiring contracts. Ashely Cole is usually followed with headlines of huge salaries he demands for his services. Despite not being the best left back in the world anymore, he still expects to be paid like one. Whether the salary he asked from PSG, his main suitors over the past few months, is true or not, he’s still asking for a lot, and it looks like Chelsea aren’t really willing to be keeping him as one of their highest paid players.
Same goes for Frank Lampard, who since his return from injury has been seeing more and more playing time under Rafa Benitez. Consistently one of the highest paid players in the Premier League, it’s quite obvious that the 93 time English international is no longer playing in that kind of level. There’s a good chance that if he sees that there is not much of a playing future with the club, regardless of the money, he’ll take off somewhere else to finish his career.
In Manchester United, things are very clear regarding Ryan Giggs. He’s fallen quite a bit this season in his ability, no longer able to affect the matches with his intelligence and clever passing, with an injury also holding him back. Still, he won’t play anywhere else. It’ll be a new contract or retirement for the most decorated player in the history of the Premier League. Paul Scholes is also thinking about retiring again. Rio Ferdinand wants to keep playing, but I’m not certain Alex Ferguson wants him to be playing for him much longer.
Complete Free Agent List
Arsenal – Lukasz Fabianski, Sebastien Squillaci, Emmanuel Frimpong, Andrey Arshavin, Theo Walcott.
Aston Villa – Richard Dunne, Stephen Warnock, Eric Lichaj.
Chelsea – Hilario, Ross Turnbull, Paulo Ferreira, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Florent Malouda, Yossi Benayoun.
Everton – Jan Mucha, Sylvain Distin, Phil Neville, Thomas Hitzlsperger.
Fulham – Mark Schwarzer, Brede Hangeland, Philippe Senderos, Chris Baird, Mahamadou Diarra, Damien Duff, Giorgos Karagounis, Mladen Petric.
Liverpool – Doni, Danny Wilson, Jamie Carragher, Andre Wisdom.
Manchester City – Richard Wright, Kolo Toure, Michael Johnson.
Manchester United – Rio Ferdinand, Scott Wooton, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes.
Newcastle – Jak Alnwick, Steve Harper, Danny Simpson, Xisco.
Norwich – Declan Rudd, Marc Tierney, Elliott Ward, Chris Martin, Simeon Jackson.
QPR – Brian Murphy, Radek Cerny, Clint Hill, Ryan Nelsen, Shaun Derry, Kieron Dyer.
Reading – Stuart Taylor, Ian Harte, Nicky Shorey, Jordan Obita, Alex Pearce, Jay Tabb, Simon Church, Noel Hunt, Jason Roberts.
Southampton – Artur Boruc, Ryan Dickson, Danny Seabourne, Frazer Richardson, Jason Puncheon, Richard Chaplow.
Stoke – Carlo Nash, Ryan Shotton, Danny Higginbotham, Matthew Upson, Rory Delap, Jermaine Pennant, Dean Whitehead, Michael Tonge, Michael Owen, Mamady Sidibe.
Sunderland – Titus Bramble, Matthew Kilgallon, Louis Saha, Fraizer Campbell.
Swansea – Gerhard Tremmel, Dwight Tiendalli, Darnel Situ, Mark Gower, Ashley Richards, Luke Moore.
Tottenham – Carlo Cudicini, Brad Friedel, William Gallas, Jermaine Jenas, Harry Kane.
West Brom – Boaz Myhill, Donervorn Daniels, Gonzalo Jara, Zoltan Gera, Jerome Thomas, Marc-Antoine Fortune, Chris Wood.
West Ham – Jussi Jaaskelainen, Winston Reid, Guy Demel, Joey O’Brien, Gary O’Neil, Carlton Cole, Frederic Piquionne.
Wigan – Mike Pollitt, Antolin Alcaraz, Emmerson Boyce, Maynor Figueroa, Roman Golobart, Ronnie Stam, Piscu, David Jones, Albert Crusat, Shaun Maloney, Franco Di Santo, Callum McManaman.