Best XI of 2021 free transfers is world class with top stars to become available
A number of top players are out of contract in the summer and will be available to negotiate pre-contract agreements with foreign clubs in January.
The likes of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum are among the big names that could all move for free at the end of the season.
With a number of clubs dealing with the financial effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, players who could be available for free may be in even more demand this summer.
With that in mind, Daily Star Sport has picked out the best XI of potential 2021 free transfers.
Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Donnarumma
AC Milan's number one is still only 21 and he has played a key role in their resurgence this season, with Milan currently top of the Serie A table and chasing their first league title in a decade.
Milan are keen to negotiate a new contract but the likes of Juventus, Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur have all been linked with Donnarumma and he would be a great signing on a free.
Left-back: David Alaba
Although he has been at his best for Bayern Munich at centre-back in recent years, Alaba reverts to left-back in our XI and it appears as though his time at the Allianz Arena is up with Bayern unwilling to meet his demands.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona are said to be interested in Alaba and the defender would be an excellent addition to any of those teams.
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Centre-back: Eric Garcia
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed back in August that Garcia had rejected the offer of a contract extension, amid talk of a potential return to the youngster's boyhood club Barcelona.
The Catalan giants are widely expected to secure his services on a free in January.
Centre-back: Sergio Ramos
The veteran defender has been at Real Madrid for 16 seasons now but could be on his way out with negotiations over a new contract said to be stalling.
The likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Paris Saint-Germain and David Beckham's MLS franchise Inter Miami are all said to be interested.
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Right-back: Elseid Hysaj
Capable of playing at left-back or right-back, Hysaj is on the right in this team and could be a good option for those teams needing a full-back.
He is expected to leave Napoli at the end of the season and he has been linked with the likes of Roma and Chelsea.
Centre-mid: Georginio Wijnaldum
Wijnaldum's future at Liverpool is the subject of intense speculation, with the Reds looking to keep him at Anfield and ward off interest from Barcelona.
The Dutchman has been offered a new deal but is taking his time to decide where his future lies and could reunite with former national team boss Ronald Koeman at the Nou Camp.
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A Manchester City stalwart, the 36-year-old could depart the Etihad when his current deal expires and he would be a good acquisition on a free despite his advanced years.
He has not featured regularly for City this season but when he has started, the Brazilian has offered reminders of his quality.
Centre-mid: Luka Modric
Modric is expected to extend his contract with Real Madrid but there has been talk of a sensational return to Tottenham on a free.
The 35-year-old is still one of the best midfielders in the world and still has plenty to offer a top team.
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Left-wing: Memphis Depay
Linked with a transfer to Barcelona in the summer that never materialised because of the club's financial problems, Depay could get the move on a free when his Lyon deal expires.
Depay is expected to leave Ligue 1 in the wake of French football's financial crisis and the likes of Juventus have also been linked.
Striker: Sergio Aguero
As Manchester City's record goalscorer, it seems almost inconceivable that the club could move forward without Aguero but they may do just that.
Aguero has been out with injury problems for the majority of the season and Pep Guardiola could look to move on from the 32-year-old, freeing him up for a move elsewhere.
Right-wing: Lionel Messi
After the transfer saga over the summer which saw Messi's desire to leave Barcelona blocked, there are still intense rumours that he could depart the Nou Camp on a free at the end of the season.
A reunion with Guardiola at Manchester City has been rumoured but Messi has admitted that he "would like to play in the United States and experience life and the league there".
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