Deal or no deal: the out-of-contract football stars available for free this summer

From the Champions League’s top scorer, Luiz Adriano, to Germany’s Sami Khedira, which players are in the final six months of their contracts and can start talking to new clubs now?
• Who should your club buy in the January transfer window?

So, which club would like to sign – on a free transfer – the player outscoring Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the Champions League? Luiz Adriano has plundered nine goals in Europe’s elite competition so far this season and his services are up for grabs this summer, as the Brazilian has six months left on his contract with Shakhtar Donetsk. Thanks to the patron saint of modern footballers, Jean-Marc Bosman, Luiz Adriano is now in line for a wages bonanza while several clubs compete to make him a bargain recruit.

A look at the list of players nearing the ends of their contracts across Europe raises the possibility of many intriguing deals, with shrewd clubs able to procure top talents for a relatively small fee in January, or for no transfer fee in the summer.

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