Premier League clubs are reportedly said to be worried about players walking out on them on June 30th, with part of the season still to play, and there are 57 players whose contracts are ending on that date.
FIFA are said to be working on a way that clubs could extend deals until the season finishes, whenever it does, but there’d be nothing stopping players going.
According to the Mirror there are 57 players whose contracts are on the verge of running out, with 18 clubs in danger of losing players. Here’s the club-wise list of players whose contracts end on June 30:
Aston Villa – Borja Baston, Keinan Davis
Bournemouth – Ryan Fraser, Jordon Ibe, Charlie Daniels, Andrew Surman, Simon Francis, Artur Boruc, Brad Smith
Brighton – Beram Kayal, Ezequiel Schelotto
Burnley – Aaron Lennon, Jeff Hendrick, Joe Hart, Phil Bardsley, Adam Legzdins
Chelsea – Pedro, William, Olivier Giroud, Willy Caballero
Crystal Palace – Stephen Henderson
Everton – Oumar Niasse, Leighton Baines, Cuco Martina, Maarten Stekelenburg
Leicester City – Nampalys Mendy, Christian Fuchs, Wes Morgan, Eldin Jakupovic
Liverpool – Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Andy Lonergan
Manchester City – David Silva, Claudio Bravo
Newcastle United – Javier Manquillo, Matty Longstaff, Andy Carroll, Jack Colback, Rob Elliot, Jamie Sterry
Sheffield United – Ricky Holmes, Leon Clarke, John Lundstram, Jack Rodwell, Phil Jagielka
Southampton – Shane Long
Tottenham Hotspur – Jan Vertonghen, Michel Vorm
Watford – Adrian Mariappa, Ben Foster, Heurelho Gomes, Jose Holebas
West Ham – Carlos Sanchez, Pablo Zabaleta
Wolves – John Ruddy, Bright Enobakhare, Phil Ofosu-Ayeh
Speaking to the Mirror about the legal issues of contracts, sports lawyer Simon Leaf said, “Under English law, it wouldn’t be possible to force players to continue to play beyond the 30th June date, which has received so much attention recently, nor would it be possible force them into taking wage cuts or deferrals – both of which could be frustrating for many clubs.
“…We could end up seeing clubs not only facing censure from the football authorities but also players legitimately being able to walk away from their contracts and joining other clubs early as a result of such pressure.”