Nine Prem players out of contract in summer – from Antonio Rudiger to Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba and Antonio Rudiger aren't the only high-profile Premier League stars flirting with the exit door at the moment.

Almost every single team in the league has at least one important player on the verge of leaving for free in the summer, and they've got their work cut out to agree deals with them before it's too late.

From January 1, these players are able to sign a pre-contract agreement with overseas sides, and for many English clubs, the next few weeks represents the last chance they have to tie their players down or recoup a transfer fee.

With clubs and agents preparing to do battle, here are nine Premier League stars whose contracts expire at the end of the season.

Paul Pogba

The Manchester United midfielder has been linked with a move away for some time and looks destined to join Real Madrid – who have been pursuing him for years – when his contract expires.

Pogba's relationship with United has deteriorated over the last few months, with fans accusing him of phoning it in to force a move to Spain.

While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's departure could spark a dramatic U-turn, the club's record signing looks set to leave for nothing for the second time in his career.

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Antonio Rudiger

Antonio Rudiger has blossomed into one of the Premier League's top centre-backs in the past year, and Chelsea fans would be awfully sorry to see him leave.

The German reportedly wants to stay at Stamford Bridge, but is eager to land a contract which reflects his new-found importance to the side.

If an extension isn't agreed, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will be among a number of big European clubs ready to pounce.

Edinson Cavani

It's easy to forget that Edinson Cavani was Man United's main source of goals just a few months ago.

Cristiano Ronaldo's return has pushed the Uruguayan to the sidelines, and the 34-year-old looks almost certain to leave when his deal expires.

But after scoring 17 goals in 21 starts last season, Cavani is still going to be one of the hottest free-agents around.

Cesar Azpilicueta

Rudiger's potential departure might get more headlines but losing Cesar Azpilicueta would arguably be just as detrimental to Chelsea.

The Spaniard captained the Blues to their second Champions League crown in May and has been a mainstay in the side for almost a decade.

He's one of the most consistent players in the country, as well as one of the most versatile – having won the Premier League playing at left-back and centre-back despite being a natural right-back.

Thomas Tuchel has even used the 32-year-old as an attacking wing-back in the past year, and while Reece James might be the future, the Chelsea boss will want to keep hold of Azpilicueta no matter what.

Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris has been Tottenham Hotspur's number one goalkeeper for nearly 10 years now and has played a vital part in the club's rise from top-four hopefuls to Champions League finalists.

The Frenchman is now 34 and while, strictly speaking, that's not ancient for a keeper, Spurs have been looking at replacements for a while with Everton's Jordan Pickford the latest to be linked.

Just how many years Lloris has left at the top is anyone's guess, but Tottenham only have a few months to decide whether to stick or twist with him.

Andreas Christensen

That's right, three Chelsea defenders could leave for nothing this summer.

Just like Rudiger, Andreas Christensen has been in fine form over the past year, and wants his contract to reflect that.

Reports claim that a new five-year-deal had been agreed earlier this season before the Danish international's representatives moved the goalposts and demanded more money.

Both club and player have been in a stalemate ever since.

Divock Origi

Liverpool's Champions League hero has never really managed to establish himself in the first-team, but his importance to the squad shouldn't be underestimated.

Not only does the Belgian have a history of grabbing game-winning goals, but he's also a much-needed back-up option during the bi-annual Africa Cup of Nations – where the Reds lose forwards Mohammad Salah and Sadio Mane for a month.

But after six-and-a-half years at Anfield, it might finally be time for the 26-year-old striker to find regular football elsewhere.

Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette had fallen out of favour under Mikel Arteta in recent months and with no new contract agreed it seems that the writing is on the wall regarding his future.

That said, the striker's form has picked up in recent weeks but his days at the Emirates Stadium appear to be numbered.

68 goals in 180 games for the north London club is a reasonable return, but the Frenchman has never really stood out at Arsenal and could be destined for pastures new in the coming months.

James Tarkowski

James Tarkowski will have no shortage of suitors in the summer if he fails to sign an extension at Burnley.

The 28-year-old has been one of Sean Dyche’s most trusted players since signing from Brentford in 2016 and the England international has been linked with moves to some of the Premier League's biggest teams.

Newcastle United are the latest side to consider a move for Tarkowski, and they need only to wait until season's end to grab him on a free.

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