Every good thing in life eventually has to come to an end. This also holds true for the Premier League, as some of the finest players in the world rotate in and out each season. There won’t be an exception this season either. Each season, Premier League teams evaluate their rosters to decide which players to keep and which to release.
Players who transfer to the Premier League do so with the hope of becoming well-known and taking the championship. Here are five Premier League champions who will be unrestricted free agents at the end of the current campaign, without further ado.
#5 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is finally at the end of his Anfield experience after seeing his career hampered by injuries since transferring to Liverpool. His contract will end in June, and a renewal is now improbable for the former England international.
A highly regarded midfielder who had made a name for himself at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger, Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Liverpool in 2017. The Englishman was expected to become a major player for Liverpool, but expectations did not materialise immediately. He had a significant knee injury during the close of his first season with the team, which rendered him inactive for a full season.
Concerns about Oxlade-health Chamberlain’s condition have prevented him from playing much this season. This season, he has only participated in eight league games and three more outside of the league. In 2020, he contributed to Liverpool’s league championship.
#4 Phil Jones (Manchester United)
Phil Jones has been a Manchester United player for more than ten years and is the club’s longest-tenured player. Jones joined the team in 2011 after moving from Blackburn Rovers, where he was first signed by the famous Sir Alex Ferguson.
Jones had a bright beginning to his career at the club as he assisted Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand. He was able to fill a variety of roles at the club thanks to his versatility, but injuries slowed his development. In 2013, he was the league’s champion. Jones sustained a couple of knee injuries, which ended his professional career. He missed 20 months of work between January 2020 and September 2021 due to the most serious of them.
In May 2022, Jones faced Brentford in his final league game for Manchester United. Under Erik ten Hag, the defender was left off of his club’s Premier League roster. He hasn’t played at all this year and won’t play a single game to the end of his contract.
#3 Naby Keita (Liverpool)
Liverpool shelled the cash to recruit RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita from Guinea, but the midfielder has not lived up to Liverpool’s expectations. Keita cost over £50 million to get to Anfield, and this summer he is anticipated to leave for nothing.
Over the course of his five-year contract, the midfielder’s stint in the Premier League has been marred by a string of ailments. He has only appeared eight times this season, and he has never played for the Reds in more than 25 league games in a single season. He received a winner’s medal for his assistance in Liverpool winning the league in 2020.
Keita was benched by Jurgen Klopp and hasn’t appeared for Liverpool in either of their last three games. The Reds’ league games this year have been the only ones that the international from Guinea has started.
#2 Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City)
Ilkay Gundogan, one of the smartest midfielders in sport, has accomplished so much since joining Manchester City. The club’s captain, a German midfielder, is anticipated to leave when his contract expires in June.
Since moving from Borussia Dortmund to the Premier League in 2016, Gundogan has experienced considerable success. He was the club’s first acquisition of the Pep Guardiola era. One of the club’s most dependable players, Gundogan has scored goals and provided assists. After relocating to England, the 32-year-old has won the league championship four times.
Gundogan has played 24 times in the Premier League this season for Guardiola’s City. Before leaving the team, the midfielder will want his team to win the league three times in a row.
#1 Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
Roberto Firmino, a Brazilian attacker, declared earlier this month that he will be looking for another adventure at the end of the current campaign. Since joining the Reds in 2015, the former Hoffenheim player has been a standout performer for the team.
Prior to being moved farther forward by Jürgen Klopp, Firmino played offensive midfield for the majority of his time at Liverpool. With 79 league goals, the forward has had excellent success in front of goal. In 2020, the 31-year-old assisted Liverpool in capturing the Premier League.
Along with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, Firmino made up one of the most effective attacking trios. In 19 league games this season, he has eight goals to his credit.