The free agents set to leave Premier League clubs BEFORE the end of the season


The Premier League restarts tomorrow but several teams are scrambling to agree short-term extension deals with their soon-to-be out-of-contract stars.

Clubs have until June 23 to negotiate with their players who are set to become free agents at the end of the month, but many are struggling to finalise agreements, including Chelsea and Tottenham.

The Blues are set to lose Willian and Pedro for their seven fixtures in July unless they can resolve the situation in time. But they are not alone. Sportsmail takes a look at some of the stars who as things stand will be free to leave their clubs on June 30.

Chelsea are set to lose Pedro and Willian for their seven fixtures in July unless they act now

Chelsea are set to lose Pedro and Willian for their seven fixtures in July unless they act now

WILLIAN 

While Chelsea tied down Olivier Giroud and Willy Caballero to new deals in May, Willian has so far stalled on signing a short-term extension to complete the season.

The winger’s future remains up in the air and there is a suggestion he is concerned an injury in July could stop him finding a new club for the following campaign. 

The 31-year-old has been with the Blues since 2013 but has been linked with a move to Tottenham and Arsenal as well as Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.

But signing a longer deal with Chelsea has not been ruled out completely. 

With seven goals and six assists in all competitions for Frank Lampard’s side this season, losing the Brazilian for the seven fixtures in July would put a dent in their Champions League challenge.

The club are currently fourth but face tough fixtures against Liverpool, Sheffield United and Wolves in the final month of the season.  

31-year-old Willian has been linked with moves to Tottenham and Arsenal, PSG and Barcelona

31-year-old Willian has been linked with moves to Tottenham and Arsenal, PSG and Barcelona

 PEDRO 

The situation of Willian’s team-mate Pedro is not any easier for Chelsea.

The Spaniard was always likely to leave London at the end of his contract and is said to carry the same doubts over suffering an injury before sealing a transfer.

The forward is believed to be happy to sign a short-term extension to see out the remainder of the season but is hesitating over committing out of solidarity with Willian.

A source told The Sun: ‘Pedro is ready to play on. He knows he is pretty much certain of leaving Chelsea at the end of this season.

‘He wants to do the right thing by the club too after a long time there and see the season out. But equally, he does not want to be the first one who signs before his pals have done the same.

‘And Willian’s situation is a bit different to his own. Willian is open to staying on at Stamford Bridge. Pedro is not keen to “break ranks” and go it alone.’ 

The 32-year-old joined the Blues from Barcelona in 2015 but has been a bit-part player for Lampard with two goals and three assists in 18 games across all competitions.

Winger Pedro is thought to be happy to see out the season but is yet to sign a short extension

Winger Pedro is thought to be happy to see out the season but is yet to sign a short extension

RYAN FRASER  

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