Amid all of the uncertainty provided by the suspension of Premier League football -and other domestic leagues around Europe – owing to coronavirus is the potentially chaotic situation concerning players whose contracts are set to expire on June 30.
The emerging issue is viewed as an emergency by FIFA, with the situation looking increasingly very messy.
Would such players still be able to play for their current clubs if fixtures due to be played this season were moved to the summer, after the contract expiry date? Sportsmail answers the key questions.
Chelsea winger Willian is one of a host of Premier League players out of contract this summer
Which players are out of contract on June 30?
Each Premier League club has at least one player whose current contract is set to expire on the final day of June, with loan deals also expiring on that date.
Chelsea attackers Willian, Pedro and Olivier Giroud all fall into that category along with Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen and Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster.
Manchester City midfielder David Silva and Liverpool’s Adam Lallana are also nearing the end of their contracts.
Manchester City may be without midfielder David Silva if games are staged in the summer
PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYERS OUT OF CONTRACT ON JUNE 30
Matt Macey, Dani Ceballos (loan), Cedric Soares (loan), Pablo Mari (loan)
Borja Baston, Keinan Davis, Matija Sarkic, Danny Drinkwater (loan), Pepe Reina (loan)
Ryan Fraser, Jordon Ibe, Andrew Surman, Charlie Daniels, Jack Simpson, Simon Francis, Artur Boruc, Harry Wilson (loan)
Beram Kayal, Ezequiel Schelotto
Jeff Hendrick, Ashley Westwood, Robbie Brady, Aaron Lennon, Joe Hart, Phil Bardsley, Adam Legzdins
Willian, Pedro, Olivier Giroud, Marco van Ginkel, Willy Caballero
Scott Dann, Stephen Henderson
Oumar Niasse, Leighton Baines, Cuco Martina, Maarten Stekelenburg, Djibril Sidibe (loan)
Nampalys Mendy, Christian Fuchs, Wes Morgan, Eldin Jakupovic, Ryan Bennett (loan)
Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Andy Lonergan
David Silva, Claudio Bravo, Scott Carson (loan)
Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Odion Ighalo (loan)
Javier Manquillo, Andy Carroll, Matty Longstaff, Karl Darlow, Jack Colback, Rob Elliot, Jamie Sterry, Danny Rose (loan), Nabil Bentaleb (loan), Valentino Lazaro (loan), Jetro Willems (loan)
Ondrej Duda (loan)
John Lundstram, Jack Rodwell, Kieron Freeman, Phil Jagielka, Leon Clarke, Ricky Holmes, Dean Henderson (loan), Muhamed Besic (loan), Panagiotis Retsos (loan), Richairo Zivkovic (loan)
Shane Long, Kyle Walker-Peters (loan), Kevin Danso (loan)
Jan Vertonghen, Japhet Tanganga, Michel Vorm
Adrian Mariappa, Ben Foster, Jose Holebas,…