Sky’s European Out-Of-Contract XI: Cavani & Mertens In Attack, Gotze Included

Premier
League clubs can snap up some of Europe’s biggest stars and brightest
prospects for free when their contracts expire this summer.

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With
the help of Transfermarkt, we discovered 258 players from La Liga,
Serie A, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 with contracts set to expire on July
1 and whittled that list down into a starting XI.

Goalkeeper

Nice stopper Walter Benitez
may not be a household name in England but the Argentine has prevented
more goals than any other ‘keeper in Ligue 1 this season, according to
xG data.

The 27-year-old is represented by agent Mino Raiola
and looks set to leave the south of France this summer, having helped
Nice currently sit sixth in the table with 97 saves to date – only two
stoppers in the division have recorded more.

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Defence

Three Paris Saint-Germain defenders slot into our back four, with seasoned duo Thomas Meunier and Layvin Kurzawa occupying full-back positions either side of youngster Tanguy Kouassi and Schalke’s Benjamin Stambouli.

Meunier
is reportedly close to agreeing a deal with Borussia Dortmund and
Arsenal have signalled interest in left-back Kurzawa, while Stambouli
has blossomed since leaving Tottenham in 2015 after only one season at
the club.

Kouassi is enjoying his breakthrough season in
Paris and the 17-year-old scored twice in a 4-4 thriller at Amiens last
month – but is yet to sign a professional contract at the club.

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Midfield

Mario Gotze
established a strong bond with Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund but
struggled at Bayern Munich under Pep Guardiola before rejoining his
former club and now looks set to seek pastures new this summer.

Gotze would provide the attacking thrust from central midfield in our free XI, flanked by AC Milan’s Giacomo Bonaventura and Bayer Leverkusen’s Charles Aranguiz.

Bonaventura
has fulfilled a bit-part role at Milan this term, starting nine league
games and making eight substitute appearances, while Chile international
Aranguiz has been limited to 15 Bundesliga starts due to injuries.

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Attack

Headliners pile into our frontline, with Edinson Cavani becoming the fourth PSG star to make our XI – partnering Napoli duo Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon.

Manchester
United were interested in signing Cavani in January, while Belgium
forward Mertens was linked with a move to Chelsea and Aston Villa are
reportedly in the race for 33-year-old former Real Madrid star Callejon.

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Final XI

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