Twelve months ago a lot was being made in the press about the contract is Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
“1 year left, how have Arsenal got themselves into this position” were the cries at the time.
An interesting interview with Arsene Wenger gave a glimpse into what he believed was the future.
With dramatically increasing transfer fees, the former Arsenal boss was of the opinion that the future would see a lot more players winding down their contract and leaving for no transfer fee.
That clubs would offer shorter term deals to players 2 to 3 years, a player would do his time and move on.
It would provide security to the club – knowing that if a player signed a 3 year deal he was likely to see it out – and security to the player – knowing that if he fell out of favour, he could spend a year away on loan before moving on.
For those scoffing at the opinion, writing it off as a way Wenger justifies the clubs handling of the Ozil and Sanchez contract situations, let’s look at those contracts set to expire within the next 2 years:
David de Gea*, Anthony Martial*, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian*, Antonio Valencia*, Ashley Young, Andreas Pereira
Marcus Rashford*, Nemanja Matic*, Eric Bailly, Marouane Fellaini*, Lee Grant
*Contract contains option for a further year
Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck, Nacho Monreal, Petr Cech, Stephan Lichtsteiner
Laurent Koscielny, Carl Jenkinson
Vincent Kompany, Eliaquim Mangala, Brahim Diaz
Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva, Fernandinho, Fabian Delph, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Phil Foden, Claudio Bravo
Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Fernando Llorente, Michel Vorm
Christian Eriksen, Vincent Janssen
Cesc Fabregas, David Luiz, Olivier Giroud, Gary Cahill, Lucas Piazon, Willy Caballero, Robert Green
Eden Hazard, Willian, Cesar Azpilicueta, Pedro, Marco van Ginkel, Ethan Ampadu
James Milner, Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno, Lazar Markovic
Adam Lallana, Joel Matip, Nathaniel Clyne, Divock Origi
If you disregard the guys expiring in. 2020, you could easily build a competitive team with players whose contract expires in 12 months.
Alderweireld Kompany Vertonghen
Milner Herrera Fabregas Shaw
I do not think transfer fees will become completely obsolete in the future. Teams will still want to sign players under contract. But what will happen is the majority of transfer will be free, or loan deals, and fees for players under contract will become astronomical.
The future could be upon us.