Preparations for the new season have already started with the transfer window open for business.
But football clubs will be looking a lot further than just signing up for this summer, but through January and beyond.
There are a number of top names whose contracts are dangerously expiring and here talkSPORT.com takes a look at the best of them.
André Onana (GK)
Arsenal have reportedly identified the Ajax keeper as a long-term replacement for Bernd Leno.
The suspension of the Ajax and Cameroon goalkeeper for doping violation was reduced to nine months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in June.
While Onana will not be allowed to play nationally or internationally until November 4, he will be able to resume training two months before the suspension ends on September 4.
It remains to be seen whether the Gunners will actually push to move this summer or wait for the prospect of a free transfer in the summer of 2022.
Daniel Carvajal (RB)
The Real Madrid defender looked set to sign a new contract last year, but it didn’t come to fruition.
So what future for the 29-year-old? Carvajal remains one of the most formidable players in his job, so if he leaves the Bernabeu his next club will be really, really lucky.
Emerson Palmieri (LB)
He hardly played for the Blues last season, but Emerson’s stock remains high in Italy after helping Roberto Mancini’s Azzurri side win Euro 2020.
Roma are linked with the 26-year-old, who joined the Blues for an initial £ 17.6million in 2018.
Not a bad free agent sweep, either.
John Stones (CB)
The 2020/21 campaign could not have gone better for Stones, who has played nationally and internationally.
Recent reports have indicated that he is set to sign a three-year contract at Manchester City, but until that is confirmed, expect the unexpected in football.
Stones overcame a difficult period in his career to cap off a remarkable turnaround in events for City and England.
Any top club in Europe would certainly not pass up the opportunity to sign the Stones.
Andreas Christensen (CB)
Chelsea are reportedly keen to extend the Dane’s contract this summer, but nothing has been signed, sealed or delivered yet.
The 25-year-old impressed in a three-way backstroke towards the end of last season, with Thiago Silva sidelined.
Léon Goretzka (CM)
Bayern midfielder representatives are believed to be annoyed by the lack of progress on a new Munich contract.
It is even claimed that Man United are ready to offer him £ 200,000 a week to play for them with Pogba’s future in doubt.
Paul Pogba (CM)
The enigmatic playmaker is undoubtedly one of the best midfielders in football, but he certainly divides the Manchester United fan base.
Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola was not afraid to voice his opinion on anything and everything concerning the Frenchman’s future.
So will he stay or will he go? United would be foolish to let a player of Pogba’s caliber leave the club (again).
Ousmane Dembélé (AD)
Negotiations over a new contract for Dembele have dragged on for months.
It looks like there has been a general feeling around Camp Nou that the 24-year-old is not particularly keen on staying at the club.
Ansu Fati (LW)
As with the aforementioned Pedri, Barcelona have the option of extending Fati’s contract for another two years.
It is understood that the Catalan giants and Fati’s agent are negotiating a new five-year deal, however.
Kylian Mbappé (CF)
The man every team in world football would want to sign if they had the chance.
He has an incredible 132 goals and 49 assists for Paris Saint-Germain in just 125 outings in all competitions.
Sadly, not all teams have millions and millions at their disposal to land a unique talent like Mbappe.
PSG remain on the verge of offering him a new “mammoth” contract to keep him at the Parc des Princes.
But imagine if it became available for free? Every man and his dog will be after him!
Cristiano Ronaldo (CF)
Even at 36, the legendary Portuguese star remains highly coveted by teams around the world.
Incredibly, Ronaldo was Serie A’s top scorer last season with 29 goals in 33 games.
Juventus insist they haven’t heard anything from his side to suggest he wants to leave, but will the former Real Madrid and Manchester United star want one last hurray?