The January transfer window is now just one month away and although we can expect multiple transfers and large sums of money being exchanged, it also gives players running down their contract the chance to secure their future.
From January, players that see their current deals expire in the summer can start speaking to foreign clubs about securing a free transfer at the end of the season.
For players running down their contracts, it gives them the chance to tie up their own future while committing to their current clubs until the end of the campaign.
Although multiple stars are purposefully released by clubs for not meeting the required standard, some players do find themselves nearing the end for a whole host of reasons, much to the dismay of their employers.
Here Mirror Football take a look at five Premier League giants that can secure a summer move for free next month.
Antonio Rudiger has been one of Thomas Tuchel's standout defenders since the boss took charge in January, but his rise in form has been a blessing and a curse for Chelsea.
Rudiger has been one of the Premier League's best centre-backs in 2021, and Chelsea have been exceptional at the back, but the German is still yet to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge.
Although his form has contributed to Chelsea's Champions League success and ruthless league form this season, it has attracted interest from the rest of Europe and Rudiger's head may have been turned.
The German is free to discuss a move next month, and Bayern Munich have been one of the front-runners to sign the defender.
Jesse Lingard revived his career last season during a stunning six-month period at West Ham, but although the Hammers were interested in signing him, he returned to Manchester United.
Former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted that Lingard was in his plans, and the England international was desperate to break into the side, but neither have materialised and it could finally be over.
United could have cashed in last season for a substantial fee, but Lingard's valuation has now plummeted as his deal nears completion, and he is desperate for first team football - something that many clubs are willing to offer after last year's success.
West Ham may be the dream return for Lingard, but with United unwilling to strengthen a rival, a potential move to Roma has opened up with Jose Mourinho reportedly interested in his former star.
Alexandre Lacazette has enjoyed a fairly inconsistent career at Arsenal, as he constantly dips in and out of form for the Gunners.
The Frenchman appeared to make a statement earlier this season with a last minute equaliser against Crystal Palace, and Lacazette celebrated passionately with the fans.
However, since that appearance the striker has offered very little and it seems inevitable that the Frenchman will end his stay at the Emirates Stadium this summer.
Lacazette has been linked with a move to Spain, but the striker may fancy a move back to France, after finding success at Lyon.
The saga of Paul Pogba's future may finally be coming to an end as it appears that the French midfielder could walk away from Old Trafford without United earning a single penny for the second time.
After leaving for Juventus in 2012, United paid a club-record £89m to re-sign him four years later, but the dream move hasn't gone to plan and Pogba could finally leave Manchester for good.
Pogba is currently injured, although after a strong start to the season he found himself warming the bench before being shown a straight red card during a 5-0 loss to Liverpool.
The Frenchman also reportedly wanted to be the highest earner at the club to re-sign, something that has stalled any progression on contract talks so far.
Hugo Lloris is out of contract in the summer and it looks increasingly unlikely that the Frenchman is willing to extend his stay in north London past this season.
Should Lloris leave this summer, it will mark the end of the decade he has spent at Tottenham, and although Spurs will be left desperately searching for a new no.1, the keeper has been a great servant to the club.
The 35-year-old may be eyeing up one final move before hanging up his gloves, and after winning the World Cup, Lloris may be in search of domestic trophies after suffering a major draught at Tottenham.
Antonio Conte's task will be even more difficult if Lloris departs, with few world-class goalkeepers available.