This does not come as a surprise as the talismanic Swede joined United on a year’s deal, and inspired the Red Devils to two domestic cups and Europa League. Netting 28 times in the whole season, Zlatan had to sit out at the business end of the season with a foot injury. However, he will be training with the club in the pre-season games and has already bid farewell to the fans.
The veteran 41-year old Shay Given was released by Stoke City this summer. Given started in 8 Premier League games starting from 2015-17 with periodic cup appearances. An unfortunate own goal against Everton and poor performances against Spurs and Crystal Palace saw Lee Grant being appointed as the No. 1 choice.
Navas was never highly talented or boasted of superb technical abilities, but the ability to run down the byline with sheer pace and good work rate meant that he could easily fit into Premier League standards. His arrival to Manchester City from Sevilla in 2013 saw him drafted into the starting eleven where he helped City to win the 2013/14 Premier League title. However, in recent times under Pep Guardiola, he was deployed in a right back position due to his versatility. Pep has expressed his plans, and Navas does not fit into it prompting the Spaniard to leave this summer with a move back to Sevilla very much on the cards.
The former Barcelona No. 1 surprised everyone when he chose to play for Middlesbrough FC. Alongside another surprise entry Alvaro Negredo, Valdes was an undisputed first choice keeper in his only season at the club. Valdes showed excellent reflexes, but could not save Middlesbrough from a relegation battle. Valdes quickly adapted to Premier League conditions and performed brilliantly against big clubs, but Boro’s defensive frailties and lack of firepower in front of goal cost them a place in next season’s Premier League.
In a string of players left out of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, Sagna also featured in the list. The veteran Frenchman who racked up 300+ Premier League appearances for Arsenal and later Chelsea did not fit into Pep’s theory where fullbacks are required to play further up field. Sagna joined City in 2014 and dispossessed Zabaleta as the latter was plagued by injuries. The 34-year old has not revealed anything on his future yet, but he is open to a move back to Ligue 1.
Another name added to City’s departure list, and yet another Frenchman Gael Clichy is set to move out of Manchester. A talented left-back who could maraud up and down the field with venomous pace and crossing abilities, Clichy and Sagna formed a formidable fullback duo at Arsenal. Clichy joined City in 2011 and helped them lift the Premier League twice. Lately, his career was marred mostly by injuries and facing the same fate as Sagna, Clichy could not impress current boss Pep Guardiola. The 31-year old is reported to garner interest from several Premier League clubs.
The fourth Manchester City player on this list, Caballero finally made it to the first team following the departure of Joe Hart. He was initially thought to remain as the backup goalkeeper to Claudio Bravo, but Bravo’s lacklustre performances helped Caballero to be the No. 1 choice. The Argentine impressed with a string of decent performances, but a mutual contract expiration means that he will be leaving the club this summer.
The former Arsenal midfielder Flamini signed up for Crystal Palace on a free transfer after enjoying regular first team chances at Arsenal and AC Milan. Flamini covers up for his lack of technical abilities with outstanding work rate and tenacious style of play. At his prime, he could also operate as a box-to-box midfielder. He appeared sporadically for Crystal Palace and has left the club upon his contract expiration.
After 717 appearances for the Blues, Terry finally capped his 26-years long stay at the Stamford Bridge with another premier league success. The veteran English defender is considered as one of the best in the World. Terry has won everything possible at the club level with Chelsea, and his loyalty to the club is not to be questioned. In an emotional farewell game against Sunderland, Terry was substituted in the 26th minute as a mark of respect. It is still not clear whether he will hang up his boots or opt to play for another club.
Sanogo might only be 24-year old, but his career at Arsenal never took off. The lanky Frenchman was an unknown entity when he signed for Arsenal back in 2013. He has been loaned to four different clubs since then blowing hot and cold throughout those years. Arsenal has finally released Sanogo, and he is set to play for Charlton Athletic. Sanogo was never popular amongst fans but has shown glimpses of being an exceptional striker someday if ever.