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5 world-class players over 30 years of age who could be free transfers this summer

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Juventus v AS Roma - Serie A
Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini is a serial title-winner in Turin

A little over four months are left for the summer transfer window to open and a number of big-name players are yet to resolve their futures. Players in the twilight of their careers often run their deals down until the last year due to uncertainty over their long-term ambitions, and there are some outstanding individuals who could be free in just a matter of months as a result.

#5 Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)

The long-serving Juventus centre-back is out of contract in the summer. His last deal was signed back in 2014 but he's in talks over an extension. The 33-year-old remains a regular in the starting lineup too, boasting 17 Serie A appearances this season.

The world-class Italian defender has won six Serie A titles, one Serie A crown and six domestic cups. At the International level, he has won a runners-up medal for Italy at Euro 2012 with two third-place finishes in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2004 Olympics.

Chiellini has been an outstanding servant for the Old Lady, joining in 2005 and making more than 450 appearances in all competitions. He's still a top defender and boasts a wealth of experience to bring to another side.

The centre-back might be hard to wrestle away from Juve given his desire to stay and him being in talks over an extension, but while his future remains unresolved, there's a slim chance he could be plying his trade elsewhere next season.

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