FIFA 18 Career Mode: Contract expiry signings ending in 2019

Here are all the best contract expiry signings available in the second season (2019) on FIFA 18’s Career Mode.

Alastair Pusinelli by Alastair Pusinelli

Nothing is better than a free signing on FIFA 18’s Career Mode, and the fun doesn’t stop after the first season. More players will be available to be snapped up on contract expiry deals in January 2019, so you must decide whether to wait it out and hope to sign them for free or splash the cash and secure their services.

READ: FIFA 19 Career Mode: Contract expiry signings ending in 2019 (First Season)

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David de Gea (OVR 90 – POT 92)

Age: 26

Positions: GK

Club: Manchester United

Country: Spain

Best stats: 90 GK diving, 90 GK reflexes, 88 reactions

Wage: £189,000

Current price: £109.3 million (release clause)

July 2018 price: £78 million

Currently, David de Gea is the best goalkeeper in the world. Bayern Munich and German giant Manuel Neuer has had an injury-plagued season, leaving Manchester United’s De Gea to take the title. Now 26, it’s time for the ‘keeper to rack up the trophies and add to his two Europa Leagues, Premier League, FA Cup and EFL Cup. 

With interest from Real Madrid never disappearing, you could see De Gea heading back to Spain in every passing transfer window. With his £109.3 million release clause, you won’t be making a move for De Gea anytime soon, but if you wait two seasons, you may be able to snap him up for free. With his 90 overall, 92 potential and stats of 90 GK diving, 90 GK reflexes and 88 reactions, he would be one of the biggest coups of all time even with his £189,000 a week wages. 

Thibaut Courtois (OVR 89 – POT 92)

Age: 25

Positions: GK

Club: Chelsea

Country: Belgium

Best stats: 91 GK handling, 88 GK reflexes, 86 GK positioning

Wage: £167,000

Current price: £99.9 million (release clause)

July 2018 price: £73 million

On De Gea’s heels is Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois. The goalkeeper is one of the most reliable stoppers in the Premier League, with the Belgian earning the Golden Glove award last season. Rumours of his exit began ever since he returned from his impeccable loan spell at Atletico Madrid in 2014, but talks of a new deal could put them to bed. 

The 25-year-old’s 89 overall and 92 potential also makes him an outrageously expensive purchase on Career Mode, with £100 million and £167,000 a week wages required to secure his services. If you want Courtois, you are best off waiting for his price to come down, and if you are patient and lucky enough, you will be able to snap him up on a contract expiry deal in January 2019. An absolute steal for a man with 91 GK handling, 88 GK reflexes and 86 GK positioning. 

Diego Godin (OVR 88 – POT 88)

Age: 31

Positions: CB

Club: Atletico Madrid

Country: Uruguay

Work rate: Medium/High

Best stats: 92 heading accuracy, 89 jumping, 89 sliding tackle

Wage: £110,000

Current price: £72.2 million (release clause)

July 2018 price: £45 million

Continuing with the Atletico Madrid theme, the experienced defender Diego Godin has been a rock at the back for Atleti for the past seven years. He marshals the defensive line perfectly, and the fact that Los Rojiblancos have the tightest defence in La Liga is largely down to him.

For the 88 rated Godin, you will need a hefty £72.2 million. It’s hardly surprising given his 92 heading accuracy, 89 jumping and 89 sliding tackle. At 31, can you wait to snap him up on a free? He would be 33 by the time you got him and his wages of £110,000 a week are steep. 

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Arturo Vidal (OVR 87 – POT 87)

Age: 30

Positions: CDM, CM

Club: Bayern Munich

Country: Chile

Work rate: High/High

Best stats: 93 aggression, 91 stamina, 89 standing tackle

Wage: £141,000

Current price: £54.5 million (release clause)

July 2018 price: £45 million

A hustle-and-bustle midfielder, Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal doesn’t take any nonsense in midfield. The defensive or central midfielder is now 30, and with so much young talent coming through at Bayern, he may be shown the door sooner than you think. 

The Chilean’s £54.5 million release clause is much more affordable than others on this list, so your best bet is maybe to wait until the end of this season where you can snap him up for closer to £40 million. For that price you would receive an 87-rated high work-rate midfielder with 93 aggression, 91 stamina and 89 standing tackle. If you wait until the end of the 2019 season you could pick him up for free.

Gerard Pique (OVR 87 – POT 87)

Age: 30

Positions: CB

Club: Barcelona

Country: Spain

Work rate: High/Medium

Best stats: 88 interceptions, 87 standing tackle, 86 marking

Wage: £211,000 

Current price: £67.7 million (release clause)

July 2018 price: £48 million

The chances of Gerard Pique ever leaving Barcelona are slim, but considering club legends Carles Puyol and Xavi have been show the door at the club you can’t rule it out. With Samuel Umtiti (OVR 83) improving every week, Pique is no longer a guaranteed starter, so do you fancy taking on the centre back with his glittering trophy haul.

£67.7 million is an outrageous price, so hold off for as long as you can. If you can get him in a contract expiry deal at the end of the 2019 season, Pique will be 32 when he joins your club, still giving you a season or two with his talents. 88 interceptions, 87 standing tackle and 86 marking make up his overall rating, but you will need to get his £211,000 a week wages reduced. 

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Samir Handanovic (OVR 87 – POT 87)

Age: 32

Positions: GK

Club: Inter Milan

Country: Slovenia

Best stats: 87 GK diving, 87 GK positioning, 87 GK reflexes

Wage: £80,000

Current price: £43.3 million (release clause)

July 2018 price: £32 million

Inter Milan’s Samir Handanovic doesn’t get enough credit with the 32-year-old among the best goalkeepers on the planet. The Slovenian hasn’t put a foot wrong since arriving at Inter in 2012, but five years later he still doesn’t have a trophy to show for it. Can you be the man to change his fortunes?

If you wait a season, you can pick Handanovic up for £32 million, which is a decent price but you could be brave and wait it out to get him for a cut-down price or for free when his contract ends at the end of 2019. His £80,000 wages are affordable, so it would be a superb deal if you got him to sign with his 87 GK diving, 87 GK positioning and 86 GK reflexes. 

David Silva (OVR 87 – POT 87)

Age: 31

Positions: CAM, CM, LM

Club: Manchester City

Country: Spain

Work rate: High/Low

Best stats: 92 agility, 92 composure, 92 vision

Wage: £194,000

Current price: £71.6 million (release clause)

July 2018 price: £54 million

David Silva is perhaps the prime architect in the Premier League, but it won’t be long before he is looking over his shoulder at Manchester City. With namesake Bernardo Silva (OVR 84), Ilkay Gundogan (OVR 85) and Oleksandr Zinchenko (OVR 72) waiting in the wings and more talented players out on loan, David Silva could be out the picture by next season. 

The 31-year-old attacking, central or left midfielder has a large £71.6 million release clause meaning you will need to patient to sign him. Give it 12 months and you can get the Spanish international for around £54 million, and in January 2019 you can sign him for free upon the completion of his contract. His £194,000 wages are astronomical, and that may price you out of a move for the 87-rated midfielder with 92 agility, 92 composure and 92 vision. 

Marco Reus (OVR 86 – POT 86)

Age: 28

Positions: LM, ST, LW

Club: Borussia Dortmund

Country: Germany

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 90 sprint speed, 90 curve, 88 long shots

Wage: £106,000

Current price: £67.3 million (release clause)

July 2018 price: £57 million

One of the most exciting to players to watch in Europe, but Borussia Dortmund star man Marco Reus has been hampered by injuries for over two seasons now. The German has said there are ‘four or five international clubs’ that interest him, so don’t be shocked if the BVB talisman moves on at the end of his contract in 2019.

That could be your club, and with wages of £106,000 you could do a lot worse with that money than bring in the 86-rated Reus. The 28-year-old has 90 rated sprint speed, 90 curve and 88 long shots on FIFA 18, and if you are desperate to sign him, he could be yours for just over £67 million. 

Sokratis Papastathopoulos (OVR 86 – POT 86)

Age: 29

Positions: CB

Club: Borussia Dortmund

Country: Greece

Work rate: Medium/High

Best stats: 91 aggression, 90 standing tackle, 88 marking

Wage: £97,000

Current price: £51.6 million (release clause)

July 2018 price: £35 million

One of the most revered defenders in Europe, Dortmund’s Sokratis doesn’t let attackers settle. A stalwart of the Bundesliga ever since arriving at Werder Bremen in 2011, the Greek international made the £8.5 million move to Westfalenstadion in 2013. 

It is more than likely that the powers that be at Borussia Dortmund will give him a fresh deal before his contract expires, but if you are lucky on Career Mode, you may be able to sign the 29-year-old for free at the end of the second season. You have an option to grab him for his current £51.6 million release clause, alternatively you could snap him up for £35 million in July 2018. With 91 aggression, 90 standing tackle and 88 marking making up his 86 overall rating, Sokratis may just be the perfect defensive signing on Career Mode. His £97,000 a week wages should be your only concern. 

Cesc Fabregas (OVR 86 – POT 86)

Age: 30

Positions: CM, CDM, CAM

Club: Chelsea

Country: Spain

Work rate: High/Medium

Best stats: 91 short passing, 91 vision, 90 long passing

Wage: £185,000

Current price: £66.7 million (release clause)

July 2018 price: £42 million

Out of favour at the start of last season, Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas has showed his class and forced himself back into Antonio Conte’s plans. The mercurial 30-year-old could still leave at the end of the season due to his lack of defensive work, and he can be the perfect playmaker for your side on Career Mode.

If you wait until the end of the season you could sign the World Cup winner for around £42 million, but if you take the risk and hold off for a further six months, you can grab the former Barca and Arsenal man for free when his contract expires. The central, defensive or attacking midfielder has 91 short passing, 91 vision and 90 long passing, but his £185,000 weekly wages may turn you away. 

Diego Costa (OVR 86 – POT 86)

Age: 28

Club: Chelsea

Country: Spain

Work rate: High/Medium

Best stats: 93 aggression, 91 strength, 88 finishing

Wage: £207,000

Current price: £74.9 million (release clause)

July 2018 price: £55 million

We’ve added Diego Costa to our list, but this will change in January (in real life) when the forward joins Atletico Madrid. Currently his Chelsea contract runs out in June 2019, meaning he his able to be snapped up on a contract expiry deal in January 2019. With 115 goals in five seasons, the 28-year-old would be an insane signing on Career Mode.

Costa’s 86 rating is made up of an unsurprising 93 aggression, 91 strength and 88 finishing, making him one of the most unpredictable forwards in world football. £74.9 million is too steep for the raging Costa, so you should look to snap him on a contract expiry deal in January 2019. It’s the only way you can compensate his £207,000 a week wages. 

Other player contracts expiring in 2019

Player Age Pos. Club Country OVR POT
David Luiz 30 CB Chelsea Brazil 86 86
Pepe 34 CB Besiktas Portugal 86 86
Petr Cech 35 GK Arsenal Czech Rep. 86 86
Angel di Maria 29 RW LW PSG Argentina 85 85
Jan Vertonghen 30 CB Tottenham Belgium 85 85
Filipe Luis 31 LB Atletico Madrid Brazil 85 85
Vincent Kompany 31 CB Man City Belgium 85 85
Danijel Subasic 32 GK Monaco Croatia 85 85
Timo Horn 24 GK FC Koln Germany 84 90
Koke 25 CM RM LM Atletico Madrid Spain 84 88
Kostas Manolas 26 CK Roma Greece 84 86
Roman Burki 26 GK B. Dortmund Switzerland 84 86
Pedro 29 RW LW Chelsea Spain 84 84
Sami Khedira 30 CM CDM Juventus Germany 84 84
Gary Cahill 31 CB Chelsea England 84 84
Dani Alves 34 RB PSG Brazil 84 84
Kylian Mbappe 18 ST PSG* France 83 94
Mattia Perin 24 GK Genoa Italy 83 88
Yann Sommer 28 GK ‘Gladbach Switzerland 83 84
Giacomo Bonaventura 27 CM LW AC Milan Italy 83 83
Javier Pastore 28 CM LW RW PSG Argentina 83 83
Daniele De Rossi 33 CDM Roma Italy 83 83
Nani 30 LW RW CAM LM Lazio* Portugal 83 83
Moussa Dembele 29 CM CDM Tottenham Belgium 83 83
Sebastian Giovinco 30 CF ST Toronto Italy 83 83
Lukasz Piszczek 32 RB CB B. Dortmund Poland 83 83
Jonas 33 ST CF Brazil Benfica 83 83
Javier Mascherano 33 CB CDM Barcelona Argentina 83 83
Anthony Martial 21 LM ST Man United France 82 90
Gerard Deulofeu 23 LW RW Barcelona Spain 82 89
Lucas Moura 24 RW LW PSG Brazil 82 85
Adrien Rabiot 22 CM PSG France 81 86
Sergi Roberto 24 RB CDM CM Barcelona Spain 81 86
Julian Brandt 21 LM RM CAM B. Leverkusen Germany 80 88
Ricardo Pereira 23 RB LB RM Porto Portugal 80 86
Emre Can 23 CM CDM Liverpool Germany 80 84
Thorgan Hazard 24 CF LM RM      Gladbach Belgium 80 84
Matija Nastasic 24 CB Schalke Serbia 80 84

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