FIFA 19 Career Mode: Contract expiry signings ending in 2023

Here are all the best contract expiry signings available in the fifth season (2023) on FIFA 19’s Career Mode.

Alastair Pusinelli by Alastair Pusinelli

The kings of Career Mode plan ahead. With transfer prices and wages so high for the best stars in the world, the most practical way to sign them is on a pre-contract. These are agreements you can make when a player enters the last six months of their contract, to sign them at the end of the campaign. Planning five years ahead may seem silly, but it will be definitely worth it if you strike gold in 2023. 

READ: How to make a contract expiry signing on FIFA 19

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Kevin De Bruyne (OVR 91 – POT 92)

Age: 27

Positions: CAM, CM

Club: Manchester City

Country: Belgium

Work rate: High/High

Best stats: 94 vision, 93 crossing, 92 short passing

Wage: £348,000 a week

The best Premier League player on FIFA 19, Kevin De Bruyne is the most complete player in the English top-flight. The Belgian attacking midfielder has been moved deeper and to a more important role in central midfield under Pep Guardiola, and he rewarded his manager last season, scoring 12 goals and an impressive 12 assists.

On the game, De Bruyne’s 94 vision, 93 crossing and 92 short passing give him a 91 overall, which can improve to a 92 potential. His wages of £348,000 a week make a move for him anytime soon near impossible, but in five years’ time, snapping up a 32-year-old De Bruyne could be a smart move. 

Antoine Griezmann (OVR 89 – POT 90)

Age: 27

Positions: ST

Club: Atletico Madrid

Country: Spain

Work rate: High/High

Best stats: 92 finishing, 91 positioning, 90 ball control

Wage: £132,000 a week

Antoine Griezmann now has a World Cup to his name and has earned heaps of respect for his efforts over the summer. The Frenchman wants to be put into the bracket of Messi and Ronaldo, but he just needs to show more consistency for club side Atletico Madrid to do so. Other than the World Cup, Griezmann’s 29 goals and 15 assists last season helped Atletico win the Europa League, but they will look to challenge Real Madrid and Barcelona this year.

Griezmann has an 89 overall rating on FIFA 19, which can still creep up to 90. Stats of 92 finishing, 91 positioning and 90 ball control can be yours for a ‘reasonable’ £132,000 a week, but for a big saving, move for the 27-year-old in 2023. 

Mohamed Salah (OVR 88 – POT 89)

Age: 26

Positions: RW

Club: Liverpool

Country: Egypt

Work rate: High/Medium

Best stats: 94 acceleration, 91 reactions, 91 agility

Wage: £242,000 a week

Salah can consider himself unlucky to be rated just 88 after a remarkable first season at Anfield. The Liverpool right winger scored 44 goals and notched 16 assists as he broke the Premier League goal scoring record for a 38 game season (32 league goals). A shoulder injury saw his Champions League final cut short, but you wouldn’t put it past the Egyptian king to fire the Reds to silverware this season. 

94 acceleration, 91 reactions and 91 agility take Salah’s rating to 88 which can still improve to 89 on Career Mode. £242,000 a week are hefty wages, but if you can, get hold of him in a few years and claim him aged 31. 

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Phillipe Coutinho (OVR 88 – POT 89)

Age: 26

Positions: LW, RW, CM

Club: Barcelona

Country: Brazil

Work rate: High/High

Best stats: 93 balance, 93 long shots, 92 ball control

Wage: £326,000 a week

Continuing with the Liverpool theme, Phillipe Coutinho left Merseyside in January for Barcelona, and he has been a big hit at the Camp Nou. The winger or central midfielder has scored 11 times and created eight more in his 28 games for Barcelona so far and continued to perform at the World Cup with Brazil over the summer.

Wages of £326,000 a week are steep, and at his current age of 26, signing Coutinho will be very tricky. Waiting for 2023 when he will be 31 makes perfect sense but keep an eye to see where his 88 overall with an 89 potential is at that point. Currently, Coutinho’s best stats are 93 balance, 93 long shots and 92 ball control. 

Samuel Umtiti (OVR 87 – POT 92)

Age: 24

Positions: CB

Club: Barcelona

Country: France

Work rate: Medium/High

Best stats: 90 marking, 89 standing tackle, 89 jumping

Wage: £180,000 a week

A world class defender, many would say Samuel Umtiti is the premier centre back at Barcelona, ahead of Gerard Pique (OVR 87). Umtiti added a World Cup to his first La Liga title last season, forming a formidable defensive partnership with Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane (OVR 86) on route to gold.

Attributes of 90 marking, 89 standing tackle and 89 jumping help Umtiti to an 87 overall, but at the age of 24 this can rise to an incredible potential of 92. This makes the centre back an incredible signing on a pre-contract agreement.

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Roberto Firmino (OVR 86 – POT 88)

Age: 26

Positions: CF, ST

Club: Liverpool

Country: Brazil

Work rate: High/High

Best stats: 90 stamina, 87 finishing, 87 positioning

Wage: £185,000 a week

Roberto Firmino looks to be taking the lead role at Liverpool this season, netting three goals in his first six games. Last year, where the focus was on Salah, Firmino still notched 27 goals, and is regarded as one of the game’s biggest goal threats.

With a high work rate in attack and defence, Firmino is a massive team player, with the 26-year-old possessing an 86 overall and 88 potential on FIFA 19. His stats of 90 stamina, 87 finishing and 87 positioning are superb, with a salary of £185,000 a week. 

Leonardo Bonucci (OVR 86 – POT 86)

Age: 31

Positions: CB

Club: Juventus

Country: Italy

Work rate: Low/High

Best stats: 90 interceptions, 90 marking, 86 heading accuracy

Wage: £154,000 a week

The defensive rock is back at Juventus. Leonardo Bonucci endured an up-and-down season at AC Milan last year but has been brought back to Turin to partner Giorgio Chiellini (OVR 89) at the back and help Juve lift an eighth-straight Serie A title.

Stats of 90 interceptions, 90 marking and 86 heading accuracy take Bonucci to an 86 overall. In five years time, the defender will be 36 however, so perhaps only move for him if you a bottom half club, with his wages set to drop dramatically from £154,000 a week. 

Miralem Pjanic (OVR 86 – POT 86)

Age: 28

Positions: CM, CDM

Club: Juventus

Country: Bosnia Herzegovina

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 92 FK accuracy, 89 ball control, 89 short passing

Wage: £172,000 a week

A complete midfielder, Miralem Pjanic is the man who makes Juventus tick. With Cristiano Ronaldo (OVR 94) now in attack, Pjanic will look to play the ball forward to the striker, but we should still expect the Bosnian to have first refusal from set-pieces.

Central or defensive Pjanic has wages of £172,000 a week, and an overall of 86. His stats of 92 free kick accuracy, 89 ball control and 89 short passing allow the 28-year-old to run the game for your side. 

Marco Asensio (OVR 85 – POT 93)

Age: 22

Positions: LW, CAM, RW

Club: Real Madrid

Country: Spain

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 88 long shots, 87 dribbling, 86 ball control

Wage: £189,000 a week

Just 22, Marco Asensio is the present and future for Real Madrid and Spain. It was his rise that caused James Rodriguez (OVR 88) to be sent out on loan to Bayern Munich, with Asensio adding movement to his creativity.

Asensio would be an incredible contract expiry signing with the winger or attacking midfielder capable of improving from an 85 overall to a 93 potential. In 2023, he will be in the cusp of his prime at 27, so you may have to pay a bit extra than his £189,000 a week wages. 

Fabinho (OVR 85 – POT 89)

Age: 24

Positions: CDM

Club: Liverpool

Country: Brazil

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 93 stamina, 91 penalties, 88 standing tackle

Wage: £114,000 a week

New Liverpool signing hasn’t been seen much so far but expect the £44 million signing from Monaco to have a big role as the season progresses. An energetic midfielder, the Brazilian will protect the back four, but is also no stranger to goal scoring due to his brilliance from the penalty spot.

On FIFA 19, the 24-year-old has abilities of 93 stamina, 91 penalties and 88 standing tackle which will improve as his 85 overall reaches his 89 potential. Fabinho’s £114,000 a week wages will have to be improved by 2023, but for a world class midfielder in his prime it’s a no brainer. 

Full list of players ending contracts in 2023 above 81 OVR

Player Age Pos Club Country OVR POT Wage
Kevin De Bruyne 27 CAM
CM
Man City Belgium 91 92 £348k
Antoine Griezmann 27 ST Atletico Madrid Spain 89 90 £132k
Mohamed Salah 26 RW Liverpool Egypt 88 89 £242k
Phillipe Coutinho 26 LW
RW
CM
Barcelona Brazil 88 89 £326k
Samuel Umtiti 24 CB Barcelona France 87 92 £180k
Roberto Firmino 26 CF
ST
Liverpool Brazil 86 88 £185k
Leonardo Bonucci 31 CB Juventus Italy 86 86 £154k
Miralem Pjanic 28 CM
CDM
Juventus Bosnia Herzegovina 86 86 £172k
Marco Asensio 22 LW
CAM
RW
Real Madrid Spain 85 93 £189k
Fabinho 24 CDM Liverpool Brazil 85 89 £114k
Joshua Kimmich 23 RB
CM
CB
CDM
Bayern Munich Germany 85 88 £81k
Riyad Mahrez 27 RW
RM
Man City Algeria 85 85 £180k
Virgil van Dijk 26 CB Liverpool Holland 85 87 £132k
Marco Reus 29 LM
CAM
ST
LW
Borussia Dortmund Germany 85 85 £81k
Miranda 33 CB Inter Milan Brazil 85 85 £84k
Jose Maria Gimenez 23 CB
RB
Atletico Madrid Uruguay 84 88 £61k
William Carvalho 26 CDM
CM
Real Betis Portugal 84 86 £36k
Jorginho 26 CM Chelsea Italy 84 87 £145k
Heung-min Son 25 LM
ST
Spur South Korea 84 85 £123k
Stefan de Vrij 26 CB Inter Milan Holland 84 86 £84k
Bernd Leno 26 GK Arsenal Germany 84 87 £110k
Lukas Hradecky 28 GK Bayer Leverkusen Finland 84 84 £71k
Asier Illarramendi 28 CM
CDM
Real Sociedad Spain 84 84 £49k
Kasper Schmeichel 31 GK Leicester Denmark 84 84 £75k
Gabriel Jesus 21 ST Man City Brazil 83 92 £110k
Presnel Kimpembe 22 CB PSG France 83 89 £66k
Malcom 21 RW Barcelona Brazil 83 90 £132k
Naby Keita 23 CM
CDM
CAM
Liverpool Guinea 83 88 £97k
Thomas Lemar 22 LM
CAM
Atletico Madrid France 83 89 £52k
Kingsley Coman 22 LM
RM
LW
RW
Bayern Munich France 83 87 £69k
Jonathan Tah 22 CB Bayer Leverkusen Germany 83 88 £54k
Aymeric Laporte 24 CB Man City France 83 88 £101k
Bruno Fernandes 23 CAM
CM
Sporting Lisbon Portugal 83 87 £16k
Samu Castillejo 23 RM
LM
CM
AC Milan Spain 83 87 £82k
Quincy Promes 26 LM
ST
RM
Sevilla Holland 83 84 £23k
Gerard Moreno 26 ST Villarreal Spain 83 85 £43k
Timo Horn 25 GK koln Germany 83 87 £20k
Kevin Strootman 28 CM
CDM
Marseille Holland 83 83 £58k
Rodri 22 CM
CDM
Atletico Madrid Spain 82 87 £52k
Pau Lopez 23 GK Real Betis Spain 82 87 £19k
Clement Lenglet 23 CB Barcelona France 82 89 £119k
Thomas Partey 25 CDM
CM
RM
RB
Atletico Madrid Ghana 82 88 £52k
Fred 25 CM
CDM
Man United Brazil 82 85 £123k
Alessandro Florenzi 27 RB
RW
CM
Roma Italy 82 83 £64k
Harry Maguire 25 CB Leicester England 82 84 £68k
Simone Zaza 27 ST Valencia* Italy 82 83 £46k
Lucas 25 RM
LM
Spurs Brazil 82 83 £92k
Allan 27 CM Napoli Brazil 82 82 £70k
Francesco Acerbi 30 CB Lazio Italy 82 82 £52k
Wilfried Zaha 25 CF
LM
RM
Crystal Palace Ivory Coast 82 85 £69k
Bartra 27 CB
RB
Real Betis Spain 82 83 £28k

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Alastair Pusinelli

First console: GameBoy Color / Favourite Game: Assassin's Creed 2 / Currently playing: Football Manager 2020

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