FIFA 20 Career Mode: The Top 10 Contract Expiry signings ending in 2020 (first season) – Eriksen, Silva, Chiellini & more

All the players available for free at the end of the first season, including Chiellini and Eriksen!

With transfer fees reaching crazy heights in modern football, efficiently utilising your budget on FIFA 20’s Career Mode is vital.

Thankfully, players who are in the final six months of their contract can be signed on pre-contract agreements for free, meaning you don’t have to exhaust your entire budget to bring in top-class players.

RealSport gives you everything you need to know about contract expiry signings and which top talents are available for pre-contract agreements in FIFA 20.

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Which players are available as contract expiry singings?

You can approach any player that is 24 or over and has six months left on their contract for a pre-contract agreement.

What distinguishes a contract expiry signing from a free agent?

A contract expiry signing is still contracted to their current club and can be signed six months in advance to their contract expiry date. A free agent has no current club and is available to sign immediately.

Why bother with contract expiry signings?

Signing players on a pre-contract agreement is a massive advantage to your club. The signing involves no transfer fee, meaning your only financial expense is the player’s wage.

When should you approach a prospect signing?

January 1st will give you the best chance of landing the player. You can sign players at any point during the final six months of their contract, but it’s best to act early to avoid other clubs swooping in.

When will the player join my club?

The player will join you once they have run down their contract at their previous club, meaning you can utilise your new player as of July 1st.

How to make a contract expiry signing

Here’s they key process to snapping one of these stars up on a free.

Step 1: Wait until the January transfer window

Feel free to simulate your season up to January if you’re desperate to sign a free player, but it’s probably safer to play the first half of your season to avoid any calamitous results.

Step 2: Find the player in the search players function under the transfers tab

You won’t be able to search for players by date of contract expiration, so you will need to know which players are approaching their contract end (check out our list below).

Step 3: Add the player to your shortlist

You have to add players to your shortlist before you can approach them. Once they are added to your shortlist you can find the player in your transfer hub.

Step 4: Find the player in your Transfer Hub and click ‘Approach to sign’

Click on your desired player in the transfer hub to open their drop-down menu, then click ‘approach to sign’ to enter pre-contract negotiations.

Step 5: Negotiate a deal

It takes a bit of care and skill to sign a player.

Be sure not to anger the agent or player, and if you really want your man it’s best to agree to what the agent is demanding (you may have a bit of extra cash anyway since there’s no transfer fee).

Step 6: Finish the rest of your season

Once you’ve successfully concluded negotiations, you will have to wait until the next season for your new signing (July 1st).

Step 7: Get him on the pitch

Once the new season starts, you’ll have to advance one day before you receive an email informing you that your pre-contract signing has arrived at the club.

All there is to do now is get him in the team and start winning some trophies.

Top 10 contract expiry signings on FIFA 20 Career Mode

Now you know how to sign players on a pre-contract agreement, let’s see who’s available in January 2020 of FIFA 20’s Career Mode.

All the following players are 24 or over and have an overall rating of 81 or above. For more contract expires, scroll down to the table at the bottom of the page.

A full table of contract expiry signings rated 81 or higher can be found at the bottom of this page.

Giorgio Chiellini (OVR 89 – POT 89)

Age: 34

Position(s) : CB

Club: Piemonte Calcio (Juventus)

Country: Italy

Wage: £180,000 a week

The Italian veteran may be 35 years old, but he comes in to FIFA 20 with an amazing 89 overall rating. Having been at the Old Lady since 2005, the seasoned centre back has won a staggering eight league trophies, four Italian Cups and four Italian Super Cups.

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His wage may be hefty, especially for a 35 year old, but his defensive stats are among the best in the game; with the opportunity to sign him for free, he has to be considered by every career mode manager.

Christian Eriksen (OVR 88 – POT 89)

Age: 27

Position(s): CAM, CM

Club: Tottenham

Country: Denmark

Wage: £180,000 a week

Tottenham’s Danish midfield man has faced a summer full of speculation surrounding his future. Having netted ten times and bagging seventeen assists for Spurs last season, has he outgrown the North London club?

Eriksen’s incredible passing ability, along with his decent dribbling skills, makes him an ideal attacking midfielder for any team that are struggling to get service to their target men. You may have to offer a fairly large wage to entice the midfield maestro.

Edinson Cavani (OVR 88 – POT 88)

Age: 32

Position(s): ST

Club: PSG

Country: Uruguay

Wage: £172,000 a week

Edinson Cavani has had a career any striker would dream of. With over 336 club career goals and 46 international goals he has been a force of nature in front of the net. Having won his fifth French league trophy and with the young Kylian Mbappe hot on his heels, he could well be ready for a move to your club.

The Uruguayan’s 86 shooting and 83 physicality makes him an ideal target man for any team, whether you want to start him between two pacey wingers, or bring him on in the 85th minute to smash in a winning header.

David Silva (OVR 88 – POT 88)

Age: 33

Position(s) : CAM, CM

Club: Manchester City

Country: Spain

Wage: £233,000 a week

What else can you say about David Silva. World Cup winner, two-time European champion, four-time Premier League champion and nine domestic trophies to his name. Not to mention, an all-round classy bloke.

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With his 89 dribbling and 88 passing, his £233k wage bill suddenly doesn’t seem so bad (not to mention you could negotiate a lower wage). He may be 33 years old, but something tells me we’ll still be watching the spritely Spaniard for a few years to come.

Toby Alderweireld (OVR 87 – POT 87)

Age: 30

Position(s) : CB

Club: Tottenham Hotspur

Country: Belgium

Wage: £136,000 a week

The second of Tottenham’s players who are approaching contract expirations; Alderweireld is a fantastic steal for any FIFA player that manages to sign him for free. Much like Eriksen, the 30-year-old is likely concerned with the lack of trophies at Spurs and can’t afford to wait around for Pochettino’s long-term plans to bring success to Tottenham.

With 88 defending, the Belgium bruiser could be the backbone of your FIFA career mode team. I’d recommend trying to negotiate a lower wage than his current £136k-a-week.

Dries Mertens (OVR 87 – POT 87)

Age: 32

Position(s) : CF, ST

Club: Napoli

Country: Belgium

Wage: £119,000 a week

Having come painfully close to winning the Serie A title in 2017/18, in an epic battle against Juventus, Napoli have been without a trophy since 2015. Therefore, Dries Mertens may feel like his time is up at the Italian club, and will be looking towards a final challenge in his career.

Despite his age, Mertens still has a sublime pace of 88, with a rating of 90 dribbling. Evidently, he would be a fine addition to any FIFA manager that favours fast attackers on the break.

Jan Vertonghen (OVR 87 – POT 87)

Age: 32

Position(s) : CB

Club: Tottenham Hotspur

Country: Belgium

Wage: £136,000 a week

Another Tottenham player on this list and it seems like the North London club may be in some serious trouble soon! Nevertheless, Spurs’ imminent problem, is our advantage. Jan Vertonghen was heralded as the best centre back in the Premier League two seasons ago. He has been patient in his wait for silverware, but just missed out on the Champions League trophy in 2019. He may feel like his time with Tottenham is coming to a natural conclusion.

Vertonghen’s 87 overall rating can be yours for wages of £136k a week, come the 2020/21 season. With defending stat of 87, Vertonghen would make a fine acquisition; after all, you could even reunite him with his centre back partner and bring in Alderweireld for free as well.

Thiago Silva (OVR 87 – POT 87)

Age: 34

Position(s): CB

Club: PSG

Country: Brazil

Wage: £119,000 a week

Thiago Silva has suffered a downgrade in overall rating, despite achieving a TOTS ultimate team card in FIFA 19. In addition, his 62 pace rating does not reflect the reality of the Brazilian centre back’s renowned speed. Nevertheless, the chance to sign the 87-rated PSG man for free will be utilised by many a FIFA player.

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He may be 34 years old, but Thiago Silva can be of good service to your team for at least one season. Due to his age, it is likely you will be able to negotiate a lower wage than his current £119k-a-week.

Fernandinho (OVR 87 – POT 87)

Age: 30

Position(s) : CDM

Club: Manchester City

Country: Brazil

Wage: £176,000 a week

Fernandinho has been an instrumental part of Pep Guardiola’s City team over the last three years, adding two more Premier League trophies to his personal accolades under the Spaniard’s reign. However, with the big money signing of Rodri from Atlético Madrid, Fernandinho has seem unsettled, and is yet to put pen to paper and sign a new contract.

The Brazilian, with an overall rating of 87, could be yours for free come July 2020. If you’re able to agree personal terms, and perhaps even negotiate a more affordable weekly wage, Fernandinho could play a pivotal role in your midfield.

Blaise Matuidi (OVR 85 – POT 85)

Age: 32

Position(s) : CDM, CM

Club: Juventus

Country: France

Best stats: 83 Defending, 81 Physicality

Wage: £128,000 a week

If Fernandinho’s wage demands are just that bit too high for your wage budget, Juve’s Frenchman, Matuidi, could be a suitable alternative. With the experienced midfielder yet to sign a new contract, he is eligible for pre-contract negotiations come January 1st 2020.

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Matuidi’s 83 defending and 81 physicality make up a well-equipped player to sit back and defend your back line. At £128k-a-week his wage demands are a little high, especially for a 32-year-old, so think about trying to negotiate that wage down.

Full list of players ending contracts in 2020 above 80 OVR

Giorgio Chiellini34CBPiemonteItaly9090£180k
Christian Eriksen27CAM
Edinson Cavani32STPSGUruguay8888£172k
David Silva33CAM
Man CitySpain8888£233k
Toby Alderweireld30CBSpursBelgium8787£136k
Dries Mertens32CF
Jan Vertonghen32CBSpursBelgium8787£136k
Thiago Silva34CBPSGBrazil8787£119k
Fernandinho34CDMMan CityBrazil8787£176k
Blaise Matuidi32CDM
José Callejón32RM
João Moutinho32CMWolvesPortugal8484£110k
Charles Aranguiz30CM
B. LeverkusenChile8383£75k
Juan Cuadrado31RM
Shanghai SIPGBrazil8384£26k
Éver Banega31CDM
Ezequiel Garay32CBValenciaArgentina8383£42k
Fabio Quagliarella36STSampdoriaItaly8383£40k
Raphaël Guerreiro25LM
Borussia DortmundPortugal8284£76k
Stefan Savić28CBAtletico MadridMontenegro8284£57k
Thomas Muenier27RB
Joel Matip27CBLiverpoolCameroon8284£101k
Mario Götze27CF
Borussia DortmundGermany8283£86k
Giacomo Bonaventura29CM
AC MilanItaly8282£49k
Aleksandar Kolarov33LBRomaSerbia8282£46k
Vedran Corluka33CBLokomotiv MoscowCroatia8282£26k
Olivier Giroud32STChelseaFrance8282£123k
Lucas Biglia33CDM
AC MilanArgentina8282£43k
Santi Cazorla34CM
Aduriz38STAthletic BilbaoSpain8282£25k
Daniele De Rossi35CDMBoca JuniorsItaly8282£20k
Ryan Fraser25LMBournemouthScotland8282£20k
Eran Zahavi31CF
Nemanja Matic30CDM
Man UrdSerbia8181£101k
Marco Parolo34CDM
Adan32GKAtletico MadridSpain8181£41k
Beñat32CMAthletic BilbaoSpain8181£28k
Łukasz Piszczek34RBBorussia DortmundPoland8181£67k
Andres Guardado32CM
Real BetisMexico8181£28k
Bafétimbi Gomis33STAl HilalFrance8181£50k
Lisandro Lopez36STRacing ClubArgentina8181£22k
James Milner33CM
Jérémy Mathieu35CBSporting LisbonFrance8181£11k

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However, to succeed in Career Mode, it’s vital you set up in the right formation, as well as sign the right players.

With so many formations to choose from, setting up your team in FIFA 20 can seem a little overwhelming. 

However, there are more than a handful of easy-to-learn tactics that will help you get the most out of your team in EA’s new game. 

Follow this link for a run through of the seven best formations that FIFA 20 has to offer.

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