Picking up the world’s best on Career Mode can be difficult, especially with the current state of world transfer fees.
However, for those who are under monetary restrictions, or who simply enjoy a bargain, there is a way around it, signing player’s whose contracts are due to expire.
Signing players who are coming to the end of the contract is an easy way to save money.
Lionel Messi (OVR 94 – POT 94)
Position(s): RW, CF, ST
Wage: £500,000 a week
Where else can you begin? The best player in FIFA 20, with a confirmed rating of 94, Lionel Messi. Whilst the team at EA may believe that Messi has reached his maximum potential, with a 94 rating, how can you go wrong.
Whilst the potential of signing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner on a free seems ideal, there is a stumbling block when it comes to his wages. You would have to find a wage close to the £500,000 on his current deal, severely limiting the clubs who can acquire his services.
Kalidou Koulibaly (OVR 89 – POT 91)
Wage: £132,000 a week
A player who has been linked with a move away from the San Paolo Stadium over the last couple of seasons, Kalidou Koulibaly’s contract is set to expire in 2021.
The 6’2″ centre half is every FIFA player’s dream. With monster defensive attributes as well as a respectable 73 sprint speed, he will fit perfectly into any top European side. With a potential to grow to a 91 overall and reasonable wages of £132K per week, he looks a great signing on FIFA 20.
Robert Lewandowski (OVR 89 – POT 89)
Club: Bayern Munich
Wage: £207,000 a week
A striker which any manager would love in their side, Robert Lewandowski. The Poland international has scored 202 goals in 250 appearances for Bayern since making the controversial move from rivals Borussia Dortmund back in 2014.
At 30 years old, the striker is reaching the twilight of the career. If he decides to follow in the footsteps of former Bayern forwards Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery and leave when his contract expires, he could be a worthy signing for your club.
Luis Suarez (OVR 89 – POT 89)
Wage: £313,000 a week
Another top class striker whose current contract will expire in 2021 is Barcelona’s Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez. Whilst the forward may have had controversy follow him throughout his career, the one thing which cannot be argued is his ability to find the back of the net.
With 387 goals in 580 club appearances, the Barcelona forwards is undoubtedly one of the most prolific strikers of the modern era, and with plenty of other expensive forwards already on Barcelona’s books, you may be able to grab him cheap with his contract up in 2021, although we would suggest trying to negotiate that £313k a week wage.
Sergio Aguero (OVR 89 – POT 89)
Club: Manchester City
Wage: £265,000 a week
The big name strikers don’t stop there. Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is the next name with a contract expiring in 2021. The Argentinian forward will have spent 10 seasons on the blue side of Manchester by the time 2021 comes around, and having won plenty of trophies, may decide it’s time for a new challenge.
Like Suarez and Lewandowski, Aguero will be coming towards the latter stages of his career by this point, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be a worthwhile signing. Again, you may need to negotiate his contract down from his current £265k a week deal.
Paul Pogba (OVR 88 – POT 91)
Position(s): CM, CDM
Club: Manchester United
Wage: £220,000 a week
Another player who was heavily linked with a move away from his current club this summer, Paul Pogba. One of the best midfielders in the world on his day, Pogba has struggled to hit the heights of his Juventus days since his move back to Manchester United and may be looking for a move away by the time his contract expires in 2021.
With a potential overall of 91, the team at EA believe that Pogba could find his way back to being one of the best midfielders in the world should he find the right club, and if you play your cards right, you could bring him to your side on the cheap with his contract running down.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (OVR 88 – POT 88)
Position(s): ST, LM
Wage: 181,000 a week
Arsenal’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is the next name in the list, with the Gabonese’s contract set to expire in 2021. The striker has started the season in fine form for the North London club, scoring six goals in six appearances so far this term.
With 95 sprint speed and 93 acceleration in the latest edition of the game, the forward will remain one of the quickest and deadly strikers for anyone who likes to play fast-paced football. If you can strike a deal, he will definitely be a worthy signing for any club.
Manuel Neuer (OVR 88 – POT 88)
Club: Bayern Munich
Wage: 136,000 a week
Germany and Bayern Munich’s number one Manuel Neuer will see his contract expire in 2021. Having struggled with injuries over the past couple of seasons, the German champions could be prepared to let the 33-year-old go on a free.
With Neuer set to be 35 years old by the time his contract expires, you may only get a couple of seasons out of the 6’4″ stopper, but if you can talk his wage down, he will still be a solid ‘keeper to add to any side.
Samir Handanovic (OVR 88 – POT 88)
Club: Inter Milan
Wage: £98,000 a week
If Neuer isn’t the ‘keeper for you, fear not, because there is another elite stopper whose contract is up in 2021, Inter Milan’s Samir Handanovic.
Like his German counterpart, Handanovic will be in his late 30s come 2021, but with a current wage of less than £100k, you could get the Slovenian cheap as chips on a short-term deal. Surely a no-brainer for those who need a short-term solution between the sticks?
Casemiro (OVR 87 – POT 89)
Club: Real Madrid
Wage: £210,000 a week
Real Madrid’s Casemiro is one of the best holding midfielders in world football, however, having failed to agree a new deal with Los Blancos, is eligible for pre-contract negotiations in January 2021.
With 84 marking, 87 standing tackle and 86 sliding tackle, the Brazilian is the ideal man to have sitting in front of your back four. With a potential of 89 and a wage of £210K a week, he is unlikely to come cheap on the contract front, but if you can save on a transfer fee, he will be a great addition to your side.
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Full list of players ending contracts in 2021 above 83 OVR
|Robert Lewandowski||30||ST||Bayern Munich||Poland||89||89||£207k|
|Sergio Aguero||31||ST||Man City||Argentina||89||89||£264k|
|Piere Emerick Aubameyang||30||ST|
|Manuel Neuer||33||GK||Bayern Munich||Germany||88||88||£136k|
|Samir Handanovic||34||GK||Inter Milan||Slovenia||88||88||£98k|
|Roman Burki||28||GK||Borussia Dortmund||Switz.||85||86||£81k|
|Jiri Pavlenka||27||GK||Werder Bremen||Czech Rep.||84||84||£32k|
|Jerome Boateng||30||CB||Bayern Munich||Germany||84||84||£110k|
|Marek Hamsik||31||CM||Dalian YiFang||Slovakia||84||84||£22k|
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