You've got to look after your cash on FIFA 20 Career Mode, and picking up players on a contract expiry signing can be the perfect solution.
A lot of the world's best have contracts up next term, and it means that it's just 18 months on the game before you can make your move.
Lionel Messi (OVR 94 - POT 94)
Position(s): RW, ST, CF
Wage: £504,000 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.
Sergio Aguero (OVR 90 - POT 90)
Club: Manchester City
Wage: £279,000 a week
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.
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.
Luis Suarez (OVR 89 - POT 89)
Wage: £314,000 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 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.
Manuel Neuer (OVR 89 - POT 89)
Club: Bayern Munich
Wage: £144,000 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.
Sergio Ramos (OVR 89 - POT 89)
Club: Real Madrid
Wage: £270,000 a week
It's hard to imagine Real Madrid's skipper Sergio Ramos not finishing his career with the club, but aged 33 and more cards than you can shake a stick at, you wonder how much longer he will be a starter.
You can poach the Spanish World Cup winner by offering him wages around the £200,000 mark in January 2021.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (OVR 88 - POT 88)
Position(s): ST, LM
Wage: £180,000 a week
Despite netting 20 goals this season, there are still question marks over the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal.
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.
Samir Handanovic (OVR 88 - POT 88)
Club: Inter Milan
Wage: £99,000 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.
Paul Pogba (OVR 87 - 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.
Angel Di Maria (OVR 87 - POT 87)
Position(s): RW, LW
Club: Paris Saint-Germain
Wage: £144,000 a week
A consistent performer, there'll be countless suitors for when Angel Di Maria leaves PSG. Could that be to your club on FIFA 20's Career Mode?
The Argentine can operate on either flank and has been deployed in midfield in the past, and can be landed for wages of around £120,000 a week.
Leroy Sane (OVR 86 - POT 90)
Club: Manchester City
Wage: £176,000 a week
Perhaps the most likely player to be on the move soon is Leroy Sane, with Bayern Munich long-time admirers of the 23-year-old.
With electrifying pace (96 sprint speed), strong dribbling (88 dribbling) and a canon of a shot (87 shot power) the German will be a joy to play with on FIFA 20.
Full list of players ending contracts in 2021 above 84 OVR
|L. Messi||32||RW ST CF||Barcelona||Argentina||94||94||£504k|
|S. Agüero||31||ST||Man City||Argentina||90||90||£279k|
|M. Neuer||33||GK||Bayern Munich||Germany||89||89||£144k|
|Sergio Ramos||33||CB||Real Madrid||Spain||89||89||£270k|
|P. Aubameyang||30||ST LM||Arsenal||Gabon||88||88||£180k|
|S. Handanovič||34||GK||Inter Milan||Slovenia||88||88||£99k|
|P. Pogba||26||CM CDM||Man Utd||France||87||88||£189k|
|A. Di María||31||RW LW||PSG||Argentina||87||87||£144k|
|L. Sané||23||LW||Man City||Germany||86||90||£176k|
|Thiago||28||CM CDM||Bayern Munich||Spain||86||86||£149k|
|G. Donnarumma||20||GK||AC Milan||Italy||85||92||£30k|
|R. Bürki||28||GK||Borussia Dortmund||Switz.||85||86||£83k|
|T. Müller||29||CAM RM RW||Bayern Munich||Germany||85||85||£140k|
|G. Wijnaldum||28||CM CDM||Liverpool||Holland||85||85||£135k|
|Fernandinho||34||CB CDM||Man City||Brazil||85||85||£153k|
|M. Depay||25||CF LW CAM||Lyon||Holland||84||87||£99k|
|J. Iličić||31||CF ST||Atalanta||Slovenia||84||84||£83k|
|A. Vidal||32||CM CDM CAM||Barcelona||Chile||84||84||£180k|