26 Jul 2021 1:31 PM +00:00

Snap these stars up for FREE on FIFA 22 Career Mode

FIFA 22 Career Mode could be the most popular it has been in years, with "Create-a-Club" coming to the mode for the first time ever.

Contract Expiry signings can be a shortcut to success - but which world class stars can you pick up after the first season?

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Latest - Transfer season in full swing

With the Euros and Copa America over, a couple of the tournaments' stars have secured big moves.

Jadon Sancho has joined Manchester United in a £73 million deal, Rodrigo De Paul is on his way to Atletico Madrid for £30 million, with Raphael Varane also closing in on a move to Old Trafford.

This is the shake-up we all needed after some quiet windows during the pandemic.

What is a Contract Expiry signing?

A contract expiry signing is securing a player on a free transfer as the contract with their current club enters its final six months.

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GOAL MACHINE - Robert Lewandowski is perhaps the greatest free transfer of all time

You sign the player on what is known as a pre-contract agreement, for the player to join your club on a free transfer when their current contract expires.

You can only sign players this way who have less than six months remaining on their contract, and are over the age of 23.

How to make a Contract Expiry signing on FIFA 22

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Presuming the method of making a Contract Expiry signing is the same from FIFA 21 and previous versions of the FIFA franchise, it will go as follows:

Wait until 1 January 2022 - players whose contracts run out in the first season can be approached from this point.

Search for your player - head to the transfers tab to get the man you want, and add him to your shortlist.

Head to your shortlist on the Transfer Hub and press "Approach to Sign".

Negotiate a deal - given you don't need to pay a transfer fee, you can afford to be a bit more generous in wages (Aaron Ramsey's move to Juventus earned him £400,000 a week).

Wait until the next season - your player will join your club at the start of the 2022/23 season.

Cristiano Ronaldo (OVR 92 - POT 92)

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ONE MORE MOVE? - The temptation to bring CR7 to your side may be too great to resist

Age: 36

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Position(s): ST, LW

Wage: £198,000 a week

Wow. Just wow. Cristiano Ronaldo could join your club for FREE to finish his career.

Do bear in mind the Portuguese icon will be 37 by the time he joins your club, but you should still try everything you can to bring CR7 aboard.

Kylian Mbappe (OVR 90 - POT 95)

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FRESH PRINCE - Mbappe could even be the highest rated player on FIFA 22

Age: 22

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Position(s): ST, LW

Wage: £144,000 a week

As things stand, Kylian Mbappe - the world's most valuable player - will be available for a free transfer in the summer of 2022.

We can't imagine PSG letting a player of Mbappe's quality and potential go for free - so expect his future, one way or another, to be sorted out this summer.

Karim Benzema (OVR 89 - POT 89)

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SECOND WIND - Benzema has come into his own since Ronaldo left Madrid

Age: 33

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Position(s): CF, ST

Wage: £315,000 a week

Undervalued for so long, but Karim Benzema has proven exactly why Real Madrid brought him to Bernabeu in the last three seasons.

It took Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the club to allow Benzema to step up - with the Frenchman netting 20 league goals in each of the last three seasons.

Paulo Dybala (OVR 87 - POT 88)

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CROSSROADS - Dybala's career has stalled with just five goals in all competitions last season

Age: 27

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Position(s): CF, CAM

Wage: £144,000 a week

Paulo Dybala is at a crossroads in his career.

Aged 27, the Argentine should be in his prime, but netted just five times for Juventus Piemonte Calcio last season - time for a change of scenery?

Leon Goretzka (OVR 87 - POT 88)

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PRIME TIME - Goretzka went up three overall points in FIFA 21

Age: 26

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Position(s): CM, CDM

Wage: £117,000 a week

An absolute machine, Leon Goretzka is forming a very strong and balanced midfield partnership with Joshua Kimmich at Bayern Munich.

It's a surprise to see the German international's contract run down - and we expect the Bayern board to agree on a length new deal with the 26-year-old.

Mats Hummels (OVR 87 - POT 87)

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SECOND WIND - Hummels saw his rating increase over the course of FIFA 21

Age: 32

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Position(s): CB

Wage: £90,000 a week

Mats Hummels has returned to Borussia Dortmund as if he never left and still has enough in the tank to try and wrestle back the Bundesliga title from rivals (and former employers) Bayern.

BVB do like to look for the future, so perhaps this will be the last season for the centre-back in a Dortmund shirt.

Angel Di Maria (OVR 87 - POT 87)

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JOURNEYMAN - Di Maria has Real Madrid, Man Utd and PSG on his CV

Age: 33

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Position(s): RW, LW

Wage: £144,000 a week

In a team with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria doesn't receive enough credit at PSG - and you do wonder where the former Real Madrid and Manchester United man could go next.

Entering the final phase of his career - perhaps a free transfer back to his homeland or to the MLS is most likely.

Hugo Lloris (OVR 87 - POT 87)

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CHANGING OF THE GUARD - Lloris' time at Spurs could be coming to an end

Age: 34

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Position(s): GK

Wage: £113,000 a week

Hugo Lloris has been a great servant to Tottenham, but the skipper will rue the fact he has not lifted a trophy in North London.

He may only have one season left to do so - with the Lilywhites about to enter a rebuild following the dismissal of Jose Mourinho.

Raphael Varane (OVR 85 - POT 87)

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FAN FAVOURITE - Varane has been a popular choice on FIFA 21 Ultimate Team

Age: 28

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Position(s): CB

Wage: £180,000 a week

Real Madrid are in financial turmoil, but they perhaps can't afford to let Raphael Varane leave the club.

With defensive partner and captain leaving the club, Varane is ready to fill the void, but it looks he is also seeking the exit door with a move to Manchester United reportedly underway.

Ousmane Dembele (OVR 83 - POT 89)

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DECISION TIME - A decision on Dembele's future is likely to be made soon

Age: 23

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Position(s): RW, RM

Wage: £158,000 a week

Another Spanish club in financial difficulty, Barca may need to change tact and rest hopes on Ousmane Dembele, who has struggled since his arrival in Catalonia.

Despite playing 30 games last term, the Frenchman scored just six league goals and added only three assists, so the upcoming campaign may just be last chance saloon for him.

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