FIFA 22 Contract Expiry Signings 2026: World beaters available in fifth season

If you're searching for free deals to be made in 2026, you've done well to grind through Career Mode!

So long as the players have remained at their clubs you should be able to snap up any of these potential superstars.

Find out if the grind was worth it and discover who you can get on a contract expiry in 2026 on FIFA 22 below.

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.

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.

TOP TIP: You can assign your scout to focus players who are nearing their contract expiry.

Gianluigi Donnarumma (OVR 89 - POT 93)

Age: 22

Position(s): GK

Club: PSG

Wage: £95,000 a week

Gianluigi Donnarumma received a massive upgrade on FIFA 22, which made him not just one of the best young goalkeepers on the game, but straight up one of the best.

He has the potential to be one of the outright best players on the game and will be in his prime when you're able to sign him for free.

Frenkie de Jong (OVR 87 - POT 92)

Age: 24

Position(s): CM, CDM, CB

Club: Barcelona

Wage: £181,000 a week

Barcelona may end up offloading him in real life due to their £1 billion debt catastrophe, but for now, he's locked in there.

A talent going forward and creating, as well as defending in and around his own box, Frenkie de Jong is a real box-to-box player.

Make sure you sign the right de Jong - it's Frenkie you want, NOT Luuk!

Joao Felix (OVR 83 - POT 91)

Age: 21

Position(s): CF, ST

Club: Atletico Madrid

Wage: £52,000 a week

The Atletico Madrid youngster hasn't yet lived up to the price tag, but there is no doubting he is talented.

After a few seasons, he will have matured into quite the player, and will still be improving.

He will be one of the best strikers in the game at this point, so getting him for free would be quite the move.

Pedri (OVR 81 - POT 91)

Age: 18

Position(s): CM

Club: Barcelona

Wage: £44,000 a week

Another Barca player, Pedri looks to be the future not just for the club, but his national Spain side too.

Already a top talent at 18, he will keep getting better and better, becoming one of the best players in the game.

Mike Maignan (OVR 85 - POT 90)

Age: 25

Position(s): GK

Club: AC Milan

Wage: £42,000 a week

The man AC Milan brought in to replace the PSG-bound Donnarumma, Mike Maignan has been bumped into the 90 POT club in a recent squad update.

He will be hitting 30, so can still offer quite a few seasons in his prime.

Florian Wirtz (OVR 82 - POT 90)

Age: 18

Position(s): CAM, CM

Club: Bayer Leverkusen

Wage: £21,000 a week

A potential superstar in the making, the German is already contributing with goals and assists in the Bundesliga for Bayer Leverkusen.

By the time you can get him for free he will be well on the way to reaching his potential 90 OVR rating.

Jadon Sancho (OVR 85 - POT 89)

Age: 21

Position(s): LM, RM

Club: Manchester United

Wage: £112,000 a week

Jadon Sancho enjoyed another impressive season with a total of 20 goal involvements in the Bundesliga, before returning to England with Manchester United.

We haven't seen the best of him in the Premier League yet, but surely it is just a matter of time for the young Englishman.

Achraf Hakimi (OVR 85 - POT 89)

Age: 22

Position(s): RB, RWB

Club: PSG

Wage: £86,000 a week

Achraf Hakimi helped Inter Milan to the Serie A title before a move to PSG.

He will be first-choice right-back for most people due to his phenomenal 95 PAC.

Dayot Upamecano (OVR 82 - POT 88)

Age: 22

Position(s): CB

Club: Bayern Munich

Wage: £60,000 a week

One of Bayern Munich's summer steals from RB Leipzig, Dayot Upamecano's potential will make him the second-best CB around, only behind Rueben Dias.

Due to his pace and physicality, he will probably be the preferred option over the Manchester City man.

Edmond Tapsoba (OVR 80 - POT 87)

Age: 22

Position(s): CB

Club: Bayer Leverkusen

Wage: £40,000 a week

This guy will be getting into most teams starting line-ups after a few seasons of play.

Pacey and tall, with the added bonus that he has decent agility so he isn't too cumbersome.

His defending stats are already great, so you will be getting a real player in your squad.

Free Players Sooner!

Ok, not everyone will be wanting to wait until 2026 to get free talent, so why not check out who is available nearer the start of your save?

Kylian Mbappe is going to be available after your first season, with his contract expiring in 2022, so don't miss out on that great deal!

The two GOATs are free agents the season after, so you could bring Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to your club when their contracts expire in 2023.

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