If you are looking to save money in the transfer market on Football Manager, you need to be looking at contract expiry signings. These are players who are in the final six months of their contract, and you can negotiate a pre-contract agreement to sign them for free when their contract expires.
Here are the best players you can sign on contract expiry deals on FM18 at the end of 2019, the second season on the game.
Luis Suarez (CA 185 – PA 188)
Positions: ST, AM (RLC)
Best attributes: 19 determination, 19 natural fitness, 18 ambition
Value: £73 million
Wage: £401,000 a week
One of the best strikers in world football, but at the age of 30, you do wonder if Luis Suarez will receive a new Barcelona contract before the end of next season. The Uruguayan has banged in 141 goals in 182 games since joining Barca from Liverpool in 2014.
Suarez’s 185 current ability is just three off his 188 potential, with stats of 19 determination, 19 natural fitness and 18 ambition. His £401,000 a week wages could be a stumbling block, so you will need to make plenty of room in your wage budget to sign him.
David De Gea (CA 176 – PA 184)
Club: Manchester United
Best attributes: 19 temperament, 19 reflexes, 18 handling
Value: £52 million
Wage: £200,000 a week
The best goalkeeper in the world, and with his contract now in its final two years, could David De Gea finally leave Manchester United? Real Madrid have been incredibly keen on the 26-year-old for some time now, and the rumours of a move back to Spain will only go away If the ‘keeper signs a new contract.
De Gea has stats of 19 temperament, 19 reflexes and 18 handling, giving him a CA of 176 and PA of 184. His wages of £200,000 a week are expensive, but there is still a chance you could pull of an exceptional deal on a contract expiry agreement.
David Silva (CA 173 – PA 173)
Positions: M (CRL), AM (CRL)
Club: Manchester City
Best attributes: 19 flair, 19 creativity, 19 first touch
Value: £48 million
Wage: £160,000 a week
At the age of 31, we are perhaps seeing the best season in David Silva’s career, with the Spaniard flourishing in a slightly deeper role under Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Playing alongside fellow playmaker Kevin De Bruyne has freed up space for Silva, and his 11 assists so far this season could make it his most productive campaign.
The Spanish Silva has wages of £160,000 a week, which will get you his 173 current ability rating, which matches his potential. His best attributes include 19 flair, 19 creativity and 19 first touch.
Marco Reus (CA 170 – PA 171)
Positions: M (RL), AM (RLC), ST
Best attributes: 18 off the ball, 18 acceleration, 17 pressure
Value: £65 million
Wage: £171,000 a week
Seemingly enduring a never-ending injury nightmare, Marco Reus has been on and off the treatment table since 2014. He missed Germany’s World Cup win that year and has played just six games for his country since. The 28-year-old has now been linked with a move away from Borussia Dortmund, but can you snipe the 28-year-old first on FM 18?
The winger has a 170 CA on the game, which is just one off a 171 potential. Reus’s best stats include 18 off the ball, 18 acceleration and 17 pressure, but his wages are currently £171,000 a week.
Gerard Pique (CA 169 – PA 170)
Positions: D (C), SW
Best attributes: 18 important matches, 17 decisions, 17 pressure
Value: £52 million
Wage: £218,000 a week
At the age of 30, Gerard Pique remains among the best defenders in the world. The Barcelona centre back has won a Premier League title and a Champions League with Manchester United, before returning to Spain to claim six La Ligas, five Copa del Reys and three more Champions League crowns. Not only that, the centre back won World Cup and European Championship titles with the Spanish national team.
On FM, Pique offers stats of 18 important matches, 17 decisions and 17 pressure, giving him a 169 current ability score. This is just behind in 170 potential, which you can secure for wages of £218,000 a week.
Arturo Vidal (CA 167 – PA 176)
Positions: DM, M (C)
Best attributes: 20 aggression, 19 ambition, 18 tackling
Value: £52 million
Wage: £202,000 a week
One of the more likely exits on this list is Arturo Vidal. The Chilean defensive or central midfielder looks to be on his way out of Bayern Munich at the end of the season, and at the age of 30 there is still time for a club, possibly in the Premier League, to obtain one of the best in his position in the world.
Vidal’s wages of £202,000 a week will get you his 20 aggression, 19 ambition and 18 tackling which lead to a 167 current ability rating. This may have fallen from a 176 potential, but he's still a fantastic player.
Diego Godin (CA 166 – PA 169)
Positions: D (C)
Club: Atletico Madrid
Best attributes: 18 bravery, 18 heading, 17 decisions
Value: £39 million
Wage: £129,000 a week
Diego Godin was the cornerstone of Atletico Madrid’s incredible La Liga success in 2014. The 31-year-old centre back helped Atletico to become one of the best club’s in Europe, adding a Copa del Rey trophy, a Europa League and two UEFA Super Cups to his league title. Not only that, Godin has had success on the international stage, winning the Copa America in 2011 with Uruguay.
Godin’s 155 PA is just three off his 169 potential, with his best stats his 18 bravery, 18 heading and 17 decisions. The defender can be yours for wages of £129,000 a week.
Thibaut Courtois (CA 165 – PA 183)
Best attributes: 19 jumping, 18 important matches, 18 aerial ability
Value: £49 million
Wage: £100,000 a week
Another man who could be close to a club exit is Thibaut Courtois. With the 25-year-old proving he is one of the best goalkeeper’s in the Premier League with Chelsea in recent years, a move to Real Madrid could be on the cards. The Belgian international enjoyed a successful spell in the city with rivals Atletico for three years, and he very much sees Madrid as home.
Courtois offers stats of 19 jumping, 18 important matches and 18 aerial ability, leading to a CA of 165. This can improve to a potential of 183, so his wages of £100,000 a week are likely to increase.
Petr Cech (CA 165 – PA 182)
Country: Czech Republic
Best attributes: 19 adaptability, 18 aerial ability, 18 consistency
Value: £16 million
Wage: £110,000 a week
Thibaut Courtois took the goalkeeping reins at Chelsea from Petr Cech who has remained consistent since moving to Arsenal. Now 35, the Czech stopper may not have many years left, but with four Premier League successes, five FA Cups, three League Cups, a Champions League, a Europa League and the most clean sheets in Premier League history (199) he will go down as one of the greats.
Attributes of 19 adaptability, 18 aerial ability and 18 consistency give Cech a current ability rating of 165, 17 off his 182 PA. With the goalkeeper on the decline, you may be able to pick him up for wages less than his current £110,000 a week.
Sami Khedira (CA 165 – PA 167)
Positions: M (C), DM
Best attributes: 20 teamwork, 20 positioning, 18 professionalism
Value: £32 million
Wage: £127,000 a week
With Emre Can likely to join Juventus in the summer for free that would likely open the door for Germany teammate Sami Khedira to leave the club. The 30-year-old Khedira has enjoyed a successful career so far winning league titles in Germany, Spain and Italy as well as a Champions League and a World Cup.
The former Real Madrid central or defensive midfielder has a 165 CA on FM, which is just two behind his 167 PA. Khedira’s attributes of 20 teamwork, 20 positioning and 18 professionalism are highly impressive, and they can be yours for wages of £127,000 a week.
More 2019 contract expiry signings
|Dani Alves||34||D (R) WB (R) M (R) AM (R)||PSG||Brazil||164/ 174||£8m||£226k|
|Angel Di Maria||29||AM (RLC) M (L)||PSG||Argentina||161/ 174||£29m||£185k|
|Vincent Kompany||31||D (C) DM||Man City||Belgium||160/ 168||£42m||£150k|
|Samir Handanovic||33||GK||Inter Milan||Slovenia||160/ 164||£21m||£79k|
|Javier Mascherano||33||D (C) DM||Barcelona||Argentina||157/ 169||£20m||£181k|
|Sergi Roberto||25||M (C) D (R) DM WB (R)||Barcelona||Spain||157/ 166||£36m||£53k|
|Pedro||30||AM (RLC)||Chelsea||Spain||157/ 164||£52m||£99k|
|Jonas||33||ST AM (C)||SLB||Brazil||157/ 158||£8m||£49k|
|Daniele De Rossi||34||DM M (C)||Roma||Italy||156/ 177||£6m||£95k|
|Cesc Fabregas||30||M (C) AM (C)||Chelsea||Spain||156/ 174||£50m||£206k|
|Pepe||34||D (C)||Besiktas||Portugal||156/ 161||£1m||£86k|
|Filipe Luis||31||D (L) WB (L)||Atletico Madrid||Brazil||156/ 160||£18m||£81k|
|Jan Vertonghen||30||D (C) SW D (L)||Tottenham||Belgium||155/ 162||£31m||£89k|
|David Luiz||30||D (C) DM||Chelsea||Brazil||155/ 157||£34m||£125k|
|Jonny Evans||29||D (C)||West Brom||Northern Ireland||155/ 155||£38m||£65k|
|Arda Turan||30||AM (CRL) M (RL)||Barcelona||Turkey||154/ 166||£14m||£147k|
|Alessandro Florenzi||26||M (RC) D (R) WB (R) AM (R)||Roma||Italy||154/ 162||£25m||£54k|
|Sokratis Papastathopoulos||29||D (C)||Dortmund||Greece||154/ 154||£30m||£51k|
|Samir Nasri||30||AM (CRL) M (RLC)||Antalyaspor||France||153/ 165||£11m||£121k|
|Raul Garcia||31||AM (C) M (RC) ST||Athletic Bilbao||Spain||153/ 165||£16m||£99k|
|Kostas Manolas||26||D (C)||Roma||Greece||153/ 159||£22m||£57k|
|Daniel Sturridge||27||ST||Liverpool||England||153/ 158||£39m||£130k|
|Nicolas Pareja||33||D (C)||Sevilla||Argentina||153/ 155||£5m||£43k|
|Mario Gomez||32||ST||Wolfsburg||Germany||151/ 165||£15m||£103k|
|Suso||23||AM (RLC)||AC Milan||Spain||151/ 161||£21m||£32k|
|Javier Pastore||28||AM (C) M (LC) AM (L)||PSG||Argentina||151/ 159||£29m||£158k|
|James Milner||31||M (CRL) D (L) DM WB (L) AM (RL)||Liverpool||England||151/ 157||£22m||£140k|
|Anthony Martial||21||AM (L) ST||Man United||France||150/ <190||£33m||£110k|
|Angel Correa||22||AM (CL) ST||Atletico Madrid||Argentina||150/ 164||£16m||£32k|
|Danny Welbeck||26||AM (LR) ST||Arsenal||England||150/ 160||£33m||£125k|
|Lucas Moura||24||AM (R)||PSG||Brazil||151/ 156||£29m||£62k|
|Yacine Brahimi||27||AM (LRC)||FCP||Algeria||150/ 156||£13m||£40k|
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