The 11 best FIFA 19 free agents you can’t afford to miss
Everyone loves a bargain, none more so than wheeler-dealer football managers. You’ll likely be wanting to seek out the best FIFA 19 free agents during the first season of Career Mode, then.
Come January 1, you can snap up some of the best and brightest stars on the planet for peanuts. Below, we’ll guide you through what is a pretty impressive world XI of players to pick up on freebies, from the best goalkeeper in the game to a certain firework-loving centre-forward…
David de Gea (GK)
Potential wage: £210,000
Need to know: Blimey. Poor virtual Ed Woodward. While he’s probably fretting away over whether to axe Jose Mourinho, he’s only gone and forgotten to agree terms with David bleedin’ De Gea.
You already know what a great talent the Spaniard is, but let’s illustrate it with numbers: a 91 rating (which can go even higher); 94 diving; 90 reflexes; 88 positioning. Sure, 210k per week is steep, but if you can afford him, you’ve got yourself the best No.1 on the planet.
Filipe Luis (LB)
Potential wage: £80,000
Need to know: Providing he doesn’t get sold by Atletico Madrid in the first transfer window, you’ll be able to get the perfect full-back stopgap in the Brazilian.
His all-round stats are still impressive at the age of 33 and, with his 86 stamina and 85 reactions, he’s showing no signs of slowing down either.
Vincent Kompany (CB)
Potential wage: £110,000
Need to know: If you’re willing to part with circa £3m in add-ons and bonuses, the Belgian who’s been so unfortunately dogged by injuries in recent years can be yours for just £110k a week.
While he carries the Injury Prone trait in-game, you’ll be able to get the most out of him (providing he can stay fit) as Kompany’s key defensive stats hover in the mid-to-high 80s even at the age of 32.
Diego Godin (CB)
Potential wage: £210,000
Need to know: What are Atletico playing at? You can take one half of Diego Simeone’s staunch back four out from under his nose (imagine the sneering!) – that is, if you can stomach Godin’s eye-watering wage demands.
In fairness, £210k per week will you net you the second-best centre-back in the game. He’s a force at both ends of the pitch, too, with his heading accuracy listed as an impressive 92.
Antonio Valencia (RB)
Potential wage: £92,000
Need to know: Perhaps not the best value for money, but Valencia can still be a worthy asset for Premier League teams (and beyond) looking to reach the next level.
While the Ecuadorian’s stats are likely to decline – a short-term deal is paramount – his none-too-shabby pace, crossing and dribbling ability still push him towards the upper echelons of full-backs who can be found in the game; free or otherwise.
Cesc Fabregas (CM)
Potential wage: £105,000
Need to know: While he’s a little on the slow side, Fabregas’s technical stats should mean he’ll be right at the top of your shopping list should you require a technical midfielder. Deadly from a set-piece with a Short Pass stat of 90, the Spaniard is perfect for tiki-taka teams on a (relative) budget.