The 11 best free agents in FIFA 18
Did you know that some of FIFA 18’s best players can be signed for absolutely nothing? It’s simple - seek out the players with expiring contracts in Career Mode and add them to your shortlist. Then, six months before they expire, approach to sign them. With any luck, you’ll wrestle them away from their current clubs for a grand total of £0.
It’s not always that easy, of course. Players will often command vast wages that far exceed your team’s financial boundaries. With that in mind, we’ve picked out a selection of pre-contract frees that should prove both affordable (mostly) and highly-effective in FIFA 18’s Career Mode.
1. Bernd Leno (GK)
Potential wage: £80,000
Need to know: The 85-rated German international Bernd Leno will come at a cost, but he’s worth the outlay. Demanding around £80k in wages, the Leverkusen shot-stopper offers excellent potential, sporting the ability to reach an 88 overall rating in time. For now, you can benefit from his 85 positioning, 85 diving, 84 handling and 83 reflexes, emerging as one of the top keepers in all of FIFA 18.
2. Ander Capa (RB)
Potential wage: £30,000
Need to know: In real life, SD Eibar’s Ander Capa Rodriguez recently signed a four-year deal to join Atletico Bilbao in the summer of 2018. This is has yet to be replicated in EA Sports’ new game, so be sure to snap up this talented right-back while you can. Benefiting from 91 stamina, 87 sprint speed and 86 balance, Capa’s potential far exceeds his current rating of 78.
3. Faouzi Ghoulam (LB)
Potential wage: £75,000
Need to know: Highly rated Algerian defender Faouzi Ghoulam has made quite the impression at Serie A side Napoli over the past few years. Packing a potential rating of around 82, you can take advantage of his power, pace and defensive skill, as well as a high work rate combined with superb stamina. The defender has been linked with an array of high-profile clubs - make sure you get in there first!
4. Jose Maria Gimenez (CB)
Potential wage: £75,000
Need to know: Despite notching up over 30 caps for Uruguay, Atletico Madrid defender Jose Maria Gimenez remains only 22 years of age. He’s blessed with fantastic in-game potential as a result, with the ability to increase his 83 overall rating to around 87 in future seasons. For now, he’ll grant you excellent jumping, strength and defensive stats, and will emerge as a true world-beater in years to come.