FIFA 20 career mode contract expiry in 2021: 11 unmissable free agents

FIFA 20 contracts expiring 2021 free agents

Get them while you can: these experienced free agents can take your career mode team to new heights – if you can afford them...

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Of course you want to save some money in the transfer market. The good news is that there are plenty of FIFA 20 free agents you can snap up in career mode by January, without having to fork out an eye-watering fee for. That's all thanks to deals expiring in the summer of 2020 in your first season. 

This year, the out-of-contract corps include a World Cup-winning captain, one of the Premier League's greatest ever talents, and the most recent winner of the Ballon d'Or. Need we continue with more? 

All you need to do to sign them (aside from bucketloads of spare money for wages, we hasten to add) is add them to your transfer hub. You can negotiate through the menus from there on January 1…

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David de Gea (GK)

David de GEa FIFA 20

Potential wage: £170,000

Need to know: Don't worry, United fans: Ed Woodward hasn't pulled a fast one and snatched away the Spaniard's contract. The cut-off point for FIFA 20's data fell after De Gea signed on the dotted line in mid-September.

A wage of £170,000 per week, plus a smattering of clean sheet and signing bonuses, should get your man. He may not be the undisputed No.1 in FIFA anymore, but he's still one of the best keepers in the game.

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Keylor Navas (GK)

Keylor Navas FIFA 20

Potential wage: £130,000

Need to know: Another victim of late dealings, the current PSG goalkeeper is still available as a free agent in career mode as of writing – though that may change in later squad updates.

It's a good thing, too: Navas's Reflexes and Diving are both at 90, while his Positioning (82) and Handling (81) are both solid. He's the cheaper of the two best free agent shot-stoppers, so keep that in mind if your budget is tight.

Sergio Ramos (CB)

Sergio Ramos FIFA 20

Potential wage: £190,000

Need to know: Ramos was seemingly itching for a way out of the Bernabeu in the summer, though never got his wish. You can sign him up in 2020, but may decide that the outlay (£190,000 and millions in bonuses) isn't worth it for a 33-year-old centre-back. Counter-point: he is a massive s***house. Every team needs one of those.

Giorgio Chiellini (CB)

Giorgio Chiellini FIFA 20

Potential wage: £170,000

Need to know: The Piemonte Calcio (Juventus) defender may be 35, but his abilities aren't on the wane just yet. Thankfully, that's also reflected in-game, as the likes of a 91 Standing Tackle rating and 90 Slide Tackling can stop the majority of attackers without the Italian breaking sweat. Couple that with 91 Aggression and 89 Jumping, and you still have one of the best centre-backs on your books in the short term – all for a relative pittance.

Jan Vertonghen (CB)

Jan Vertonghen FIFA 20

Potential wage: £120,000

Need to know: Both Vertonghen and fellow Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld are out of contract in summer 2020 – but netting the latter is a far harder proposition with Manchester City sniffing around him in career mode from the very beginning. 

Instead, aim for Vertonghen. Both have the same overall rating, but Vertonghen is superior in the Slide Tackling department, as well as being a stronger jumper. His agent often shirks a serious negotiation too, and often lets you sign him up for less than his current £125,000 wage. Don’t mind if we do. 

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Alex Sandro (LB)

Alex Sandro FIFA 20

Potential wage: £135,000

Need to know: Finally, a full-back. The Brazilian will slot into most defences straight off the bat thanks to his outstanding defensive qualities (84 ratings for both Standing and Sliding Tackles), plus all the attributes a modern full-back needs: 84 Crossing, 80 Dribbling and 85 Sprint Speed.

Fernandinho (CDM)

Fernandinho FIFA 20

Potential wage: £200,000

Need to know: The Manchester City lynchpin was previously the glue that held Pep Guardiola's record-breaking side together. You can pry him away from the Etihad in January, however, if you're a foreign club with cash to burn.

Despite the likelihood of Fernandinho regressing to 86 Overall by the time you sit down for talks in January, he's still well worth a punt. 89 Interceptions and 87 Marking should see him perform ably in a defensive midfield role – even if you'll have to stump up some serious cash to get him.

Luka Modric (CM)

Luka Modric FIFA 20

Potential wage: £300,000

Need to know: The reigning Ballon d'Or winner is by far the most expensive free agent you can pick up at the end of the 2019/2020 season, thanks to his in-game agent generally wanting an improvement on his heaving £290,000-per-week wages. 

Yet a glance at his stats suggests the outlay may be worth it, even if you may have to cut costs elsewhere: Short Passing (92), Long Passing (88) and Dribbling (87) all ranking high means the 34-year-old hasn't lost a step.

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Christian Eriksen (CAM)

Christian Eriksen FIFA 20

Potential wage: £180,000

Need to know: The great Dane is one of three Tottenham regulars who could leave for nothing at the end of the season.

Eriksen is perhaps the most essential buy on this list. He may have already grown to 89 Overall by the time you sit down for talks in January, and he doesn't have the potential red flag of being over 32 which usually slows players down in FIFA's career mode.

David Silva (CAM)

David Silva FIFA 20

Potential wage: £190,000

Need to know: The Manchester City mainstay has already let it be known that this season will be his last at the Etihad. His real-life destination remains to be seen (Miami is mooted), though you can swoop in when January comes on FIFA to snag the mercurial Spaniard.

Silva is already on a downward curve on career mode – his overall rating dropping from 88 to 87 after a few months – so a short-term contract should be a priority. He's still marked out as one of the game's best creative midfielders, however, and can unlock many a defence even as he approaches his mid-30s.

Edinson Cavani (ST)

Edinson Cavani FIFA 20

Potential wage: £180,000

Need to know: With Dries Mertens likely being bought for big money in the first transfer window in career mode, Cavani is the only elite striker available as a free agent if you're looking to bolster your attacking line-up in the second season. £180,000 should get him, though his agent is open to haggling.

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