FIFA 22 Career Mode: Best Contract Expiry Signings in 2023 (Second Season) and Free Agents

Plan ahead for the potential contract expiry signings of 2023 – it’s set to be loaded with the best players in the world right now.


In Career Mode, one of the best and most cost-effective ways of bringing in a new superstar has long been to make a contract expiry signing – or test your luck in the free agency.

In FIFA 22, the old ways aren’t quite as effective or prevalent, with the method and likelihood of making a contract expiry signing differing, as detailed on our 2022 Contract Expiry Signings page.


Here, we’re looking at the players whose contracts are set to expire in 2023, the second season of FIFA 22’s Career Mode, to see who you can target for a Bosman deal.

Lionel Messi, Paris Saint-Germain (RW, CF, ST)

All of the transfer talk leading up to this summer and for most of the closing weeks centred on Lionel Messi. As a free agent in the summer of 2021, he was willing to take a huge pay cut to stay with Barcelona, but so dire were the club’s finances that the league blocked the deal.

So, Messi moved on to one of the richest clubs in the world, Paris Saint-Germain. Signing a two-year deal to play up top alongside Kylian Mbappé and Neymar, the Argentine’s stay likely won’t go beyond 2023 – especially as he’s already 34-years-old.

At the time of writing, Messi has yet to make an impact in Paris – outside of giving a huge boost to merchandise sales – playing in three of the first nine games of the season without getting on the scoresheet. Still, his 38 goals and 14 assists during his final, disgruntled season at Camp Nou show that there’s more to come.


In Career Mode, Messi’s mighty overall rating of 93 doesn’t degrade too much over a couple of seasons, but given his wage demands and age, it’s possible for him to go unsigned up to the January of 2023. So, on the odd occassion, he could be a contract expiry signing in FIFA 22.

Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich (ST)

In a late twist to this summer’s transfer window, Robert Lewandowski announced that he wanted a new challenge elsewhere, but nothing materialised. It appears as though clubs were deterred by the £100 million price tag.

Still in Bavaria, Lewandowski is doing as he always has in the Bundesliga: score goals. Through the first eight games of the season alone, the Polish sharpshooter put away 11 goals – including two against Barcelona in the Champions League.


In FIFA 22, he enters as the game’s highest-rated striker at 92 overall. By the time 2023 rolls around in the game, he’ll be 34-years-old. So, there’s the off-chance that, if his overall rating declines by a fair few points, Lewandowski could become a prime contract expiry signing in Career Mode.

Jan Oblak, Atlético Madrid (GK)

Along with the highest-rated overall player and the highest-rated striker, FIFA 22’s highest-rated goalkeeper is also set to hit the open market in the summer of 2023. His efforts last season were pivotal in bringing the LaLiga crown to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, keeping 18 clean sheets and only allowing 25 goals to breach his coverage in 38 games.

At 28-years-old, Oblak can get even better – as noted in the game by his 93 potential rating – and has been wearing the captain’s armband this season. As would be assumed, the Slovenian is also his nation’s first-choice goalkeeper.

While his contract does expire in 2023, opening up the possibility of another team signing him on a Bosman deal or as a free agent that summer, he’s the kind of player that doesn’t usually go for free in FIFA 22. He’ll still be in his prime and likely with an even better overall rating, but you can always test your luck to try and lure in Oblak as a contract expiry signing.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United (LW, ST)

The 2021 summer window saw the consensus best two footballers in the world switch clubs, with Messi starting a new challenge in France and Cristiano Ronaldo returning to the club that made him a global superstar. Of course, this Manchester United team is very different to the one that he left in 2009.

Still, he’s back in the ultra-competitive Premier League following spells with dominant forces of Spain and Italy, but has still managed to be the difference-maker. His first five games yielded four goals, even if not all of the results went as he would have liked.

Being 36-years-old at the start of the game, with his contract expiring in 2023, Ronaldo looks to be a prime contract expiry signing candidate in FIFA 22. His overall will trickle down, perhaps to the mid-80s, which could see the Red Devils release the club legend. Even so, he’d make for a great signing for any club.

N’Golo Kanté, Chelsea (CDM, CM)

Widely accredited as being the best defensive midfielder in the world right now, and certainly among the best in the modern era, N’Golo Kanté continues to utilise his 5’6’’ frame and seemingly bottomless tank to guard the Chelsea backline and cut out opposition attacks.

Somewhat worryingly for the winner of the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup, UEFA Supercup, and World Cup, manager Thomas Tuchel habitually subbed Kanté out at half-time or the hour-mark throughout the early season.

FIFA 22 finally gave the diminutive Frenchman a worthy overall rating of 90, which should see him used more for the in-game Chelsea than in real life. So, don’t expect his key attributes in movement and mentality to dip much, and for the Blues to, more often than not, tie him down to a new deal before he can become a contract expiry signing.

Manuel Neuer, Bayern Munich (GK)

Already a legendary goalkeeper, boasting over 100 caps for his country, while still manning the crease for the perennial Bundesliga champions, Manuel Neuer is also still highly-rated in Career Mode. He’s 35-years-old now, but goalkeepers tend to boast more longevity than their outfield peers.

Only just behind Oblak in terms of overall rating, with Neuer’s at 90, the German’s goalkeeping ratings remain in the high-80s. Due to his age, the Gelsenkirchen-born goalie might just be allowed to slip towards the free agency in FIFA 22 if the in-game version demands excessive wages that don’t match his valuation.

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool (RW)

With 131 goals and 49 assists in 210 games to date, it seems like a given that Mohamed Salah will go down as one of Liverpool’s greatest players of the Premier League era. Now in his prime at 29-years-old, there may be more yet to come from the Egyptian in the remaining two years of his contract.

The crafty winger managed to score 31 goals in 51 games for the battered and beaten Reds last season. To help reassert the Anfield residents as title contenders again, Salah’s been going all-out to start the campaign, netting six goals in the first seven games.

In FIFA 22, Liverpool’s front line is still stacked, with Salah being the star of the show. His 89 overall rating is on-par with fellow 29-year-old Sadio Mané, as are his specialities, but Salah’s 91 finishing just edges the contest. If he manages to get to the contract expiry signing window, Salah would be a top target.

All of the best contract expiry signings in FIFA 22 (second season)

NameAgeOverallPotentialBosman Eligible?PositionValueWageTeam
Lionel Messi   349393YesRW, ST, CF£67.1 million£275,000Paris Saint-Germain
Robert Lewandowski329292YesST£102.8 million£232,000FC Bayern Munich
Jan Oblak289193YesGK£96.3 million£112,000Atlético de Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo  369191YesST, LW£38.7 million£232,000Manchester United
N’Golo Kanté309090YesCDM, CM£86 million£198,000Chelsea
Manuel Neuer 359090YesGK£11.6 million£74,000FC Bayern Munich
Mohamed Salah 298989YesRW£86.9 million£232,000Liverpool
Sadio Mané298989YesLW£86.9 million£232,000Liverpool
Karim Benzema338989YesCF, ST£56.8 million£301,000Real Madrid CF
Raheem Sterling268889YesLW, RW£92.5 million£249,000Manchester City
Toni Kroos318888YesCM£64.5 million£267,000Real Madrid CF
Sergio Ramos 358888YesCB£20.6 million£99,000Paris Saint-Germain
Thomas Müller318787YesCAM, RM, RW£56.8 million£120,000FC Bayern Munich
Sergio Agüero 338787YesST£43.9 million£224,000FC Barcelona
Milan Škriniar268688YesCB£63.6 million£129,000Inter
Kingsley Coman   258687YesLM, RM, LW£69.7 million£103,000FC Bayern Munich
Jamie Vardy348686YesST£28.4 million£155,000Leicester City
Riyad Mahrez308686YesRW, RM£56.3 million£189,000Manchester City
Kalidou Koulibaly308686YesCB£47.7 million£90,000Napoli
Sergio Busquets  328686YesCDM, CM£38.7 million£172,000FC Barcelona
Giorgio Chiellini368686YesCB£10.3 million£76,000Juventus
Marcus Rashford238589YesLM, ST£66.7 million£129,000Manchester United
Lautaro Martínez 238589YesST£67.1 million£125,000Inter
Serge Gnabry   258586YesRM, LM, RW£55.5 million£95,000FC Bayern Munich
Jorginho  298585YesCDM£45.2 million£146,000Chelsea
Memphis Depay 278586YesCF, LW, CAM£54.2 million£189,000FC Barcelona
Roberto Firmino 298585YesCF£46.4 million£159,000Liverpool
Stefan de Vrij298585YesCB£38.7 million£125,000Inter
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang328585YesST, LW, LM£37.4 million£125,000Arsenal
Marco Reus328585YesCAM, CF£37 million£82,000Borussia Dortmund
İlkay Gündoğan308585YesCM, CDM£44.3 million£159,000Manchester City
Yann Sommer328585YesGK£22.8 million£34,000Borussia Mönchengladbach
Kasper Schmeichel348585YesGK£7.7 million£99,000Leicester City
Nabil Fekir278484YesCAM, RM, ST£38.7 million£36,000Real Betis Balompié
Youri Tielemans248487YesCM, CDM£49 million£108,000Leicester City
Ricardo Pereira  278484YesRB, RM£34.8 million£112,000Leicester City
R. Guerreiro  278484YesLB, LM£34.8 million£68,000Borussia Dortmund
Filip Kostić288484YesLM, LWB£36.6 million£45,000Eintracht Frankfurt
Luke Shaw258486YesLB£41.7 million£120,000Manchester United
Lucas Digne278484YesLB£34.8 million£95,000Everton
David De Gea 308484YesGK£24.1 million£103,000Manchester United
Iago Aspas  338484YesST, RW£23.2 million£40,000RC Celta de Vigo
Houssem Aouar238186YesCM, CAM£33.1 million£56,000Olympique Lyonnaise
Dusan Vlahovic217885YesST£24.9 million£37,000Fiorentina
Marcus Thuram237985YesLM, ST£23.7 million£25,000Borussia Mönchengladbach
Ryan Gravenberch197890NoCM, CDM£28.4 million£9,000Ajax
Renato Sanches238086YesCM, RM£28.4 million£33,000LOSC Lille
Rayan Cherki187388NoRW, LW£6 million£8,000Olympique Lyonnaise
Daichi Kamada247982YesCAM, CF£20.6 million£25,000Eintracht Frankfurt

See if you can sign one of these elite talents as a contract expiry signing in FIFA 22, or even as a free agent if they look to test the open market in Career Mode.

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