FIFA 22 Career Mode: Best Contract Expiry Signings in 2022 (First Season) and Free Agents

Check out all of the players available for free at the end of the first season on FIFA 22’s Career Mode, which includes Kylian Mbappé and Cristiano Ronaldo.

As has certainly been shown by Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona this summer, you can get some excellent players free of charge nowadays.

In the FIFA series, making contract expiry signings on Bosman transfers has long been a great way to get ahead, even if the last edition upped the mid-season contract renewal rate.

Here, we’re going through the best FIFA 22 contract expiry signings for the first season in the game, as well as those who have expiring contracts but can’t be brought in on a Bosman transfer.

Kylian Mbappé, Paris Saint-Germain (LW, ST)

Following in the footsteps of the likes of Ronaldinho, Wayne Rooney, and Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé has become the face of EA Sports’ football franchise.

Turning 23-years-old on 20 December 2021, Mbappé will just be old enough to qualify for a Bosman transfer by the time the January 2022 window opens in real life and in FIFA 22.

Last season, the young Parisian added to his legacy, becoming PSG’s go-to goalscorer with 42 goals and 11 assists in 47 games. While he didn’t get on the scoresheet at Euro 2020, he’s still widely considered to be the heir apparent to the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

At the time of writing, the only details to emerge concerning Mbappé’s contract situation appeared to be rumours. Some sources, such as L’Equipe, claim that he’ll just see out his contract at PSG and test the market as a free agent in the summer of 2022.

In FIFA 22, he will likely command a significant pay bump given his overall rating. So, even Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund may be unable to strike a new deal before other teams swoop in and make Mbappé a contract expiry signing.

Ousmane Dembélé, FC Barcelona (RM, RW)

At 24-years-old and with a tremendous potential rating to grow into, let alone a decent overall rating, Ousmane Dembélé is a prime target for a contract expiry signing in FIFA 22.

Having signed from Borussia Dortmund for a massive £121.5 million – in the wake of the Neymar sale – it’d be fair to say that the Frenchman’s ascendency at Camp Nou has been a slow burner. Regularly hampered by injury, Dembélé’s Barça record read 30 goals and 21 assists from 2017 to 2021.

Per Mundo Deportivo, Dembélé’s agents were to meet with the Barcelona hierarchy in the week starting 19 July. The source details that they want to keep the Frenchman on board as he’s a key piece of their future plans. That said, him missing four months after surgery won’t help his appeal for a decent contract.

As a young, highly-rated winger with a high potential rating, FIFA 22’s Barcelona will likely try to re-sign Dembélé before January comes around. That said, if he picks up another injury in-game, negotiations could be delayed, and he could become one of the best contract expiry signings.

Paulo Dybala, Piemonte Calcio (CAM, CF)

He may not be the big-name at Juventus, but Paulo Dybala is certainly still considered to be among the best players in Serie A, particularly when it comes to centre forwards.

A ligament injury put a huge speed bump in the middle of the Argentine’s season, resulting in him only scoring four goals in 20 league games. A better reflection of his talents was presented in the season prior, when Dybala netted 11 goals and 11 assists in 33 appearances.

Reports have been swirling for months that the forward has already confirmed his desire to stay, and even that he’ll become one of the highest-paid players in the league. What has been established, however, is that Bianconeri have been working on an extension since before the end of last season.

Should he not get a contract by the time that FIFA 22 launches on 1 October, in-game Juventus (Piemonte Calcio) could be short on funds if they prioritise other re-signings. As it stands, Ronaldo, Dybala, Juan Cuadrado, and Federico Bernardeschi will become potential contract expiry signings in the first season.

Leon Goretzka, Bayern Munich (CDM, CM)

An unsung hero of Bayern Munich’s continued dominance over the last few years, Leon Goretzka has cemented himself as a trusted central midfielder for club and country.

Goretzka continues to put up solid statistics in all facets of the game, from defending to attacking, passing to scoring. Last season, en route to another Bundesliga title and the UEFA Supercup, he scored eight goals and set up nine more. In the league, the German’s 1.8 interceptions, 1.5 tackles, and 1.8 shots per game showcased his two-way play.

On 1 July, the 20-year, incredibly successful reign of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge came to a close, with Oliver Kahn stepping into the CEO role for the Bavarian club. As detailed by Goal, the legendary German goalkeeper hasn’t wasted any time in getting contracts under control, stating that contract talks with Goretzka have been “very good.”

The central midfielder is a core part of the Bayern Munich set-up and is still only 26-years-old. So, if he doesn’t get re-signed before the launch of FIFA 22, it could take a lucky playthrough for the Bochum-native to be available as a Bosman signing.

André Onana, Ajax (GK)

If there’s one country in Africa that can be pointed to as a regular producer of classy goalkeepers, it’s Cameroon. Joseph-Antoine Bell and Thomas N’Kono headline the greats, with Carlos Kameni also proving himself an admirable netminder for the African nation. Next in line, it seems, is André Onana.

Having made waves in the Eto’o Academy to earn a move to the Barça youth set-up, Onana leapt at the chance to play first-team football for Ajax in 2015. Since his move, the now 25-year-old has kept 83 clean sheets in 204 games, conceding only 180 to date.

Onana is currently running on a deal that was struck in March 2019, which will see him through to the summer window of 2022. While many clubs are said to be in pursuit of the 6’2’’ goalie, NOS has reported that Onana’s agent is in talks with Olympique Lyonnais, who appear to be looking to replace Anthony Lopes after his 44 goals against, 11 clean sheets effort in 2020/21.

In the last game, Onana boasted a mighty 88 potential rating, clocking in with a value of £43.2 million. However, due to a doping ban, he should miss out until 4 November. So, he could become a FIFA 22 contract expiry signing if the reigning Dutch champions find a new hot-hand to keep the crease.

Paul Pogba, Manchester United (CM, LM)

Whenever he pulls on the strip of Les Bleus, Paul Pogba demonstrates exactly why so many rate him among the best playmaking midfielders in the world, firing inch-perfect through balls to French forwards.

Be it due to the weaker team around him or being in a league that doesn’t permit much space in the middle of the park, Pogba’s showings for Manchester United have been somewhat inconsistent. Injuries to him and forward options who would flourish with the Frenchman’s service haven’t helped, either.

Now, Pogba’s in the last year of his contract, and has the infamous Mino Raiola in his corner. With a truly world-class striker and more options around him, Pogba put up seven assists in five Premier League games to start the season – eclipsing his record of last season already. So, he’s certainly lining up a hefty payday in his contract year.

Ángel Di María, Paris Saint-Germain (LW, RW)

Despite being hailed by his peers as one of the best creative wingers to play alongside, Ángel Di María has had such a high-tier of club association throughout his career that he’s rarely featured as the star of the show.

The 33-year-old Argentine now finds himself in a swollen Paris Saint-Germain attacking corps – one that boasts Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé, and Neymar. So, at least in a simulation game, Di María looks likely to hit the open market in the summer of 2022.

In real life, this may be decided by Mbappé’s decision, and if signs somewhere on a Bosman deal or as a free agent, with a short-term contract perhaps floated to Di María to bridge the transition for a season or two. Even if this is the case, he’ll undoubtedly provide at least one direct goal contribution every other game.

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

NameAgeOverallPotentialBosman Eligible?PositionValueWages (p/w)Team
Kylian Mbappé229195YesST, LW, RW£166.5 million£195,000Paris Saint-Germain
Paulo Dybala278788YesCAM, CF, LW, RW£87 million£135,000Piemonte Calcio (Juventus)
Leon Goretzka268788YesCM, CDM, CAM£80 million£120,000Bayern Munich
Ángel Di María338787YesLW, RW£42.5 million£140,000Paris Saint-Germain
Luis Suárez348888YesST£38 million£115,000Atlético Madrid
Paul Pogba288787YesCM, LM£68.8 million£185,000Manchester United
Luka Modrić358787YesCM£27.5 million£160,000Real Madrid
Hugo Lloris348787YesGK£11.6 million£100,000Tottenham Hotspur
Lorenzo Insigne308686YesLW, CF£56.5 million£105,000SSC Napoli
André Onana258488YesGK£43.2 million£16,000Ajax
Marcelo Brozovic288484YesCDM, CM£32 million£115,000Inter Milan
Ousmane Dembélé248388YesRW, LW, RM, LM£47 million£140,000FC Barcelona
Matthias Ginter278484YesCB£36.5 million£38,500Borussia Mönchengladbach
Edinson Cavani348585YesST£20 million£160,000Manchester United
Thiago Silva368585YesCB£7.5 million£85,000Chelsea
Mats Hummels328686YesCB£35 million£80,000Borussia Dortmund
David Silva358585YesCAM, CM£16 million£35,000Real Sociedad
Samir Handanovič368686YesGK£6 million£60,000Inter Milan
Jesús Corona288282YesRB, RM, RW£26.5 million£18,500FC Porto
Isco298282YesCM, CAM, LW£25.5 million£150,000Real Madrid
Sergi Roberto298181YesRB, RM, CM£19.5 million£120,000FC Barcelona
Niklas Süle258287YesCB, RB£34.5 million£67,000Bayern Munich
Alessio Romagnoli268285YesCB£27 million£42,500AC Milan
Antonio Rüdiger288384YesCB£29.5 million£115,000Chelsea
Andrej Kramaric308383YesCAM, ST£30.5 million£50,000TSG Hoffenheim
Alexandre Lacazette308282YesST£25.5 million£95,000Arsenal
Gareth Bale328282YesRM, RW£21.5 million£145,000Real Madrid
Juan Cuadrado338383YesRB, RM£16.5 million£81,000Piemonte Calcio (Juventus)
Denis Zakaria248086YesCB, CDM£26.5 million£24,000Borussia Mönchengladbach
Franck Kessié248486YesCDM, CM£42.5 million£43,500AC Milan
Andrea Belotti278182YesST£26 million£52,000Torino
James Tarkowski288182YesCB£21 million£39,500Burnley
Boubacar Kamara218086NoCB, CDM, CM£27 million£26,000Olympique Marseille
Andreas Christensen258085YesCB£24 million£81,000Chelsea
Jason Denayer268083YesCB£21 million£55,000Olympique Lyonnais
Corentin Tolisso268080YesCDM, CM£21 million£66,000Bayern Munich
Noussair Mazraoui238084YesRB, LB, CM£25.5 million£14,500Ajax
Lorenzo Pellegrini258183YesCDM, CM, CAM£32.5 million£52,000AS Roma
Remo Freuler298080YesCM£17.5 million£50,000Atalanta
Jesse Lingard287979YesLM, CAM£15 million£98,000Manchester United
Luiz Felipe247886YesCB£22.5 million£37,500SS Lazio
Dan-Axel Zagadou227885NoCB£17.5 million£35,500Borussia Dortmund
Pedri188192NoCM, LM, CAM£46.5 million£43,500FC Barcelona
Jérémie Boga247783YesLM, LW£14.5 million£27,000US Sassuolo
Chancel Mbemba267982YesRB, CB£17.5 million£13,500FC Porto
Ansu Fati187690NoLW, RW, ST£15 million£38,000FC Barcelona
Todd Cantwell237582YesLM£9.5 million£24,000Norwich City
Eddie Nketiah227481NoST£7.5 million£48,000Arsenal

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