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.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Piemonte Calcio (LW, ST)

Despite being 36-years-old, Cristiano Ronaldo continues to put in the performances required to be ranked as one of the best two players in world football today.

Even though Serie A slipped away from Juventus for the first time in almost a decade, it certainly wasn’t down to Ronaldo’s efforts. The star striker put up 36 goals in 44 games, with his importance highlighted by the fact that he and all other Juventus players were stopped from scoring in each of their six league losses.

According to a report from Eurosport, Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has requested a contract extension at the Allianz Stadium. However, with almost all Italian clubs looking to tighten their belts this season, meeting his wage demands may be a push, especially with Paulo Dybala’s contract also running out.

The Portuguese record-smasher is currently set to be available as a contract expiry signing in FIFA 22. Still, as was often seen in the last game, a player of Ronaldo’s prestige doesn’t always make it to January without a new deal.

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.

Raphaël Varane, Real Madrid (CB)

Over the last few years, Raphaël Varane has remained in the conversation for the best centre backs in the world, and now he’s entering his physical prime.

The 28-year-old has already amassed 79 caps and five goals for France, on top of 360 games for Real Madrid. Last season, thestalwart defender even donned the captain’s armband. However, even with Sergio Ramos moving to Paris, Varane has been overlooked by returning manager Carlo Ancelotti, who favours Marcelo as this season’s club captain.

Much of the talk surrounding Varane’s contract, at the time of writing, was mere tabloid speculation. Several outlets claimed that he had signed a deal for Manchester United – who had only officially signed Tom Heaton as of 17 July.

As the summer window closes before FIFA 22’s launch, this transfer tale could decide whether or not FIFA players will be able to make Varane a Bosman transfer. If he remains on Real Madrid’s books without signing a new deal, the Frenchman will certainly rank as one of the best contract expiry signings to pursue.

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

NameAgeOverallPotentialBosman Eligible?PositionValueWages (p/w)Team
Cristiano Ronaldo369292YesST, CF, LW, RW£56.7 million£198,000Piemonte Calcio (Juventus)
Kylian Mbappé229095YesST, LW, RW£167 million£144,000Paris Saint-Germain
Karim Benzema338989YesCF, ST£75.2 million£315,000Real Madrid
Paulo Dybala278788YesCAM, CF, LW, RW£85.5 million£144,000Piemonte Calcio (Juventus)
Leon Goretzka268788YesCM, CDM, CAM£85.1 million£117,000Bayern Munich
Ángel Di María338787YesLW, RW£56.7 million£144,000Paris Saint-Germain
Luis Suárez348787YesST£45.9 million£104,000Atlético Madrid
Paul Pogba288686YesCM, LM£64.8 million£171,000Manchester United
Daniel Carvajal298686YesRB£55.4 million£207,000Real Madrid
Raphaël Varane288587YesCB£51.8 million£180,000Real Madrid
Lorenzo Insigne308585YesLW, CF£47.7 million£108,000SSC Napoli
André Onana258488YesGK£43.2 million£16,000Ajax
Marcel Sabitzer278485YesCDM, CM, CAM£44.6 million£73,000RB Leipzig
Marcelo Brozovic288484YesCDM, CM£35.6 million£113,000Inter Milan
Ousmane Dembélé248389YesRW, LW, RM, LM£51.8 million£158,000FC Barcelona
Matthias Ginter278384YesCB£33.8 million£47,000Borussia Mönchengladbach
Jesús Corona288383YesRB, RM, RW£34.7 million£21,000FC Porto
Isco298383YesCM, CAM, LW£32.9 million£171,000Real Madrid
Sergi Roberto298383YesRB, RM, CM£29.7 million£158,000FC Barcelona
Niklas Süle258287YesCB, RB£37.4 million£63,000Bayern Munich
Alessio Romagnoli268285YesCB£32.4 million£42,000AC Milan
John Stones278285YesCB£32 million£117,000Manchester City
Antonio Rüdiger288284YesCB£29.3 million£90,000Chelsea
Andrej Kramaric308282YesCAM, ST£27.5 million£50,000TSG Hoffenheim
James Rodríguez308282YesCM, CAM, RW£27.5 million£104,000Everton
Alexandre Lacazette308282YesST£27.5 million£104,000Arsenal
Danny Ings288282YesST£29.7 million£74,000Southampton
Gareth Bale328282YesRM, RW£26.6 million£153,000Real Madrid
Juan Cuadrado338282YesRB, RM£18.9 million£77,000Piemonte Calcio (Juventus)
Denis Zakaria248187YesCB, CDM£33.8 million£34,000Borussia Mönchengladbach
Franck Kessié248185YesCDM, CM£30.2 million£35,000AC Milan
Andrea Belotti278182YesST£27.9 million£55,000Torino
James Tarkowski288182YesCB£23.4 million£57,000Burnley
Boubacar Kamara218086NoCB, CDM, CM£27 million£27,000Olympique Marseille
Andreas Christensen258085YesCB£26.1 million£67,000Chelsea
Jason Denayer268083YesCB£22.5 million£55,000Olympique Lyonnais
Serge Aurier288080YesRB£18.5 million£77,000Tottenham Hotspur
Corentin Tolisso268080YesCDM, CM£20.7 million£67,000Bayern Munich
Noussair Mazraoui237984YesRB, LB, CM£22.5 million£14,000Ajax
Lorenzo Pellegrini257983YesCDM, CM, CAM£22.5 million£44,000AS Roma
Tiemoué Bakayoko267981YesCDM, CM£18 million£69,000Chelsea
Remo Freuler297979YesCM£15.8 million£54,000Atalanta
Jesse Lingard287979YesLM, CAM£16.7 million£99,000Manchester United
Erik Lamela297979YesRM, CAM£15.8 million£86,000Tottenham Hotspur
Eduardo Camavinga187889NoCDM, CM£26.1 million£5,000Stade Rennais
Luiz Felipe247886YesCB£26.1 million£40,000SS Lazio
Dan-Axel Zagadou227885NoCB£23.9 million£32,000Borussia Dortmund
Patrick Bamford277879YesST£15.3 million£90,000Leeds United
Jannik Vestergaard287879YesCB£12.6 million£46,000Southampton
Pedri187791NoCM, LM, CAM£21.6 million£14,000FC Barcelona
Matteo Pessina247784YesCM, CAM, CF£18.9 million£39,000Atalanta
Jérémie Boga247783YesLM, LW£14.9 million£26,000US Sassuolo
Chancel Mbemba267782YesRB, CB£12.6 million£12,000FC Porto
Ansu Fati187690NoLW, RW, ST£15.3 million£22,000FC Barcelona
Odsonne Edouard237584YesST£11.3 million£40,000Celtic
Todd Cantwell237582YesLM£10.4 million£10,000Norwich City
Nikola Milenkovic237582YesRB, CB£9.5 million£31,000AFC Fiorentina
Eddie Nketiah227481NoST£7.7 million£43,000Arsenal
Ilaix Moriba187085NoCM£3.2 million£7,000FC Barcelona
The in-game values above are representative of 15 July FIFA 21 update. These will be updated when FIFA 22 launches later this year.

In the table of the best contract expiry signings above, you’ll also find several players on expiring contracts who don’t meet the requirements of a Bosman signing due to their age.

These players have been included because, as seen by Gianluigi Donnarumma this season, even the younger players can evade contracts from their own club to hit the free agency.

So, many of the players can be targeted as FIFA 22 contract expiry signings in the first January of a Career Mode, but all of them could slip through to the free agency of summer 2022.

Even if you suspect that the player won’t be available in January, let alone as a free agent, you can often leverage a lower transfer fee due to the player’s expiring contract. As such, there is value in knowing the potential contract expiry signings even if FIFA 22 is as stingy as FIFA 21.

What are contract expiry signings on FIFA 22?

Contract expiry signings on FIFA 22 are deals made between your Career Mode club and a player with less than one year left on their contract, agreeing that the player will sign for you when their contract expires.

In real-world football, these signings are permitted under the Bosman ruling, which applies to any player who’s 23 years of age or older. These negotiations can take place as early as January of the expiry year, being completed on the first day of July in most instances.

How do you sign pre-contracts on FIFA 22?

To sign pre-contracts in FIFA 22, you need to:

  1. Start a Career Mode with ‘Negotiation Strictness’ set to ‘Loose;’
  2. At the start of the season, go to the ‘Transfers’ tab and select ‘Search Players;’
  3. Search for the players that you want to target for pre-contracts and select ‘Shortlist in Transfer Hub;’
  4. On 1 January 2022, go to the ‘Transfer Hub’ from the ‘Transfers’ tab;
  5. On the ‘Shortlist,’ scroll down and press the Show Actions button on each player;
  6. The ones that can sign pre-contracts will show the ‘Approach to Sign’ option.

In all likelihood, though, you won’t be able to sign many pre-contracts in FIFA 22, so your best bet to mop up players without a transfer fee is to go to the free agency at the end of the season. To do this, you need to:

  • On 1 July 2022 of your Career Mode, select ‘Search Players’ from the ‘Transfers’ tab;
  • Go to ‘Transfer Status’ and switch the option to ‘Free Agents;’
  • Submit the search and see the results.

If you’re looking for some specific players in the free agency, it’s a good idea to search via ‘Player Name’ as the general free agents search offers minimal sorting functions.

How do you extend and renew contracts on FIFA 22?

To extend and renew contracts on FIFA 22, preventing your players from becoming contract expiry signings elsewhere, you need to:

  1. Go to the ‘Squad’ tab of your Career Mode and select ‘Squad Hub;’
  2. Scroll down the player list until you find the one that you want to give a new contract to;
  3. Select ‘Contract Negotiation’ to negotiate a new deal or ‘Delegate Renewal’ to renew the contract;

If you opt to enter into contract negotiations, you’ll perform the negotiation yourself. Delegating a renewal means that you’ll tell the assistant manager to try to land a contract within a range set by you.

Can you make a Bosman signing on FIFA 22?

Yes, you can make a Bosman signing on FIFA 22, but they’re more commonly termed as ‘contract expiry signings’ or ‘pre-contract signings.’  

As with Bosman transfers, on FIFA 22, you need to approach a player on an expiring contract in January of that year, offering them a contract to sign for you when their current deal ends at the start of the next transfer window.

However, it’s still quite rare that players don’t transfer or sign a new deal before the January of their expiring contract rolls around.

This page will be fully updated once FIFA 22 launches later this year.

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