If you want to try to sign players with high overall ratings in Career Mode but don’t quite have enough for the transfer fee, you can chance it and try to sign them as a contract expiry signing. Alternatively, you can see which players filter down to the free agency.
In FIFA 23, seasoned gamers of the franchise won’t find as much joy as they used to with the old Bosman signing method, as shown in this 2023 Contract Expiry Signings guide, but there’s always a chance that some players could become contract expiry signings.
So, we’re taking a look at the best players who are set to see their contracts expire in 2024, the third season of Career Mode in FIFA 23, as you might be able to get them as contract expiry signings.
Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur (ST)
It’s been well reported that Harry Kane wants out of Tottenham Hotspur. The consensus is that last season, chairman Daniel Levy made a “gentleman’s agreement” with the England striker that if he stayed for another year, he’d be allowed to leave in the summer of 2021. However, Spurs rejected all bids that came in for Kane.
By the time the second season rolls around in FIFA 23, Kane will be 30-years-old and just at the end of his prime. That said, his 89 overall rating shouldn’t have faded by much, and his 94 finishing and 91 shot power will likely be intact. If the striker holds out on a deal, as the Englishman is expected to in real life, he’d make for one of the best contract expiry signings in 2024.
When Real Madrid decided that they were done with Costa Rica’s World Cup hero goalie, Paris Saint-Germain were more than happy to bring him to France. Since then, Keylor Navas has kept 49 clean sheets by the 106-game mark, and even managed to keep new signing Gianluigi Donnarumma out of the net through the early stages of last season.
Still a mighty 88-overall GK at the start of FIFA 23, Navas can easily be a first-choice goalie anywhere. However, as Donnarumma has an 92 potential rating, the Costa Rican will rarely play in-game, which will see his 88 overall quickly sink at the age of 35. Still, he may make for a decent back-up goalie in the low-80s, and could be left to hit the open market provided that he doesn’t retire beforehand.
Marquinhos, Paris Saint-Germain (CB)
Once the wonderkid centre back who PSG snapped up from AS Roma for some £30 million, Marquinhos is very much fulfilling his potential. The club captain continues to be a rock at the back, and this season, he’ll even have veteran Sergio Ramos by his side. The São Paulo-native has already won Ligue 1 seven times, the Coupe de France, and the Coupe de la Ligue six times each, as well as the Copa América with Brazil.
Valued at £78 million with an 88 overall rating, Marquinhos is certainly one of the best CBs in FIFA 23, and will still be in his prime for the position when he becomes a potential contract expiry signing in 2024. He should be an even better player by the third season, too, as the Brazilian boasts a 90 potential rating.
Marco Verratti, Paris Saint-Germain (CM)
Having won copious trophies with PSG, Marco Verratti is now also a European champion, having been essential in Italy’s triumph at Euro 2020. The central midfielder is a rare mainstay at a big-money club, but has earned his place, scoring 11 goals and setting up 60 more by his 386th game for Les Parisiens.
Verratti weighs-in with an 86 overall and stands 5’5’’ in Career Mode, and will be 30-years-old by the time that his contract is set to expire. Perhaps more so than his overall, the Italian’s in-game wage demands may be the main decider as to whether or not he can become a Bosman signing, given all of the high-profile contracts that PSG will have to deal with in the second season.
Wojciech Szczęsny, Juventus (GK)
Since leaving Arsenal – with more than a few question marks around his ability to play at the highest level – Wojciech Szczęsny has become the trusted netminder of the only-recently dethroned Juventus. After waiting for his turn behind the legendary Gianluigi Buffon, the Pole then leapt at the chance for the starting role, and yet, the assumption continued to be that he’d eventually be replaced by Donnarumma (if he leaves PSG). Still, he remains Massimiliano Allegri’s go-to goalie.
At 32-years-old, Szczęsny has plenty of time to remain a top-class goalie. The 6’5’’ shot-stopper is rated at 87 overall from the start of FIFA 23, but is valued at a fairly reasonable £36.5 million. Still, if he keeps the crease for Piemonte Calcio, his overall should hold up, but his age may allow him to drift towards the free agency to become a prime contract expiry signing target.
All of the best contract expiry signings in FIFA 23 (second season)
|Player||Age||Predicted Overall||Predicted Potential||Position||Value||Wage||Team|
|Harry Kane||27||89||90||ST||£111.5 million||£200,000||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Keylor Navas||34||88||88||GK||£13.5 million||£110,000||Paris Saint-Germain|
|Marquinhos||27||88||90||CB, CDM||£77 million||£115,000||Paris Saint-Germain|
|Marco Verratti||28||86||86||CM, CAM||£68.5 million||£130,000||Paris Saint-Germain|
|Wojciech Szczęsny||31||87||87||GK||£36.5 million||£92,000||Juventus|
|Koen Casteels||29||86||87||GK||£44.7 million||£76,000||VfL Wolfsburg|
|Parejo||32||86||86||CM||£46 million||£55,000||Villarreal CF|
|Thiago||30||86||86||CM, CDM||£55.9 million||£155,000||Liverpool|
|Jordi Alba||32||86||86||LB, LM||£40.4 million||£172,000||FC Barcelona|
|Oyarzabal||24||85||89||LW, RW||£66.7 million||£49,000||Real Sociedad|
|Wilfred Ndidi||24||85||88||CDM, CM||£57.2 million||£103,000||Leicester City|
|Sergej Milinković-Savić||26||85||87||CM, CDM, CAM||£56.8 million||£86,000||Lazio|
|Koke||29||85||85||CM, CDM||£45.2 million||£77,000||Atlético de Madrid|
|Kyle Walker||31||85||85||RB||£33.5 million||£146,000||Manchester City|
|Leonardo Bonucci||34||85||85||CB||£15.1 million||£95,000||Juventus|
|Eden Hazard||30||85||85||LW||£44.7 million||£206,000||Real Madrid CF|
|Alejandro Gómez||33||85||85||CAM, CF, CM||£28.8 million||£44,000||Sevilla FC|
|Phil Foden||21||84||92||CAM, LW, CM||£81.3 million||£108,000||Manchester City|
|Yannick Carrasco||27||84||84||LM, ST||£38.7 million||£70,000||Atlético Madrid|
|Stefan Savić||30||84||84||CB||£29.7 million||£64,000||Atlético Madrid|
|Wissam Ben Yedder||30||84||84||ST||£35.7 million||£76,000||AS Monaco|
|Dušan Tadić||32||84||84||LW, CF, CAM||£28.8 million||£28,000||Ajax|
|Georginio Wijnaldum||30||84||84||CM, CDM||£34.8 million||£99,000||Paris Saint-Germain|
|Piqué||34||84||84||CB||£11.6 million||£151,000||FC Barcelona|
|Jesús Navas||35||84||84||RB, RM||£11.2 million||£26,000||Sevilla FC|
|Mason Mount||22||83||89||CAM, CM, RW||£50.3 million||£103,000||Chelsea|
While contract expiry signings aren’t as reliable in FIFA 23 as they once were, there’s always a chance that some of the top players above will be available for negotiations in the third season of Career Mode.
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