Best FIFA 23 free agents & contract expiry players to sign on Career Mode

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FIFA 23 players will have been eyeing up their Career Mode signings even before its release date– and these free agents and contract expiry players could be exactly what you need in the transfer market. 

More star footballers possibly than ever before are out of contract this summer, from Paul Pogba at Manchester United and Juventus winger Paulo Dybala. While many of them will find themselves a new home before long, it’s good to be aware of the biggest comings and goings throughout the offseason window.

The contract expiry options have changed massively since last year, too, with a number of other top stars – while contracted to clubs for another 12 months – will be available to snap up in January on your FIFA 23 Career Mode.

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Using Transfermarkt records, we have compiled a selection of the best ballers in the world who may be able to sign as free agents, as well as those set to see their current deals expire at the end of the 2022-23 season. These include options for all wage budgets, too.


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The only thing stopping you from picking up these contract expiry opportunities is (A) they sign a new deal in real life, or (B) the club in-game offers them a new contract.

So, let’s look at 70+ players you can sign for free on Career Mode this year.

Best FIFA 23 free agents & contract expiry players

Goalkeepers

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Jan Oblak is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and would usually cost a fortune – so monitor his contract situation.
  • Loris Karius – GK – Free agent
  • Sam Johnstone – GK – Free agent
  • Walter Benitez – GK – Free agent
  • Thomas Strakosha – GK – Free agent
  • Jan Oblak – GK – Contract Expiry
  • Nick Pope – GK – Contract Expiry
  • David De Gea – GK – Contract Expiry
  • Bernd Leno – GK – Contract Expiry
  • Alex Remiro – GK – Contract Expiry
  • Mathew Ryan – GK – Contract Expiry
  • Yann Sommer – GK – Contract Expiry
  • Kasper Schmeichel – GK – Contract Expiry

Defenders

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Napoli defender Koulibaly has been linked with almost every top club in Europe – but he could be yours for free.
  • Ashley Young – RB – Free agent
  • Ben Mee – CB – Free agent
  • Romain Saiss – CB – Free agent
  • Caglar Soyuncu – CB – Contract Expiry
  • Luke Shaw – CB – Contract Expiry
  • Kalidou Koulibaly – CB – Contract Expiry
  • Stefan de Vrij – CB – Contract Expiry
  • Nordi Mukiele – RB – Contract Expiry
  • Inigo Martinez – CB – Contract Expiry
  • Yerry Mina – CB – Contract Expiry
  • Diogo Dalot – RB – Contract Expiry
  • Jose Gaya – LB – Contract Expiry
  • Manuel Akanji – CB – Contract Expiry

Midfielders

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Paul Pogba could be a fantastic signing in your Career Mode.
  • Paul Pogba – CM – Free agent
  • Juan Mata – CAM – Free agent
  • Isco – CAM – Free agent
  • Fernandinho – CM – Free agent
  • Jesse Lingard – CAM – Free agent
  • Axel Witsel – CM – Free agent
  • Christian Eriksen – CAM – Free agent
  • Fabian Delph – CM – Free agent
  • Remy Cabella – CAM – Free agent
  • Youri Tielemans – CM – Contract Expiry
  • Jorginho – CM – Contract Expiry
  • Fabian Ruiz – CM – Contract Expiry
  • Thomas Lemar – CAM – Contract Expiry
  • Ilkay Gundogan – CM – Contract Expiry
  • N’Golo Kante – CDM – Contract Expiry
  • Leander Dendonker – CM – Contract Expiry
  • Renato Sanches – CM – Contract Expiry
  • Konrad Leimer – CM – Contract Expiry
  • Abdoulaye Doucoure – CM – Contract Expiry
  • Fred – CM – Contract Expiry
  • Toni Kroos – CM – Contract Expiry
  • Allan – CDM – Contract Expiry
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – CAM – Contract Expiry
  • Todd Cantwell – CAM – Contract Expiry
  • Adrien Rabiot – CDM – Contract Expiry
  • William Carvalho – CM – Contract Expiry
  • Dani Ceballos – CM – Contract Expiry
  • Idrissa Gueye – CDM – Contract Expiry
  • Luka Modric – CM – Contract Expiry

Wingers/Strikers

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Mohamed Salah’s contract is coming up soon for Liverpool – he could be a contract expiry in FIFA 23.
  • Mohamed Salah – RW – Contract expiry
  • Gareth Bale – RW – Free agent
  • Paulo Dybala – CF – Free agent
  • Sadio Mane – LW – Contract expiry
  • Diego Costa – ST – Free agent
  • Andrea Belotti – ST – Free agent
  • Dries Mertens – CF – Free agent
  • Angel Di Maria – RW – Free agent
  • Luis Suarez – ST – Free agent
  • Ousmane Dembele – RW – Free agent
  • Cyle Larin – ST – Free agent
  • Raheem Sterling – LW – Contract expiry
  • Serge Gnabry – LW – Contract expiry
  • Robert Lewandowski – LW – Contract expiry
  • Gabriel Jesus – ST – Contract expiry
  • Wilfried Zaha – CF – Contract expiry
  • Marcus Rashford – LW – Contract expiry
  • Roberto Firmino – CF – Contract expiry
  • Karim Benzema – ST – Contract expiry
  • Luis Muriel – ST – Contract expiry
  • Marco Asensio – RW – Contract expiry
  • Memphis Depay – ST – Contract expiry
  • Marcus Thuram – LW – Contract expiry
  • Leandro Trossard – LW – Contract expiry
  • Sasa Kalajdzic – ST – Contract expiry
  • Cristiano Ronaldo – ST – Contract expiry

How to find contract expiry players in FIFA 23

In order to find contract expiry players in FIFA 23 Career Mode, you’re going to have to search through the different leagues and nationalities. Unfortunately, there is so menu filter to view which players are coming up for expiry. 

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However, while time-consuming, the process of finding them looks like this:

  1. Load up FIFA 23.
  2. Head over to Career Mode.
  3. Hit Transfer Market.
  4. Choose a position filter, for example “ST”.
  5. Search for a club, nationality, or league – and hit search.
  6. Click the players one by one until you find the contract expiry option. This means their contract is coming to an end.
  7. Place an offer.
  8. Sign the player.

How to find free agents in FIFA 23

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After a few years into your Career Mode, the free agents list can be stacked with world-class talent.

Finding free agents in FIFA 23 Career Mode is easy – all you have to do is the following:

  1. Load up FIFA 23.
  2. Head over to Career Mode.
  3. Hit Transfer Market.
  4. Select the ‘free agent’ filter.
  5. Search for the players and make an approach.
  6. Sign the free agent.

That’s everything you need to know about FIFA 23 contract expiry and free agent players for Career Mode.

Fingers crossed, you will be able to snipe one of these top footballers to add to your team in the first 12 months of your save. Keep coming back to this page for updates, as there’s likely to be a lot of transfers completed throughout the summer window.