FIFA 17 best free pre-contract centre backs

FIFA 17 | Best free pre-contract centre backs

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Hello everyone, and welcome to this article on amazing pre-contract players you can sign in your first season managing your desired club in FIFA 17 career mode. Today will be reviewing central defenders who can be picked up for absolutely no transfer fee whatsoever, only paying their wages.

What is a pre-contract?

A pre-contract is an agreement by a player and an agreeing to take his registration at a later date. A club may sign a pre-contract with a player while he is still with another club, by which the player agrees to move to the club at a future date, usually after his contract with his current club expires. Under the Bosman ruling, a player can sign a contract with a new club up to six months before his existing contract expires. There is no transfer fee involved in FIFA 17, and you have the January transfer window only to sign pre-contract players.

“Attack wins you games, defence wins you titles” quoted Sir Alex Ferguson, and who are we to argue? It’s important to have a very strong defence in career mode as well as in football itself, so finding your Ferdinand and Vidić for absolute steals will dramatically increase your chances of success in career mode. Hopefully this article will help you find a great centre back to fulfill your team’s needs.

I’ve reviewed players of at least 78 potential and narrowed my list below down to 3 players who I feel will really benefit your side. I have taken into account age, OVR rating, potential, and wages mainly to give my honest opinion on who will fit your side.

Laurent Koscielny – 85 overall, 85 potential

FIFA 17 best free pre-contract centre backs

Laurent Koscielny should be your first choice if you can afford him

Labelled a “Championship player” by The Sun’s football editor Charlie Wyatt in his first season at Arsenal, it’s safe to call Frenchman Laurent Koscielny a ‘late bloomer’. He ground it out the French Ligue 1 before joining Lorient when he was already 24, and a year later joined the Gunners. He was sent off on his debut against Liverpool, but has since gone from strength to strength.

He’s interestingly my first option, ahead of the notoriously dirty but undoubtedly talented Pepe, who is 3 OVR ratings higher. Reason being, he’s 3 years younger, and also his £125,000 a week salary at Arsenal is less than the extortionate £260,000 a week Los Blancos pay Pepe in game. For any top team, I’d definitely sign the France international, as he has at least 3-4 years in him at the very top.


André Pinto – 77 overall, 80 potential

FIFA 17 best free pre-contract centre backs

André Pinto is a great option for any mid-tier team

At 26 years of age, André Pinto still has 3 overall ratings to grow to reach that benchmark 80 overall. A relative unknown to many outside of his native Portugal, the tall centre-back is a straightforward player. He was called up by Portugal and given his debut against the Cape Verde Islands, but his international career was over before it had begun. Sent off on the hour, he sent Portugal to a disappointing (and, more relatable to me, a six fold £73 accumulator-destroying) 2-0 defeat.

Well, it took a lot of forgiving from me to recommend him, but he is great in-game. I signed him with Bristol City and had him in the Premier League as a dominant 78 overall defender, who wins everything in the air. His strength is fantastic, but he needs a quicker partner alongside him. For £13,500 a week though, you would be getting yourselves a great deal.


Federico Barba – 72 overall, 80 potential

FIFA 17 best free pre-contract centre backs

Federico Barba is an unbelievably cheap player

Empoli defender Federico Barba is another relative unknown, but like Pinto can hit 80 overall. Twice capped by Italy U-21s, Barba is a regular in the Empoli starting XI this season, but you could lure him elsewhere for as little as £5,800 a week.

He’s a great defender in FIFA 17 with over 75 for marking, standing and sliding tackles. His physical stats aren’t great with 74 strength and pace in the 50’s, but those will grow as his OVR rating does. He does however stand at 6 feet 2 inches, which is always nice. He’s on the list mainly for his affordability, and his ironic name considering his attempted quiff.


Now here are the best free, high potential centre backs in FIFA 17.

NameOVRPotentialAgeWages (£)ClubNationFootWeak footTraits
Pepe888833£260,000Real MadridPortugalRight3*Tackling, tactician
Laurent Koscielny858530£125,000ArsenalFranceRight3*Tackling, power header
John Terry848435£105,000ChelseaEnglandRight4*Tactician, power header, one club player
Gonzalo Rodríguez838332£62,000FiorentinaArgentinaRight3*Tactician, long passer, power header
Per Mertesacker838331£97,000ArsenalGermanyRight3*Aerial threat, tactician, strength
Federico Barba728023£5,800EmpoliItalyLeft2*
Pedro Henrique738023£7,500V. GuimarãesBrazilLeft2*Strength
André Pinto778026£13,500SC BragaPortugalRight2*Strength, long passer
Harry Maguire728023£16,500Hull CityEnglandRight3*
Marios Oikonomou768023£36,000BolognaGreeceRight3*Long passer
Serdar Tasci808032£46,500Spartak MoscowGermanyRight4*Injury prone, power header
Víctor Cuesta777927£19,000IndependienteArgentinaLeft3*Power header
Martín Demichelis797935£20,500RCD EspanyolArgentinaRight3*Power header
Vitorino Hilton797938£20,500Montpellier HSCBrazilRight3*Long passer, team player
Kolo Touré797935£38,000CelticIvory CoastRight3*
Robin Knoche767924£40,000WolfsburgGermanyRight4*
Vasiliy Berezutskiy797934£57,000CSKA MoscowRussiaRight3*Long passer, one club player
Holger Badstuber797927£80,000BayernGermanyLeft3*Injury prone, long passer
Luisão787835£8,800SL BenficaBrazilRight2*Strength, power header, one club player
Ximo Navarro767826£10,500UD AlmeríaSpainRight3*
Alessandro Gamberini787834£11,500Chievo VeronaItalyRight3*Power header
Weligton787836£15,000Málaga CFBrazilLeft3*
Luca Caldirola757825£18,000BremenItalyLeft3*Power header
Mauro Dos Santos777826£18,500SD EibarArgentinaRight3*Power header
Sergiy Kryvtsov747825£20,000Shakhtar DonetskUkraineRight3*
Thomas Heurtaux787827£25,000UdineseFranceRight3*Long throw-in, injury prone
Oleksandr Kucher787833£25,000Shakhtar DonetskUkraineRight3*
Emir Spahić787835£26,500HamburgBosnia HerzegovinaLeft4*
Álvaro Domínguez777827£29,500Mönchengladbach SpainLeft3*Injury prone, long passer
Renato Civelli787832£35,000LOSC LilleArgentinaRight3*Strength, power header
Salvatore Bocchetti787829£37,000Spartak MoscowItalyLeft2*Power header
Marco Andreolli787830£48,000InterItalyRight3*Power header

Thank you very much for reading, and I hope you all have enjoyed my second article on FIFA Scouting Tips. If you haven’t seen my first article, it’s on pre-contract goalkeepers and is the first part of a series in which I will cover all positions in which your team can be strengthened by pre-contract signings, in order to reach your career mode dream.

Have a good day,

Olly.

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