FIFA 18 Career Mode can be tough – especially when it comes to signing new players.
So, you’d think trying to attract the likes of Lionel Messi to your club would be an impossible task, right?
Wrong – in fact, there’s a way you can land the Barcelona maestro for nothing.
YouTuber BMOnus reveals to do it, you’re going to need to use something called the pre-contract trick.
This means you essentially make an agreement with a player to join your club while they are still serving out their current contract.
In other words, with some deft negotiation, you don’t need to pay the parent club any money.
Let’s get started.
So, this trick is much easier if you have the 60 per cent transfer budget increase on your Career Mode campaign.
It also helps if you have one of the big teams – Manchester United, Liverpool – any of the front runners in the Prem.
However, it works for smaller teams too – as the YouTuber demonstrates by selecting newly-promoted Brighton.
They have a budget of just £27million.
First, head into your club’s finances and tweak the figures, so your wage budget is around £500k.
This is hugely important.
Next, look up Messi and you’ll see his contract is expiring in 12 months. Add him to the shortlist and play out the rest of your season.
Now, it’s imperative that you keep these funds until the January window – so don’t spend anything!
Then, it’s on to the negotiation.
The key thing here is to agree with everything the player wants.
Messi’s agent will ask for around £430,000 a week – slightly less than what he was on at Barca.
However, there’s a big signing bonus of £4,250,000 and a near £10m fee after 20 appearances.
Accept all of that and you’ll have have him!
So, there you go – Messi on a free transfer. Who would have thought it?
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