Since the 2020/2021 season it does no more seem possible to sign players based in England on a free transfer. I thought that maybe there was something special with 2020/2021, but now I am one months from expiring contracts at the end of the 2021/2022 season and it is still the same:
I am playing as a club based in England.
Below is an example of where the Approach To Sign option used to be available:
Also, it seems that after the contract have expired, if the player chooses to stay at the club on a weekly based contract, I still cannot sign the player.
Is it supposed to work this way? The game gave me news about England leaving the EU, and the only thing I can think of is that this has something to do with it. On the other hand, I can still sign EU players not based in England on free transfer.
I have tried google with no luck. Does anybody know the reason for this behaviour? Is it a bug?