I've wanted to ask this question for years. Not sure why I waited this long. As the title suggests, what do you do when you have players that you really like but want way more than what you can afford to pay? Do you try and sell them in the summer before their final contract year? do you try and sell them during the winter window? after the season ends but before they get an official release or do you simply let them run out and leave for free?
I try to sell guys starting around the winter window unless they are too valuable in which case I keep them until the day the season ends and then try and see if I can get something for them. However, more often than not, I get NOTHING and they are released on a free.