Bargains and free agents are some of the most important players in the initial transfer window of any FM game, and Football Manager 2023 is no different.
It doesn’t matter if you take charge of one of the richest clubs in the world or Premiership relegation fighters like Nottingham Forest and Wolves.
Plus, it’s a way to keep your board happy and add additional players to your team, whether they’re worthy of starting right away or using them in rotation.
They won’t be household names, but that’s where the right training and team setup can help them reach their potential peak numbers and become valuable first-team selections.
List of the best free agents and cheap players in Football Manager 2023
Below is a list of 25 great cheap free buys that would be great additions for most clubs in Football Manager 2023:
|Name||Age||Position||Club||Transfer fee (£million)||Current salary (£kp/w)|
|Mateo Musacchio||31||d (c)||N/A||Free||N/A|
|William Vainqueur||33||DM, M (C)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Enock Kwateng||25||D(R), WB(R)||N/A||Free||N/A|
|Alex Rey||24||DM, M (C)||N/A||0.05||0.3|
|Denis Klinar||30||D, W.B. (R)||N/A||Free||N/A|
|danny rose||31||D, WB(L), M(L)||N/A||Free||N/A|
|Alejandro Sotillos||24||D (CR)||Fuenlabrada||0.45||2.4|
|Martin Calderon||23||DM, M (C)||vigo||0.7||2.1|
|Kelechi Nwakali||24||M, I AM (C)||Ponferrada||0.95||3.3|
|eugenio||27||M, I AM (C)||Saragossa||0.375||2.7|
|ryan woods||28||DM, M (C)||City Helmet||0.35||11.5|
|Warren Tchimbembe||24||M (C), I am (R)||Guingamp||0.5||3.3|
|Jordan Maria||30||DM, M (C)||Dijon||0.7||6|
|Jason Holt||29||DM, AM (C)||Livingston||1||1.3|
|danny elder||31||M (C), I am (LC)||plymouth||0.35||5|
|Roli Pereira de Sá||25||M (C)||Sochaux-Montbéliard||0.7||2.6|
|Ibai Gomez||32||M, I AM (RL)||La Coruna||1||3.8|
|Matej Vydra||30||I am (LC), S (C)||N/A||Free||N/A|
|Jon Bakero||25||I am, yes (c)||Pontevedra||0.085||0.925|
|Abel Hernandez||31||S(C)||Atlético San Luis||1||8.5|
How do we decide on our best free agents and traded players?
The way we chose our favorite freebies and offers was by selecting skill ratings appropriate to their position (for example, tackling for defensemen) with a score of at least 14 and more than 10 on two other criteria.
Many players beat those scores, so this list is just our favorite in FM23.
We also have an age limit of 33, so you can be sure you’ll enjoy at least a couple of years of these options below.
The first to arrive is Vicent Company. He is a goalkeeper in Gandia who has handling, reflexes and positioning ratings of (up to) 18, and an aerial range score of 16, so he could be an excellent first or second choice goalkeeper.
Alternatives include Juan Flere and Kania, the latter being completely free.
In defense, Mateo Musacchio is available again here and his numbers are great. With a playing history that includes Villareal, Milan and Lazio, as well as international experience, he could be the experienced commander you may need at the back.
Kelechi Nwakali also has international experience and scores excellently in passing, technique and agility, making him an ideal bargain for an attacking midfielder.
The same can be said of Eugeni in Zaragoza. Ryan Woods has plenty of experience in the second tier of English football, so if you are looking and trying to promote local favorites like Huddersfield, he is an ideal buy. However, Gómez is your best option, with an extensive career as a player at Athletic Bilbao.
Up front, Matej Vydra has played in the top flight for Burnley and at international level for the Czech Republic, making him the definition of a great gift.
At 30 years old, he could be a great member of a strike team along with any youngsters you already have on your team. The same happens with Abel Hernández and his contribution to Uruguay.
In short: there are many attractive options!
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