FM23 Bargains: Best Cheap Players In Football Manager 2023
Few feelings are better than getting your hands on one of the FM23 bargains, and thankfully we've done the hard work in finding them all for you to choose from. Managing your money is one of the most important parts of Football Manager, so finding a few diamonds in the rough can do a lot for your financial security - even if the end goal is just to buy low sell big. So, to see our full list of FM23 Bargains, make sure to carry on reading down below.
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Football Manager 23 Bargains List
While there is no strict definition of a 'bargain' in Football Manager, we have generally tried to restrict the cost of our transfers to under £10,000,000 for young players, and under £5,000,000 for more experienced ones. There are some exceptions to the rule though, which are born from either how good they are, or the relative lack of other options.
One of the main determining factors in understanding what a bargain is comes from the hidden current and potential ability ratings. If you've never encountered these before, they run on a scale of 0-200, with 200 being the best. Generally, a 'good' player will be at least around 130 current ability (CA), with hopefully the potential to grow even further.
The potential ability (PA) ratings aren't guaranteed either, as they are determined by a multitude of different factors like training, game time, injuries, and the Determination stat. Just because a player has a PA of 180, doesn't mean he will end up as one of the best in the world, only that he has a chance to.
Finally, PA for young players is defined in a slightly looser manner, with an initial scale of -1 to -9, which then translates into a numbered potential ability once you start your save. What this means is that no young player has the same PA in every save, but instead will stay within a group of about 20 ratings, for example, between 170 and 190.
To help you out, we have actually tested the price you'll be able to pick each of these players up for, meaning that you won't have to spend ages negotiating, and can actually get a sense for how much each player will set you back for.
So, check out the full list below for all of the best FM23 bargains you can pick up, broken down into each positional group.
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FM23 Best Cheap Goalkeepers
Here's a list of the best FM23 bargains in the goalkeeper department:
|Dani Martin||Real Betis||23||GK||120||152||£4,400,000|
As you can see, there aren't a huge amount of goalkeeper bargains in the game right now, especially if you consider the margins that we have set in terms of price. The trouble with goalkeepers is that they are rather rare, and tend to be on the more expensive side of things as either a prospect or an established name.
You can't go wrong with any of the options above though, giving you a balance of age to current ability depending on your needs at this moment in time.
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FM23 Best Cheap Defenders
Check out the best cheap defenders in Football Manager 2023 in our list below:
|Stahinja Erakovic||Red Star||21||CB||124||156||£3,300,000|
|David Costas||Real Oviedo||27||CB||122||153||£425,000|
|Rodrigo Tarin||Real Oviedo||25||CB||125||152||£1,800,000|
|Faouzi Ghoulam||Free Agent||31||LB/LWB||134||151||Free|
|Santiago Arias||Free Agent||30||RB/RWB||138||144||Free|
|Juan Escobar||Cruz Azul||26||CB/RB||134||138||£75,000|
There is quite a wide range of defenders for you to choose from, with a good mix of players who are good now, and those who are primed for the future. The two free agents are excellent choices if you need to bolster your defensive flanks for cheap, and players like Doria, and Erakovic will slot into top-league midtable sides and below.
Additionally, while he sits at the bottom of the table above, easily the best value for money defender in this guide is Juan Escobar, who - in terms of current ability - is as good as Arthur Theate, Ben Godfrey, and Tanguy Nianzou, and all for only £75,000. At the very least you should be able to make a handsome profit on this, if not make him a valued member of your defence.
FM23 Best Cheap DM & CM
If you're looking for a more defensive or possession-minded midfielder, then check out our options for the FM23 bargains in the DM and CM positions:
|Jose Gragera||Sporting Gijon||22||DM/CM||121||150||£2,300,000|
|Teboho Mokoena||Mamelodi Sundowns||25||CM||120||150||£400,000|
|Rani Khedira||Union Berlin||28||DM/CM||138||138||£2,900,000|
|Paul Jaeckel||Union Berlin||23||CB/DM/CM||135||139||£3,600,000|
|Filipe Augusto||Free Agent||28||DM/CM||130||134||Free|
There are plenty of options to choose from here, especially on the cheaper side of things. While overwhelming the most expensive, Silvano Vos from Ajax will be a great pickup for any team with expendable funds, as his 169 PA and flexible positions will make him extremely valuable if he meets his potential.
FM23 Best Cheap Attacking Midfielders
If you're on the search for a centre midfielder with a more attacking focus though, here's the best budget attacking midfielders in Football Manager 23:
|Julen Jon Guerrero||Castilla||18||AM||101||168||£8,750,000|
|Shinta Appelkamp||Fortuna Dusseldorf||21||LW/AM/CM||117||160||£2,800,000|
|Oscar Gloukh||Maccabi Tel Aviv||18||CM/AM||117||158||£2,100,000|
|Lucas Lima||Fortaleza||31||AM||125||155||£190,000 (Free in six months)|
|Alvaro Fidalgo||Club America||25||CM/AM||140||145||£525,000|
|Zsolt Kalmar||Dunajska Streda||27||CM/AM||130||133||£700,000|
Guler and Guerrero are the two obvious choices, with potential abilities that could see them becoming some of the world's top players. However, they are of course more on the expensive side, so you can go a bit cheaper with the options below.
One particular highlight comes in the form of Alvaro Fidalgo, who has a CA of 140, which puts him in line with players like Miguel Almiron, Harvey Elliot, Giovanni Reyna, and Everton. While he won't grow beyond this, like some of the players mentioned most definitely will, he is a solid pickup for only £525,000.
FM23 Best Cheap Wingers
Here's our list of the FM23 bargains in the winger and wide midfielder positions:
|Arsen Zakharyan||Dynamo Moscow||19||AM/LW/RW||125||173||£13,000,000|
|Facundo Buonanotte||Rosario Central||17||RM/RW||115||162||£4,500,000|
|Pione Sisto||FC Midtjylland||27||LW/RW/RM||129||155||£2,000,000|
|Alejandro Zendejas||Club America||24||LM/CM/RW||130||138||£500,000|
Arsen Zakharyan only just scrapes onto this list due to his PA alone, as thirteen million is quite a tough ask in a bargains list. At least he already has 125 CA at the age of 19, meaning that he should be good enough to start putting into games.
Facundo Buonanotte is probably the best overall choice in the list above, especially due to the scarcity of wide midfielder roles in the game. He will set you back around £4,500,000, but he has plenty of time to grow into his PA of 162.
FM23 Best Cheap Strikers
Looking for a bargain up top to bag you some goals? Check out all of the FM23 bargains we found in the striker position below:
|Jhon Duran||Chicago Fire||18||ST||108||166||£4,300,000|
|Andreas Schjelderup||FC Nordsjaelland||18||LW/ST||134||160||£7,000,000|
|Borja Baston||Real Oviedo||29||ST||130||155||£2,000,000|
If you're going to buy anyone from this list, make sure that it is Endrick. While he does soar £6,000,000 above our value threshold, that will seem like pocket change when he has fully developed. Much like the Carlos Fierros, Yaya Sanogos, and Youssoufa Moukokos of the past, this year is Endrick's to dominate.
However, if you can't quite afford that, going for any of the top three should give you a great striker for many years, for under £7,000,000 no less. If you're wanting to inject an instant starter into your squad though, you can't go too wrong with the final two if you're a midtable team and below.
So, that completes this list of FM23 bargains, giving you a plethora of players to choose from, which should hopefully lead to success and even a big sale or two. If you're wanting to know how to install the FM23 real name fix though, make sure to check out our guide for a full walkthrough.