Football Manager 2019 free transfers and bargains list - the best cheap players in FM19

Our picks for the best, cheapest players you can pick up in FM19's first window transfer market.

Free transfers and bargains are one of the essential parts of almost any Football Manager experience. Even if you're lucky (or smart) and have opted for a cash-rich club for your save, they can still come in enormously handy when you're trying to plug a gap, or just save a few pennies for something bigger in your first transfer window.

Here on this page, we've rounded up the best free transfers and the best cheap players in FM19 - or at least our picks for them - so you can run the rule over the cheap and cheerful options yourself and dedide whether or not to take the plunge.

Football Manager 2019 free transfers and bargains explained

Football Manager is a series with an infinite and endless storyline you can take as a manager. You either stumble through a career from one to club to the other like an Alan Pardew, or (hopefully) progress to a club or nation with a prestigious and respected brand of football.

But there is a way to help make that progress easier, and that's by taking control of a club filled with riches. Or, you could take the route of taking a scrappy upstart local team (Hello Huddersfield Town!) and add firepower through players available as freebies and cheap transfers that could add tremendous potential in the season's final standings. Either way, there is something wonderful about this specific form of satisfaction, as if you're a cheesy extra in a supermarket ad.

The way I compiled the list below was through the in-game scouting system, ensuring players with ratings of 15 or more (out of 20) in two or more ability fields, and over 10 in two others, which cover the technical, mental and physical makeup of any given player. There are some things to note with these particular results.


Several older players proved difficult and not worth the effort in contract negotiations, something that's been common since the inception of this series with players on their way out. The only exceptions are Andreas Ivanschitz, valuable due to his international experience and also Zlatan. Because who would say no to Zlatan, especially if you're in charge of Huddersfield? Also, the performance and scouting opinions of these players will depend not only on the quality of your staff, but also which team and what players you're starting out with. Chances are, if you take control of a Man City or Barcelona, there probably won't be a need to buy new players at the start anyway.

Good goalies are hard to find, but nothing beats Motherwell's Trevor Carson. I've included Thom Jonkerman as he's probably the best young freebie you can get in this year's edition. As for other young prodigies, we have a list of the fifty best Football Manager 2019 wonderkids and highest potential young players. Some of them could make for huge savings too. It's the most ambitious crossover event in history.

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Football Manager 2019 free transfers and bargains, the best cheap players in FM19

Here's our rundown of the best free or cheap players in FM19.

Football Manager 2019 free transfers, bargains and cheap players list:

NameAgePositionClubTransfer fee (£M)Current wage (£k p/w)
Yasin Ben El-Mhanni 22 AM (LC) N/A Free None
Isaac Cuenca 27 AM (LRC) N/A Free None
Thom Jonkerman 20 GK N/A Free None
Andreas Ivanschitz 34 M (L), AM (C) N/A Free None
Jan Kirchhoff 27 DM/M (C) N/A Free None
Papy Djilobodji 29 D (C) N/A Free None
Didier Ndong 24 M (C) N/A Free None
Kaylen Hinds 20 AM/S (C) N/A Free None
Juan Fuentes 28 D (L) N/A Free None
Tim Sparv 31 DM/M (C) FC Midtjylland 0.05 6
Claudio Gomes 17 DM (C) Man City 0.575 20
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 36 S (C) LA Galaxy 0.75 22
Raul Jimenez 27 S (C) Wolves 1.4 41
Giovani Dos Santos 29 AM (RC), S (C) LA Galaxy 1.5 89
Zakaria Bakkali 22 AM (LR) Anderlecht 1.6 22.5
Martin Odegaard 19 AM (RC) Real Madrid 1.8 42.5
Trevor Carson 30 GK Motherwell 1.9 1.2
Viktor Fischer 24 AM (LC) FC Kobenhavn 2.3 15
Dennis Bonaventure 20 AM (R) Club Brugge 2.3 9
Brahim Diaz 18 M/AM (C) Man City 3.6 8
Yangel Herrera 20 M (C) Man City 3.9 20

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Emad Ahmed is a freelance writer covering games (among other things) and what they say about our world. His desk usually has one stack of unplayed games and another of unread books.


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