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Football Manager 23 Best Bargains

Profiles on some of the best bargains to buy on your FM23 saves

We cover youth football and we love Football Manager. We’ve combined both to compile a list of the young players that represent bargain buys on Football Manager 2023. These aren’t necessarily “best” but they’re interesting prospects for clubs across the spectrum of football.

They’re players that we like in real-life that look good in FM23. We’ve set the maximum price at €5 million to try and make it accessible to managers at various levels of clubs, from the elite to those in the lower divisions.

For more insight into young players, check out our extensive talent lists and in-depth player profiles.

Adamo Nagalo

FC Nordsjælland's Adamo Nagalo, one of the best bargains to buy in FM23

FC Nordsjælland have a unique relationship with African football. The club itself is owned by a youth academy based in Ghana and Egypt, with the Danish side providing a pipeline for its products to get into European football.

Adama Nagalo is among the next ones up. The Burkinabé international is an impressive centre-back that has a lot of the basic qualities to play at a high level. Big and athletic, he is adept in physical contact. On the ball, he’s a progressive passer with a level-headed mindset. That skillset is reflected pretty well in FM23, where he looks like a very solid centre-back from the start.

Valued at a top rate of €3.9 million, it shouldn’t take much more than that to get him out of Denmark. If you’re managing a club in Belgium, the Netherlands, or anywhere really, Nagano is a strong option to consider.

Alan Matturro

Defensor Sporting's Alan Matturo, one of the best bargains in FM23

Uruguay have a strong history of developing high-level centre-backs, and Alan Matturro looks like the next one off the production line. The Defensor Sporting defender is being heavily linked with Internazionale in real life.

Matturro looks like an excellent prospect in FM23. He may lack some physicality, despite his 1.89 metre tall frame, but everything else is advanced for his age. His mentals are especially promising, with a functional combination of Positioning, Concentration and Aggression. He also stacks up well as a ball-player, equipped with a strong technical skillset and traits that will make him a valuable ball-player out the back.

Defensor Sporting will try and squeeze as much out of you as possible, but it shouldn’t take much more than €2.5 million to secure Matturro. He’d be a fantastic option for a range of clubs in the bigger American leagues or in Europe, ranging from big clubs trying to stockpile talent or smaller clubs looking for a high-upside starter.

 
 

 

 

Ahmed Abdelmonem

Al Ahly's Ahmed Abdelmonem, one of the best bargains to buy in FM23

Mohamed Abdelmonem made a name for himself at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations. He played in every game as Egypt got to the final, playing a full 120 minutes in four successive games from the last sixteen round.

His defending caught the eye. Fairly small but mobile and aggressive, he made the role on the exterior of a back three his own. His FM23 profile is well-suited to taht outside centre-back role as well; a strong defensive resence and fairly mobile, he’ll be one to lock down a flank of your defence.

He starts saves being courted by multiple Premier League clubs, which is often a good indicator of a good player in FM. €4 million is the ballpark figure to sign the Egyptian international. He’d be a clever buy for lower-level clubs across European football.

Sam Curtis

St. Pat's Athletic's Sam Curtis, one of the best bargains to buy in FM23

A regular Irish youth international, Sam Curtis has burst onto the senior scene in the Republic of Ireland this season. He’s broken into the first-team at St. Patrick’s Athletic and is being linked with big moves to England and the contient; Manchester City are the latest club linked after he had been on trial at AS Roma.

A right-sided defender, he can play at right-back and at centre-back. For a 16-year-old, his game is impressively mature already. His FM23 profile is a very solid one relative to his age as well. He’s a solid athlete and a capable defender with obvious room to develop much further, probably into a two-way full-back.

The fact that Curtis is still in Irish football, Curtis is available at a very attainable price. If you structure the deal correctly, using a couple of future incentives, you can get the Irish youth international for €300,000 or so. That’s a great price.

Rafael Obrador

Rafael Obrador, one of the best bargains to buy in FM23

Real Madrid’s youth teams are a goldmine of talent in both real life and on Football Manager. Their prolific academy and proficient youth recruitment provides an endless stream of high-level talent, almost all of which will have to seek opportunities elsewhere.

Rafael Obrador is a highly-rated Spanish youth international that they signed from Mallorca a couple of years ago. He’s a proactive left-back and his FM23 profile is a promising one. He has solid athletic and technical attributes, equipped with a 15 rating for Stamina which will enable him to get up and down the flank regularly.

You can get Obrador for just €2.1 million at the start of your saves via a release clause in his contract. He’d be an intelligent pick up for clubs at a lower level, maybe those managing in Spain’s Segunda División or Portugal’s Primeira Liga.

Markus Solbakken

Viking's Markus Solbakken, one of the best bargains in FM23

If you’re a keen Football Manager, you’ll know that Norway is a hotbed for undervalued talent. FM23 is no different. Andreas Schjelderup and Tobias Gulliksen are must-buys on most saves, but another name to consider is Markus Solbakken.

He’s now at Viking FK having initially broken through at HamKam before making a stepping-stone move to Stabæk. The son of national team manager Ståle, Solbakken is a very solid number six. Very solid across the board, his skillset is best-suited to a team that wants to control possession. He’s a talented passer with composure and positional sense, as well as multiple player traits that make him perfect for that DLP role.

€3 million is the ballpark figure needed to sign Solbakken at the start of your save – although keep in mind that he’s only just joined Viking in FM23. He’d be an excellent addition for a possession-based team in a mid-level league.

 
 

 

 

Bilal Hussein

AIK's Bilal Hussein, one of the best bargains to buy in FM23

Bilal Hussein has been a starter at Stockholm’s AIK in the Allsvenskan for a couple of seasons now. While the club have struggled to compete with its rivals, Hussein has been a standout in midfield.

He’s a quick-tempo midfielder that keeps possession moving with crisp pass-and-move sequences. His skillset is an interesting one in FM23 as well. Not only does he have a fairly well-rounded profile, solid across the board, he also has the capability of playing in multiple positions to a decent level. He isn’t quite ready for a top-five league, but he can be a starter in the Eredivisie, for instance.

With clubs like AC Milan and Juventus interested in Hussein from the start, you’ll probably have to move quickly to get him – but it won’t cost much to do so. His release clause at around €1 million makes Hussein a very good value acquisition.

Oscar Gloukh

Maccabi Tel-Aviv's Oscar Gloukh, one of the best bargains to buy in FM23

A standout at the 2022 UEFA U-19 European Championship, Oscar Gloukh is one of the best emerging talents in Israeli football right now. 

A tricky attacking midfielder, his best role is as one of the supporting attackers behind a centre-forward. Give him the ball between the lines and he’ll be able to wriggle out of a tight space, slip the ball through to an attacker, or threaten the goal himself. His base FM23 profile is a very promising one. He doesn’t excel in anything right now, but he will do with a bit of targeted development.

You can get Gloukh for a straight up fee of €3 million at the start of the game, which is excellent value for a prospect of his talent and potential. That fee affords you some flexibility in how you choose to develop him, and it means he will be accessible to a wide range of clubs. If you’re managing in England, he might not quality for a work permit immediately.

Carlos Álvarez

Sevilla's Carlos Álvarez, one of the best bargains to buy in Football Manager 2023

We call Carlos Alvarez the ‘Mini Maradona’ – he’s small and stocky, wears the number 10 shirt, plays for Sevilla and has locks of curly hair. 

He plays a bit like Maradona as well, dribbling with the ball through bodies, riding challenges, providing a creative spark around the box. His FM23 profile is a little undercooked relative to his talent in real life, but he still looks like a promising attacker that can play across the attacking third and unlock defences.

If you want to sign the ‘Mini Maradona’, all you need is €3.5 million – there’s a release clause in his contract set at that price. Whether your managing big or small, Álvarez retains a lot of value at that price.

Darío Osorio

Universidad de Chile's Darío Osorio, one of the best bargains to buy in FM23

2022 has been a big year for Darío Osorio. It’s seen him break into senior football at Universidad de Chile, establishing himself as a regular starter for the club, and burst into the Chile squad.

Osorio has plenty of promise in FM23. He’s a creative winger, with good ratings for Dribbling, Technique, Vision and Flair. There is an obvious potential to develop him into a skilful inverted winger off the right or a do-it-all wide player down his natural left side.

If you want to negotiate, you can get the fee down to €500,000 or so. If all else fails, though, you can get him for a guaranteed fee of €925,000 if you buy out his contract at the start of the game. Osorio is an exciting option for those of you managing in South America, MLS, or some of Europe’s mid-level leagues.

Yerson Chacón

Deportivo Táchira's Yerson Chacón, one of the best bargains in FM23

Yerson Chacón was a must-buy bargain on FM22, and the same could be said for FM23. The Deportivo Táchira youngster, a senior Venezuelan international already, is one of the best-value talents in the game once again.

Predominanlly a right-footed inside forward, Chacón has a skillset that features creative technical and mental attributes, as well as an agile athleticism. He’s a talented dribbler with a bit of flair, plus a promising passer with accomplished vision. Together, they mean he can be a capable shot-creator in a stronger American league or a smaller European leagues.

You simply cannot go wrong for €1 million. Chacón would be an excellent signing for those managing in Brazil, Argentina or MLS, for instance. He would be a clever signings if you’re managing in Portugal, Spain or Italy too.

Jovan Milošević

Jovan Milosevic, one of the best bargains to buy in FM23

Serbia have great pedigree for producing high-level strikers. Jovan Milošević is the next off the production line of goalscorers. He was a standout at the 2022 UEFA U-17 European Championship, finishing the tournament as the top scorer.

His all-round maturity was perhaps the most notable thing about Milošević during that tournament and it’s one of the the things that stands out about his FM23 profile. The Serbian striker has a very solid floor, already quite advanced as a finisher and athlete. If you can make him a step or two quicker and continue to develop the technical aspects of his game, Milošević will be a menace up front.

You can sign Milošević for about €700,000 in the first summer. That price will likely rise if you let him break into the first-team at Vojvodina and plump up his reputation as a scorer, but still, the Serb represents a bargain buy in FM23. Be careful not to let other clubs get to him first.

In our opinions, Bilal Hussein is one of the best bargains to buy in FM23 – you can get him for about €2.5 million. Another is Oscar Gloukh, who you can get for about €3 million.

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