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Football Manager 2023 Biggest Transfer Budgets

The 10 club's with the biggest trasfer budgets in FM23

With no prior indication of what your transfer budget will be before starting a save, we’ve collated the clubs with the biggest transfer budgets you can find in Football Manager 2023. We’ve profiled all the clubs, with some extra information on their squad composition and financial situations below.

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The clubs with the biggest budgets in Football Manager 2023

ClubTransfer Budget (£)Wage Budget (£)
Real Madrid103.44.71
Manchester City1024.77
Paris Saint-Germain695.81
Aston Villa302.22
Leeds United251.32

Real Madrid

Real Madrid always have a lot of money, but after paying just one transfer fee in the summer (Aurélien Tchouameni) and making some big sales, such as Casemiro’s move to Manchester United, they have even more money than usual.

There’s not much room to move in their wage bill though, with the board not allowing you to shift any transfer budget onto your wage budget, so bear in mind that you will need to clear some space in your squad to accommodate new signings.

Manchester City

While Manchester City spent big on Erling Haaland and Kalvin Phillips in the summer, they sold even less, with Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko headling a long list of sales.

This leaves you with a bit of pocket money if you start your save with the Cityzens, plus over £500,000 in spare wage budget.

Brighton & Hove Albion

With the sales of Marc Cucurella, Yves Bissouma and Neal Maupay to Chelsea, Spurs and Everton respectively, Brighton & Hove Albion have a nice little kitty waiting for you to raid on some new arrivals when you start your save.

£200,000 in unused wage budget gives you some room to manoeuvre on incoming signings as well, meaning you can focus on some established players as well as wonderkids to propel Brighton towards the Champions League places.

Paris Saint-Germain

While it’s no surprise to see Paris Saint-Germain on this list, the fact that they come with a big transfer budget also comes with some caveats. Their £5.81 million wage budget is the largest in the game, bloated massively by the wages of Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and Lionel Messi.

Therefore, you have no spare wage budget to work with when you start a save with PSG. So if you are looking at bringing players in, you will need to find some deadwood to offload or consider selling one of your aging stars.


Liverpool weren’t overly active in the summer, with Darwin Núñez being the club’s only major acquisition, while the club made a few decently sized sales in Sadio Mané, Neco Williams and Takumi Minamino.

However, a new deal for Mohamed Salah does see a big chunk of extra space taken up in Liverpool’s wage budget. But regardless, a £42 million transfer budget and £250,000 per week in spare wage budget is a decent chunk of change to work with.

Newcastle United

The developers at Sports Interactive seem to have downplayed their expectations on Newcastle United’s spending, revising them down to a £40 million transfer budget in FM23 after a summer of big spending on Alexander Isak and Sven Botman.

In saying that, the club does have £525,000 of wage budget available. While this can’t be committed to the transfer budget, it does give you some flexibility to extend contracts in your senior team or land a big name player on the market.

AFC Ajax

While it’s unusual for a team outside of Europe’s top-five leagues to have such spending power, AFC Ajax have earned it after a summer of monster sales, which saw them net almost £200 million in revenue from the departures of Antony, Lisandro Martínez, Sébastien Haller, Ryan Gravenberch, Perr Schuurs and Nicolás Tagliafico.

The club has already bought some solid replacement pieces in Steven Bergwijn, Calvin Bassey, Owen Wijndal, Francisco Conceição and Lorenzo Lucca, their £30.2 million transfer budget gives you some room to get one or two more key pieces into the club.

Aston Villa

Aston Villa had a fairly quiet summer 2022 transfer market, with Leander Dendoncker, Boubacar Kamara, Jan Bednarek and Ludwig Augustinsson being the main acquisitions for a total below £20 million.

This leaves you £30 million to spend at the start of your FM23, plus about £60,000 to spend on wages to improve your squad and hopefully do a better job than Steven Gerrard.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur were quite active in the summer window, nailing down a number of key targets, headlined by Richarlison and Yves Bissouma. Despite this though, there’s still a decent chunk of money left for you to make one more key upgrade to your team heading into the Premier League season.

£26.4 million and almost £200,000 in spare wage budget should be enough to get another solid first-teamer in or leave you some room to sign a few wonderkids to send on loan and prepare for future seasons.

Leeds United

Leeds United pursued the signing of Charles De Ketelaere strongly in the summer of 2022 but were unable to nail him down as he joined Milan. Since Leeds didn’t sign a replacement target, much of the budget that would’ve been spent on the Belgian is now available to spend on someone else.

With £25 million and £70,000 in spare wage budget, go get yourself another striker to give your Leeds squad some depth: you’ll need it!

Real Madrid and Manchester City have the biggest transfer budgets in FM23, just above the £100 million mark.

PSG have by far the biggest wage budget in FM23, with more than a third of it going towards servicing the wages of Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and Lionel Messi.

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