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Football Manager 2024 Best Bargains

Some of the best bargains to buy on FM24

Football Manager 2024 is here! As we cover youth football, we’ve put together a list of bargain cheap players in the new game. We’ve tried to go for more obscure ones to broaden your horizons.

They’re not necessarily the best, they’re players that we like in real-life that look good in FM24. We’ve capped the price at about €5 million too. Scroll down to the players we’re recommending you to scout and sign on your saves this year.

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Here are the highest potential rated players in FC 24 Career Mode.

1. Erling Haaland – Manchester City – Age 22 – ST – 91 Overall/94 Potential

2. Vinicus Jr. – Real Madrid – Age 22 – LW – 89 Overall/94 Potential

3. Jamal Musiala – Bayern Munich – Age 20 – 86 Overall/93 Potential

4. Pedri – FC Barcelona – Age 20 – CM – 86 Overall/92 Potential

5. Khvicha Kvaratskhelia – SSC Napoli – Age 22 – LW/RW – 86 Overall/92 Potential

6. Florian Wirtz – Bayer Leverkusen – Age 20 – CAM/CM – 85 Overall/91 Potential

7. Jude Bellingham – Real Madrid – Age 20 – CAM/CM – 87 Overall/91 Potential

8. Rodrygo Goes – Real Madrid – Age 22 – RW/LW/ST – 85 Overall/91 Potential

9. Gavi – FC Barcelona – Age 18 – CM/LW – 83 Overall/90 Potential

10. Bukayo Saka – Arsenal – Age 21 – RW/RM – 86 Overall/90 Potential

11. Phil Foden – Manchester City – Age 23 – LW/RW – 85 Overall/90 Potential

12. Alex Balde – FC Barcelona – Age 19 – LB/RB – 81 Overall/89 Potential

13. Rasmus Hojlund – Manchester United – Age 20 – ST – 76 Overall/89 Potential

14. Gabri Veiga – Al-Ahli – Age 21 – CM/CAM – 78 Overall/89 Potential

15. Eduardo Camavinga – Real Madrid – Age 20 – CDM/CM/LB – 82 Overal 89 Potential

16. Enzo Fernandez – Chelsea FC- Age 22 – CM/CDM/CAM – 83 Overall/89 Potential

17. Xavi Simons – RB Leipzig – Age 20 – CAM/LW/RW – 80 Overall/89 Potential

18. William Saliba – Arsenal – Age 22 – CB – 83 Overall/89 Potential

19. Aurelien Tchouameni – Real Madrid – Age 23 – CDM/CM – 84 Overall/89 Potential

20. Sandro Tonali – Newcastle United – Age 23 – CDM/CM – 86 Overall/89 Potential

21. Matthijs de Ligt – Bayern Munich – Age 23 – CB – 86 Overall/89 Potential

22. Warren Zaire-Emery – Paris Saint-Germain – Age 17 – CM/CDM – 75 Overall/88 Potential

23. Antonio Silva – SL Benfica- Age 19 – CB – 78 Overall/88 Potential

24. Fabio Miretti – Juventus – Age 19 – CM/CAM – 75 Overall/88 Potential

25. Alejandro Garnacho – Manchester United – Age 19 – LW/LM – 75 Overall/88 Potential

26. Ansu Fati – Age 20 – Brighton – LW/ST – 78 Overall/88 Potential

Sinclair Armstrong's FM24 attributes, one of the best bargain cheap players on Football Manager 2024

Sinclair Armstrong

Evan Ferguson isn’t the only big-bodied striker emerging onto the Irish football scene. Sinclair Armstrong is another. He’s already a fan favourite at QPR, where he’s broken into the first team in the past year or so.

What sets Armstrong apart is his athleticism. He’s big, broad, fast and physical, all combining to offer a dynamic focal point at the tip of the attack when you factor in his promising movement and instinct. Unlike Ferguson, he probably won’t amount to much more than mid-table Premier League starter, but you’d take that for the €700k it takes to get him in FM24.

Marc Cucalón's FM24 attributes, one of the best bargain cheap players on Football Manager 2024

Marc Cucalón

If you’re looking for a deep-lying midfielder to pull the strings from the base of you midfield, Marc Cucalón is a great budget option. The €1.6 million release clause in his Real Madrid contract caps his price at a bargain bucket rate.

Sidelined with a serious knee injury in real life, Cucalón is a graduate of the extremely productive La Fábrica academy. With high values for technique, passing and decisions – as well as the all-important ‘dictates tempo’ trait – the teenager represents great value for plenty of clubs at all kinds of different levels.

Martim Fernandes' FM24 attributes, one of the best bargain cheap players on Football Manager 2024

Martim Fernandes

A favourite in FM23, Martim Fernandes will be a favourite in FM24. He has all the attributes and, crucially, potential to develop into a high-level, long-term starter at right-back for club and country.

The best bit? You can pinch him from Porto for a measly €1 million at the start of the game. They don’t put up much of a fight at all to keep one of their prized academy assets, so exploit that to your significant advantage. Even if you’re picking him up to loan him out, the price makes that a more than viable (if not sensible) plan of action.

Ali Jassim's FM24 profile and attributes as a Football Manager 2024 bargain

Ali Jassim

In terms of bargains, Ali Jassim is a proper bargain. The young attacker has been a rising star in Asian football for a little while now and his FM24 profile reflects that.

He’s fast, tricky and skilful in equal measure, with standout attributes when it comes to beating his man. You can get him for about €100k at the start of your save – which is insane – but his hefty wage packet means he’ll be unattainable to those managing smaller clubs. Still, Jassim is a prospect to watch out for.

Charlie Hughes

Wigan born and bred, Charlie Hughes has benefited from the financial troubles of his hometown club by nailing down a starting role in their first team. He spent time as a youth at Manchester City and Liverpool, and you can see that in the way he plays.

His FM24 attributes are excellent for a centre-back of his age; he’s probably one of the best in League One already. Solid across the board with a couple of ball-playing traits, Hughes would be a perfect acquisition for Championship sides that want to play some football. He shouldn’t cost much more than €2 million – if you play your cards right.

Nestory Irankunda

If you’ve never heard of Nestory Irankunda, you will before long. He’s made a name for himself in Australian football by bursting off the bench to make tangible, game-changing impacts for Adelaide United, demanding the interest of some huge clubs in doing so.

He’s just as explosive in FM24. 17 for agility, 16 for acceleration, 16 for flair – Irankunda is a pocket rocket capable of executing the spectacular in any role across the forward line, making him the perfect impact option for your squad to start. Develop him properly and you’ll have a starter on your hands. Around €1.5 million (plus a sell-on percentage) is the price point.

Sverre Halseth Nypan

Sverre Halseth Nypan comes in at the most expensive end of our sub-€5 million bargain list, but he’s definitely worth that investment. Give him a couple of years and he’ll make it look like a snip – he’s that good.

Playing regular senior football since the age of 16 at Rosenborg, Nypan has all the tools to become a high-level box-to-box presence. You genuinely can’t go wrong for €5 million because he has the top-line potential to become one of the best in the world on your saves. You’ll have to move quickly though, because all the big clubs are in for him.

Arinaldo Rrapaj's FM24 attributes, one of the best bargain cheap players on Football Manager 2024

Arinaldo Rrapaj

There’s plenty of value to be found in the Balkans in FM24. If you look in the right place, you will discover players that have more than enough quality to move upward straight away. Arinaldo Rrapaj is one of them

For roughly €150k, he’s a good get for clubs in mid-level leagues across Europe. He has the decisive and sharp technical and athletic skillsets to make a difference as an edge-of-box attacker, nipping out of tight spaces to shoot and create. A tenth of a million for a player of his qualities is nothing.

Alwande Roaldsøy

Everybody loves a lanky midfielder that can play, right? Well, Alwande Roaldsøy is one of them. He stands out on the pitch for his leggy size and composed quality. He glides around, getting on the ball, linking the game together, all at his own pace.

He’s not outstanding in FM24, but he’d be a good player for a lot of clubs at a lot of different levels. Stuck in the deadend that his a Serie A youth team, Atalanta will only ask for about €100k all up. He’s a jumbo-sized bargain worth taking if you’re managing a lower-level side.

Tobias Slotsager's FM24 attributes, one of the best bargain cheap players on Football Manager 2024

Tobias Slotsager

A highly-rated prospect in real life that’s already commanding a starting role at senior level, Tobias Slotsager looks like one of the best emerging centre-backs that FM24 has to offer.

He starts the game with really solid foundational attributes that provide a platform for him to develop into a high-level central defender. The best bit? You can get him for about €2.5 million at the start of the game, making him an attainable talent for many. Move quickly though, because Chelsea and Manchester United are circling.

Óscar Zambrano's FM24 profile and attributes as a Football Manager 2024 bargain

Óscar Zambrano

We fell in love with Óscar Zambrano ever since we watched him for the first time. Thankfully, his FM24 profile has received a very healthy bump following the winter update.

He’s now one of the better emerging deep-lying midfielders in the game, equipped with the talents to control build-up play as a passer and break up the game as a tackler. He needs to kick on as an athlete, but the potential is there for a Caicedo-esque profit if you develop him well.

Yacine Titraouir's FM24 attributes, one of the best bargain cheap players on Football Manager 2024

Yacine Titraoui

Yacine Tiraoui is a graduate of the Paradou academy, which has been a hotbed for young talent in Algerian football for a decade or so now. Its alumni include Ramy Bensebaïni and Adem Zorgane.

A central midfielder, he has the skillset of a playmaker and string-puller. Tiraoui stands out in his sub-million price bracket for talent as a technician and passer, as well as a set of traits that lend themselves to the role you should have him playing. He’s an excellent option for lesser-league clubs for a bargain bucket €250,000 fee.

Luka Topalovic's FM24 attributes, one of the best bargain cheap players on Football Manager 2024

Luka Topalović

We first watched Luka Topalović at the 2023 U-17 EURO and were mighty impressed by his quality as the talismanic figure in a very competitive Slovenia side. He’d been playing senior football at Domžale for a while, and you could tell.

He looks like one of the bonafide bargains in FM24. He comes equipped with the good qualities of an attack-minded midfielder already, creative and finishing ability included. There’s scope to develop him into more of a box-to-box presence too, if that fits your system better. At a bottomline price of €900k, you can’t go wrong.

Óscar Perea's FM24 attributes, one of the best bargain cheap players in Football Manager 2024

Óscar Perea

Capped at U-17 level by Colombia, Óscar Perea is one of his nation’s most promising emerging talents. He’s already a regular for Atlético Nacional and is making an impact in his minutes.

In FM24, Perea profiles as a well-rounded, Richarlison-like wide attacker. He combines sturdy athleticism with promising technical qualities that can be moulded whichever way you want. Goalscoring inside attacker? Check. One-v-one winger? That’s in his locker. Do-it-all centre-forward? The potential is there. He’s worth a bet at €1 million.

Vicente Pizarro

With over 60 appearances for Colo Colo – one of Chile’s most successful clubs – to his name at 20 years old, Vicente Pizarro looks to have a bright future for both club and country.

He looks like one of the better tempo-setting youngsters in FM24, and he’s available at a very attainable €2-3 million fee. He may be small but more than makes up for it with very good ratings in a number of key attributes for a holding midfielder, particularly mentally.

What are Football Manager bargains?

A bargain depends on the circumstances in which your managing on FM24. A bargain for Arsenal is different to a bargain for Aldershot, for instance. Nevertheless, we define a bargain as a deal that falls significantly below the player’s true value, be it in terms of ability or potential.

How do you search for bargains on FM24?

You should start by browsing our website. We have countless profiles – both extensive and brief – one some of the best emerging talents from across world football.

We will be your external scout, and scouts are equally important in the game. Building up a good core of talent-spotters and recruitment analysts should be a priority when building your club. No scouts on the search, no wonderkids.

How do you develop bargains on FM24?

As always, pathways are paramount. You have to make sure that your youngsters have access to meaningful minutes at the appropriate levels. If you have a first-team ready talent, phase him into the team gradually, during pre-season ideally.

If your prospect needs a bit more polishing, the loan system is a valuable tool. But pathways to senior level minutes are key. Assess your youngsters on a case-by-case basis, decide what they need, and enact your decision.

How do you loan out young players on FM24?

Loans are an important tool in youth development, and they can be difficult to get right. It’s all about accurately assessing the levels your prospects can play at, then finding suitable environment for them to develop in. It’s especially important you consider the styles and shapes teams play, and league style is a factor too.

How do you sign young players on FM24?

Squad planning is crucial. Check your depth charts, keep your shortlits updated, sort them by position even, and assess which areas you need to strengthen. Once you’ve done that, you can start signing young players that fit your demands.

Work to your budgets as well – don’t overstretch your club’s financial capabilities.

How do you sell young players on FM24?

Again, squad planning is key. Making sure your young players are playing, whether at your club or elsewhere, is important; more minutes increases their value. Sell at the right time too, set a defined policy and stick to it.

Don’t be afraid to sell young players too. If you haven’t got the right pathway for them, move them on to generate even more profits and reinvest in the squad or club.

Tobias Slotsager is one of the best bargains to buy on Football Manager 2024.

The best way is by building a strong scouting team, then assigning them to search for players under the age of 21 with the highest potential and capping their maximum price.

Charlie Hughes, Martim Fernandes and Nestory Irankunda are all great bargain options to buy in FM24.

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