Adding experience to your squad for free is a useful and money-saving way to improve your prospects in the game

A solid free transfer in any game of Football Manager can be a brilliant, cost-effective way to boost your squad options, particularly if your hands are tied when it comes to finances.

Naturally, it depends on which club you are managing and what the needs of your squad are, but in each edition of the game there are a handful of decent free agents floating about that can be snapped up.

Seasoned international players with experience in the top leagues and continental competition can be found, though it’s true that many tend to be at the tail end of their careers – but experience can be a good thing.

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If you’re starting a new game of Football Manager 2020 – perhaps availing of their offer to play for free – and wondering who to sign for free, Goal brings you a selection of the best free agents.


Best free agent forwards on Football Manager 2020

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Player Age* Position Nationality
Wilfried Bony 30 ST Ivory Coast
Giuseppe Rossi 32 ST Italy
Hatem Ben Arfa 32 AM RC, FC France
Paulo Henrique 30 AM RL, ST Brazil
Marcus Pedersen 29 ST Norway
Jonathas 30 ST Brazil
Obafemi Martins 34 ST Nigeria
Keirrison 30 ST Brazil

Ivory Coast international and former Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony is available for free in the game, as is former Manchester United attacker Giuseppe Rossi, but you may find injury issues with both.

Former Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle United forward Hatem Ben Arfa would bring an abundance of technique to your squad, or else you could go for a blast from the past with ex-Inter star Obafemi Martins.

Keirrison, the ex-Barcelona player who was famous for his ‘seal dribble’, is also available, if you’re smitten by the idea of nostalgia and novelty signings.

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Best free agent midfielders on Football Manager 2020

Player Age* Position Nationality
Lucas Silva 26 DM Brazil
Darren Fletcher 35 DM Scotland
Yoann Gourcuff 32 AM C France
Riccardo Montolivo 34 DM Italy
Stephen Ireland 32 AM C Ireland
Mile Jedinak 34 DM Australia
Delvin N’Dinga 31 DM Congo
Sekou Sanogo 30 DM Ivory Coast
Diego Poyet 26 DM Uruguay
Valon Behrami 34 DM Switzerland
Jack Rodwell 28 DC, DM England
Gabriel Torje 29 AM RLC Romania
Emre Colak 28 AM LC Turkey
Diego Capel 31 AM L Spain

Many of the midfield options available for free are vastly experienced, such as former AC Milan and Italy star Riccardo Montolivo, or Premier League winning defensive midfielder Darren Fletcher.

However, there are others who are slightly younger, including England international Jack Rodwell, former Manchester City playmaker Stephen Ireland and ex-Real Madrid man Lucas Silva.

Or how about a man who was likened to Zinedine Zidane in his early career – Yoann Gourcuff?

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Best free agent defenders on Football Manager 2020

Player Age* Position Nationality
Fabio Coentrao 31 D/WB RL, AM RL Portugal
Ivan Strinic 31 D/WB/M L Croatia
Ignazio Abate 32 D/WB R Italy
Alan Hutton 34 D/WB R Scotland
Maximiliano Pereira 35 D/WB R Uruguay
Martin Olsson 31 D/WB L Sweden
Alexander Buttner 30 D/WB L Netherlands
Aleksandar Pantic 27 D RC Serbia
Philipp Wollscheid 30 D C Germany
Slobodan Rajkovic 30 DC Serbia
James Collins 35 DC Wales
Gabriel Paletta 33 DC Italy
Johan Djourou 32 DC Switzerland
Alexander Milosevic 27 DC Sweden
Richard Keogh 32 DC Ireland
Serdar Tasci 32 DC Germany

Portugal international wing-back Fabio Coentrao is the highest-profile free agent defender in the game and there are loads of potential signings with top-level experience.

They include Ivan Strinic, who played in the 2018 World Cup final with Croatia, Italy international Ignazio Abate and former Arsenal centre-back Johan Djourou.

Other potential signings include Gabriel Paletta, Alan Hutton and Martin Olsson, as well as former Manchester United full-back Alexander Buttner.

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Best free agent goalkeepers on Football Manager 2020

Player Age* Position Nationality
Emiliano Viviano 33 GK Italy
Jordan Archer 26 GK Scotland
Fabiano 31 GK Brazil
Johann Carrasso 31 GK France
Stefano Sorrentino 40 GK Italy
Agustin Orion 38 GK Argentina

When it comes to free agent goalkeepers in Football Manager 2020, the options are fairly limited.

Emiliano Viviano, who has played for Italy and Sampdoria, is probably the best available shot-stopper, but there are others such as Scottish goalkeeper Jordan Archer and former Porto custodian Fabiano.

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