Five best free agents for Football Manager 2024 and beyond

Five best free agents for Football Manager 2024 and beyond

Football Manager 2025 is out now. If you’re anything like us, you’ll already be strategizing about how you’ll turn your modest club into a continental powerhouse. To do so you’ll have to get creative in the transfer market – and here’s where free agents can be extremely useful.

Football Manager fanatics (via FM Scout) are already diligently speculating about the top players you can try to sign for no fee at all.

Here are 5 of the best free agents you should consider acquiring in FM25. Betting on these players’ new clubs is easy and profitable thanks to

Jesse Lingard

Yes, Lingard struggled at Nottingham Forest. Yes, he’s done little in the past few years. But remember when he looked world-class on loan at Moyes’ West Ham? If you fancy yourself a great man manager you’d take a chance on him.

The former England man has trained with West Ham and been linked to Steven Gerrard’s Al-Ettifaq but remains clubless.

Fabio Quagliarella

The Serie A icon waved a tearful farewell to Sampdoria after their relegation last season.

Quagliarella perhaps peaked in his late thirties, with that absurd 26-goal season in 2018-19 seeing him beat Ronaldo to Serie A’s Capocannoniere top scorer prize.

Last term it seemed time had finally caught up as he scored just once in 2022-23.

But he’s yet to retire, and it would be fun to bring him in for one final job – football’s answer to The Expendables.

Shkodran Mustafi

The German was already a joke in his final years at Arsenal – and that was before successive relegations with Schalke and Levante.

Mustafi was last seen in Levante’s painful playoff final loss to Alaves, barely featuring due to injuries last season. He’s still only 31 somehow.

Nevertheless, he is a World Cup winner, was very good at Valencia, and wasn’t always useless at Arsenal. Rebuilding his reputation could be an interesting challenge.

FM24 best free agents

Francis Guerrero

Fans of Spanish football may remember the right-back playing for Real Betis, ‘Francis’ on the back of his shirt.

The former Spain U21 looked decent for Los Verdiblancos, especially under Setien as they finished 10th – wildly entertaining – in 2018-19.

But he fell down the pecking order and last played for Rayo Majadahonda in the Spanish third division. A viable choice if you take on a Segunda club and try to return the likes of Real Zaragoza to past glories.

David de Gea

The keeper’s reputation has fallen over recent years, he’s not in Spain’s plans, and he had some high-profile errors last season. Yet he still kept the most Premier League clean sheets in 2022-23 and is world-class on his day.

Unless you insist on playing out from the back, you could do much worse. Wage demands might be problematic – likely why the real De Gea remains clubless.

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