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Football Manager 2018: Who are the best FREE AGENTS on the game?

  • The beta version of Sport Interactive's popular football management simulation is now available
  • The full game is released on November 10
  • RRP is £37.99
  • This year's edition has some exciting free agents just waiting to be snapped up

Football Manager 2018 is available right now for public beta testing – so anyone who has pre-ordered a digital copy of the game on either Amazon or Steam is able to get early access to it.

Pretty exciting, right?

But don’t sweat if you haven’t got access to the beta; the full game is available on November 10.


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So whether you’re spending every waking moment dedicated to the new game, or you’re waiting patiently for the release date, we’ve already got the lowdown on the best free agents you can snap up for, well, free.

And believe it or not, there’s some big names available.

Football Manager 2018: Free Agents:

Goalkeepers:

Xavi Irureta

Finding a decent out of contract goalkeeper is quite difficult on Football Manager, with the good ones usually snapped up by top clubs as backups.

Irureta is probably one of the best available, considering his relatively young age (31) for a shot-stopper and his fairly adequate ability between the sticks.

With spells at Eibar and Zaragoze in Spain, we reckon he’d be a great choice for a top Championship side, or as a back-up for a low-level Premier League team.

Hugo Ventura

The same can be said for Portuguese stopper Ventura.

The 29-year-old boasts some decent attributes, with his handling rated 15, Reflexes and Rushing Out 14 and Throwing 13.

Definitely worth a free signing.

Defenders:

Bacary Sagna

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Considered one of the best full-backs in the Premier League just a few years ago, the former Arsenal and Man City man can be all yours for free this season.


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However, aged 34, his best years are behind him – but he’s definitely still got his uses.

The France international made 16 appearances for City last term, and still boasts some useful defensive attributes – but we dread to think how much he’ll ask for in wages.

Benoit Tremoulinas

The former Bordeaux hero may not be a household name, but he’s arguably the best player you can pick up for nothing on FM18.

Despite failing to pick-up regular game time at his last club Sevilla, he looks like a great left-back option for even top-level Premier League clubs, with the Frenchman’s attacking attributes especially impressive.

16 rating for Crossing, Teamwork and Natural Fitness? Snap him up while you can.

Jan Kirchhoff

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Sunderland fans swear by him, and with good reason.

The German played a crucial role in the Black Cats’ great escape under Sam Allardyce in the 2015/16 season, playing in the defensive midfield anchor position.

Following the club’s relegation from the Premier League last season, the former Bayern Munich man is now searching for a fresh start somewhere new.

He could be well worth a contract, with his mental attributes especially strong.

Sebastien Bassong 

Another familiar name; Bassong has plenty of experience, having turned out for the likes of Newcastle, Tottenham, Norwich and Watford.

Still aged just 31, the Cameroonian could definitely still do a shift for a newly promoted side or as a decent back-up to your main centre-back.

Midfielders:

Mathieu Flamini

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The former Arsenal man may be on the road to fame and fortune thanks to his wise investments in Biochemicals.

But in the meantime, he needs somewhere to play after Crystal Palace released him at the end of last season.

With his high marking and tackling attributes, the 33-year-old could become a useful squad player at the very least.

Denilson

Now there’s a name you haven’t heard for a while, right Arsenal fans?

Still aged just 29-years-old, the Brazilian has had a fairly unremarkable career since leaving his fringe role at the Gunners.

After spells in Brazil and UAE, we reckon he’d be more than open to a place in a low-level Premier League side – even as a squad player.

Diego Capel

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This Spanish winger has always been a Football Manager favourite, stretching back to his days with Sevilla.

He’s still a decent option on the left side of attack, with his Dribbling, First Touch and Technique enough to warrant a place in plenty of top-tier clubs.

Abou Diaby

Same again, eh, Arsenal fans?

The seldom-seen French midfielder had a pretty frustrating spell in North London, succumbing to a multitude of injuries that sadly kept on the sidelines more times than not.

It was a similar story at Marseille, where he made just five Ligue 1 appearances in two years.

Still only 31 and out of contract, do you think the defensive midfielder is worth the risk?

Joey Barton

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Football’s Mr. Controversy is free and available to play… next season at least.

Currently suspended in the game until the end of the 2017/18 season, the 34-year-old ex-Burnley, Rangers and QPR bruiser might be worth an offer if you need an experienced head in your midfield.

But expect a few bookings here and there, as well.

Forwards:

Marouane Chamakh

There’s enough former Arsenal flops here to fill a small reunion party, right?

Chamakh was supposed to be Arsene Wenger’s next big signing from France back in 2010, with the Moroccan joining the Emirates as the French top-flight’s top goalscorer the previous season.

That wasn’t to be unfortunately, and nowadays the once promising striker is available for free, following equally unsuccessful spells at West Ham, Crystal Palace and Cardiff.

He’s definitely not worth a place in the starting line-up of any team in tier one or two, but he’s still got some decent attacking attributes.

Giuseppe Rossi

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Much like Diaby above, Rossi’s career has been one of promise and injury frustration.

Once on the books of Manchester United, the Italy international has turned out for the likes of Villarreal, Fiorentina and, most recently, Celta Vigo (on loan)

With Fiorentina allowing his contract to expire at the end of last term, he’s now free to pick up at the age of 30.

His fitness is ridiculously poor (as you’d probably expect) but his attacking attributes (in particular, Finishing and First Touch) are by-far the best you can get for nothing on the game.

If you can nurse this guy along, then he’s an absolute bargain.

Jose Antonio Reyes

Another disappointing shadow of the past for Arsene Wenger.

But for a newly promoted side, the Spaniard’s Dribbling, Crossing, and Passing are still pretty incredible.

Just don’t expect him to stick around for too long, aged 34.

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At 36, time is against him.

But the forward’s Strength is still decent at 15, making up for his lack of Stamina.

Definitely not a starter, but someone you probably want to bring off the bench when you’re behind, as we imagine he’s still devastating in the box.

Mirko Vucinic

With a CV that boasts Roma and Juventus, one of Montenegro’s greatest ever players is worth a contract if you need someone who’s versatile in attack.

Able to play anywhere up front or on either wing, the 34-year-old is still an excellent, technically gifted attacker with plenty of experience.