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.

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.


  1. Best free agent forwards on Football Manager 2020
  2. Best free agent midfielders on Football Manager 2020
  3. Best free agent defenders on Football Manager 2020
  4. Best free agent goalkeepers on Football Manager 2020

Best free agent forwards on Football Manager 2020

Wilfried Bony30STIvory Coast
Giuseppe Rossi32STItaly
Hatem Ben Arfa32AM RC, FCFrance
Paulo Henrique30AM RL, STBrazil
Marcus Pedersen29STNorway
Obafemi Martins34STNigeria

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

Lucas Silva26DMBrazil
Darren Fletcher35DMScotland
Yoann Gourcuff32AM CFrance
Riccardo Montolivo34DMItaly
Stephen Ireland32AM CIreland
Mile Jedinak34DMAustralia
Delvin N’Dinga31DMCongo
Sekou Sanogo30DMIvory Coast
Diego Poyet26DMUruguay
Valon Behrami34DMSwitzerland
Jack Rodwell28DC, DMEngland
Gabriel Torje29AM RLCRomania
Emre Colak28AM LCTurkey
Diego Capel31AM LSpain

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

Fabio Coentrao31D/WB RL, AM RLPortugal
Ivan Strinic31D/WB/M LCroatia
Ignazio Abate32D/WB RItaly
Alan Hutton34D/WB RScotland
Maximiliano Pereira35D/WB RUruguay
Martin Olsson31D/WB LSweden
Alexander Buttner30D/WB LNetherlands
Aleksandar Pantic27D RCSerbia
Philipp Wollscheid30D CGermany
Slobodan Rajkovic30DCSerbia
James Collins35DCWales
Gabriel Paletta33DCItaly
Johan Djourou32DCSwitzerland
Alexander Milosevic27DCSweden
Richard Keogh32DCIreland
Serdar Tasci32DCGermany

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

Emiliano Viviano33GKItaly
Jordan Archer26GKScotland
Johann Carrasso31GKFrance
Stefano Sorrentino40GKItaly
Agustin Orion38GKArgentina

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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