With Football Manager 2021 out sooner than we would normally expect, fans are building up their own scouting lists and shortlists of players to target. While this year the transfer window is going to open very close to the expected release date, we should get every transfer – and non-transfer – in the first database with FM2021’s release. At the moment, then, we’ve noticed some juicy players on the free agency market.
While some might be snapped up between now and November, who are some of the most exciting players who are on the transfer market for free in 2020?
While it’s very likely that the Italian will find a club before the November expected release, he is very much on a free transfer and could be a wise pick-up for any club. He’s a quality attacking midfielder who can do a shift in the wide areas and would promise you a boatload of experience. If you are going to be managing in Serie A, keeping an eye on Jack might make plenty of sense.
While injuries have made Sturridge a bit untouchable for some, he’s sure to add a goalscoring threat to any team in England or Europe. He’s a quality finisher, and if you can find a way to keep him fit (use the Editor!), you should get a quality striker who can put the goals away. Sadly for Sturridge, he’s probably at the stage of his career where he would make a move to just about any English Premier League or Championship outfit.
The former wonderkid supreme himself, Alexandre Pato is back on a free transfer. At the tender age of 31, he’s most recently left Sao Paulo having been a bit of a flip the second time around. The former Corinthians and Tianjin Tianhai man has enjoyed a rather confusing career so far, with injuries and a lack of form bringing an end to many stays. Still, he’s got all the potential in the world – why not see if you can coax it out of him, even at 31?
The former Napoli and Real Madrid man might be in his 30s now, but he would make a fine pick-up for most FM21 fans. He’s a quality player with a good eye for goal and no shortage of ability on the ball. He’s a hard worker and has kept himself in fine form over the years, so would be certain to make a wise investment for many European sides.
The Russian might be 27, but he’s probably entering his peak years as an athlete. He’s a fine midfielder with an eye for goal and a great engine and would make an excellent signing for a whole host of clubs on the continent. While the language barrier might cause issues in some leagues, he’s athletic and dynamic enough to easily make a big impact if he was to play in his favoured central midfield role.