This is our selection of players we consider the best free agents you can
bring to your club in Football Manager 2021, of course after the latest
Free players, or if you prefer it, free agents play an essential role in Football Manager 2021. They are unattached by contract to any club so you can get them without any transfer fee involved, that's £0 out of your transfer budget.
Here are the best 5 free agents in FM21 after the latest database update. These were some really good players who are without a club now and could be bargain buys to fill some important gaps in your squad.
Diego Costa - Striker (Centre)
The most surprising name on the list, Costa, was recently released by Atletico Madrid and is available on a free transfer. Costa, in his prime, was amongst the best strikers in the world and has several personal and team accolades to boot. He has been named in several team’s of the year and has won the Premier League, La Liga, Europa League & Super cup, to name a few. He may be on the decline, but his stats are still really good, and he is still mentally amongst the best strikers in the game. He is also a superb team player and will be a superb addition to any FM2021 squad regardless of how strong it already is.
Ezequiel Garay - Defender (Centre)
The 33-year-old is currently a free agent after requesting a release from Valencia following a cruciate ligament injury early in 2020. Garay is a journeyman and has played in several leagues across the club, winning several team and personal accolades along the way. A strong defender who is extremely capable in the air, Garay will also contribute with crucial set-piece goals, and it is a no brainer that he will be an amazing addition to almost any squad. With some luck and good management, you can easily get a minimum of 2 good seasons from Garay, and he definitely is one of the best free agents after the winter update.
Daniel Sturridge - Striker (Centre)
At just 30, Sturridge definitely still has a good few seasons in him. After being suspended for betting and eventually released by Trabzonspor, Sturridge is now available after serving his suspension. Sturridge has had a decorated career and was always a prolific goalscorer in his hay days. Still having decent stats in the game, Sturridge can fill into most squads and contribute with crucial goals. If one can manage his injuries and use his well, he will be an amazing addition who can score plenty of goals.
Alex Teixeira - AMC / AM (L), ST (C)
One of the best players on the list, Teixeira, recently was relieved from Jiangsu Suning in the Chinese league. Several top clubs, including Liverpool, were interested in the player, but he still is available and as a free agent at that. One look at his stats, and we can see the quality he represents, and he can easily be a starter for most sides in football manager 2021. He still has a good few years in him and will be an amazing addition to any FM manager’s team.
Daniel Subasic - Goalkeeper
At 35, Subasic may not be young or appetizing for many FM21 managers, but he still remains as one of the most well-rounded keepers in the game. After spending an amazing 8 seasons at Monaco, Subasic was finally released in 2020 and has remained without a club since. Any FM player looking to go for a solid backup keeper, under a strict budget, can definitely go for Subasic and he can do more than a decent job.