The best free agents available in Football Manager 2020

The best things in life are free.

Edge Magazine

Picture this. You’ve just started a new career, picked a second or third-tier team that you want to push to new heights, only to find out that you’ve got a budget so small that the thought of paying actual money for anyone is a non-starter. Working on a shoestring budget, or with a squad full of newly signed deadwood can be a nightmare beginning for any manager.

But fear not, as the start of the new season doesn’t need to be fraught with a lack of progress. At the beginning of the 2019/20 season, it’s fair to say that you’re not going to get world beaters for free on sensible wages, but you will be able to pick up a number of players that can offer you some squad depth, and maybe even in some cases push for a first-team spot.

Here are the best free signings at the start of the season in Football Manager 2020.

Goalkeepers:

Emiliano Viviano

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Key Stats:

  • Reflexes – 16
  • One On Ones – 16
  • Command of Area – 14
  • Positioning – 13

Gianluca Curci

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Key Stats:

  • Handling – 14
  • One On Ones – 13
  • Anticipation – 14
  • Positioning – 14

Gorka Iraizoz

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Key Stats:

  • Reflexes – 14
  • Communication – 14
  • Anticipation – 14
  • Positioning – 15

Roberto Santamaría

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Key Stats:

  • Reflexes – 14
  • Handling – 13
  • One On Ones – 13
  • Agility – 13

Defenders:

Adil Rami (CB)

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Key Stats:

  • Marking – 16 / Tackling – 14
  • Heading – 16 / Jumping Reach – 15
  • Anticipation – 14
  • Positioning – 15

Nicolás Pareja (CB)

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Key Stats:

  • Marking & Tackling – 15
  • Heading – 13 / Jumping Reach – 12
  • Decisions & Composure – 15
  • Positioning – 16

Raúl Rodríguez (CB/RB)

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Key Stats:

  • Marking – 13 / Tackling – 15
  • Heading – 13 / Jumping Reach – 12
  • Concentration – 14
  • Positioning – 14

Bacary Sagna (RB/RWB)

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Key Stats:

  • Marking – 14 / Tackling – 15
  • Heading – 14 / Jumping Reach – 12
  • Dribbling – 11 / Crossing – 13
  • Positioning – 14
  • Work Rate – 13

Jefferson (LB/LWB)

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Key Stats:

  • Marking & Tackling – 11
  • Acceleration – 13 / Pace – 12
  • Dribbling – 12 / Crossing – 15
  • Off The Ball – 15
  • Work Rate – 13

Fábio Coentrão (LB/LWB)

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Key Stats:

  • Marking – 10 / Tackling – 14
  • Acceleration & Pace – 13
  • Dribbling & Crossing – 15
  • Off The Ball – 16
  • Work Rate – 13

Midfielders:

Yaya Touré (CM/DM/AMC)

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Key Stats:

  • Passing – 17 / Vision – 16
  • Long Shots & Free Kick Taking – 15
  • Dribbling & Crossing – 14
  • Technique – 16
  • Composure – 17

Ben Marshall (RM/RW/Utility Midfielder)

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Key Stats:

  • Passing – 14 / Vision – 13
  • Stamina – 15
  • Dribbling – 12 / Crossing – 15
  • Technique – 13
  • Composure – 13

Ki Sung-Yeung (DM/CM)

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Key Stats:

  • Passing & Vision – 14
  • Stamina – 14 / Natural Fitness – 15
  • Dribbling & Crossing – 13
  • Balance – 15
  • Teamwork & Decisions – 14

Youssouf Mulumbu (DM/CM)

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Key Stats:

  • Passing – 14 / Vision – 11
  • Strength & Natural Fitness – 15
  • Tackling – 15 / Marking – 14
  • Anticipation – 15
  • Positioning – 14

Marco Fabián (AMC/LW/RW)

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Key Stats:

  • Passing – 14 / Vision – 16
  • Long Shots & Flair – 17
  • Dribbling – 13 / Crossing – 15
  • Technique – 16
  • Agility – 16

Samu (RM/RW)

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Key Stats:

  • Passing – 13 / Vision – 15
  • Acceleration & Pace – 14
  • Dribbling – 12 / Crossing – 14
  • Off The Ball – 14
  • Technique – 15

Aarón Ñíguez (LW/AMC)

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Key Stats:

  • Passing & Vision – 14
  • Acceleration – 15 / Pace – 12
  • Dribbling – 15 / Crossing – 14
  • Off The Ball – 14
  • Technique – 16

Strikers:

Daniel Sturridge

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Key Stats:

  • Finishing & Anticipation – 15
  • First Touch – 15 / Composure – 16
  • Dribbling – 13 / Technique 16
  • Off The Ball – 15
  • Flair – 15

Diafra Sakho

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Key Stats:

  • Finishing – 14 / Anticipation – 13
  • First Touch – 12 / Composure – 11
  • Heading – 16 / Jumping Reach – 13
  • Off The Ball – 14
  • Work Rate – 14

Marcus Pedersen

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Key Stats:

  • Finishing – 15 / Anticipation – 14
  • Heading – 14 / Jumping Reach – 13
  • Strength & Stamina – 14
  • Off The Ball – 14
  • Work Rate – 18

Ikechukwu Uche

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Key Stats:

  • Finishing – 15 / Anticipation – 13
  • Dribbling – 14 / First Touch – 12
  • Decisions – 12 / Teamwork – 14
  • Off The Ball – 15
  • Work Rate – 14