FM 16 Chelsea: Complete Guide (Wonderkids, Transfer/Wage Budget, Who to Buy/Sell)

Despite their struggles this year in real life, Chelsea still have one of the most FM-friendly teams in the Premier League.

by Roei Samuel

FM 16 Chelsea – Despite their struggles this year in real life, FM 16 Chelsea – Despite their struggles this year in real life, Chelsea still have one of the most FM-friendly teams in the Premier League. Their squad is essentially a compilation of young, and more importantly, expensive players, mixed with some older players who are still pretty elite. So there isn’t a whole lot that needs to be done here, but if you make these few tweaks, it’ll leave you in good stead to compete on four fronts in your first season.  


We’ve given you the minimum and maximum budget available, depending on what your expectations are. Transfer Budget – £40.19m – 45.75m Wage Budget – £2.9m – 3.19m

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Key players to build your team around

The following players should never be sold and should form the spine of your team for the foreseeable future. Some are obvious choices, others less so, but none of the following players are easily replaced.

FM 16: Premier League Wonderkids XI

Kurt Zouma (20)

Zouma is just 20 years young but already such a key part of Chelsea’s back four. He’s fast, strong, versatile and with 4.5-star potential, will become a mainstay in your defence for the next 10+ seasons.

Eden Hazard (24)

Everyone knows how good Hazard is but the problem on FM is that there aren’t too many accessible players (i.e. players you can actually afford to sign) that are better than him. If anyone’s untouchable on this team (in FM terms), it’s Hazard.

Thibaut Courtois (23)

One of the best young goalkeepers in the Premier League both in real-life and Football Manager is Courtois. At 23, he is a baby in goalkeeping years, and is consistently strong between the sticks:

Best youngsters to keep an eye on

The best players on your side that are 21 or younger that you need to keep an eye out for in future. If the player is under 21 and is already someone to build your team round, they won’t be included in this list. Keep the following players either to integrate into your first-team or to sell for a high price later on.

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Kenedy (19)

He’s a little raw to begin, but is a perfect option as a back-up winger who in-time, could eventually make the right-wing spot his own under the right guidance. He also can demand a quite a high transfer fee, so is worth nurturing.

Mario Pasalic (20)

Pasalic has 5-star potential, and is a great candidate to be eased into the first-team to take replace Cesc Fabregas. Under the right guidance, he can really shine, but don’t rush his development.

Players you should consider letting go

The following are players who could be easily replaced for one reason or another.

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Gary Cahill

In the world of Football Manager, Cahill isn’t the best performer and you could recoup around £11-15m for him, which will basically pay for Balanta (see below)


If there’s a team willing to pay £40-45m for Oscar (which there usually is at the start of a game save), take it. There are better, more FM-friendly players out there (Barkley, Reus, Bernard)

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

RLC isn’t ready to contribute right away, so don’t’ let him rot on the reserves. Loan out him to a Championship club and keep a close eye on his progress.

Recommended signings

Chelsea could do with another young forward to fill-in for Costa, although Falcao is surprisingly prolific in FM, despite struggling majorly in real-life in English football. Another young centre back would also be a good fit for Chelsea.

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Breel Donald Embolo (18)

Basel – £14m Embolo can contribute right away, and can also play out-wide to great effect. He is one of the best strikers in the game, so no more than that needs to be said.

Eder Alvarez Balanta (22)

River Plate – £7m Balanta is another like Zouma, who makes the inevitable decline of Ivanovic/Cahill far less painful. If you decide to sell Cahill, Balanta is a solid choice to replace him.

More gaming guides:

FM 16:

Wonderkids Guides

Premier League Best Wonderkids

Europe’s Best Wonderkids

La Liga Wonderkids

Bundesliga Wonderkids

Best Wonderkids From Smaller European Leagues

Best XI’s

Premier League Wonderkids Best XI

The 11 Best ‘Big Budget’ Signings On FM15

Europe’s Best Wonderkids XI

La Liga Wonderkids Best XI

The 11 Best Signings On FM15

Bundesliga Wonderkids Best XI

Smaller European Leagues Wonderkids XI

The Premier League On-Loan XI

The Best FM15 Signings Under £5m


FM 16 Stories

Celtic In The Premier League

Barcelona In League 2

Ronaldo & Messi At Aston Villa

Barcelona In The Premier League

Messi On A Cold Night In Stoke


General Guides

How To Sign Any Player For Cheap On FM16

6 Reasons To Buy FM16 

5 Bargains You Won’t Find In FM16

6 Teams To Try On FM16

What Happened When We Played FM16 For The First Time

The 5 Best Free Transfers At Every Position

Best Signings From Relegation-Prone Teams 


Transfer Budgets

Premier League Teams Transfer/Wage Budgets Revealed

Every European Team’s Transfer/Wage Budgets Revealed

La Liga Teams Transfer/Wage Budgets Revealed

Serie A Teams Transfer/Wage Budgets Revealed

Bundesliga Transfer/Wage Budget Revealed

Smaller European Teams Transfer/Wage Budget Revealed

The 20 Teams With The Highest Transfer/Wage Budgets


FIFA 16:

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Roei Samuel