FM17: Serie A Transfer & Wage Budgets

We’ve made choosing between Juventus, Inter and Milan easier with our guide on the transfer and wage budgets of clubs in Serie A!

oliver stein by Oli Stein

Italian football isn’t what it used to be. Gone are the glory days of the 1990s when Italian football was the place to be, the pinnacle of European competition and the home of entertainment. In recent years, it’s almost turned into a playground for Juventus as they’ve enjoyed domestic domination for the past few seasons. The most notable thing about Serie A is that there just isn’t enough money in the league, as only six clubs are deemed as ‘rich.’ It’s the reason why Italian football has been declining; they can’t keep up with the comparatively greater riches of England and Spain.

It’s worth noting that the majority of teams are spending very near to or over their wage budgets, so there isn’t too much money in the league unless the club is particularly well run financially.

Nonetheless, Serie A poses some interesting challenges. You could attempt to take over Juventus with their £20.6m budget the highest in the league. Although domestic success should be achievable with minimal fuss, it’s European success that they crave and your task would be to reclaim their first Champions League since 1996. Staying in Turin, you could manage the second club in the city, Torino to try restore them to their former glory, though their board are only prepared to offer £3.8m. Not to mention, though, you have Joe Hart in your squad.

Serie A is the home of the sleeping giants and you could take on the daunting task of trying to reawaken one of the Milan clubs, Inter or AC. Inter may be the more attractive of the two as their starting squad is of higher quality, the board offer more money (£17.2m) and they’re already in the Europa League, which carries Champions League qualification with overall victory. Milan, however, would be more challenging, plus you’d get to work with wonderkid ‘keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. Roma and Napoli would also make interesting choices to try and break the Old Lady’s grip on the league.

Team Transfer Budget Wage Budget p/w Wage Current Spend p/w Financial Status European Competition (first season)
Atalanta £3.4m £450k £450k Secure
Bologna £3.4m £580k £575k Secure
Cagliari £1.5m £362k £350k Secure
Chievo £2.5m £312k £300k Secure
Crotone £1.29m £225k £225k Secure
Empoli £1.7m £296k £300k Secure
Fiorentina £9.5m £780k £750k Rich Europa League
Genoa £3.8m £538k £525k Secure
Inter £17.2m £1.9m £1.9m Rich Europa League
Juventus £20.6m £2.7m £2.6m Rich Champions League
Lazio £6.4m £1m £1m Rich
Milan £5.1m £1.5m £1.5m Okay
Napoli £13.7m £1.5m £1.5m Rich Champions League
Palermo £2.4m £374k £375k Secure
Pescara £1.6m £356k £350k Secure
Roma £8.6m £1.8m £1.8m Rich Champions League
Sampdoria £4.3m £630k £625k Secure
Sassuolo £7.2m £511k £500k Secure Europa League
Torino £3.8m £571k £500k Secure
Udinese £3.4m £506k £475k Secure

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Oli Stein

Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has worked with RealSport since September 2016. Currently assistant football editor and Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @steinoliver_