Football Manager 2019: Best Bargain Attacking Midfielders (AMC)

Attacking midfielders are the creative heartbeat of any team. Here are the best cheap attacking midfielders in FM19.

Toby Durant by Toby Durant

Attacking midfielders are the lifeblood of a teams attack. They unlock defences and create chances, but with all that attacking prowess comes a hefty price tag. The likes of Mesut Ozil and Kevin De Bruyne are impossible to buy for most clubs, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t affordable, undervalued attacking midfielders that can join your team without breaking your budget. 

How to choose the best bargain attacking midfielders in Football Manager 2019

This article is looking at the best bargain attacking midfielders in FM19. These are players that are natural at the AM (C) position and can be bought for an initial fee of £5 million or less. You may have to experiment with add-ons or even player exchanges to get a deal done for that fee, since they don’t impact your transfer budget as much. So who are the best bargain attacking midfielders in Football Manager 2019?

Samir Nasri (CA 145 – PA 151)

Age: 30

Position: AM (RLC), M (RL)

Club: N/A

Country: France

Best Attributes: First Touch (17), Flair (17), Passing (16)

Value: N/A

Wage: N/A

Samir Nasri started his career with Olympique Marseille and made over 100 appearances before making a £15 million move to Arsenal in 2008. There he impressed enough to earn a £25 million move to Manchester City. After 5 years with Man City he spent a season on loan with Sevilla and then moved to Antalyaspor in Turkey for a year and is now a free agent.

In FM 19 Nasri still has a lot of creativity to offer. On the ball he can still pick a pass incredibly well (17 technique, 17 flair, 16 vision, 16 passing) and he isn’t bad in front of goal either (17 first touch, 14 finishing). He isn’t fast enough to be an every-game winger (14 acceleration, 12 pace) but he is capable of playing on either flank too.

Diego Souza (CA 140 – PA 146)

Age: 33

Position: AM (RC), ST

Club: SPO

Country: Brazil

Best Attributes: Flair (16), Vision (16), Passing (15)

Value: £3.8 million

Wage: £16,750 a week

Diego Souza has spent most of his 15-year career in Brazil. In 2005 he was signed by Benfica but never actually played a game for them. He returned to Brazil permanently in 2008 and was there until Saudi team Al-Ittihad signed him for a year. Now he is with Sao Paulo, and has seven caps and two goals for Brazil.

In FM 19 Diego Souza is a good player on the ball (16 flair, 16 vision, 15 passing, 15 technique). He can create for himself as well as others (14 dribbling) and has good athleticism too (15 strength, 15 jumping, 14 natural fitness, 13 acceleration, 12 pace).

Diego (CA 139 – PA 172)

Age: 33

Position: AM (C), M (C)

Club: FLA

Country: Brazil

Best Attributes: Flair (18), Dribbling (18), First Touch (17)

Value: £2.4 million

Wage: £28,000 a week

Diego started his career with Santos but soon made a £4.7 million move to Porto. He moved around Europe a lot and even had a £24 million transfer to Juventus in 2009, though that only lasted one season. He returned to Brazil with Flamengo in 2016.

In Football Manager 19 Diego is still an exceptional talent. He has the mentality to see opportunities (18 flair, 14 vision) and the talent to get the ball there (18 technique, 17 passing, 17 first touch). He is also very strong on the ball himself (18 dribbling).

Rasmus Falk (CA 137 – PA 145)

Age: 26

Position: AM (RLC), M (RC), ST 

Club: Kobenhavn

Country: Denmark

Best Attributes: Dribbling (16), Vision (15), Work Rate (15)

Value: £1.2 million

Wage: £12,000 a week

Rasmus Falk started his career with Danish side Odense Boldklub, playing nearly 150 games there before making a free transfer to Kobenhavn in 2016. There he has played 59 games and scored 9 goals to date.

In Football Manager 2019 Falk is a versatile attacker. He can play anywhere along the midfield or attacking midfield, and even striker. His best position is AM (C) though, thanks to his good mental attributes (15 flair, 15 vision, 15 anticipation) and impressive technical stats (16 dribbling, 15 first touch, 15 passing, 15 technique).

Thiago Neves (CA 136 – PA 160)

Age: 33

Position: AM (RC), M (C)

Club: CEC

Country: Brazil

Best Attributes: Flair (16), Vision (16), Technique (16)

Value: £1.8 million

Wage: £15,000 a week

Thiago Neves has moved around a lot in his career. He first left Brazil in 2006 for Japanese side Sendai Lumiere but returned after one year. He spent the 2008-09 season playing for Hamburg but again returned after one season. He has also spent two separate stints with Saudi team Al-Hilal and then had two years in UAE with Al-Jazira before returning to Brazil to play for CEC.

Another quality Brazilian attacker, Neves has excellent mental attributes (16 flair, 16 vision, 14 off the ball) and is very good on the ball (16 technique, 15 passing, 15 dribbling). He doesn’t have a lot of speed but enough to do damage (13 acceleration, 12 pace) and he is also particularly good in dead ball situations (16 free kick taking, 15 corners, 15 penalty taking).

Mauricio Pereyra (CA 135 – PA 138)

Age: 28

Position: AM (RC), M (C)

Club: Krasnodar

Country: Uruguay

Best Attributes: Vision (18), Technique (15), First Touch (15)

Value: £3.8 million

Wage: £29,000 a week

Mauricio Pereyra started his career with Nacional Montevideo in Uruguay. He played two years with the first team before making a £1 million move to Lanus in Argentina. After two more years he joined Krasnodar in Russia where he still plays today. He has racked up over 130 appearances for them and scored 20 goals.

In Football Manager 19 Pereyra has some remarkable mental attributes (18 vision, 14 flair, 14 off the ball) that complement his strong technical stats (15 technique, 15 first touch, 13 dribbling).

Wesley Sneijder (CA 135 – PA 178)

Age: 34

Position: AM (C), M (C)

Club: Al-Gharafa

Country: Holland

Best Attributes: Vision (19), Technique (18), First Touch (18)

Value: £1.8 million

Wage: £56,000 a week

Wesley Sneijder is a legend. He started his career with Ajax and was a star there, prompting Real Madrid to swoop in and sign him for €27 million. He played two years there before moving to Inter Milan and becoming the heart of their team which won Serie A, Coppa Italia, and Champions League titles in the 2009-10 season. In 2012 he moved to Galatasaray and now plays his football in Qatar.

Sneijder is still a strong player in FM 19. His creativity is still there (19 vision, 18 passing, 18 technique, 17 flair) and he can score (14 finishing) and create for others (17 free kick taking, 16 crossing, 15 corners). 

Nene (CA 134 – PA 156)

Age: 36

Position: AM (LC), M (L), ST

Club: SPO

Country: Brazil

Best Attributes: Penalty Taking (18), Technique (17), Flair (16)

Value: £375,000

Wage: £15,000 a week

Nene started his senior career with Paulista in 1999 and came to Europe with Mallorca in 2003. He progressed through Spain and went to Monaco in 2007 and then Paris Saint-Germain in 2010 where he performed pretty well. After a brief stint in the middle east and then with West Ham he returned to Brazil in 2015 and now plays with Sao Paulo.

In Football Manager 2019 Nene is still a creative master (17 technique, 16 flair, 15 vision, 15 passing) and can create from dead balls too (18 penalty taking, 15 free kick taking, 15 corners). Despite his age he has good athleticism (15 natural fitness, 12 stamina, 12 pace)

Bryan Ruiz (CA 133 – PA 158)

Age: 32

Position: AM (LC), M (L)

Club: SAN

Country: Costa Rica

Best Attributes: Vision (16), Passing (16), Technique (16)

Value: £1.4 million

Wage: £17,250 a week

Bryan Ruiz is best known to English fans for his four-year spell with Fulham, but he has played throughout Europe for most of his career. He played for AA Gent in Belgium, FC Twente in Holland, and Sporting in Portugal before heading to Santos in Brazil this year.

In FM19 he is still a remarkably creative player (16 vision, 16 passing, 16 technique) that can create his own space with the ball at his feet (16 first touch, 16 dribbling). He doesn’t have much speed (11 acceleration, 9 pace) but his mental attributes are strong (15 off the ball, 15 composure, 15 decisions) and he can generate chances consistently.

Mati Fernandez (CA 132 – PA 149)

Age: 32

Position: AM (C), M (C)

Club: Necaxa

Country: Chile

Best Attributes: Passing (16), Technique (16), Corners (16)

Value: £2.2 million

Wage: £13,000 a week

Mati Fernandez came up through the Colo Colo youth system and played two seasons with them in Chile before a £9 million move to Villarreal in 2006. From there he played for Sporting in Portugal and spent five years with Fiorentina in Italy. He moved to Mexican team Necaxa in 2017 and has won 74 caps for Chile to date.

In FM 19 Fernandez is still a creative force (16 technique, 16 passing, 15 vision, 15 flair). He has good speed for a central player (14 pace, 14 acceleration) that will help carry him beyond defenders. He can produce from dead balls (16 corners, 14 free kick taking) too.

All the best bargain attacking midfielders on Football Manager 2019

Name Pos Club Country Age CA PA Value Wage
Samir Nasri AM (LRC), M (RL) France 30 145 151 0 0
Diego Souza AM (RC), ST SPO Brazil 33 140 146 £3.8m £16.75k
Diego AM (C), M (C) FLA Brazil 33 139 172 £2.4m £28k
Rasmus Falk AM (LRC), M (RC), ST FC København Denmark 26 137 145 £1.2m £12k
Thiago Neves AM (RC), M (C) CEC Brazil 33 136 160 £1.8m £15k
Mauricio Pereyra AM (RC), M (C) Krasnodar Uruguay 28 135 138 £3.8m £29k
Wesley Sneijder AM (C), M (C) Al-Gharafa Holland 34 135 178 £1.8m £56k
Nenê AM (LC), M (L), ST SPO Brazil 36 134 156 £375k £15k
Bryan Ruíz AM (LC), M (L) SAN Costa Rica 32 133 158 £1.4m £17.25k
Mati Fernández AM (C), M (C) Necaxa Chile 32 132 149 £2.2m £13k
Jádson AM (C), M (RC) COR Brazil 34 132 157 £650k £15k
Moses Simon AM (LRC) Levante Nigeria 22 132 145 £4m £16k
Giovani dos Santos AM (RC), ST LA Galaxy Mexico 29 132 150 £1.5m £89k
Macnelly Torres AM (C) Deportivo Cali Colombia 33 131 144 £66k £1.4k
Pablo Barrientos AM (LRC) Toluca Argentina 33 131 145 £475k £13k
Aleksandr Yerokhin AM (C), M (C) Zenit Russia 28 131 131 £3.1m £31k
Lucas Zelarayán AM (LC), M (L) Tigres Argentina 26 131 153 £1.3m £15.5k
Aaron Hunt AM (C), M (C) Hamburger SV Germany 31 131 143 £3.3m £26k
Fabián Sambueza AM (C) Junior Argentina 29 131 135 £195k £1.2k
Eirik Hestad DM, AM (LRC), M (C) Molde Norway 22 130 141 £325k £1.4k
Nicolae Stanciu AM (RC) Sparta Prague Romania 25 130 145 £3.9m £17.25k
Rubén García AM (LRC) Atlético Pamplona Spain 24 130 138 £2.3m £10k
Mauro Formica AM (C) Newell’s Argentina 30 130 132 £3.1m £5.5k
Jesús Dátolo AM (C), M (C) Banfield Argentina 34 130 150 £1m £3.6k
Guilherme AM (C), ST ATP Brazil 29 130 145 £1.9m £16.25k
Marco Fabián AM (C) Eintracht Frankfurt Mexico 28 130 138 £3.7m £26k
Borja García AM (LRC), ST Girona Spain 27 130 136 £2.8m £17.75k
Brian Sarmiento AM (RC) Newell’s Argentina 28 130 135 £425k £4.5k
Ivelin Popov AM (C), M (C) Spartak Moscow Bulgaria 30 130 140 £2.3m £31k
Santiago Montoya AM (C) Millonarios Colombia 26 130 132 £150k £1k
Sofiane Hanni AM (LRC) Spartak Moscow Algeria 27 130 132 £3.5m £31k
Paulinho AM (LRC), M (LC) Portimonense Brazil 23 130 145 £3.6m £4k
Luis Jiménez AM (RC), M (C) Palestino Chile 34 130 145 £325k £3.5k
Tomas Horava M (C) Viktoria Plzen Czech Republic 30 130 133 £2.6m £5k

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