Football Manager 2020: Top transfer listed players in your new save – Costa, Rodriguez, Rojo & more

From pacey wingers to solid defenders, you can find what you need at a good price.

Toby Durant by Toby Durant

The first thing every player wants to do when they start a new save on Football Manager is jump head-long into the transfer market and splash the cash around.

After all, nothing says “I’m the new man in charge” like making a few changes to the squad and bringing in the kind of players that can run the tactical system you want to employ.

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However, making drastic changes can be a very expensive process, especially if you have rather discerning taste.

One way to minimise the damage to your transfer budget is to look at the players that teams are actively trying to get rid of.

The transfer list is an excellent way of finding a cheap bargain, so who will be on the market when you start your save?

Douglas Costa, Juventus

Position: M/AM (RL)

Age: 28

Value: £60m

Wage: £190k

The rapid winger is one Juventus, or Zebre as they are in FM20, are looking to get rid of. With his 18 dribbling, 18 acceleration, and 18 technique he is the ideal old school pacey wide man.

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If you like to play counter-attacking football with width then Costa is your man, however it comes at a cost. Juventus are asking for £59 million, and with a wage of £190k he will eat into that side of your finances too. Still, if it’s the missing piece of your puzzle it is a price worth paying.

James Rodriguez, Real Madrid

Position: M/AM (RLC)

Age: 27

Value: £47.5m

Wage: £225k

James Rodriguez never really settled in at Real Madrid, coming in as the 2014 World Cup hero and struggling in a team of galacticos. However, with 19 first touch, 19 vision, 18 flair, and 18 technique, James is a superlative creative player that can unlock a defence.

With peak years ahead of him and an asking price of £45.5 million James is a good option for a top team looking to make the next step, however his wage of £225k may price him out of a lot of clubs.

Federico Bernardeschi, Juventus

Position: M (R), AM (RLC)

Age: 25

Value: £41m

Wage: £130k

The balanced wide man is another that Juventus are looking to move on from. At just 25 there is plenty of career left ahead of Federico Bernardeschi, making him a solid investment. With 17 determination, 17 flair, 17 technique, and 16 work rate you will get more without the ball from Bernardeschi than you will others.

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Thanks to his age, Juventus are asking for a rather massive £51 million, but a strong negotiator can get that down. His wage is a more reasonable £130k so he will fit into most budgets, and at that age he will lock down your right wing spot for a while.

Juan Cuadrado, Juventus

Position: D/WB/M/AM (R)

Age: 31

Value: £27m

Wage: £110k

Yet another wide man that Juve want rid of! At 31, there is less time ahead of Juan Cuadrado than the others, but with his ability to play anywhere down the right and his continued athletic prowess (18 acceleration, 17 pace, 16 agility) he is certainly a useful player to any side.

Juventus are after the full £27 million for him, but given his age Cuadrado is best off as a loan signing if you can stomach the £110k wage bill for him, otherwise you’ll only be back on the transfer market in a season or two.

Marcos Rojo, Man United

Position: D (LC)

Age: 29

Value: £20.5m

Wage: £110k

Finally we get to a defender. After spending a club record £80 million on Harry Maguire it’s no surprise that Man United are trying to off-load Marcos Rojo. The 29 year old Argentine defender is a solid player, with 18 bravery, 17 aggression, and 16 tackling he can get stuck in and win the ball.

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Man United are asking for £18.5 million, making Rojo a very reasonable buy if you need some help at the back. He can play both centre back and left back, making him a useful piece of any squad. His £110k wage is a bit high, but if you have the space then he is a very prudent signing for most clubs.

Top transfer listed players

Player Club Position Age Value Wage
Douglas Costa Juventus M/AM (RL) 28 £60m £190k
James Rodriguez R. Madrid M/AM (RLC) 27 £47.5m £225k
Federico Bernardeschi Juventus M (R), AM (RLC) 25 £41m £130k
Juan Cuadrado Juventus D/WB/M/AM (R) 31 £27m £110k
Marcos Rojo Man Utd D (LC) 29 £20.5m £110k
Victor Wanyama Tottenham DM, M (C) 27 £20m £65k
Javier Pastore Roma M (C), AM (LC) 30 £17.25m £145k
Stuart Armstrong Southampton M/AM (C) 27 £17m £50k
Cheikhou Kouyate Crystal Palace D (C), DM, M (C) 29 £16.25m £65k
Morgan Schneiderlin Everton DM, M (C) 29 £15.25m £120k
Lucas Leiva Lazio D (C), DM, M (C) 32 £15m £73k
Matej Vydra Burnley AM (LC), ST (C) 27 £15m £35k
Nemanja Matic Man Utd DM, M (C) 30 £14.5m £120k
Kevin gameiro Valencia ST (C) 32 £13.25m £105k
Marvin Zeegelaar Watford D/WB (L) 28 £11.5m £20k
Diego Rico Bournemouth D/WB (L) 26 £10.25m £35k

Toby Durant