Football Manager 2022: Best signings under £500,000

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Football Manager 2022 has finally arrived, which means you can jump in NOW and start assembling your squad of superstars.

We've got you covered for ten of the best bargain purchases you can make in this year's game, with all of these players costing less than £500,000.

From footballing legends to forgotten stars, there's something for everyone on this list.

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Marcelo

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Age: 33

Position: D (L)

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Club: Real Madrid

Value: £325,000

Wage: £250,000 a week

The highest-profile name on this list with a trophy cabinet the size of a small island, Marcelo is available for a massive bargain of £325,000 in this year's game.

Surplus to requirements at Real Madrid, can you sign this Brazilian star and raise the reputation - and shirt sales - at your club?

Shane Long

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Age: 34

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Position: ST (C)

Club: Southampton

Value: £180,000

Wage: £60,000 a week

A man whose career is coming to a close, Shane Long may be at the twilight of his career but we still think he could do a solid job for your side.

A solid striker who could hit form for any second-tier side, Long could be a great one season capture for any club.

Shamar Nicholson

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Age: 24

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Position: ST (C)

Club: Charlerio

Value: £45,000 - £450,000

Wage: £4,300 a week

An unknown entity to many Football Manager fans, Shamar Nicholson is a hidden gem that could be worth the risk.

A player with decent stats and a low valuation, this Jamaican striker could surprise many in Football Manager 2022.

Thomas Agyepong

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Age: 24

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Position: AM (L)

Club: Lemmel SK (on loan from Man City)

Value: £0 - £55,000

Wage: £5,000 a week

Everyone loves a speedy winger and it makes the taste all the sweeter when that star has been raised at Manchester City.

Clearly a talented player with plenty of room to develop, Thomas Agyepong is the man you need on the flanks in FM22.

Jaroslaw Jach

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Age: 27

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Position: D (C)

Club: Crystal Palace

Value: £80,000

Wage: £10,000 a week

A sturdy defender who is the perfect commander for sides in the second-tier, Jaroslaw Jach is the forgotten man at Crystal Palace.

Nevertheless, the imperious centre-half could be a great bargain purchase and become a solid starter for your team in Football Manager 2022.

Jerome Sinclair

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Age: 24

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Position: ST (C)

Club: Unattached

Value: £0

Wage: £10,000 a week

An unattached star who was once tipped for great things, Jerome Sinclair is without a club at the start of Football Manager 2022.

Once tipped as a wonderkid, we believe taking a punt on Sinclair could lead to success. Are you the manager that can help the former Watford striker realise his potential?

Vasilis Barkas

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Age: 27

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Position: GK

Club: Celtic

Value: £16,000 - £150,000

Wage: £12,000 a week

Signed by Celtic to be their next best thing, Vasilas Barkas has flopped hard since moving to Glasgow.

Whilst he may not have cut the mustard in Scotland, that doesn't mean he isn't worth the risk. The Greek shot-stopper still has the attributes to be a solid 'keeper in Football Manager 2022.

Jamie McCart

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Age: 24

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Position: D (C)

Club: St. Johnstone

Value: £20,000 - £190,000

Wage: £700 a week

Another defender with a good mix of strength and composure, Jamie McCart is a cheap centre-back with a point to prove.

Certain to do a job in your backline, and still at a young age, we believe McCart could be a hidden gem in Football Manager 2022.

Johnathan Bolingi

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Age: 27

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Position: ST (C)

Club: Antwerp

Value: £300,000

Wage: £5,250 a week

Johnathan Boligni may not be a clinical striker, but he certainly represents an alternate option to exploit from the bench.

Quick and strong, this Congolese poacher could be the ideal player to support your wingers and create a nightmare for opposition defenders.

Zakaria Bakkali

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Age: 25

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Position: AM (RL)

Club: Anderlecht

Value: £65,000

Wage: £20,000 a week

Another player once thought of as a wonderkid, Zakaria Bakkali's career has never taken off.

The pacey winger lacks in many departments, but we think he could still be an excellent low-risk purchase for your side as you look to help the Belgian realise his full potential.

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