Football Manager 2023 is almost here, with brand new features announced for this year's game.
With that in mind, we know gaffers will already want to start planning those shortlists ahead of this year's game, and we've got you covered for the best centre-backs (DCs) you can sign in FM23.
FM23 Best Centre-Backs (DC)
Central defenders are the beating heart of any successful team, and that much remains true in Football Manager 2023.
If it's a hearty defender to take you to the next level that you're after, then save the pennies and move for one of these top stars.
Ruben Dias has been somewhat of a revelation since joining Man City, with the Portuguese defender quickly taking to England like a duck to water.
Dias remains one of the best defenders in FM23 as well, but it would take a mammoth offer to prise this superstar away from the Premier League champions.
Virgil van Dijk
There's truth in the insistence that van Dijk isn't as good as he once was, but that doesn't mean to say he isn't still world-class.
He may need a career revival and change of scenes and that's where you come in, ready to keep this flying Dutchman at the very top of the football scene.
Rudiger has swapped London for Madrid after leaving Chelsea to join Real and the German has made an impressive start in Spain.
Whilst he's yet to show all of his top credentials, we've no doubt that Rudiger will be one of the best that FM23 has to offer at the heart of the defence.
Matthijs de Ligt
Recently moving from Turin to Munich, Matthis de Ligt is one of the best young defenders around.
A burgeoning superstar who will no doubt become a future great, we hope that you'll one day bring this Dutch destroyer to the Premier League.
Bastoni is one of two dominant defenders at the heart of the Inter Milan backline, but we know that he is by far the one with the higher potential ceiling.
Certain to become a superstar, we think you should be moving for this Italian stallion before his price skyrockets.
Tomori has silenced many doubters since moving to the San Siro, with a title win under his belt and a memorable season last term.
One of England's best defenders, you'll want to move this Englishman home before he's tied down to a long and expensive contract.
First Bastoni, now Skriniar, it's very difficult not to be entirely jealous of Inter's defensive options.
Tall and strong, this dominant centre-half knows a thing or two about a tough tackle, and we think you should be moving heaven and earth to bring him to your team.
Certain to become one of the very best in the game, Gvardiol is a man you cannot afford to pass on this year.
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