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Football Manager 2021 Best Free Players

The provisional list of the most notable free agents when starting FM21. Your reference point to finding the top free transfers in FM 2021, featuring unparalleled depth and most usable presentation.

By Updated on Oct 14, 2020   9511 views   2 comments
FM 2021 Best Players - Football Manager 2021 Best Free Players

Welcome to the provisional list of the best free players in Football Manager 2021 by FMScout.com. As always, I have dedicated many hours compiling this list to ensure it really is the most accurate, comprehensive and informed shortlist of the top free transfers in FM21 around the web.

This is my guide to finding and assessing the top FM2021 free agents who would be willing to join a team from the top divisions. That means the players you see below will likely have no interest in signing to a lower league club.

Date Published: October 2nd, 2020
Last Updated: October 14th, 2020

FM2021 Best free transfers

This is my guide to finding and assessing the top Football Manager 2021 free agents. Essentially, these are the most notable free agents in FM 2021 at the beginning of the first season (July 1st, 2020).

For the first edition, I've handpicked the top 350 FM21 free agents! Most of the players you'll find below would be a good fit for the top leagues, but there are candidates suitable for lower leagues.

Updates will be applied from to time to ensure I'm not missing any players worthy of appearing here. I encourage you to post your own suggestions in the comment section, as I'll be checking them all to improve this free agent list further.

Since we have no access to FM21 yet, I have used the updated FM2020 database by FMTU to get the latest worldwide transfers. If you also use that FM20 transfer update, this list will make sense to you as well.

This is the successor of FM 2020 best free agents.

What are free agents?

They are players without contract available on a free transfer. Free players are ideal to boost your squad when your transfer budget is very limited. They are usually players in the twilight of their career, but there are always cases of younger players who are still free for different reasons.

What does the rating mean?

It's my personal recommendation system for your convenience. I'm using a 1-100 scale and the ratings are based on English divisions and reflect the players' quality at their current ability.
80+ key player for 1st division teams
77-79 rotation/backup for 1st division teams
74-76 important player for 2nd division teams
71-73 important player for 3rd division teams
70-72 important player for 4th division teams

Click on the table headers (name, age, etc) for easy sorting.
You can also sort by multiple columns if you press and hold Shift while clicking the headers.
R Name Age Position Nat
89 Mandzukic, Mario 33 AM L, ST Croatia
83 Kagawa, Shinji 30 AM C Japan
82 Nasri, Samir 32 AM RLC France
82 Asamoah, Kwadwo 30 D/WB L, M LC Ghana
81 Zabaleta, Pablo 34 D/WB R Argentina
81 N'Doye, Dame 34 ST Senegal
81 Susaeta, Markel 31 AM R Spain
80 Raffael 34 AM/F C Brazil
80 Sturridge, Daniel 29 ST England
80 Balotelli, Mario 28 ST Italy
80 Clichy, Gaël 33 D/WB L France
80 Clyne, Nathaniel 28 D/WB R England
80 Gomes, Heurelho 38 GK Brazil
79 Albentosa, Raúl 30 D C Spain
79 Wilshere, Jack 27 AM RLC England
79 Tito 33 D/WB R Spain
79 Beñat 32 AM C Spain
79 Garay, Ezequiel 32 D C Argentina
78 Simpson, Danny 32 D R England
78 Cabaye, Yohan 33 DM, AM C France
78 Fernandão 32 ST Brazil
78 Valencia, Antonio 33 D/WB/M R Ecuador
78 Alexandre Pato 29 AM L, ST Brazil
78 Ruben, Marco 32 ST Argentina
78 Sánchez, Víctor 31 D/WB R, DM Spain
78 Berardi, Gaetano 30 D RLC Switzerland
78 Welbeck, Danny 28 AM RL, ST England
77 Afellay, Ibrahim 33 AM RLC Holland
77 Williams, Ashley 34 D C Wales
77 Bargfrede, Philipp 30 DM Germany
77 Juanpi 25 AM RC Venezuela
77 Strinic, Ivan 31 D/WB/M L Croatia
77 Adebayor, Emmanuel 35 ST Togo
77 Birsa, Valter 32 AM RLC Slovenia
77 Jurado, José Manuel 33 AM RLC Spain
77 Soriano, Jonatan 33 ST Spain
77 Simunovic, Jozo 25 D C Bosnia & Herzegovina
77 Jádson 35 AM RC Brazil
77 Kuzmanovic, Zdravko 31 DM Serbia
77 Moyano, Javi 33 D/WB R Spain
77 Amaya, Antonio 36 D C Spain
77 Farfán, Jefferson 34 AM RC, F C Peru
76 Vangioni, Leonel 32 D L Argentina
76 Ruiz, Alan 25 AM C Argentina
76 Hahn, Warner 27 GK Holland
76 Javi López 33 D/WB R, M RC Spain
76 Pacheco, Dani 28 AM LC, F C Spain
76 Pérez, Damián 30 D/WB L Argentina
76 Pazzini, Giampaolo 34 ST Italy
76 De Blasis, Pablo 31 AM RLC Argentina
76 Pareja, Nicolás 35 D C Argentina
76 Mariappa, Adrian 32 D RC Jamaica
76 Papadopoulos, Kyriakos 27 D C Greece
76 Iturraspe, Ander 30 DM Spain
76 Pivaric, Josip 30 D/WB L Croatia
76 Cacciatore, Fabrizio 32 D/WB RL Italy
76 Santos, Renato 27 AM RL Portugal
76 Sánchez, Carlos 33 D C, DM Colombia
76 Stachowiak, Adam 32 GK Poland
76 Iván 25 D/WB R Spain
76 Tobio, Fernando 29 D C Argentina
76 Teixeira, Filipe 38 AM RLC Portugal
76 Guarín, Fredy 33 DM, AM C Colombia
76 Jano 26 AM LC Georgia
76 Albertengo, Lucas 28 ST Argentina
75 Ohandza, Franck 27 AM RL, ST Cameroon
75 Uribe, Fernando 31 ST Colombia
75 Gourcuff, Yoann 32 AM C France
75 Baiano 32 D/WB R Brazil
75 Korb, Julian 27 D/WB R, DM Germany
75 Subasic, Danijel 34 GK Croatia
75 Ñíguez, Aarón 30 AM RLC Spain
75 Espinosa, Javi 26 AM C Spain
75 Abate, Ignazio 32 D/WB R Italy
75 Rômulo 32 D/WB R, AM RC Italy
75 Kaprof, Juan 24 AM/F C Argentina
75 Nahuelpán, Ariel 31 ST Argentina
75 Ostrzolek, Matthias 29 D/WB L Germany
75 Canteros, Héctor 30 AM LC Argentina
75 Hadzic, Anel 29 DM, AM C Bosnia & Herzegovina
75 Huddlestone, Tom 32 D C, DM England
75 Calderón, Néstor 30 AM RLC Mexico
75 Padoin, Simone 35 D/WB RL, M RLC Italy
75 Ben Youssef, Syam 30 D C Tunisia
75 Wellington Nem 27 AM RLC Brazil
75 Defour, Steven 31 DM Belgium
75 Samu 28 AM RLC Spain
75 Sagna, Bacary 36 D RC France
75 Vucur, Stipe 27 D C Austria
74 Langkamp, Sebastian 31 D C Germany
74 Souaré, Pape 29 D/WB L Senegal
74 Capel, Diego 31 AM L Spain
74 Pilkington, Anthony 31 AM RL Ireland
74 Víctor Álvarez 26 D/WB L Spain
74 Douglas 37 AM C Brazil
74 Hemed, Tomer 32 ST Israel
74 Ekici, Mehmet 29 DM, AM C Turkey
74 Schwaab, Daniel 30 D RC Germany
74 Touré, Yaya 36 DM, AM C Ivory Coast
74 Felipe 34 D LC Brazil
74 Kayal, Beram 31 DM Israel
74 Nyland, Ørjan 28 GK Norway
74 Avdijaj, Donis 22 AM RLC, F C Kosovo
74 Francis, Simon 34 D RC England
74 Luiz Antônio 28 DM, M RC Brazil
74 Orión, Agustín 38 GK Argentina
74 Jucilei 31 DM Brazil
74 Allione, Agustín 24 AM RC Argentina
74 Çolak, Emre 28 AM LC Turkey
74 Paredes, Teodoro 26 D C Paraguay
74 Alexis 33 D C Spain
74 Mandi 30 D C, DM Spain
74 Surman, Andrew 32 DM England
74 Mäenpää, Niki 34 GK Finland
74 Etxeberria, Markel 24 D/WB R Spain
74 Halilovic, Alen 23 AM RC Croatia
74 Rithely 28 DM Brazil
74 Pereira, Jonathan 32 AM LC, F C Spain
74 Rossi, Iván 25 DM Argentina
74 Elliot, Rob 33 GK Ireland
74 Figueiredo, Afonso 26 D/WB L Portugal
74 Schmiedebach, Manuel 30 DM Germany
74 Giménez, Dani 35 GK Spain
74 Gum 33 D C Brazil
74 Douglão 33 D C Brazil
74 Rafael Galhardo 27 D/WB/AM R Brazil
74 Keirrison 30 ST Brazil
74 Esqueda, Enrique 31 AM R, ST Mexico
74 Sessegnon, Stéphane 35 DM, AM RC Benin
74 Cesar, Bostjan 36 D C Slovenia
74 Richards, Ashley 28 D/WB RL Wales
74 Eppel, Márton 27 ST Hungary
74 Maïga, Modibo 31 AM L, ST Mali
74 Flanagan, Jon 26 D RL England
74 Bertolacci, Andrea 28 AM C Italy
74 Lacroix, Léo 27 D C Switzerland
74 Ortega, Michael 28 AM C Colombia
74 Uche, Ikechukwu 35 ST Nigeria
74 Ashour, Hossam 33 DM Egypt
73 Walter, Remi 24 DM France
73 M'Bengue, Cheik 30 D LC Senegal
73 Großkreutz, Kevin 30 D/WB R, AM RL Germany
73 Cortés, Javier 29 M RC Mexico
73 Tabanou, Franck 30 D/WB/AM L France
73 Pellenard, Théo 25 D L France
73 Freeman, Kieron 27 D/WB RL Wales
73 Milovic, Goran 30 D C Croatia
73 Terrazzino, Marco 28 AM LC, F C Germany
73 Migliore, Francesco 31 D/WB/M L Italy
73 Vainqueur, William 30 DM France
73 Tissone, Fernando 32 DM Argentina
73 Stewart, Kevin 25 DM England
73 Daniels, Charlie 32 D L England
73 Assis 31 AM/F C Brazil
73 Díaz, Ismael 22 AM L, ST Panama
73 Sako, Bakary 31 AM RL Mali
73 King, Andy 30 DM, AM C Wales
73 Doumbia, Seydou 31 ST Ivory Coast
73 Sovsic, Damir 29 AM LC Croatia
73 Montero, Jefferson 29 AM L Ecuador
73 Sané, Lamine 32 D C, DM Senegal
73 de Guzmán, Jonathan 31 DM Holland
73 Hinestroza, Yonni 34 D/WB R Colombia
73 Videla, Ezequiel 31 DM Argentina
73 Rensing, Michael 35 GK Germany
73 Diomande, Adama 29 AM L, ST Norway
73 Brégerie, Romain 32 D C France
73 Cañas, José 32 DM Spain
73 Barbosa, Mariano 34 GK Argentina
73 Zengin, Erkan 33 AM RLC Sweden
73 Ezequiel 26 D/WB R Brazil
73 Sakho, Diafra 29 ST Senegal
73 Díaz, Marcos 33 GK Argentina
73 Luis García 38 M C Spain
73 Caiuby 30 AM L, ST Brazil
73 Fernández, Ronnie 28 AM LC, F C Chile
73 Valoyes, Zamir 33 AM RC, F C Colombia
73 Vieirinha 33 D/WB/AM RL Portugal
73 Mantovani, Martín 34 D C Argentina
73 Tana 28 AM RLC Spain
73 Yanga-Mbiwa, Mapou 30 D C France
73 Colman, Gustavo 34 M C Argentina
73 Vorm, Michel 35 GK Holland
73 Théréau, Cyril 36 AM LC, F C France
73 Raúl Rodríguez 31 D RC Spain
73 Tasçi, Serdar 32 D C Germany
73 Ajdarevic, Astrit 29 AM C Albania
73 Krhin, Rene 29 DM Slovenia
73 Albornoz, Miiko 28 D/WB RL Chile
72 Martínez, Álex 28 D/WB/M L Spain
72 Roger 34 ST Brazil
72 Igiebor, Nosa 28 AM C Nigeria
72 Pereyra Díaz, Jorge 28 ST Argentina
72 Antonelli, Luca 32 D/WB/M L Italy
72 San Román, José 30 D/WB/M R Argentina
72 Dodô 24 AM RLC Brazil
72 Rescaldani, Ezequiel 27 AM/F C Argentina
72 Mateus Norton 22 D R, DM Brazil
72 Marshall, Ben 28 AM RLC England
72 Buff, Oliver 26 AM C Switzerland
72 Anele 31 D RC, DM South Africa
72 Hermach, Adil 33 DM Morocco
72 Domínguez, Juan Guillermo 32 D/WB L, DM, M LC Colombia
72 Carrasso, Johann 31 GK France
72 Bessat, Vincent 33 D/WB L France
72 Bruno 33 D/WB R Brazil
72 Corgnet, Benjamin 32 AM C France
72 Toloza, Edison 35 AM L, ST Colombia
72 Maghoma, Jacques 31 AM L DR Congo
72 Sahan, Olcay 32 AM RLC Turkey
72 Celozzi, Stefano 30 D/WB R, DM Germany
72 Lozano, Jorge 28 D C Colombia
72 Viana, Diogo 29 D/WB/AM R Portugal
72 Agazzi, Michael 34 GK Italy
72 Tucudean, George 28 ST Romania
72 Rafael Lima 33 D C Brazil
72 Karl, Markus 33 D C, DM Germany
72 Srnic, Slavoljub 27 AM RL Serbia
72 Koné, Bakary 31 D C Burkina Faso
72 William 27 ST Brazil
72 Allagui, Sami 33 ST Tunisia
72 Wallace, Rodney 31 D/AM L Costa Rica
72 Gino, Federico 26 DM Uruguay
72 Mendoza, Omar 30 D R Mexico
72 Barral, David 36 ST Spain
72 Pinto, André 29 D C Portugal
72 Valoyes, César 35 AM/F C Colombia
72 Kasami, Pajtim 27 AM RC Switzerland
72 Sarr, Babacar 28 D C, DM Senegal
72 Johnson, Fabian 31 D/WB RL, AM L U.S.A.
72 Connolly, Matthew 31 D RC England
72 Cabezas, Óscar 22 D C Colombia
72 Boban, Gabrijel 29 AM RL, ST Croatia
72 Lucic, Ivan 24 GK Austria
72 Dellatorre 27 ST Brazil
72 Emanuelson, Urby 33 D/WB L, M LC Holland
72 Neustädter, Roman 31 D C, DM Russia
72 Bonifacio, Ezequiel 25 D/WB R Argentina
72 Champagne, Nereo 34 GK Argentina
72 da Costa, Manuel 33 D C Morocco
72 Djavan 31 D/WB L Brazil
72 Carrizo, Juan Pablo 35 GK Argentina
72 Romera, José Antonio 31 D/WB R Spain
72 Romat, Nicolás 31 D RLC Argentina
72 Ndinga, Delvin 31 DM Congo
72 Elustondo, Gorka 32 D C, DM Spain
72 Charles 34 DM Brazil
72 Atik, Baris 24 AM LC, F C Turkey
72 Sánchez, Nicolás 27 AM LC Argentina
71 Luiz 36 GK Brazil
71 Madson 28 DM Brazil
71 Niasse, Oumar 29 ST Senegal
71 Torres, Daniel 29 DM Colombia
71 Quaner, Collin 28 AM R, ST Germany
71 Aponzá, Robinson 30 AM/F C Colombia
71 Williams, Danny 30 DM U.S.A.
71 Meneses, Jhon 35 GK Colombia
71 Ochoa, Lewis 34 D/WB/M R Colombia
71 Marquinhos 29 AM RLC Brazil
71 Vejinovic, Marko 29 DM, AM C Holland
71 Rybalka, Sergiy 29 DM, AM C Ukraine
71 Biro Biro 24 AM RLC Brazil
71 Mosquera, Hernán 30 D/WB/M L Colombia
71 Arini, Mariano 32 DM, M RC Italy
71 Diagne, Fallou 29 D C Senegal
71 Shotton, Ryan 30 D RC England
71 Borini, Fabio 28 AM RL, ST Italy
71 Vágner 33 GK Brazil
71 Monsalve, Davinson 35 D C Colombia
71 Stoch, Miroslav 29 AM RL Slovakia
71 Cano, Jhony 29 AM L, ST Colombia
71 Fernando Bob 31 DM Brazil
71 Dubarbier, Sebastián 33 D/WB/AM L Argentina
71 Rafael Costa 28 DM, AM C Brazil
71 Cícero 34 DM, AM LC Brazil
71 Klein, Florian 32 D/WB/AM R Austria
71 Kadah, Deniz 33 AM RLC, F C Turkey
71 Prokop, Dominik 22 AM RLC Austria
71 Steele, Luke 34 GK England
71 Asare, Nana 32 D LC, AM L Ghana
71 Ndoye, Birama 25 D C, DM Senegal
71 Mendez-Laing, Nathaniel 27 AM RL England
71 Gíslason, Rúrik 31 AM RL Iceland
71 Laborde, Ricardo 31 AM RL Colombia
71 Bernal, Alejandro 31 D/WB R, DM Colombia
71 Kaptoum, Wilfrid 22 AM C Cameroon
71 Tonev, Aleksandar 29 AM RL Bulgaria
71 Villasanti, Mario 36 GK Paraguay
71 Maicon Bolt 29 AM RL Brazil
71 Frydek, Martin 27 D/WB L, AM LC Czech Republic
71 De Agostini, Michele 35 D LC, M L Italy
71 Dervite, Dorian 30 D C France
71 Equiza, Borja 31 D C Spain
71 Cavanda, Luis Pedro 29 D/WB RL Belgium
71 Kage, Hervé 30 AM RLC DR Congo
71 Silva, Anthony 35 GK Paraguay
71 Jebor, William 27 ST Liberia
71 Almici, Alberto 26 D/WB/M R Italy
71 Bassan, Emrah 27 AM RLC Turkey
71 Vásquez, Omar 29 AM RC Colombia
71 Cosme, Wilberto 34 ST Colombia
71 Valencia, Juan David 33 D/WB/AM L Colombia
71 Banguero, Danovis 29 D/WB L, DM Colombia
71 Dja Djédjé, Brice 28 D/WB R Ivory Coast
71 Bettini, Gonzalo 27 D/WB/M R Argentina
71 Lionn 30 D R Brazil
71 Lusamba, Arnaud 22 DM, AM C France
70 Baena, Raúl 30 DM Spain
70 Aleesami, Haitam 27 D/WB/M L Norway
70 Solís, Miguel 36 GK Colombia
70 Schelotto, Ezequiel 30 D/WB/AM R Italy
70 Coelho, Nuno André 33 D C Portugal
70 Jhon Cley 25 AM RLC, F C Brazil
70 Enoh, Eyong 33 DM Cameroon
70 Costa, Tomás 34 DM Argentina
70 Ofosu-Ayeh, Phil 27 D/WB R Ghana
70 Quiñónez, Romel 27 GK Bolivia
70 Awal, Mohammad 31 D C Ghana
70 Licá 30 AM RL, ST Portugal
70 Nazarit, Cristian 28 ST Colombia
70 Walisson Maia 27 D C Brazil
70 Sertic, Grégory 29 D C, DM Croatia
70 Valencia, Hember 29 AM RLC, F C Colombia
70 Edinho 36 D C, DM Brazil
70 Jajá Coelho 33 AM LC, F C Brazil
70 Alves, Ricardo 26 AM C Portugal
70 Maicosuel 33 AM RLC Brazil
70 Lucas Cândido 25 D/WB L, DM Brazil
70 Amaral 32 D C, DM Brazil
70 Clayton 23 AM RLC, F C Brazil
70 Herrera, Miguel 31 D C Colombia
70 João Vítor 31 DM, AM C Brazil
70 Cabezas, Juan David 28 DM Colombia
70 Genevois, Romain 31 D RC Haiti
70 Hasselbaink, Nigel 28 AM RLC, F C Suriname
70 Chaalali, Ghaylene 25 DM Tunisia
70 Lozano, John 34 D RC Colombia
70 Rivera, Yamilson 30 AM RLC, F C Colombia
70 Jander 30 D/WB/AM L Brazil
70 Zapata, Víctor 33 AM/F C Colombia
70 Batna, Mourad 29 AM RLC, F C Morocco
70 Maietta, Domenico 36 D C Italy
69 Putsche, Roland 28 WB RL, DM Austria
69 Cangá, Cristian 26 ST Colombia
69 Hassen, Mouez 24 GK Tunisia
69 Mutch, Jordon 27 AM C England
69 Bostock, John 27 AM C England
69 Jiménez, Leiton 30 D C Colombia
69 Léo Príncipe 22 D/WB R Brazil
69 Barahona, Nelson 31 AM C Panama
69 Castaignos, Luc 26 ST Holland
69 Kreuzer, Niklas 26 D/WB/AM R Germany
69 Córdoba, Danílson 32 DM Colombia
69 Arboleda, William 29 AM C Colombia
69 M'Boyom, Edy 30 D C Cameroon
69 Guillermo, Julián 29 DM Colombia
69 Irvine, Jackson 26 DM, AM C Australia
69 Córdoba, Jherson 31 DM, AM C Colombia
69 Ofoedu, Chikeluba 26 AM RL, ST Nigeria
68 Pedro Carmona 31 D/WB L, AM LC Brazil
68 Parker, Shawn 26 AM RL, ST Germany
68 Keita, Cheick 23 D/WB/M L France
68 Rivas, Carlos 25 AM L, ST Colombia
67 Pité 24 D L, AM RLC Portugal
67 Pérez, Alexis 25 D LC Colombia

FAQ

How did you create this list without having access to FM21?

I've used the brilliant database available at FM Transfer Update to determine which active football players are still without contract. Then I checked their attributes on Football Manager 2020 in order to assess the players based on their best role(s) and to decide if they're good enough to make my list. And for those who made it, I assigned them my personal recommendation ratings for your convenience.

I can't find all players of this list on my savegame. Why?

I loaded all players (370k+) in-game to produce this list of FM20 free agents. Your savegame possibly has fewer players loaded.

Where is the downloadable shortlist file to import in-game?

In recent years I would not share a downloadable shortlist because people would steal them and post on other sites without my consent. However, I will eventually release some shortlists with my favorite picks.

Feedback Appreciated

I'm counting on your feedback to update this list, so I encourage you to post your suggestions in the comments section below for players I might have missed or others who shouldn't be here. Any questions regarding those players feel free to ask.

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Discussion: Football Manager 2021 Best Free Players

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    Stam Page Author Staff2 days ago
    @Cherritto: Thank you for reporting. I'm planning to deliver 2 more updates to this provisional list, last one on November 1st. And then revise it with actual FM21 data once the beta drops.
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