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Football Manager 2023 Best Free Players

Provisional list of the most notable free agents when starting FM23. Your reference point to finding the top free transfers in FM 2023, with unparalleled depth.

By Updated on Sep 19, 2022   15670 views   0 comments
FM 2023 Best Players - Football Manager 2023 Best Free Players

Welcome to the provisional list of the best free players in Football Manager 2023 by FMScout.com. As always, you can expect this to be the most accurate, comprehensive and informed shortlist of the top free transfers in FM23 around the web.

This is my guide to finding and assessing the top FM2023 free agents who would be willing to join a team from the top three divisions. That means the players you see below will likely have no interest in signing to an amateur club further down in the pyramid.

Date Published: September 19th, 2022

FM2023 Best free transfers

Essentially, these are the best FM 2023 players available on a free transfer at the beginning of the first season (early pre-season in England; July 5th, 2022).

This is the first edition, including nearly 300 top FM23 free agents! Updates will be applied from to time to ensure I'm not missing any players worthy of appearing here.

Since we have no access to FM23 yet, I have used the updated FM2022 database by FMTU to get the latest worldwide transfers. If you also use that FM22 transfer update, this list will make sense to you as well.

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.

You can quickly see which players are injury prone; they have a relevant icon next to their names.

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.
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

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
84 Ilicic, Josip 34 AMRC, FC Slovenia
82 Llorente, Fernando 37 ST Spain
81 Belman, Javier 23 GK Spain
81 Ghoulam, Faouzi 31 D/WBL Algeria
80 Palacio, Rodrigo 40 AMRL, ST Argentina
80 Sturridge, Daniel 32 ST England
79 Zaza, Simone 31 ST Italy
79 Musacchio, Mateo 31 DC Argentina
79 Feghouli, Sofiane 32 AMRC Algeria
78 Perotti, Diego 33 AMRLC Argentina
78 Han Kwang-Song 23 ST North Korea
78 Maksimovic, Nikola 30 DRC Serbia
78 Arias, Santiago 30 D/WBR Colombia
78 Lasogga, Pierre-Michel 30 ST Germany
78 Castillo, Nicolás 29 ST Chile
78 Ljajic, Adem 30 AMLC Serbia
77 Carriço, Daniel 33 DC, DM Portugal
77 Simunovic, Jozo 28 DC Bosnia Herzegovina
77 Sinclair, Jerome 25 AMRL, ST England
77 Ezekiel, Imoh 28 ST Nigeria
77 Taarabt, Adel 33 AMC Morocco
77 Luan 31 AMRC Brazil
77 Kishna, Ricardo 27 AMRLC Netherlands
77 Valdivia, Jorge 38 AMC Chile
77 Radoja, Nemanja 29 DM Serbia
77 Xeka 27 DM Portugal
77 Majstorovic, Ante 28 DRC, DM Croatia
76 William 27 D/WBRL Brazil
76 Figueiras, Diogo 31 D/WBRL, MR Portugal
76 Ramírez, Gastón 31 AMRLC, FC Uruguay
76 Mandrault, Mario 23 AMRLC Gabon
76 Quaresma, Ricardo 38 AMRL Portugal
76 Navarro, Marc 27 D/WB/MR Spain
76 Pellè, Graziano 36 ST Italy
76 Asamoah, Kwadwo 33 D/WBL Ghana
76 Amon, Jonathan 23 AMRL United States
76 Izquierdo, Javi 21 GK Spain
76 Jota 31 AMRLC Spain
76 Sandoval, Gael 26 AMRLC Mexico
76 Rupp, Lukas 31 DM, AMRC Germany
76 Rosic, Dragan 25 GK Serbia
76 Giovinco, Sebastian 35 AMLC, FC Italy
76 Angulo, Keiner 22 ST Colombia
76 Ameobi, Sammy 30 AMRL Nigeria
76 Abouchabaka, Elias 22 AMRLC Germany
76 Mazan, Robert 28 D/WBL Slovakia
76 Thomsen, Nicolaj 29 AMRLC Denmark
76 Kwateng, Enock 25 D/WBR France
76 Mangala, Eliaquim 31 DC France
76 Tighadouini, Adnane 29 AMRL, ST Morocco
76 Rose, Danny 32 D/WB/ML England
76 Gutiérrez, Kevin 27 D/WBL, MC Mexico
75 Delph, Fabian 32 DL, DM England
75 Mateus Bastos 23 AML, ST Brazil
75 Varela, Fede 26 AMC Argentina
75 Letica, Karlo 25 GK Croatia
75 Soumah, Seydouba 31 AMRLC Guinea
75 Benítez, Junior 29 AMRC Argentina
75 Otegui, Antonio 24 DM, AMC Spain
75 Frelih, Žiga 24 GK Slovenia
75 N'Doye, Dame 37 ST Senegal
75 Cahill, Gary 36 DC England
75 Sané, Salif 31 DC, DM Senegal
75 Linnér, Oscar 25 GK Sweden
75 Mattera, Tomás 23 GK Argentina
75 Teodorczyk, Lukasz 31 ST Poland
75 Knöll, Törles 24 ST Germany
75 Thomas, Ryan 27 AMC New Zealand
75 Gnagnon, Joris 25 DC, DM France
75 Mpoku, Paul-José 30 AMRLC DR Congo
75 Raffael 37 AM/FC Brazil
75 Sau, Marco 34 AMLC, FC Italy
75 Ié, Edgar 28 DRC Guinea-Bissau
75 Razack Cissé 23 AMRL Ivory Coast
75 Mbokani, Dieumerci 36 ST DR Congo
75 Planas, Carles 31 DLC Spain
75 Elabdellaoui, Omar 30 D/WB/MR Norway
75 Vilà, Dídac 33 D/WBL Spain
75 Mahlambi, Phakamani 24 AMRC South Africa
74 Wagué, Molla 31 DRC Mali
74 Jardel 36 DC Brazil
74 Rolando 36 DC Portugal
74 Patrick Vieira 31 DR Brazil
74 Crescenzi, Alessandro 30 D/WBRL Italy
74 Suk Hyun-Jun 31 AM/FC South Korea
74 Mitroglou, Kostas 34 ST Greece
74 Didavi, Daniel 32 AMLC Germany
74 Stratznig, Kai 20 DM Austria
74 Ceppitelli, Luca 32 DC Italy
74 De Préville, Nicolas 31 AMRL, ST France
74 Espinosa, Javi 29 AMC Spain
74 McLaughlin, Ryan 27 D/WB/AMR Northern Ireland
74 Härtel, Sascha 23 D/WBL Germany
74 Denayer, Jason 27 DC Belgium
74 Taïder, Saphir 30 DM Algeria
74 Arboleda, Mauricio 26 GK Colombia
74 Reid, Winston 34 DC New Zealand
74 Çinar, Orkan 26 AMR Turkey
74 Larrondo, Marcelo 33 ST Chile
74 Leitner, Moritz 29 DM, AMC Germany
74 Macías, Sebastián 26 D/WBL Colombia
74 Sigþórsson, Kolbeinn 32 ST Iceland
74 Fernández, Mauro 22 GK Argentina
74 Wisdom, Andre 29 DRC England
74 Laguardia, Víctor 32 DC Spain
74 Sulejmani, Miralem 33 AMRLC Serbia
74 Nano Mesa 27 ST Spain
74 Doukara, Souleymane 30 AML, ST Mauritania
74 Juncà, David 28 D/WB/AML Spain
74 Bakic, Marko 28 DM, AMC Montenegro
74 Højbjerg, Jeppe 27 GK Denmark
74 Hoolahan, Wes 40 AMRC Ireland
74 Rodrigues, Tiago 30 AMC Portugal
74 Adriano 37 D/WBRL Brazil
74 Bony, Wilfried 33 ST Ivory Coast
74 Víctor Álvarez 29 D/WBL Spain
74 Troupée, Giovanni 24 D/WBR Netherlands
74 Leonardo 35 AMRL Brazil
74 Bech, Uffe 29 AMRL Denmark
74 Rivas, Ulises 26 DM Mexico
74 Izquierdo, José 30 AML, ST Colombia
74 Luna, Hernán 22 AMC Colombia
74 Bonilla, Nelson 31 ST El Salvador
74 Tatar, Benjamin 28 AMRL Bosnia Herzegovina
74 Okriashvili, Tornike 30 AMRL Georgia
74 Kasami, Pajtim 30 AMRC Switzerland
73 Zahui, Nesta 19 AMC France
73 Vydra, Matej 30 AMLC, FC Czech Republic
73 Sánchez, Valentín 22 GK Argentina
73 Mikel, John Obi 35 DC, DM Nigeria
73 Gomes, Lucas 19 ST Sweden
73 Vélez, Juan David 23 D/WBR Colombia
73 Salimi, Iman 26 DC Iran
73 Rossi, Giuseppe 35 ST Italy
73 Ntep, Paul-Georges 29 AMRL Cameroon
73 Coleman, Joel 26 GK England
73 Thiago Neves 37 AMRC Brazil
73 Howkins, Kyle 26 DC England
73 Bradaric, Filip 30 DM Croatia
73 Lulic, Senad 36 D/WBL, AMLC Bosnia Herzegovina
73 Plogmann, Luca 22 GK Germany
73 Strebinger, Richard 29 GK Austria
73 Filipe 24 GK Brazil
73 Jojic, Miloš 30 AMRLC Serbia
73 García, Héber 25 AMRL Venezuela
73 Vacca, Antonio 32 DM Italy
73 Marcelo Goiano 34 D/WBR Brazil
73 Mateus Farias 21 D/WBL Brazil
73 Gu Sung-Yun 28 GK South Korea
73 Diego Tardelli 37 AMRLC, FC Brazil
73 Ulloa, Leonardo 35 ST Argentina
73 Reartes, Aaron 22 AMRC Argentina
73 Wellington Nem 30 AMRLC Brazil
73 Ángel 31 DLC Spain
73 Toño 32 D/WBL Spain
73 Dembélé, Mousa 34 DM Belgium
73 Govea, Omar 26 DM Mexico
73 Castaignos, Luc 29 ST Netherlands
73 Koné, Lamine 33 DC Ivory Coast
73 Higuita, Cristian 28 MC Colombia
73 McGeouch, Dylan 29 DM Scotland
73 Perry, Nebiyou 22 AMRLC Sweden
73 Igiebor, Nosa 31 AMC Nigeria
73 Campabadal, Edu 29 D/WBR Spain
73 Willems, Jetro 28 D/WBL Netherlands
73 Letschert, Timo 29 DC Netherlands
73 Stendera, Marc 26 AMC Germany
73 Bardsley, Phil 37 DRL Scotland
73 Petkovic, Danijel 29 GK Montenegro
73 Schönbächler, Marco 32 AMRL Switzerland
73 Morrison, Sean 31 DC England
73 Castro, Carlos 27 ST Spain
73 Škuletic, Petar 32 ST Serbia
73 Kolodziejczak, Timothée 30 DLC France
73 Gouano, Prince-Désir 28 DC France
73 Sinisterra, Carlos 30 AMLC Colombia
73 Puncec, Roberto 30 DC, DM Croatia
73 Filipe Augusto 28 DM Brazil
73 Butko, Bohdan 31 DR Ukraine
73 Digão 34 DC Brazil
73 Elmohamady, Ahmed 34 D/WB/MR Egypt
73 Murillo, Jefferson 30 D/WB/ML Colombia
73 N'Sakala, Fabrice 31 D/WBL DR Congo
73 Wakaso 30 DM Ghana
73 Toutouh, Youssef 29 AMLC, FC Denmark
73 Mariani, Davide 31 AMLC Switzerland
73 Santiago 25 AMRC Brazil
73 Léo Sena 26 AMC Brazil
73 Mendoza, Luis Ángel 32 AMRL Mexico
73 Demelchori, Leonel 27 ST Argentina
73 Shakhov, Eugene 31 DM Ukraine
73 Maurício 33 DM Brazil
73 El Khayati, Nasser 33 AMRLC, FC Morocco
73 Jackson 27 ST Brazil
73 Carcela-González, Mehdi 33 AMRLC Morocco
73 Navarro, Ximo 32 DRC Spain
73 Rodríguez Gaitán, Fran 27 D/WBR Spain
73 Ben Arfa, Hatem 35 AMRC, FC France
73 Imbula, Giannelli 29 DM DR Congo
73 Lystsov, Vitaly 27 DC Russia
73 Poli, Andrea 32 DM Italy
73 Bennett, Ryan 32 DC England
73 Marlone 30 AMRLC Brazil
73 Vucur, Stipe 30 DC Croatia
73 Struna, Aljaž 31 DRC Slovenia
73 Acquah, Afriyie 30 DM Ghana
73 Núñez, Carlos 30 ST Uruguay
73 Deplagne, Mathieu 30 D/WBR France
73 Gnohere, Harlem 34 ST France
72 Barragán, Antonio 35 D/WBR Spain
72 Adrián 34 AMRL, ST Spain
72 Cássio 41 GK Brazil
72 Brown, Izzy 25 AMRLC, FC England
72 José Fernández 32 D/WBR Spain
72 Baró, Marc 23 DLC Spain
72 Jørgensen, Nicolai 31 AML, ST Denmark
72 Cajes, Lucas 22 AMR, ST Argentina
72 Naderi, Mohammad 25 DL Iran
72 Saglam, Murat 24 D/MR Turkey
72 Arroyo, Michael 35 AMRLC Ecuador
72 Baloyi, Charles 23 AMRL South Africa
72 Barroso, Víctor 25 AMRC Spain
72 Carlinhos 23 D/WBR Brazil
72 Sané, Yaya 32 DC Senegal
72 Dongou, Jean-Marie 27 AMR, ST Cameroon
72 Negueba 30 AMR Brazil
72 Lizarazo, Carlos 31 AMLC Colombia
72 Simpson, Danny 35 DR England
72 Laurini, Vincent 33 D/WBR France
72 Mokotjo, Kamohelo 31 DM South Africa
72 Emilsson, Kristján Gauti 29 AM/FC Iceland
72 Zozulya, Roman 32 ST Ukraine
72 Chafik, Fouad 35 D/WB/MR Morocco
72 Valentini, Mattia 24 GK Italy
72 Taylor, Neil 33 D/WBL Wales
72 Herrerín, Iago 34 GK Spain
72 Malyshev, Maksym 29 DM Ukraine
72 Júlio César 35 GK Brazil
72 Zhirkov, Yury 38 D/WB/AML Russia
72 Hector, Michael 29 DC, DM Jamaica
72 Adi, Fanendo 31 ST Nigeria
72 Barbieri, Miguel 28 DC Argentina
72 Mesilla, Martín 22 GK Argentina
72 Contento, Diego 32 D/WBL Germany
72 Mehicevic, Džanan 19 ST Bosnia Herzegovina
72 Ewerton 33 DC Brazil
72 Mayoral, David 25 AMR, ST Spain
72 Milano, Mauro 38 AMRLC Argentina
72 Matthews, Tashreeq 21 AMRLC South Africa
72 Nordtveit, Håvard 32 DC, DM Norway
72 Fantoni, Ariel 23 AM/FC Argentina
72 Jean 25 AMRLC Brazil
72 Nelom, Miquel 31 D/WBL Suriname
72 Jiménez, Israel 32 DR Mexico
72 Barazite, Nacer 32 AMLC, FC Morocco
72 Ward, Grant 27 MRC England
72 Mathabela, Bongane 25 D/WB/MR South Africa
72 Pied, Jérémy 33 D/WB/MR France
72 Fabbro, Michael 26 AMR, ST Italy
72 Aguilar, Paul 36 D/WBR Mexico
72 Tachi 24 DC Spain
72 Rodríguez, Alejandro 30 ST Spain
72 Rantie, Tokelo 31 ST South Africa
72 Abeid, Mehdi 29 MC Algeria
72 Luzardo, Christian 25 AMR Argentina
72 Labastidas, Jhon 24 AMRL Colombia
72 Niedermeier, Georg 36 DC Germany
72 Jonathan 36 D/WB/MR Brazil
72 Steedman, Daniel 22 AMC Scotland
72 Jebor, William 30 ST Liberia
72 Jádson 38 AMC Brazil
72 Pelé, Bryan 30 AMRL France
72 Koch, Julian 31 DR, DM Germany
72 Lugo, Jesús 30 AML, ST Venezuela
72 Laribi, Karim 31 AMRLC Tunisia
72 Díez, Ale 26 D/WBR Spain
72 dos Santos, Giovani 33 AMRLC, FC Mexico
72 Haymamba, Norbert 23 GK Cameroon
72 Kalaica, Branimir 24 DC Croatia
72 Víctor Sánchez 34 DRC, DM, MRC Spain
72 Anacoura, Francesco 27 GK Italy
72 Javi García 26 AMRLC Spain
72 Labyad, Zakaria 29 AMRLC Morocco
72 De Alba, Brayner 29 AMLC Colombia
72 Donatti, Alejandro 35 DC Argentina
72 Éder 34 ST Portugal

FAQ

How did you create this list without having access to FM23?

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 2022 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 (440k+) in-game to produce this list of FM23 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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