Opinion: Top 5 Football Manager 2024 free agents

The latest version of Football Manager is almost upon us. So there’s no better time to look at who we believe are the top 5 Football Manager 2024 free agents!

Who are the top 5 Football Manager 2024 free agents?

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David De Gea

De Gea was surprisingly released by Manchester United in July after his contract with them ran out, and he’s still a free agent after the summer window. The Spaniard can be a great low-budget goalkeeper signing for anyone playing FM. He won the Premier League Golden Glove last season, and is an experienced, reliable shot-stopper.

De Gea had a maximum potential score of 89 on Football Manager 23 and should have a similar one in this edition. He excels with his shot-stopping attributes, as well as having high determination and positioning. His wage demands might be high, but that can probably be negotiated by any smart FM manager.

Tanguy Coulibaly

French winger Tanguy Coulibaly actually had a decent campaign with Bundesliga club Stuttgart last season, but was let go mostly due to injury issues. Coulibaly scored four goals in just 14 Bundesliga appearances and is a rapid winger.

He had a 71 maximum potential rating in Football Manager 23, with the game rewarding him with respectable acceleration, agility and dribbling attributes as well.

Being a free agent in Football Manager 24, he can be a pretty reliable option to help add more options in the attacking force for a side. In the last FM game, Coulibaly could play as a wing-back as well as his natural positions in the wide areas.

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Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard might be training with Steven Gerrard’s Al Ettifaq, but he is technically still a free agent. The 30-year-old can be a versatile addition in your FM save on a free deal. Lingard is adaptable and can play in a variety of roles. In Football Manager 23, it was possible to play him effectively on either wing or as an attacking midfielder.

Lingard was given pretty impressive agility, acceleration and finishing attributes in Football Manager 23 and should have decent numbers in this edition too. For any manager trying to find an experienced and quality option for their mid-table, lower-half side for cheap, Lingard is a great option.

Josh Onomah

The former Tottenham Hotspur might have represented England’s junior teams in his career. Onomah can be an ideal free agent signing for a Football Manager enthusiast if you are managing a team from a lower division or in the lower half of a top division in Europe.

The midfielder was given decent agility, vision, flair and technique ratings for the previous game. His wage demands are considerably low too, which makes Onomah a solid free-agent signing to add depth to your squad.

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Jean Philippe-Gbamin

Former Everton midfielder Jean Philippe-Gbamin is a sturdy free agent who can be a smart pick in Football Manager 24. The defensive midfielder’s maximum potential might not be that high, but he can be a solid rotational player or someone to add depth to the defensive midfield position.

Gbamin was given pretty decent aggression, tackling, work-rate and fitness attributes in Football Manager 23 and is someone who can at least get the job done in helping defend a lead or aid your side in winning back possession. This is another solid addition on a free signing because the 26-year-old won’t cause problems in being a rotational player and can get the job done against weaker teams.

FM 24 roadmap
The full FM 24 roadmap of announcements before the game’s launch on 6 November 2023.

How can I get the best free agents in Football Manager 24?

Signing a free agent on Football Manager 24 is quite simple. Just hover to the ‘transfers’ tab where you will have to choose the ‘free agents’ filter. You can select a range of free agents from here. Another way is to simply look for the player manually from the search bar.

Once you have selected these players, just go to their ‘contract’ section and select the ‘approach to sign’ option from the list. It will then be up to you to offer the free agent respectable wages and convince them to sign.

A free agent can be signed in Football Manager 24 whenever you want, even outside a transfer window. However, the only chance the game gives you to register players for your squad are during the summer and January transfer windows.

When is Football Manager 24 going to be released?

Football Manager 24 is set to release on Monday, November 6. It will be available to play a variety of different platforms like PC, MAC, Xbox, Playstation 5, and Nintendo Switch. Football Manager 24 will also be available for users on tablet and mobile devices.

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