10 unmissable Football Manager 2018 release clauses

Fraser Gilbert picks out some of the best fix-priced purchases you can get on the transfer market

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Trying to negotiate a transfer deal can prove a tough task in Football Manager. But every now and again you stumble upon a player with a release clause in their contract, guaranteeing an accepted offer if you can match it.

You can acquire some fine players this way, spanning from lower league gems to world superstars. With that in mind, we’ve picked out a selection of players whose contracts are definitely worth buying out in Football Manager 2018...

1. Timo Horn

Team: Cologne

Release clause: £15.5m

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Need to know: Horn’s release clause might seem extortionate for an uncapped German keeper, but don’t be fooled - the 24-year-old boasts outstanding potential between the sticks. His asking price lands just £3m ahead of his valuation, and he benefits from superb composure, concentration and anticipation stats.

2. Christian Norgaard

Team: Brondby

Release clause: £1.3m

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Need to know: If you’re looking for a versatile, well-rounded talent, 23-year-old Christian Norgaard fits the bill. The talented defender is allowed to jump ship for a minor fee, and can be utilised in multiple positions all over the pitch, favouring a defensive midfield role.

3. Samuel Umtiti

Team: Barcelona

Release clause: £53m

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Need to know: Coughing up over £50m for a transfer may prove unrealistic, but Umtiti is worth considering if you can afford him. The French star is one of the best defenders in the game, and given his young age, can transform into an even better player over time.

4. Aleksandr Golovin

Team: CSKA Moscow

Release clause: £13.25m

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Need to know: Although he’s only valued at £3.8m, don’t let Golovin’s expensive release clause put you off. You’ll get a lot out of the 21-year-old Russian given the right development, and he’ll slot into almost any side from the outset thanks to his midfield versatility.

5. Maximiliano Romero

Team: Velez Sarsfield

Release clause: £10.75m

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Need to know: 18-year-old wonderkid Romero is a must-buy in FM 2018, sporting fantastic pace, finishing and strength stats. Stick with him long enough and he’ll not only start banging in the goals, but has the potential to become a genuine superstar.