The 11 best Football Manager 2018 free agents

Got no money? Don't worry: FM expert Valentin Macovei's got your back with these fine free agents for every position

Xabi Irureta

Age: 31
Can play: GK
Wage demands: Low

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Need to know: Long-serving Eibar keeper who spent almost a decade with the Armeros, rising with them to La Liga from the third tier before leaving last season to join Zaragoza. His performances there weren’t convincing, though, and he was eventually released. Only 37 out of his 224 senior appearances have been in the Spanish top flight – but those playing stats are appealing. 

Benoit Tremoulinas

Age: 31
Can play: DL, WBL, ML
Wage demands: High

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Need to know: Two-time Europa League winner with Sevilla who had previously spent a decade with Bordeaux, where he won all domestic silverware available: Ligue 1, French Cup, League Cup and Super Cup. A solid all-rounder with impressive crossing skills.

Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro

Age: 24
Can play: DR, WBR, MR, DL, DM, MC
Wage demands: Average

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Need to know: Versatile, pacey full-back who can play on either side, as well as in central midfield. The defensive-minded former Ivory Coast international – and Africa Cup of Nations winner in 2015 – is a Toulouse product who played 121 league matches for the Ligue 1 side over the past five seasons.

Abdelhamid El Kaoutari

Age: 27
Can play: DC, DL
Wage demands: Average

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Need to know: French-born Moroccan who won Ligue 1 in 2012 with Montpellier – his hometown club, where he spent the first nine years of his playing career. Delivered questionable performances at Palermo after being signed in 2015, and was loaned out twice before being released this summer. Still, he's got what you're looking for in a centre-back. 

Jan Kirchhoff

Age: 26
Can play: DC, DM, MC
Wage demands: High

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Need to know: Former Germany youth international who had been impressing with Sunderland in 2015/16 before serious injury struck. The towering anchorman picked up two Bundesliga titles and German Cups during his days at Bayern Munich between 2013 and 2016. 

Lukman Haruna

Age: 26
Can play: DM, MC, AMC
Wage demands: Low

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Need to know: Gifted box-to-box midfielder whose European adventure begun at Monaco in 2007. The former Nigeria international had been signed by Dynamo Kiev in 2011 and then continued moving eastward with Goverla, Anzhi Makhachkala and Astana. Haruna is strong on the ball and can pose a real threat for opposition defences even from outside the area.