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The 13 best FIFA 17 free transfers you need to snap up

Bargain-hunter Ben Wilson selects a prime selection of stars who you can nab for nothing after a season of career mode

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Welcome to the summer scramble for elite free transfers. And we don’t only mean in real life: in the digital boardrooms of FIFA 17, there’s a hugely competitive market for the best freebies as career mode’s 2016/17 season comes to a close.

To this end, the in-game ‘Global Transfer Network’ does a great job of finding suitable players, but it requires time and energy to get the best results. Want to recruit the best additions without doing the homework? Then use our list below. Mixing youth and experience, and attacking flair with defensive solidity, any (or all) of these will immediately bolster your 2017/18 line-up.

1. Rene Adler (GK)

He’s 6ft 3in with ratings of 80 for Reflexes, 80 for Reactions, 79 for Handling and 78 for Diving

Potential wage: £50,000

Need to know: FIFA 17 features a plethora of strapping, reliable German keepers, with Adler among the best – and at 32, he has at least four more strong seasons in him. He’s 6ft 3in with ratings of 80 for Reflexes, 80 for Reactions, 79 for Handling and 78 for Diving. In other words, he's the prototype netminder for a team threatening European qualification.

2. Jakob Busk (GK)

Union Berlin’s young custodian has been capped by Denmark at all levels from U-18 to U-21

Potential wage: £12,000

Need to know: Union Berlin’s young custodian has been capped by Denmark at all levels from U18 to U21, and even at 23 has an Overall rating of 71. Install him as your new No.1 and over time it’ll rise to 77, making that salary a steal. It’s even affordable to newly promoted clubs with sensible budgets. Take note and act appropriately, digital Chris Hughtons.

3. Charlie Taylor (LB)

At just 23 years old he has an Overall rating of 74, but that can rise to 81 with game time and training

Potential wage: £30,000

Need to know: Leeds’ young full-back is currently in the club’s real-life naughty books for refusing to play in the season finale against Wigan; in FIFA, you needn't worry about such attitude concerns. At just 23 years old he has an Overall rating of 74, but that can rise to 81 with game time and training – meaning he’ll be pressing for England caps within three seasons.

4. Pepe (CB)

Portugal’s one-man defensive wall commands an incredible wage, but he has the ability to match

Potential wage: £207,000

Need to know: The deal most likely to have your bank manager waking in cold sweats, and therefore also the most exciting. Portugal’s one-man defensive wall commands an incredible wage, but with 87 ratings for Marking and Slide Tackles, he has the ability to match. If you’re managing a Champions League-calibre side, take the plunge and enjoy two years of imperious stopping.

5. Marco Andreolli (CB)

Inter’s Italian stopper has only just passed that milestone, making him fairly regression-proof - for now at least

Potential wage: £59,000

Need to know: Just as in real life, digital managers baulk at paying big bucks for anyone over 30. But Inter’s Italian centre-back has only just passed that milestone, making him fairly regression-proof - for now at least. His wage is hefty, but for defenders with similar attributes (85 Jumping, 82 Stand Tackle, 81 Strength) a fee well into the millions would need agreeing upon before you even reach the negotiating table.