The 14 best Football Manager 2019 free transfers

Free transfers Football Manager 2019

Behold! The finest freebies in FM19 you can snap up in your first summer – starring big-club cast-offs, promising youths and experienced old-timers 

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Everybody loves a freebie – and the players below could fit the bill for teams of all shapes and sizes

We've scouted out the best free transfers in Football Manager 2019 so you don't have to, picking out a clutch of stars who might be able to fill important gaps in your squad.

If none of them fit the bill, at least consider wheeling out Dimitar Berbatov for one final swansong anyway, won't you? 

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Isaac Cuenca 

Former Barcelona prospect Cuenca has struggled to find himself a home in the post-Camp Nou era. Spells in La Liga with the likes of Deportivo and Granada went fairly well, before the Spaniard spent 2017/18 in Israel with Hapoel Be’er-Sheva.  

In FM19, the 27-year-old’s technical stats are very impressive, but stereotypically he’s found wanting when it comes to the physical side of his game. Still, he’ll do for us as a handy squad pick.  

Jan Kirchhoff 

After a frustrating move to Bayern Munich in 2013, spells with Schalke and Sunderland didn’t go quite to plan for the now-27-year-old defender-cum-defensive-midfielder – although a successful stint on Wearside was only ruined by a nasty knee injury.  

More comfortable as a holding midfielder, former Germany U21 stalwart Kirchhoff has all of the basic qualities required to be a solid defensive option, as well as some mental attributes that lend themselves to breaking up play effectively. 

Assane Gnoukouri  

Gnoukouri’s age – just 21 – makes him a worthy investment. After struggling to get minutes for Inter, the Ivorian needs somewhere to continue his development.  

His passing and first touch are strong, while his stamina and natural fitness should mean the youngster has a good engine to get around the pitch and stamp his influence on games. 

Samir Nasri 

Technically gifted and still capable of playing for a few years yet, Nasri is a worthwhile gamble to take. Although he will command hefty wages, his playmaking attributes are at a top-class level.  

With excellent technique, flair and movement, the Frenchman has the ability to make things happen from advanced areas in midfield. His physicals don’t need to impress because he’ll do his talking on the ball, which shouldn't make for a painful ageing process. 

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Didier Ndong 

A disastrous signing for Sunderland, Gabon international Ndong was sacked by the club after going AWOL following their relegation to League One last season.  

Still just 24, however, he has very handy physical and mental stats for playing the role of a ball-winning midfielder, as well as the basic technical skills to get by in possession and do the simple things well enough. 

Philipp Wollscheid  

Pace isn’t Wollscheid’s strong point, but the 29-year-old central defender will be excellent for you when defending deep in his own box.  

The German’s heading, marking and tackling are all strong, and he has excellent mentals for keeping switched on at the back. Aside from his measly acceleration, the former Stoke defender looks to be an excellent proposition for a reserved side. 

Leonard Kweuke 

If you’re in need of an experienced targetman to lead your attack, look no further than Kweuke. Strong, very good in the air and 6ft 2in, the Cameroonian could be a real handful for a team that plays direct football.

He boasts an impressive goalscoring record over the last five seasons in Turkey, and has the statistics – 16 for heading, 15 for finishing, 18 for strength, plus fine physicals – to back up that goalscoring form.