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Football Manager 2018 wonderkids: Under £35m

Football Manager 2018 wonderkids

These hot prospects are slightly more in price range for most bigger clubs – and will be well worth the outlay in years to come

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Achraf Hakimi

Available for: £20.5m (release clause)

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Need to know: Hakimi made it look he’d been playing right-back at Real Madrid for years when he started in los Blancos’ 1-1 draw with Tottenham at the Bernabeu in October. Confident going forward and equally as proficient in his own half, the young Moroccan has taken chances in Dani Carvajal’s heart problem-enforced absence and is definitely one to watch.  

Nahuel Leiva

Available for: £20.5m (release clause)

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Need to know: If you’re willing to wait until Leiva’s two-year loan deal at Real Betis expires, £20.5m will get you one of the top young attackers in La Liga. While Argentina-born, the Villarreal starlet has (for now) decided to represent Spain at youth level – despite his home country’s best efforts to the contrary.

Alessandro Plizzari

Available for: £21.5m

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Need to know: Poor Plizzari. If he was with any other team in Europe, his career path would look much more straightforward. Unfortunately for the Italian shot-stopper, he’s got the small matter of usurping Gianluigi Donnarumma – himself only 18. For now, though, he’s on loan at Ternana and willing to prove his worth in Serie B.

David Neres

Available for: £22m

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Need to know: Neres has only played in 24 senior games – for Sao Paulo and Ajax respectively – but has already scored 11 goals. The Brazilian is sublime on the ball, often cutting in from the right to good effect. He already has a Europa League final appearance to his name. The first of many, perhaps?

Kieran Tierney

Available for: £22m

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Need to know: Celtic fans had better make the most of him, because he surely won’t be in Glasgow for much longer. Tierney has already been touted as Britain’s best left-back at the age of 20 and, if you’re buying him on FM, you’re investing in a defender who can slot seamlessly into any defence in the game from day one. A must-buy.

Toni Lato

Available for: £22.5m

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Need to know: Having spent most of his formative years in Valencia’s B team, the left-back has snatched his chances for los Che after debuting in a Europa League win against Rapid Vienna last season. He’s even caught the eye of a certain Jurgen Klopp – apparently not discouraged from signing Spanish left-backs for the rest of his days.