FourFourTwo's 84 Best Football Manager 2017 wonderkids... by budget: Under £35m

We've presented you the bank-breakers already – but here are 14 in the £20-35m range who could provide class to your team for years to come

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Are you in charge of a big club but can't afford the silly money for Football Manager's most prized jewels? If the answer is yes, then step right forward.

After the success of our 2016 guide we've picked out 14 of the latest game's under-21s with the most potential, so you can be sure that with your nurturing hand they'll be reliably brilliant for years to come.

14. Riechedly Bazoer

Available for: £20m
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Need to know: Full Netherlands international having played for every youth team from U15 level, and been in Ajax’s first-team squad since making his debut in early 2015. The classy defensive midfielder only turned 20 in October but has made over 70 appearances for Ajax.

13. Jorge Meré

Available for: £21.5m (release clause)
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Need to know: Spain’s successor to Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique, Meré is only in his second La Liga season at Sporting Gijon but has demonstrated class beyond his years that belies his team’s lowly position. Moving on to bigger things is inevitable in the near future. 

12. Kingsley Coman

Available for: N/A (loan clause)
Starting value: £23m
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Need to know: Only featuring in this section of our wonderkids list because he’s technically unavailable from the start of your save – Coman, valued at £23m, is in his second year on loan at Bayern Munich. The France speedster has already played for three of Europe’s biggest clubs aged 20, but it’s not yet clear whether he’ll stay put in Munich beyond the current campaign. Expect to pay big bucks for his services, though.

11. Christian Pulisic

Available for: £24m
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Need to know: The USA’s great hope, Pulisic burst onto the scene with Dortmund last season aged only 17 and has continued his upward trajectory ever since. The exciting wideman is learning fast under Thomas Tuchel – but could be yours for a £24m fee that will represent fine value over time. 

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