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The best free agents to sign on Football Manager 2022

One of the first things you should do on any Football Manager save is check the free agents pool, and FM22 is no different.

Finding bargains in the transfer market has never been more important than it is these days, and there are plenty of potential gems available to join your team for nothing… as long as you get to them quick enough.

Here are the best free agents for every position in FM22 after the Winter Update.

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Moya is still in the game / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/GettyImages

Miguel Angel Moya

Moya may have hung up his gloves in real life, but on the virtual pitch he’s the best shot-stopper available in the free agent pool.

Wilson

One of the top available goalkeepers is Brazilian veteran Wilson. He’d make a capable backup for any side and is still good enough to start for a second-tier team, but at 38 years old, you won’t have him for long.

Cesar

Cesar is a fair few years younger than Wilson and can offer a few years of service for any side looking for reliable cover.

Rafael

Now 39, Rafael’s time in the game is limited, but he’s still a capable stopper with 13 years of experience in Italy.

Giedrius Arlauskis

One-time Watford loanee Giedrius Arlauskis has been all across Europe but has spent most of his days impressing in Romania.

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Elmohamady is looking for a new club / Chloe Knott – Danehouse/GettyImages

Ahmed Elmohamady

Formerly of Aston Villa, Elmohamady is comfortable at right-back, wing-back and in midfield, so he’s the ideal squad player if you’re looking for numbers.

Jonathan

35-year-old Brazilian Jonathan still has a decent amount of pace about him and is a capable crosser once he gets into the final third.

Ivan

Ivan’s lifetime association with Levante came to an end in 2020 and the 27-year-old is still on the hunt for a new gig.

Para

Ex-Santos man Para may be 35 but his ability to play on both the right and the left would make him a valuable addition.

Victor Ferraz

Ferraz is available after leaving Gremio. The 33-year-old can operate as a wing-back if needed and is an emergency option over on the left.

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Koscielny left Bordeaux / John Berry/GettyImages

Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal hero Koscielny endured a tricky spell with Bordeaux and is on the hunt for a new club. He’s more than good enough to start for a smaller top-tier side and could still play second-fiddle to a title contender.

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Mateo Musacchio

Musacchio is available after leaving Lazio in the summer, and like Sidnei, he’s still absolutely good enough for a spot on a top-tier side.

Jardel

For 35-year-old Jardel, his ten-year spell with Benfica came to an end in the summer. He’s still got a year or two left in him.

Edgar Ie

Once of the Barcelona academy, Ie is nursing a nasty knee injury which saw his spell with Trabzonspor cut short.

Sebastian Langkamp

German veteran Sebastian Langkamp left Perth last summer and is still on the hunt for a new team. He’s a no-nonsense centre-back with nice technical stats and his physical attributes still hold up too.

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Saracchi has already joined a new club / Anadolu Agency/GettyImages

Marcelo Saracchi

Get him while you can. Saracchi joined Levante late in February and will be on their squad in the next update.

Senad Lulic

A wing-back by trade, Lulic is capable at left-back, left-mid and left wing, and he’s not half-bad as a traditional central midfielder as well. He’s the perfect rotation option for a smaller side.

Kwadwo Asamoah

Like Lulic, Asamoah is another who is primarily a left-back but you won’t see a drop off in his performance at LB. He’s got excellent mental stats but, at 32, the physical side of his game isn’t what it once was.

Ken Reichel

Reichel is a dependable option down the left wing and would make a good wing-back because of his high stamina and natural fitness

Franck Tabanou

Frenchman Tabanou has experience in England, Spain and his homeland. He’s a mean crosser of the ball so could be a smart addition to any smaller side.

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De Jong is a popular pick-up / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Nigel de Jong

More of an anchor, De Jong is 36 when the game begins and has exactly the sort of physical stats that you’d expect, but 17 tackling (and 17 dirtiness) should make up for that.

Lorenzo Reyes

Chile international Reyes spent a few years in Spain earlier in his career and could still do a solid job for a side with aspirations of gaining promotion to the top flight.

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Hudson

Brazilian veteran Hudson’s base position is in midfield but you can actually get more out of him as a right-back.

Jack Wilshere

Another of those who won’t be here for long, Wilshere’s move to Danish side Aarhus missed the cut-off point.

Alejandro Bernal

Bernal has never played outside of Colombia but, now 33 years old, he has enough about him to test himself in a stronger league.

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Grenier is a top option / John Berry/GettyImages

Filipe Augusto

One of the top bargains of free agency, Augusto is still a capable central midfielder who at 27 years old, still has a lot of life left in him. He might not make the cut for an elite side but he should have top-flight football in his future.

Saphir Taider

Once of Inter, Taider is 29 at the start of the game and still more than good enough for a top team.

Karim El Ahmadi

Veteran Dutchman El Ahmadi is a great deep lying playmaker with some superb mental stats. At 36, enjoy him while you can.

Clement Grenier

Similarly, Grenier is far too good to be in the free agent pool. The former Lyon man has bags of top flight experience and can still offer something towards the bottom of that level.

Fredy Guarin

A long-time favourite of managers on both the virtual and real pitch, Guarin is 35 years old at the start of the game and ready to bring his elite experience to a top team.

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Romero is a great option / Marcos Brindicci/GettyImages

Oscar Romero

Romero comes with plenty of experience in South America, recently leaving San Lorenzo in search of new employment. He’s joined Boca but you can still pick him up.

Davide Mariani

Mariani is an attacking midfielder by trade but can player deeper or out on the left if you find yourself lacking in those roles.

Aaron Hunt

Hunt’s days in the game are numbered. He retired late in February but still makes it into the free agent pool.

Mbark Boussoufa

Another of those heading for retirement, Boussoufa can do a great job in an attacking midfielder role.

Marquinhos Gabriel

Rounding out the fun, 31-year-old Gabriel could do a job for a second-tier side.

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Gomez is your top option / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/GettyImages

Ibai Gomez

Bilbao native Gomez has some very fun stats. 17 free kicks, 17 crossing and 16 long shots should work wonders.

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Joao Rojas

15 dribbling and 14 finishing are Rojas’ standout stats. In the right system, you could bag yourself a nice winger here.

Leonardo

A good option for both the left and the right, Leonardo’s 15 dribbling gives him something to offer your side.

Jota

Formerly of Brentford and Aston Villa, Jota is capable across the forward line and still has enough in him to perform in the second tier.

Daniel Villalva

He’s more of a left winger, but Villalva is just as good on the right.

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You can sign Gervinho / BSR Agency/GettyImages

Fernandinho

The second-best Fernandinho on the game is one of your best options for both the right and left wing. The 28-year-old is another of those who would be perfect for a second-tier side.

Gervinho

The iconic Gervinho can make a dangerous inverted winger from the left side. He departed Trabzonspor in January and still has a year or two left in him.

Burgui

Burgui is 27 to start the game and has some nice physical and dribbling stats to go along with his 17 flair.

Victor Rodriguez

After a brief spell in America, Rodriguez returned to his native Spain in 2020 but is back on the hunt for a new club.

Othman El Kabir

With 16 acceleration and 15 flair, El Kabir could be an explosive option off the bench.

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Diego Costa

The real star of this whole list, Costa is more than good enough for any team on the game and will usually find his way into a reserve role for a genuine powerhouse.

Paolo Guerrero

37-year-old Guerrero is still good enough to play at a good level too. 15 movement, 15 heading and 14 finishing are his stand-out stats.

Mbaye Diagne

Senegal powerhouse Diagne, formerly of Juventus, West Brom and Galatasaray, is looking for a new club after leaving the latter.

Feiver Mercado

Colombian Mercado brings some great mental stats and some nice finishing to go with them.

Robert Beric

Last but not least is Slovenian Beric, whose 15 strength and 15 heading are his stand-out stats.

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