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FM20 Free Agents – The Best of Them!

By spaskecar | November 5, 2019 | 77 Views

Are you looking for the best FM20 Free Agents? You’ve come to the right place; we have the best free players on Football Manager in today’s blog.

Are you enjoying Football Manager 2020? You should, it is one of the best football simulations ever. That is why we have so many things to talk about in this game, but we will try to give you the most important of them, so you could win as many matches as you can!

There are plenty of great free agents in Football Manager 2020 to choose from. It doesn’t matter if you are a low league manager, or if you are managing the top 5 teams in the game. There are good free agents for everyone.

If you are managing a top 5 team in the whole game who is a Champions League contender, you might want to see these free agents as good rotation choices for less important games.

These are the best FM20 Free Agents based on current ability:

  1. Sékou Sanogo C.A. 138
  2. Fábio Coentrão C.A. 135
  3. Emiliano Viviano C.A. 135
  4. Keisuke Honda C.A. 134
  5. Ivan Strinić A. 134
  6. Nicolai Müller A. 132
  7. Lucas Silva A. 132
  8. Fran Rico C.A. 131
  9. Diego Santos Gama Camilo C.A. 130
  10. Eugene Khacheridi C.A. 130
  11. Michael Krohn-Dehli A. 130
  12. Valon Behrami C.A. 129
  13. Hatem Ben Arfa C.A. 129
  14. Álvaro Medrán C.A. 129
  15. Rolando Fonseca C.A. 129
  16. Ricardo Ferreira C.A. 128
  17. Agustín Orión C.A. 128
  18. Nicolás Pareja C.A. 128
  19. Nemanja Pejcinovic C.A. 128
  20. Samuel García Sánchez C.A. 128
  21. Matías Silvestre C.A. 128
  22. Fernando Tissone C.A. 128
  23. Adil Hermach C.A. 127
  24. Richard Keogh C.A. 126
  25. Borja Equiza C.A. 125
  26. Fabiano Ribeiro de Freitas C.A. 125
  27. Yoann Gourcuff C.A. 125
  28. Gorka Iraizoz C.A. 125
  29. Jefferson A. 125
  30. Alessandro Beti Rosa C.A. 125
  31. Maximiliano Pereira C.A. 125
  32. Slobodan Rajkovic C.A. 125
  33. Wilfried Bony A. 123
  34. Alan Hutton A. 120
  35. Ignazio Abate A. 120
  36. Guillermo Burdisso C.A. 119
  37. Giuseppe Rossi C.A. 114


Please note that you might not be able to find some (not all) of these players if you don’t have their nation added in playable leagues, for example, Jefferson is Brazilian, so you will need the Brazilian league set as playable to find him

Also, note that the pictures of all players have been taken at Manchester City, that’s where we signed him for faster scouting and so other teams don’t sign them before we manage to scout them. We improved all of their wage demands so we can take a closer look at them. That means the wages can be lower with good negotiations.

And because we signed them, you’ll be able to see the value of those players and maybe sell them in 6 months for a nice profit.


Let’s talk about some of these FM20 Free Agents in detail


Sékou Sanogo

  • Current Ability 138
  • Age 30
  • Position Defensive Midfield
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Sekou Sanogo in Football Manager 2020
  • Best FM20 Free Agent based on current ability
  • A versatile player who can play the central midfield as well
  • Amazing physical attributes
  • The great work rate and teamwork
  • Fairly balanced personality


  • Fails to get a work permit and doesn’t want to sign – the only trial
  • Somewhat injury prone
  • Can be considered a dirty player who gets unnecessary yellow cards

Fábio Coentrão

  • Current Ability 135
  • Age 31
  • Position Defender Left
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Fabio Coentrao FM2020 – One of the best free agents

Fábio Coentrão is a well-known name among football fans across the world. Having played for Rio Ave, Benfica, Real Madrid, Monaco and Sporting he created a good career for himself which still hasn’t ended because he is only 31 years old.

His best position is Complete-Wing Back Support role. He’s a very versatile player and he can play the Inverted Winger – Attack role as well.

He’s among the best FM20 Free agent based on current ability and his stats show it.

He’s very skillful with great dribbling, technique, first touch and crossing. He’s also a thorn in the eyes for defenders because of his great off the ball skill. He also enjoys big matches and that’s when we need a player the most. The only downside to him is his injury proneness, he’s very susceptible to injuries and is often sidelined because of that.

With a bit of luck in the injury department, this is a perfect buy for most Europa League teams.


Emiliano Viviano – Italian Free Agent

  • Current Ability 135
  • Age 33
  • Position Goalkeeper
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Emilio Viviano – Football Manager 2020

The second highest-rated player on our list of free agents is Emiliano Viviano. He’s a 33-year-old goalkeeper who spent his whole career in Italy with only one random loan to Arsenal (England) in the 2013/14 season where he didn’t make a single appearance.

This players main strength is his shot-stopping and he’s a player for the important matches. Because of his age, his physical stats are going down quickly and he will probably retire soon.

If you’re in need of a decent 2nd or 3rd goalkeeper he is your man.


Ivan Strinic

  • Current Ability 134
  • Age 31
  • Position Defender Left
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Ivan Strinic FM20

Ivan Strinic is a 31-year-old left-back who can play left wing-back and left midfielder positions as well.

He’s a determined professional who has all of his stats at about the average level.

There is nothing particularly good about him, the best is his marking and crossing. And he has good stamina, but because his natural fitness isn’t that great, he won’t be able to last 90 minutes.

For a left-back, he’s quite tall as well and he might be able to help defend corners. He’s a solid rotation left-back when your main one gets tired.


Nicolai Müller – Free MR For You!

  • Current Ability 132
  • Age 31
  • Position Midfielder Right

Nicolai Müller is a 31-year-old right midfielder who can also play the ring winger role equally well. He’s very versatile so he can play on the left midfield and left-wing decently.

He’s a player who spent his whole life in Germany with Mainz 05 and HSV being his two best clubs that he played for. If you sign Nicolai you will find out that he is a very determined and temperamental player.

Nicolai is very fast, his pace is great and his acceleration underpins his overall speed. He’s not that great in the air, but usually right midfielders/wingers never are. He has a huge work rate and off the ball which means he will constantly make himself available for passes.

He’s a very good player for someone who is without a contract. We can clearly see why he has 132 potential ability, one of the highest on this list.

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FM20 Free Agents – Nicolai Muller


Lucas Silva Borges – Brazilian 🙂

  • Current Ability 132
  • Age 26
  • Position Defensive Midfielder
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Lucas Silva FM20 Free Agent

Lucas Silva Borges is our favorite player on this list and that is because of his age. At only 26 years old Real Madrid canceled his contract. He only played 8 games for Real Madrid and played the last 5 seasons as a loaned player. He’s a DM who can play the CM position equally as well.

Silva is a good team player with a good work rate and he’s always a threat to the opposition because of his really good longshots. What he lacks in physical strength he makes up for in marking and positioning.

There are no real weaknesses for someone who can be used as a rotation player apart from the fact that he won’t develop anymore. We can say that he is at his maximum. But at only 26 years old, getting him for free and making getting him back into form, you’ll be able to make a nice profit off of him.

Be aware that he’s a Brazilian and sometimes there are problems with their work permits when they’re coming to Europe.


Fran Rico

  • Current Ability 131
  • Age 31
  • Position Central Midfield
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Fran Rico FM20
  • A very professional player
  • His first touch makes him a very technical player
  • Intelligent player with good off the ball and decisions
  • A versatile player that can play in two positions
  • Considered a smart player


  • Has no international experience
  • Doesn’t have great jumping reach
  • Injury-prone player


Diego Santos Gama Camilo (Biro Biro)

  • Current Ability 130
  • Age 24
  • Position AMR
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Biro Biro FM2020
  • Can improve up to 150 P.A.
  • Possesses great pace
  • Ability to dribble makes him a difficult opponent to play against
  • Valued almost $20M, can be sold for a profit
  • Balanced and normal personality
  • Considered a technical player


  • Lack of balance makes him look unsure when in control of the ball
  • Low jumping reach and heading
  • Low strength
  • No work permit


Michael Krohn-Dehli

  • Current Ability 130
  • Age 36
  • Position Midfield Center
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Great Free Agent – Michael Krohn-Dehli

Michael Krohn-Dehli is the oldest player FM20 free agent on this list. With 36 years old, this famous Dane doesn’t want to retire and believes he still has some games left to play. And, we believe he has every right to think so. He’s a very versatile player who with time adapted to his age and changed positions. When he was younger, he played on the wing and behind the striker and how he’s moved back to the central midfield position. Of course, he hasn’t forgotten how to play those positions and you can use him on each of those for your advantage.

He’s a very intelligent player and his passing underpins his technical prowess. With good vision, corners, technique, teamwork and work rate he is a dream central midfielder. Sadly, he’s very old and his physical stats have dropped significantly and will continue to see a sharp decline.

If you need a rotation CM, he’s your guy but doesn’t give him more than a 1-year contract because he might lose a lot of his stats this year.


Eugene Khacheridi

  • Current Ability 130
  • Age 31
  • Position Defender Center
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Eugene Khacheridi FM 20
  • A very strong player
  • A current international with plenty of experience
  • Displays resolute characteristics
  • Really good in the air
  • Considered a leader
  • Relishes important matches


  • Can only play in one position
  • Fairly slow player
  • Dirty player


Valon Behrami

  • Current Ability 129
  • Age 34
  • Position Midfield Center
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Valon Behrami FM20 stats
  • Amazing work rate
  • High bravery and aggression
  • Has plenty of international experience
  • An ambitious individual who is always looking to win
  • A very versatile player
  • A natural-born leader on the pitch


  • Very low finishing when he has a chance to score
  • Poor at taking set-pieces
  • A dirty player who gets unnecessary yellow cards


Hatem Ben Arfa

  • Current Ability 129
  • Age 32
  • Position Attacking Midfielder Right
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Hatem Ben Arfa Football Manager 2020
  • Amazing dribbling, first touch, and technique
  • Great balance and ability on the ball make him a skillful player
  • A versatile player who can play a couple of positions
  • Fairly ambitious player


  • A selfish player with low teamwork
  • Poor heading
  • Not a consistent player


Álvaro Medrán

  • Current Ability 129
  • Age 25
  • Position Central Midfielder
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Alvaro Medran FM 2020
  • Amazing first touch
  • Fairly determined player
  • A committed player who gives everything for his team
  • A versatile player who can play in a couple of positions
  • Can be retrained to become a DM
  • He can fit in most squads


  • Poor heading, jumping reach, and small height makes him useless in aerial situations
  • Somewhat dirty and injury-prone


Rolando Fonseca

  • Current Ability 129
  • Age 33
  • Position Defender Center
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Rolando FM20 free agent
  • A balanced personality that fits into any dressing room
  • Really good in the air
  • Strong player
  • Has plenty of international experience
  • A professional player


  • Can only play in one position
  • Fairly slow player
  • Acceleration impedes his overall speed


Ricardo Ferreira

  • Current Ability 128
  • Age 26
  • Position Defender Center
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Ricardo Fereira FM20
  • Displays resolute characteristics
  • Can still slightly improve
  • Good in the air
  • Good heading underlines his strength in the air
  • Considered a technical player for a DC


  • Injury-prone
  • Can only play one position


Agustín Orión

  • Current Ability 128
  • Age 37
  • Position Goalkeeper
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Agustin Orion FM20
  • Pretty good attributes for his age
  • Good at coming in at crosses and punching the ball
  • Good adaptability
  • Fairly consistent player who loves big matches


  • Old
  • Dirty player
  • High eccentricity makes him unpredictable at times


Nicolás Pareja

  • Current Ability 128
  • Age 35
  • Position Central Defender
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Nicolas Pareja FM20
  • A very driven personality
  • Highly reliable player who doesn’t let opponents get past him
  • Very brave
  • Considered a smart player


  • Can only play one position
  • Fairly slow player
  • Slow off the mark and this does impede his overall speed


Nemanja Pejcinovic

  • Current Ability 128
  • Age 31
  • Position Central Defender
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Nemanja Pejcinovic FM 2020
  • Very brave
  • A fairly determined player
  • A committed player who gives everything for his team
  • A versatile player who can play in a couple of positions
  • Considered a leader


  • His lack of agility underpins his lethargy
  • A dirty player who might get unnecessary yellow cards


Samuel García Sánchez (Samu)

  • Current Ability 128
  • Age 28
  • Position Attacking Midfielder Right
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Samu FM 20 free agent
  • Very technical player
  • A versatile player who is natural in a couple of positions
  • Balanced and normal personality
  • Possesses a fair amount of pace
  • Considered a creative player


  • Has no international experience
  • Bad positioning
  • Known to be a dirty player


Matías Silvestre

  • Current Ability 128
  • Age 34
  • Position Central Defender
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Matias Silvestre FM20
  • Resolute character
  • His bravery and work-rate make him a good team player
  • Considered to be a leader
  • Would fit into any dressing room
  • Very consistent player


  • Can only play in one position
  • Has no international experience
  • Fairly low concentration to mark strikers well


Fernando Tissone

  • Current Ability 128
  • Age 32
  • Position Defensive Midfielder
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Fernando Tissone FM 20
  • A very spirited individual
  • Good stamina
  • Is a natural in two positions
  • A committed player who does everything for the team
  • Considered a physical player


  • Poor heading
  • Poor passing
  • Inconsistent performer
  • Fairly injury prone


Adil Hermach

  • Current Ability 127
  • Age 32
  • Position Defensive Midfielder
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Adil Hermach FM 20
  • A spirited individual
  • Bravery and work rate make him a great team player
  • Can play in a couple of positions
  • Considered a leader
  • He can fit into any dressing room
  • A fairly consistent player who enjoys big matches


  • Doesn’t have the greatest jumping reach
  • Bad marking
  • Known to be a dirty player


Richard Keogh

  • Current Ability 126
  • Age 32
  • Position Central Defender
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Richard Keogh Football Manager 2020 free agent
  • His bravery and work rate make him a great team player
  • Has plenty of international experience
  • Has a fairly sporting attitude
  • Great leadership skills
  • He can fit into any dressing room


  • Poor first touch can lead him into trouble
  • Not a very versatile player


Borja Equiza

  • Current Ability 125
  • Age 31
  • Position Central Defender
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Borja Equiza FM20
  • Great marking ability
  • Handles himself in a professional manner
  • Considered a smart player
  • Fits into most dressing rooms


  • Has no international experience
  • Not that tall for a central defender
  • Heading and jumping reach is low



  • Current Ability 125
  • Age 30
  • Position Defender Left


Jefferson is one of the best FM20 free agents and he is a 31-year-old left-back. His best role and duty are Complete Wing-Back Support. As soon as you sign him, his perceived value is $10M and that might be a good trade because you can sell him for a nice profit.

When it comes to his stats, with 31 years, his physical stats are now rapidly going down and most of them are around 13. His strongest area of the game is set pieces. For a free agent, he has solid penalty taking, free-kick taking, corners, crossing, and long throws. His technique and passing are his best attributes. Because of all of these, he is considered a creative player.

One of the best things we liked about him is that he is versatile in a couple of positions. Apart from DL, he can play the WBL and ML positions.

When it comes to weaknesses, Jefferson is fairly poor in the air with heading and jumping reach quite low. But that is expected from a left-back, who isn’t very tall either.

At the current level, he is a good player for most Sky Bet Championship sides, but we believe that he can play in Cup games for a Premier Division team when the main left-back needs some rest.

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Jefferson FM20 free agent


Juan Forlín

  • Current Ability 124
  • Age 31
  • Position Defender Center
Juan Forlin FM20
Juan Forlin FM20

Juan Forlín is a 31-year-old DC who can play the DM position equally good. He’s a player who at his peak played for Espanol in Spain.  He’s still a really good player because of his ambition, determination, and bravery.

When it comes to technical attributes, a really good heading, tackling and marking show why his current ability is 134. He’s also a very consistent performer. The only downside is his natural fitness as he gets tired fast.

This is a must sign a free agent if you need someone to cover for your main defenders.


Ignazio Abate – Top DR Football Manager 2020 Free Agent


Ignazio Abate is the next free agent on our FM2020 list. He is 32 years old and he is a right-back. His best role and duty are Full-Back – Support. When you sign him, his value is a little bit less than $4M and again maybe you can earn a few bucks by selling him the first chance you get.

Even though he is a year older than Jefferson, his physical stats are a bit better. But unlike Jefferson, Abate has very bad technical stats. When it comes to mental stats, he is a very good player. He is a resolute character and he does what needs to be done. His bravery and work rate make him a good team player. His highest attribute is his teamwork and that’s why we love him FMBrotherhood. This man will die for the team. He has a solid leadership attribute and can be given captaincy if your captain is resting or not playing.

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Ignazio Abate in Football Manager 2020

In total, objectively looking at all of his skills, he is just a decent player for Sky Bet Championship sides. Just like Jefferson, if you are managing a really strong team, we advise to use him in Cup games and low priority games where you can rest your main right back.



Guillermo Burdisso – The Best DC You Can Sign For Free


Guillermo Burdisso is one of the „younger“ in this list with „only“ 30 years of age. His best role and duty are Central Defender – Defend. As soon as you sign him his value is $11M and a really good profit can be made if you sell him as soon as you can.

At 30 years, his physical stats are really good for a free agent. The only thing that he is lacking is acceleration and agility, but he never had those anyway. With high strength, balance, jumping reach and 187cm of height, this man will win most of the duels. When it comes to technical and mental attributes, he has what a good CD needs – amazing heading, marking, tackling, aggression, composure, positioning, and bravery.

He is a very professional player and you won’t have any problems with his behavior.

When it comes to the weak points, he isn’t a very technical player and he shouldn’t be a ball-playing defender. He can also only play in one position, but since he is really good at it, you don’t need him anywhere else.

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Guillermo Burdisso – FM20

Burdisso is with his current ability a decent player for most Sky Bet Championship sides. Depending on who you are managing, maybe he will be your star player or maybe he will just play Cup and unimportant games. It’s up to you to decide if you want to give a chance to Guillermo Burdisso



Wilfried Bony – the best Striker – FM20 Free Agent


Wilfried Bony is the first FM20 striker you can get for free and we talk about on this list on free agents. We all remember what a beast Bony was in his prime when he played for Swansea and then Manchester City bought him for $38M only to be a bench player. This man deserves a club and maybe you are the one to give it to him. He is still „only“ 30 years old and there is still firepower in his legs.

When you sign him, he is worth $5.25M and just like with all the FM20 free agents on this list, it’s a chance to earn some money. If you want to keep him, then you should know that his best role and duty are Deep Lying Forward – Support. This means he is a player who likes playing with his back to goal. And that is also one of his traits. Combined with a good fast striker, that can be a lethal partnership. He was never a fast player and his pace and acceleration show it, but he is really strong. And that’s his game, using his strength to his advantage. He is a natural-born scorer. He has high finishing, composure, and anticipation. For a striker, he is a pretty smart player who isn’t selfish. He has a high vision, teamwork, decisions, and leadership.

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Wilfried Bony The Best Striker Free Agent in FM2020

He is a good player for most Sky Bet Championship sides and it’s all up to you if you can make this phoenix rise from ashes once again and bring him back to the glory days that he had in Swansea.




You may ask now: „Wait, why are you going to conclusion, you still haven’t talked about many players on the list above?“

That’s true, there are so many good FM20 free agents that we haven’t talked about. But we want to make it easier for you. Why force you to read, when you can listen and watch us.

IF you still play FM19 – Free Agents are here!

Our team member NIK made an amazing video about FM20 free agents where he talks about the players we mentioned and a few more that we didn’t even shortlist.

You can find his video here:

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