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7 Best Centre backs in FM23 You Must Sign

By callum | August 5, 2023 | 5591 Views

Best Centre Backs FM23 Has To Offer

Having quality centre backs in FM23 is extremely important if you’re looking to win silverware. Centre backs have to be quick, physical, and have the ability to play out of the back in the modern day.

There’s some brilliant centre backs available, and these are the 7 best centre backs FM23 has to offer. All of these CBs can be signed in the first summer transfer window. There are some better centre backs in the game that are willing to move in the first season, but cost ridiculous amounts of money. For example Eder Militao would cost you £115 million! We will tell you how much you can sign these centre backs for, and which teams they would suit.

If you would prefer to sign a wonderkid centre back, read this post instead.

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7. Benjamin Pavard

Benjamin Pavard in FM23

Pavard was quite unknown in the football world before his outstanding performances at the 2018 world cup. This then earned him a move to German giants Bayern Munich, where he’s been a regular first team starter.

The French defender has excellent passing and tackling attributes, making him one of the best centre backs FM23 has to offer! Pavard only has one year left on his contract, so Bayern Munich are looking to sell him. At 26 years of age, he’s just coming into his prime as a centre back.

One of the best CBs in FM23 can be signed for just £31 million. However, this price had increased due to a large amount of interest from other clubs, so there’s a possibility you could be able to sign him for even cheaper.

Would be an ideal signing for

  • Top 6 Premier League Club
  • Title Challenging Clubs in Europe’s top 5 leagues
  • Best of the rest Bundesliga teams (Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig)

6. Pau Torres

Pau Torres in FM23

Next on the list of the best CBs in FM23 is Spanish international Pau Torres. Now is the time to sign him, as he’s moved to Aston Villa so won’t be available to sign in the first season in FM24.

Torres’ best attributes are his 16 heading, marking, tackling, and positioning. He is also left footed, so if you like having a centre back pairing of a right footed and left footed centre back, Torres is one of the best left footed CBs in Football Manager 2023.

Villareal aren’t willing to budge on Pau Torres’ £52 million release clause, which makes it difficult to sign him using instalments.

Would be an ideal signing for

  • Top 6 Premier League Club (or Newcastle)
  • Champions League Clubs in Europe’s top 5 leagues

5. Alessandro Bastoni

Alessandro Bastoni in football Manager 2023

Bastoni is 5th on the list of the best CBs FM23 has to offer. Like Pau Torres, he’s also left footed. He’s tall, has good pace, and is great at playing out from the back. Bastoni also has the trait to try long rang passes, which means he can play through balls to attackers running in behind the opposition’s defence.

At just 23 years of age, Alessandro Bastoni has the potential to get even better! He’s definitely still ready to start for a lot of top teams in Football Manager 23.

If you want to sign one of the best centre backs in FM23, you’ll need to pay £43 million. This is great value for money considering his current ability and potential. However, he’s wanted by Arsenal, so you’ll need to move fast!

Would be an ideal signing for

  • Top 6 Premier League Club (or Newcastle)
  • Champions League Clubs in Europe’s top 5 leagues

4. Lucas Hernandez

Lucas Hernandez in FM23

Another Bayern Munich player makes the list of the best centre backs in FM23 (and he’s not the last one). Lucas Hernandez has some phenomenal mental attributes, including 19 bravery, 18 work rate, and 19 determination.

Lucas Hernandez also has the ability to play left back, just like his brother Theo Hernandez! This versatility can come in extremely handy when you get injuries and suspensions.

If you want to sign Hernandez, he’ll cost you £46 million. He’s also on a high wage of £215k per week, so make sure to take this into consideration before making an offer.

Would be an ideal signing for

  • Top 6 Premier League Club
  • Title Challenging Clubs in Europe’s top 5 leagues

Now let’s get into the 3 best centre backs FM23 has to offer.

3. Dayot Upamecano

Dayot Upamecano in Football Manager 2023

Dayot Upamecano is the 3rd best CB FM23 has to offer. He’s has a difficult couple of seasons since moving to Bayern Munich from RB Leipzig, but he’s still a top quality defender.

What puts Dayot Upamecano above the others previously mentioned on this list of the best centre backs in FM23 is his rapid pace. Upamecano is one of the most physical centre backs in FM23, with 17 strength, 15 jumping reach, and 16 balance.

Upamecano is still young and has potential to further develop his attributes. If you think you can get the best out of him, you’ll need to pay £65 million.

Would be an ideal signing for

  • Top 6 Premier League Clubs
  • Title Challenging Clubs in Europe’s top 5 leagues

2. Milan Skriniar

Milan Skriniar in FM23

Just missing out on top spot on the list of the best centre backs in FM23 is Slovakian Milan Skriniar. He’s another amazing CB available to be signed from Inter Milan.

Although Skriniar isn’t the best at playing out from the back, he definitely has the best defensive attributes on this list. Skriniar has 17 tackling, 18 marking, and 17 bravery. He’s also 27 years old and in his prime.

Milan Skriniar can be signed for just £42.5 million because he only has one year left on his contract. He’s also stated he’s not signing an extension with Inter Milan, so you could take a risk and wait until January and try to sign Skriniar on a pre-contract for the summer of 2024.

Would be an ideal signing for

  • Top 6 Premier League Clubs
  • Title Challenging Clubs in Europe’s top 5 leagues

1. Josko Gvardiol – Best CB FM23 Has To Offer!

Josko Gvardiol in Football Manager 23

The best centre back you can sign in the first FM23 season has to be Josko Gvardiol. At this moment in time, he isn’t as good some of the others on this list, but he has the potential to become one of the best CBs in Football Manager 2023. This has been shown in his recent move to Manchester City!

The rapid centre back also has excellent work rate and determination, which are important attributes for a wonderkid to have. The left footed centre back can also competently play left back, just like Lucas Hernandez.

You’ll likely need to sell some players if you want to sign Gvardiol in the first FM23 season, as he will cost you a huge £85 million!

Would be an ideal signing for

  • Title Challenging Clubs in Europe’s top 5 leagues

Summary

For under £100 million, these are the best centre backs FM23 has to offer in the first transfer window. There’s some brilliant CBs that will help bolster your defensive options.

If these players are too expensive, take a look at our article on the best cheap centre backs in FM23.

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