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Football Manager 2024 cheap team: best bargain squad you can build

Pulling together a top team on a shoestring budget

Assembling a competitive soccer team in this economy? A difficult challenge, to be sure, but not an impossible one by any means. Even if you’re not leading one of the Football Manager 2024 clubs with the highest transfer budgets and have to operate on a shoestring budget instead, there are opportunities to build a powerful squad that’ll score victories for you.

Below, you will find our guide to building the best affordable team with players between one and ten million USD in value, and the best affordable team with players between 100,000 and 1 million USD in value in Football Manager 2024.

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Need to build an afforable team in Football Manager 2024? We have you covered!

Best bargain teams Football Manager 2024: rules

Obviously, we used some criteria to determine which is the best cheap team in Football Manager 2024:

  1. We want our team to last for a while, so we looked for the youngest possible players. Sorry, Rakitic.
  2. We’ve also preferred having players who do not come with excessive costs in terms of recruitment, and for this reason people like Marcos Alonso or Sergi Roberto were cut in the final analysis.
  3. We have favored players who can cover multiple roles, especially for the reserve.
  4. The bench should be seen as a "lower priority" than the starting eleven, so be sure to prioritize your funds accordingly.

Best bargain team with players valuing 1 to 10 million USD in FM24

We’re going with a versatile 4-2-3-1 formation for this one, which you can adapt to your needs quite easily.

Starting Eleven

  • Mattia Perin - GK
  • Gonzalo Montiel - D/WB R
  • Ricardo Rodriguez - D LC
  • Clement Lenglet - D C
  • Federico Gatti - D RC
  • Saul - DM, M RLC
  • Scott McTominay - DM, AM C
  • Angel Di Maria - AM RLC, F C
  • Facundo Torres - AM RLC
  • Giacomo Bonaventura - AM C
  • Arthur Cabral - ST


  • Juan Musso - GK
  • Andriy Lunin - GK
  • Sead Kolasinac - D LC
  • Nacho - D RLC
  • Matteo Darmian - D RLC, M R
  • Cesar Azpilicueta - D RLC
  • Alfred Duncan - DM
  • Stefano Sensi - DM, AM C
  • Roberto Gagliardini - DM
  • Rade Krunic - DM
  • Houssem Aouar - AM C
  • Donny van de Beek - AM C
  • Luka Jovic - ST
  • Andrea Belotti - ST
  • Rafa Mir - ST

Best bargain team with players valuing 100,000 to 1 million USD in FM24

Again, the flexible 4-2-3-1 formation is our choice for this squad, not just because it’s a solid formation in itself, but also because it allows you to refine and adapt it as you desire.

Starting Eleven

  • Nediljko Labrovic - GK
  • Jaine Barreiro - D RC
  • Filipe Relvas - D LC
  • Otávio - D C
  • Kialonda Gaspar - D C
  • Allan - DM
  • Grzegorz Krychowiak - DM
  • Alexandr Kokorin - AM RC, F C
  • Hakim Ziyech - AM RLC
  • Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting - AM RLC, F C
  • Diego Costa - ST


  • David Ospina - GK
  • Guillermo Ochoa - GK
  • Johnny Evans - DC
  • Angelo Ogbonna - DC
  • Danilo D'Ambrosio - D RC
  • Karim Rekik - D LC
  • Santiago Longo - DM
  • Guga - DM
  • Daler Kuzyaev - DM, M RC
  • Juan Cuadrado - D/WB/AM R
  • Iuri Medeiros - AM RLC
  • Morlaye Sylla - AM LC
  • Pablo Roberto - AM C
  • Alexis Sanchez - ST
  • German Berterame - ST

In addition to the parameters given above, we would like to add that in this super cheap list you will find only players with a minimum of three stars in value, so not the latest arrivals. If you want more bargains, you can check out our list of players with expiring contracts in Football Manager 2024.