Have you taken on a difficult save in Football Manager 2016 at a club with no money to spend? If so, you're going to need to find some cheap free players to buy. We have lists of both the best free agents in FM2016 as well as the free players with the highest potential in FM16. Every player on this page is uncontracted and not at a club in FM 16, so you can buy them for completely free.

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These are the best free players in Football Manager 2016 as rated by their current ability. If you're looking for young players with potential that you can still buy on a free, you'll want our list of Best Young Players on a free transfer below.

Name Age Position Wage Value Cost Expires Rating Potential
Carlos Vinicius 25 ST (C) £15m £18m
Ronaldinho Gaúcho 34 AM RLC £0 £0
Júlio Baptista 33 AM/F C £0 £0
Cristian Ledesma 32 DM £0 £0
Anthony Réveillère 35 D/WB RL £0 £0
Víctor Montaño 30 ST £0 £0
Vladimir Disljenkovic 33 GK £0 £0
Andrey Arshavin 33 AM RLC, F C £0 £0
Carlos Bejarano 35 GK £49k £71k
Aranha 34 GK £0 £0
Nikolce Noveski 35 D C £0 £0
Jermaine Jones 33 DM £0 £0
Eric Bicfalvi 32 M/AM (C), ST (C) £1m £1m
Patrick Ochs 30 D/WB/AM R £0 £0
Josué 35 DM £0 £0
Dagoberto 31 AM L, ST £0 £0
Sten Grytebust 30 GK £1m £1m
Geisson Perea 28 D (RC) £380k £888k
Fininho 31 D/WB L, DM, AM LC £0 £0
Leonardo 32 ST £0 £0
Marat Izmailov 32 AM RLC £0 £0
Ahmed Hegazi 29 D (C) £7m £1m
Gabriel Strefezza 23 WB/M/AM (RL) £3m £6m
Boli 26 ST (C) £917k £1m
Miroslav Stevanovic 29 M/AM (RL) £3m £3m
Carlos Lizarazo 29 AM (LC) £72k £80k
Fabián Vargas 34 DM £0 £0
Edu 33 AM L, ST £0 £0
Juan Valera 29 D/WB/M R £0 £0
René Rosero 30 M RC £0 £0
Carlos Valdés 29 D C £0 £0
Juan Cruz 27 D (LC), WB/M (L) £1m £2m
Flávio Ferreira 23 D C, DM £0 £0
John Mensah 32 D C £0 £0
Heinz Müller 36 GK £0 £0
Borges 34 ST £0 £0
Rosinei 31 M RC £0 £0
Mané 32 D/WB/M L £0 £0
Giuseppe Biava 38 SW, D C £0 £0
Timo Hildebrand 35 GK £0 £0
Mark Bresciano 34 AM RLC £0 £0
David Quiroz 32 AM C £0 £0
Iván Bolado 25 ST £0 £0
Dany Rosero 26 D (C) £50k £75k
Fabrício 32 DM £0 £0
Daniele Conti 36 DM £0 £0
Richard Dunne 35 D C £0 £0
Henry Hernández 38 ST (C) £2k £2k
Andriy Berezovchuk 34 D C £0 £0
Óscar Razo 30 D/WB L £0 £0
Lyndon Dykes 24 ST (C) £3m £6m
Arled Cadavid 29 GK £76k £92k
Jhegson Méndez 23 M/AM (C) £2m £3m
Milivoje Novakovic 35 ST £0 £0
Lincoln 35 AM C £0 £0
Fernando 33 D C, DM £0 £0
Amauri 34 ST £0 £0
Giorgos Samaras 29 AM L, ST £0 £0
Demy de Zeeuw 31 DM £0 £0
Christian Pander 31 D/WB/AM L £0 £0
Edison Méndez 35 AM C £0 £0
Martinez 34 DM £0 £0
Tiberio Guarente 29 DM £0 £0
Emmanuel Eboué 31 D/WB/M R £0 £0
Cédric Mongongu 25 D C £0 £0
Tommy Oar 28 WB/M/AM (L) £945k £2m
Sander 29 D/WB (L) £1m £1m
Igor Kharatin 25 D (C), DM, M (C) £652k £652k
Anderson Plata 29 AM (C), ST (C) £235k £233k
George McCartney 34 D LC £0 £0
Joris Mathijsen 35 D C £0 £0
Khalid Boulahrouz 33 D RC £0 £0
Timothée Atouba 33 D/WB L £0 £0
Roland Linz 33 ST £0 £0
Stefan Babovic 27 DM, AM RC £0 £0
Mike Temwanjera 32 ST £0 £0
Camilo Ayala 34 DM, M (C) £78k £300m
Eliser Quiñónes 31 AM (L), ST (C) £15k £13k
Enzo Díaz 28 ST (C) £2m £2m
Bruno Duarte 24 ST (C) £867k £781k
Lucas Áfrico 25 D (C) £1m £1m
Gaël Ondoua 24 DM, M (C) £829k £912k
Júnior César 32 D/WB L £0 £0
Claudio Maldonado 34 D C, DM £0 £0
Marcinho 30 AM/F C £0 £0
Robi Merino 32 AM RLC £0 £0
Andranik Teymourian 31 DM £0 £0
Keirrison 31 ST (C) £0 £0
Jerome Thomas 31 AM RL £0 £0
Renán Calle 38 D C £0 £0
Siaka Tiéné 32 D/WB/AM L £0 £0
Antonio Longás 30 DM £0 £0
Sidi Keita 30 DM £0 £0
Galatto 31 GK £0 £0
Kalilou Traoré 27 AM RC £0 £0
Jhon Pérez 32 M (C), AM (RLC) £29k £38k
Jorge Pinos 30 GK £153k £153k
Melvin Valladares 30 AM/F C £0 £0
Daniel Keita-Ruel 30 ST (C) £339k £597k
Igor Vinicius 23 D/WB (R) £868k £716k
Rushine De Reuck 24 D (C) £351 £43k
Diego Valdés 29 ST (C) £20k £13k
Leandro Bonfim 30 AM C £0 £0
Dwight Tiendalli 29 D/WB RL £0 £0
Manuel Friedrich 35 D C £0 £0
Martin Lanig 30 DM, AM C £0 £0
Rafa Jordà 30 ST £0 £0
Leonel Olímpio 32 DM £0 £0
Xavier Intriago 33 AM L £0 £0
Benoît Angbwa 32 D R £0 £0
Fousseni Diawara 34 D RC £0 £0
Júlio César 34 AM RLC, F C £0 £0
Javier Arizmendi 31 AM R, ST £0 £0
Carmelo Valencia 36 ST (C) £15k £8k
Jáider Romero 33 D/WB R £0 £0
Steven Mouyokolo 28 D C £0 £0
Bani Lozano 32 D/WB L, AM LC £0 £0
Morato 27 AM (RLC) £908k £818k
Tomislav Tomic 29 DM, M (C) £1m £2m
Mike Cestor 28 D (C) £397k £496k
Sebastián Villota 28 AM (C) £22k £24k
Luis Carabalí 29 M/AM (C) £14k £15k
Alex Rambal 27 D (C), DM, M (C) £40k £44k
Danílson Córdoba 33 DM, M (C) £0 £0
Branko Boskovic 35 AM LC £0 £0
Joe Bizera 34 D C £0 £0
Pablo Melo 32 D C £0 £0
Gerardo Bedoya 39 WB L, DM, M LC £0 £0
Henok Goitom 35 ST (C) £26k £29k
John Utaka 32 AM L, ST £0 £0
Guillermo Marino 33 AM RLC £0 £0
Juan Pablo Avendaño 32 SW, D C £0 £0
Leandro Benítez 33 M LC £0 £0
Rômulo 27 DM £0 £0
Nigel Reo-Coker 30 D R, DM £0 £0
Carlos Ochoa 36 ST £0 £0
Ricardo Jiménez 30 D C £0 £0
Souleymane Diawara 35 D C £0 £0
Ivan Ivanov 26 D C £0 £0
Ilsinho 34 WB (R), M/AM (RC) £73k £110k
Nelson Ibargüen 30 ST £0 £0
Jossimar Mosquera 32 SW, D C £0 £0
André Senghor 34 ST (C) £542k £520k
Ayrton 29 D/WB R £0 £0
Diego Oliveira 24 AM/F C £0 £0
Lucas Fonseca 34 D (C) £24k £13k
Medo 32 DM, M (C) £47k £58k
Alexei Koselev 26 GK £620k £716k
Valeriane Gvilia 26 M/AM (C) £184k £275k
Jack Durán 28 M (R), AM (RL) £171k £151k
Elkin Calle 34 D/WB R £0 £0
Carlos Álvarez 33 AM R, ST £0 £0
Ivan 33 D/WB/M L £0 £0
Olberdam 29 DM £0 £0
Maarten Martens 30 AM LC £0 £0
Éder Bonfim 34 D R £0 £0
Benoît Lesoimier 32 AM RL £0 £0
Sebastián Peratta 38 GK £0 £0
Nicolás Cabrera 30 WB/AM R £0 £0
Xabi Castillo 28 D/WB L £0 £0
Ariel Ibagaza 38 AM C £0 £0
Júlio César 31 WB L, AM LC £0 £0
Ramón 31 DM, AM/F C £0 £0
Michael 32 AM/F C £0 £0
Dmytro Trukhin 32 AM LC £0 £0
Achraf Khalfaoui 34 DM £0 £0
Andrés Scotti 39 D C £0 £0
Michal Hubnik 31 ST £0 £0
Marco Antonio Palacios 33 D C £0 £0
Ivan Petrovic 34 M C £0 £0
Adama Coulibaly 34 D C £0 £0
Arzu 34 D C, DM £0 £0
Ricardo Fernandes 36 AM C £0 £0
Nacho 35 D/WB L £0 £0
Oumar Kalabané 33 D RC £0 £0
Mate Ghvinianidze 28 D RC £0 £0
Somen Tchoyi 31 AM RLC, F C £0 £0
Christian Eigler 30 AM RL, ST £0 £0
Francisco Prieto 31 GK £0 £0
Manuel Heredia 34 GK £25k £22k
Wellington 32 ST (C) £81k £124k
Wason Rentería 29 ST £0 £0
Bedi Mbenza 30 DM, AM RLC £0 £0
Danko Lazovic 31 AM RL, ST £0 £0
José Manuel Casado 28 D/WB L £0 £0
Javi Matilla 31 DM, M (C) £786k £300m
Felipe Seymour 33 DM, M (RC) £76k £93k
Aldo Vera 32 M (RC) £146k £300m
Eduardo Morante 27 SW, D C £0 £0
Willians 27 AM RLC, F C £0 £0
Javier Sanguinetti 29 M (RL), AM (RLC) £98k £108k
Rifet Kapic 25 M/AM (LC) £273k £218k
Aleksandar Vukotic 25 D (C) £997k £877k
Joazhiño Arroé 28 AM (RLC) £78k £70k
Gino Guerrero 27 M (R), AM (RL) £77k £68k
Rubén Monges 27 D (C) £0 £0
Adrián Jusino 28 D (C) £88k £79k
Zat Knight 35 D C £0 £0
Jairon Zamora 37 DM £0 £0
Jiri Jarosik 37 SW, D C £0 £0

These are the best free players aged under 23 in Football Manager 2016 as rated by their potential ability. Some of these players may not be very good at the start but have the potential to grow still due to their age.

Name Age Position Wage Value Cost Expires Rating Potential
Natsuki Itô 17 AM LC, F C £0 £0
Gabriel Strefezza 23 WB/M/AM (RL) £3m £6m
Flávio Ferreira 23 D C, DM £0 £0
Karim Wagdy 23 ST £0 £0
Olivier Moussima 21 AM R £0 £0
Jhegson Méndez 23 M/AM (C) £2m £3m
Samuel Kyere 22 D/WB R £0 £0
Karim Siby 20 DM £0 £0
Aldry Torres 18 M R £0 £0
Duylio 23 DM £0 £0
Felipe Napolitano 19 ST £0 £0
Álister De Jesús 19 AM R, ST £0 £0
Adel Habib Beldi 20 ST £0 £0
Rodamel Gutiérrez 21 AM C £0 £0
Omar Diop 22 D R, DM £0 £0
Alhassane Traoré 21 AM R £0 £0
Daniel Camelo 20 M C £0 £0
Igor Vinicius 23 D/WB (R) £868k £716k
David Villarroel 22 D L £0 £0
Ladji Niané 20 D/WB L £0 £0
Matheus 19 AM C £0 £0
Papa Kone 22 WB R, AM RL £0 £0
Adrián Trigo 23 DM £0 £0
Danilo 23 D/WB/M R £0 £0
Renan 21 GK £0 £0
Marcone 21 AM RC, F C £0 £0
Zé Alberto 19 AM/F C £0 £0
Diego Gutiérrez 20 GK £0 £0
Steven Dal Molin 21 D C £0 £0
Mário Lucas 22 ST £0 £0
Yannick Mouen 21 AM R £0 £0
Flavio Luna 18 ST £0 £0
Joao Felipe 22 D/WB R £0 £0
Diego Testa 21 ST £0 £0
Jéferson 19 DM £0 £0
Alan Sánchez 21 ST £0 £0
Diego Cisternas 23 AM C £0 £0
Moussa M'Bow 22 D C, DM £0 £0
Loïc Gravina 19 D C £0 £0
Hakim Jebali 23 ST £0 £0
Mamadou Doucouré 22 ST £0 £0
Venacious Mapande 23 ST £0 £0
Ikechukwu Okorie 21 D C £0 £0
Élvis Gabriell 22 GK £0 £0
Reinaldo 20 GK £0 £0
Mailton 22 D/WB L £0 £0
Yago 22 D/WB R £0 £0
Dill 20 D C, DM £0 £0
Frances 20 D/WB L £0 £0
Gerardo Sena 23 AM C £0 £0
Alejandro Barrera 22 DM £0 £0
Craig Reid 20 GK £0 £0
Svyatoslav Dyakiv 22 ST £0 £0
Davit Iashvili 22 D C £0 £0
Maxym Tsvyk 20 ST £0 £0
Maxime Lofanga 20 D/WB L, DM £0 £0
Ayoub Lotfi 21 M C £0 £0
Carlos Cedeño 23 M C £0 £0
Martín Soto 20 D RC £0 £0
Gabriel Fernando 19 D C £0 £0
Mustapha Azrag 23 D RC £0 £0
Momar Bangoura 20 DM £0 £0
Jorge Orgaz 18 AM R £0 £0
Ryô Hasebe 16 D C £0 £0
Stanley Okoro 22 AM RL £0 £0
Kouandé Diarra 21 AM C £0 £0
Sidi Bagayogo 21 D C £0 £0
Roger 22 D/M L £0 £0
Diego Calderón 22 AM L £0 £0
Jerson Benavides 21 D RC £0 £0
Aurélien Chuchla 21 ST £0 £0
Darlan 23 ST £0 £0
Igor 22 D C £0 £0
Alemão 21 D/WB R £0 £0
Vico 23 AM (RLC) £429k £895k
Will Packwood 21 D RC, DM £0 £0
Andrei Ionescu 18 D C £0 £0
Yûichi Kawashima 17 DM £0 £0
Sami Ben Aoun 21 ST £0 £0
Pierre Saintot 21 ST £0 £0
Bruno Vázquez 21 GK £0 £0
Vítor Salmaso 22 D C £0 £0
Marcos Paulo 22 DM £0 £0
Denys Tokar 20 D C £0 £0
Mykhaylo Ryashko 18 D C £0 £0
Yvan Neyou 23 M/AM (RC) £567k £1m
Pablo Espinoza 23 D C £0 £0
Miguel Benítez 22 D (L) £178k £589k
Kontiwa Togaba 23 ST £0 £0
Chiaka Diakité 23 ST £0 £0
Ibrahim Guindo 20 AM R £0 £0
Eduardo Leguiza 20 AM RL, ST £0 £0
Gabriel Alleoni 22 ST £0 £0
Kaoê 23 D/WB L £0 £0
Roni 22 D C £0 £0
Feliphe 22 ST £0 £0
Fransuar 21 D C £0 £0
Negritinho 21 DM £0 £0
Aleksejs Tarasovs 21 D L £0 £0
Octavio Aceves 23 DM £0 £0
Carlos Alberto Treviño 21 DM £0 £0
Carlos Naranjos 19 AM R £0 £0
Gerardo Victoria 21 ST £0 £0
Olexandr Slobodyak 21 AM C £0 £0
Dmytro Romanchuk 20 D R £0 £0
Tigana Toungou 22 AM L £0 £0
Junior Velasco 22 GK £0 £0
Gustavo Carías 23 AM C £0 £0
Antonijs Cernomordijs 23 D (C) £166k £399k
Edgar Saucedo 22 AM LC £0 £0
Franco Amoroso 20 AM RC £0 £0
Facundo Schusterman 19 AM RL, ST £0 £0
Ueverton 22 ST £0 £0
Jociel 22 GK £0 £0
Hugo Valente 22 D/WB R £0 £0
Chico 20 D/WB R £0 £0
Kaique 20 D/WB L, AM LC, F C £0 £0
Gustavo Cascardo 23 D/WB (R) £64k £249k
Gamboa 20 D/WB L £0 £0
Aminadab 19 D L £0 £0
César Arturo Vázquez 22 D C £0 £0
Aldair Santana 21 DM £0 £0
Pedro Salgado 22 D C £0 £0
Dimitri Lefèvre 20 ST £0 £0
Christian Boyeka 19 ST £0 £0
Valentín Cedillo 23 ST £0 £0
Jonathan Zambrano 19 ST £0 £0
Samba Lassine Diarra 21 AM L £0 £0
Hugo 20 DM, AM C £0 £0
Francinei 23 AM LC £0 £0
Luiz Henrique 22 ST £0 £0
Dassayev 21 DM £0 £0
Jhonatan 19 AM C £0 £0
Haris Kolicic 19 ST £0 £0
Emre Bal 17 AM R £0 £0
Bryan Quirarte 23 D/WB L £0 £0
Gustavo Lozano 20 ST £0 £0
Ricardo Hernández 22 ST £0 £0
Santiago Lamanna 22 ST £0 £0
Pablo Ochoa 23 AM/F C £0 £0
Bryan Gigan 20 AM RL £0 £0
Andrew Charlery 19 D C £0 £0
Telmo Limachi 21 ST £0 £0
Gastón Buttaccio 19 AM C £0 £0
Nicolas Pagliarini 18 AM C £0 £0
Lázaro 23 D/WB RL £0 £0
Fellipe Bertoldo 23 AM/F C £0 £0
Walisson 22 ST £0 £0
Diego Barreto 21 ST £0 £0
Manchinha 20 DM £0 £0
Valson 21 ST £0 £0
Ian McLoughlin 23 GK £0 £0
Víctor Manuel Santiago 23 AM RL £0 £0
Mauricio Lozano 21 D C £0 £0
David García 22 GK £0 £0
Jair Alejandro Alcántar 20 D C £0 £0
Nikoloz Akhvlediani 19 DM, M L £0 £0
Marko Banovic 18 D C £0 £0
Juanjo Meseguer 19 AM RC £0 £0
Julio Cafferata 22 ST £0 £0
Morgan Geretto 20 DM £0 £0
Dorian Kouamé 20 DM £0 £0
Fredy Vega 21 M C £0 £0
Naoya Tsuchiya 17 D C £0 £0
Bruno Anjos 23 ST £0 £0
Axel 23 GK £0 £0
Paulo Roberto 23 DM £0 £0
Manoel 23 ST £0 £0
Felipe Coltro 21 D/WB L £0 £0
Roiter 21 M C £0 £0
Pablo 19 AM LC £0 £0
Augusto 20 AM/F C £0 £0
Zhak Koen 21 AM/F C £0 £0
Abdoulaye Gueye 23 ST £0 £0
Luis Fernando Vázquez 22 D C £0 £0
Alan Ramos 21 ST £0 £0
Eduardo Labarrera 23 AM RC £0 £0
Warren Olórtegui 20 D C £0 £0
Brahim Ben Daoud 20 AM RL £0 £0
Francisco Nazareno 21 AM C £0 £0
Henry Justiniano 19 ST £0 £0
Ali Yahyanejad 21 M C £0 £0
Mohamed Traoré 22 D RC £0 £0
Emmanuel Bivan 21 AM RC £0 £0
Shadreck Chimany 18 AM L £0 £0
Omar Ismail 20 M C £0 £0
Nicolás Stagno 23 ST £0 £0
Maximiliano Rodríguez 20 AM RC £0 £0
Javier Franco 22 AM RLC £0 £0
Gastón Garay 23 ST £0 £0
Rodrigo Vitello 21 D C £0 £0
Brian Romero 22 D/WB R £0 £0
Juan Alonso 22 D C £0 £0
Williams Nieto 20 ST £0 £0
Vsevolod Kozhanovskiy 23 ST £0 £0
Ezequiel Palomeque Mena 22 D C £0 £0
Guilherme 22 ST £0 £0
Guido 20 GK £0 £0
Vinícius Volpini 23 D/WB L £0 £0
Marlon 21 ST £0 £0