5 Tips To Master The Transfer Market On Football Manager 2019

One of the best parts of Football Manager 2019 is the transfer market, no matter what your team’s’ goals are, whether your looking to bring in a new star player, young players to revitalize an ageing squad or even just a short-term solution for extra cover in your squad, being able to master the transfer market will give you a big advantage over the other teams and is an essential part in the success of your career.

1. Be Prepared / Plan Ahead

In real life, football teams scout players all through the season so when the transfer market opens, they will usually have a shortlist of players to sign.

In Football manager a lot of us tend to wait until the transfer market is open before starting the player search and begin scouting, this is a big mistake which gives the other teams an advantage right from the start and leaves us playing catch up.

When the transfer market opens you should already know which positions you need to strengthen and have a shortlist of players to sign in those positions, you need to be prepared and ready to take action, to do this you should follow this simple the steps below.

Evaluate and Monitor your squad

You need to identify areas of your squad that needs to be improved, the easiest way to do this is by going to your squad and checking which star ratings your current players have, then you can make a decision on which positions you need reinforcements for.

Search and Scout potential new players

As mentioned above teams in real life are searching and scouting for players all throughout the season, so to be most efficient you should be doing to same, This task can be assigned to your head scout who will automatically find and scout players, you can also set scouting tasks for individual scouts, to scout specific countries, leagues or other criteria.

Create a shortlist of players who fit within your requirements

After search and scouting players you should create a shortlist of between 3 to 5 players which fit your requirements for their position and star rating, it’s also a good idea to make sure the club and player are both at least slightly interested, otherwise you’ll end up with a list of unrealistic targets and potentially fail to sign anyone.

Plan your budget beforehand for each player required

Based on your previous evaluation of your squad, you should have a good understanding of which positions require reinforcements the most, you should focus on these positions first before looking to sign players in less needed positions.

Unless you are at a club with an unlimited budget, you will most likely not be able to sign all the players you want, so it’s important that you are smart with the budget you have available.

Buying a few different players for your first time in many cases would be a lot more beneficial than buying that 1 superstar player.

2. Always Suggest Terms

The ‘Suggest’ Terms button is one of the most important features when your looking to make an offer for a player, located at the bottom right of the transfer offer screen, using it will trigger an instant response from the selling club for your offer.

When you make an offer for a player, it can sometimes take couple days until you get a response. To save time you should instead always use the suggest terms option, this gives you an instant response to your offer which can then be negotiated further.

This works so well because you can immediately see if the player is an unrealistic target or if you should pursue the deal further.

In the screenshot below we suggested terms of £30m for Youri Tielemans from Monaco, it was immediately rebutted with a suggestion of £136m plus additional clauses. This allowed us to move straight on to our next target, as Tielemans was an unrealistic target.

This can also be done when negotiating the contract with the player, which also triggers an instant response from the players agent

You can also do this when your are negotiating a contract with the player which will give you the same benefits of getting back instant replies to your negotiations.

3. Make Use of Additional Fees

These days in real life, very few players are bought for a single lump sum, instead clubs negotiate using different payment structures which allows the buying club more freedom in the transfer market, A lot of us in Football Manager tend to just offer a lump sum as its quick and simple, it also makes it easier to keep track of the transfer budget for the current and future seasons.

To structure your bid in football manager you need to make use of the Additional Fees, to use these click on the ‘Add’ button at the Additional Fees section on the transfer screen and select which additional fee you would like to include in the offer, see below which each additional fee does.


This is an extra fee, of which a proportion is paid every six or twelve months, over a specified number of installments, these installments can be anywhere from six months to four years.
This works really well as it allows you the spread the overall transfer fee over a longer period of time, so the budget for the current season is not affected as much.

After League Appearances

This is an extra paid after the player reaches a specified number of league appearances for his new club, this can be anywhere from 1 to 50 appearances.

Per League Appearance

This is an extra fee paid for each league appearance for the players new club up to the specified number of games, this can be anywhere from 1 to 50 appearances.

After International Appearances

This is an extra fee paid after the player reaches the specified number of international appearances while at his new club, this can be anywhere from 1 to 50 appearances.
This works great if your signing a player who is unlikely to get a international call up for quite a while, also 50 international appearances is a heck of a lot of appearances so even for a regular international player it could take up to 5 years to reach that many appearances.

Minimum League Goals

This is an extra fee paid after the player scores the specified number of league goals for his new club, this can be anywhere from 10 to 50 goals.
This works great as you will only pay for a player if they perform well for your club, especially works well when being used with more defensive players as they will take longer to score the goals.

Players To Exchange

This allows you to offer some players from your club in an exchange deal.
This can work well if you have players in your team who want to leave or are surplus to requirements.

Bonus After Competition Achievement

This is an extra fee paid after the club completes an achievement, this can be anytime from avoiding relegation, gaining promotion or winning the title.
This can work really well if you set the expiry date to a date before you think you will accomplish the achievement and therefore won’t end up making the payment at all.

4. Make Use Of Additional Clauses

Similar to Additional Fees, Additional Clauses can be used to help reduce transfer fee paid to the selling club, to use these click on the ‘Add’ button at the Additional Clauses section on the transfer screen and select which additional clause you would like to include in the offer, see below which each additional clause does.

1. Loan Back Length
This is the duration for which the player will be immediately loaned back to the selling club.
This works great if you are buying a player for the future and are likely to loan the player out anyway, this also works well for players who are unlikely to currently get a work permit.

2. Percentage Of Profit From Next Sale
This is for if the new club sells the player on for a profit, the old club will receive this percentage of the profit made, this amount can be anywhere from 5 to 50 percent.

3. Buy Back Price
A clause allowing the players old club to buy the player back, at any time, for a specific price.

4. Selling Team Wage Contribution
A clause which forces the selling club to pay a certain amount to the player in addition to their wage at their new club for the duration of their current contract.
This works great if your buying a player who is currently on a big contract which you won’t be able to afford.

5. Arrange Friendly
A clause which forces the buying club to agree to a friendly match against the selling club.
This works well when buying from a lower league club as sometimes the revenue from a friendly match can be just as much as the transfer fee itself!

6. Sell Player First
A clause that forces the selling club to wait until the buying club has sold a player before the transfer can go through.
This works well if you in the process of selling a certain player and would need the funds to complete the new signing, or if your new signing is to replace a specific player in your squad.

5. Be Patient / Know When To Walk Away

One of the most difficult skills to master in the transfer market is being patient and knowing when to walk away, if the player or club are being really stubborn with high demands, it can be tempting to accept their terms and ultimately end up with a bad deal

It’s sometimes best to simply walk away from the transfer. You can either move another target or go back in for the player in the next transfer window.

It’s important to always follow a strict wage structure, as If you give in to the high demands, it’s likely that players already in your squad of a similar stature will want new improved contracts similar to those demands and then you’re you’ll be in a right mess.


The transfer market can be very tricky, it’s not supposed to be easy and sometimes you will simply fail to get the players you want, but by following these steps, you’ll give yourself a big advantage and will have the very best chance of making each and every transfer window a successful one.

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