Football Manager 2017 is released at the end of this week and for fans of the hugely-successful Sports Interactive franchise that means goodbye social life for another few months.
If you love FM, there’s a good chance you’re already playing the beta version of the latest installment.
But if you’re waiting until the full version is released on Friday, you’ll probably be interested to find out how much money you’ll be allowed to spend in your first season at a Premier League club.
Getting in the right players in your first pre-season can be the difference between winning the title and finishing fourth, suffering relegation and securing a mid-table finish.
Perhaps the most surprising thing is that Manchester United aren’t top of the pile. In fact, the Red Devils only have the seventh highest budget of the 20 Premier League clubs.
20. Middlesbrough | £4.1 million
If you fancy a real challenge, take over at newly-promoted Middlesbrough.
19. Bournemouth | £6.4 million
Bournemouth spent over £20 million on Jordon Ibe and Lys Mousset, leaving themselves with only £6.4 million in the kitty.
18. West Ham | £7.4 million
West Ham need to pay Dimitri Payet’s wages somehow.
17. Hull City | £8.5 million
Accept this challenge and discover how it feels to be Mike Phelan.
16. Stoke City | £9.5 million
Joe Allen cost Stoke City £13 million - money well spent, it seems, based on his recent performances - and the Potters still have £9.5 million left to splash out on new signings.
15. Watford | £11.2 million
Regardless of how well your signings perform, you’re likely to end up with your P45 at the end of the season.
14. Burnley | £12 million
Decent transfer budget for Burnley, that.
13. Sunderland | £12 million
Don’t worry about messing things up, you’ll still be doing a better job than David Moyes.
12. Crystal Palace | £15.5 million
Despite spending big money on Christian Benteke, James Tomkins and Andros Townsend, Palace still have a cool £15.5 million to play around with.
11. West Brom | £17.8 million
Not the most fashionable club in the Premier League at present, but you can change that by making the right signings with almost £18 million to spend.
10. Leicester City | £18 million
Claudio Ranieri spent big on Ahmed Musa and Islam Slimani in the summer, but he’s still left you with £18 million to splash out on new players for the Premier League champions.
9. Swansea City | £29.5 million
Now you’re talking. Keeping Swansea in the top flight should be a doddle with that amount of cash.
8. Manchester City | £36.6 million
Ask the club’s owners for more and they’ll almost certainly agree.
7. Manchester United | £41 million
Yep, even after spending around £150 million on Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba, United are still left with £41 million.
6. Southampton | £42.4 million
That’s more than enough money to seek out and buy the next generation of future Liverpool players.
5. Everton | £50.2 million
A top-four finish has to be the aim with that amount of money available.
4. Chelsea | £51 million
Chelsea already possess a strong squad, but Roman Abramovich is offering you another £51 million to spend if you fancy it. Of course you do.
3. Liverpool | £62.4 million
How about spending all that money on a new left-back and a world-class centre-back?
2. Tottenham | £67 million
Oh Spurs, even on this you still manage to find yourselves just below Arsenal.
1. Arsenal | £67.1 million
Arsenal fans: it’s the dream scenario. Arsene Wenger has gone and you can finally spend all that money that’s been sitting in the bank for years.
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