Football Manager 2020: 45 wonderkids you must sign as the game becomes free to play

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In case you haven’t heard, Football Manager 2020 is currently free to play.

Yep, that’s right: FREE!

For the next week - up until next Wednesday, March 25 - the latest version of Football Manager can be downloaded and played free of charge on Steam.

This gesture has come at the perfect time due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has led to people across the UK - and, indeed, the world - social distancing and self-isolating.

Schools in the UK will also be closed indefinitely from Friday onwards, so no doubt many youngsters will also be all over this opportunity to manage their favourite teams and players.

Hours after announcing that FM20 was free to play, Miles Jacobson (head of SI Games, the company behind Football Manager) tweeted: “So this has gone down well - over 100,000 people currently playing FM20 via Steam!!!!!!

“But a reminder for those who work from home. The game will be there for you when your shift has finished. Don't want us to be blamed for a drop in productivity! Keep safe everyone x”

If you’re one of the people who has just downloaded FM20, or plans to, then you’ve come to the right place.

talkSPORT - via FMScout.com - have published a list of 45 wonderkids on the game that you should seriously consider signing when you start a new game.

Let’s begin…

Hamed Junior Traore (Sassuolo)

Position: MC/AMC
Value: £8.75million

Arne Maier (Hertha Berlin)

Position: DM/MC
Value: £4.1million

Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen)

Position: DM/MC
Value: £9.75million

Riqui Puig (Barcelona)

Position: M/AMC
Value: £5.75million

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Mickael Cuisance (Bayern Munich)

Position: DM/MC/AMC
Value: £5.75million

Pietro Pellegri (Monaco)

Position: STC
Value: £1million

Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo)

Position: STC/AML
Value: £1.4million

Agustin Almendra (Boca Juniors)

Position: MRC
Value: £1.9million

Ilaix Moriba (Barcelona)

Position: MC
Value: £725,000

Harvey Elliott (Liverpool)

Position: AMR/L
Value: £850,000

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Jean-Clair Todibo (Barcelona – on loan at Schalke)

Position: CB/DM
Value: £8.5million

Martin Odegaard (Real Madrid – on loan at Real Sociedad)

Position: MC/AMC
Value: £27million

Mohammed Ihattaren (PSV Eindhoven)

Position: AMRLC
Value: £4.9million

Max Aarons (Norwich)

Position: Right-back
Value: £18.75million

Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)

Position: STC
Value: £35.5million

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Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus)

Position: CB
Value: £34.5million

Troy Parrott (Tottenham)

Position: STC
Value: £7million

Rober (Real Betis)

Position: AMR
Value: £45,000

Ansu Fati (Barcelona)

Position: AMRLC/STC
Value: £3.4million

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Alessio Riccardi (Roma)

Position: MC/AMC
Value: £400,000

Myron Boadu (AZ Alkmaar)

Position: STC
Value: £8.5million

Sebastiano Esposito (Inter Milan)

Position: STC
Value: £4million

Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan)

Position: GK
Value: £29million

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Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea)

Position: AMRLC
Value: £25million

Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal)

Position: DM/MC
Value: £24million

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Position: DR/WB
Value: £52million

Rayan Cherki (Lyon)

Position: AMLC
Value: £175,000

Naci Unuvar (Ajax)

Position: AMLC
Value: £175,000

Thiago Almada (Velez Sarsfield)

Position: AMC
Value: £2.5million

Hannibal Mejbri (Manchester United)

Position: MC/AMC
Value: £450,000

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Amine Gouiri (Lyon)

Position: STC
Value: £1.5million

Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)

Position: AML
Value: £22.5million

Rodrygo (Real Madrid)

Position: AML/STC
Value: £6million

Emanuel Vignato (Chievo)

Position: AMRC
Value: £900,000

Sergio Gomez (Borussia Dortmund – on loan at Huesca)

Position: MC/AMC/AML
Value: £2million

Phil Foden (Man City)

Position: AMC
Value: £34.5million

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Fiete Arp (Bayern Munich)

Position: STC
Value: £2million

Fabio Silva (Porto)

Position: STC
Value: £1.5million

Florentino Luis (Benfica)

Position: DM/MC
Value: £9.25million

Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

Position: AMRL
Value: £43.5million

Mason Greenwood (Manchester United)

Position: AMR/STC
Value: £20million

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Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen)

Position: MC/AMC
Value: £38million

Pedri (Barcelona – on loan at Las Palmas)

Position: MC/AMRLC
Value: £775,000

Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid)

Position: AMLC/STC
Value: £30million

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Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

Position: AMRL/STC
Value: £86million

There are some absolute bargains in that list, to be fair.

Riqui Puig is one of Barcelona’s most highly-rated youngsters and is available for less than £6 million, while his teammate Ansu Fati can be signed for even less than that. Madness.

Manchester United’s 17-year-old midfielder Hannibal Mejbri appears to have a very bright future ahead of him, too. For less than £500,000, he could be an absolute steal.

If you have a bit more cash to spend then £27 million-rated Martin Odegaard, who has been superb this season, should definitely be towards to the top of your transfer wish-list.

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And if you’re at a super club with unlimited funds then you should consider cheeky bids for the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Erling Haaland and perhaps even Kylian Mbappe.

So, what are you waiting for? Go sign some of these gems and turn your team into champions!

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