Football Manager 2012 best cheap players list

FM 2012 lists

written by Darren Smith

Welcome to our Football Manager 2012 best cheap players list. Here you can find the biggest list of FM 2012 cheap players and the list will continue to grow throughout the year. The table below is completely interactive, you can order it by asking price, age and position etc. We’ve even given these Football Manager 2012 cheap players a star rating based on their quality and bargain value. If that’s not enough try clicking on each players name to view their comprehensive player profile. These FM 2012 player profiles show a current profile taken from the start of the game, all the players relevant details, a scouting report and then the players future profile from 2017 or 2019. That’s right, we are showing you what the player could develop into just by clicking his name. This is surely the most in depth Football Manager 2012 best cheap players list around.

Please note that all profiles have been updated with details taken from patch 12.2 on the 26/03/2012.

Player NamePositionAsking Price
(million GBP)
Guilherme, LuisGK0.319Botafogo
Vrsaljko, SimeDR/WBR/DMC1.019Dinamo
Yaisien, AbdallahAMC/CM/AMR1.017PSG
Valencia, JoelAMR/MRC/AMC0.916Zaragoza
Sanogo, YayaST2.518Auxerre
Kovacic, MateoAMC/CM3.817Dinamo
Torres, ErickAMC/ST3.718Chivas
Rugani, DanieleDC1.516Empoli
Erasmus, KermitST/AMC0.221SuperSport Utd
Figueiredo, TobiasDC/DMC0.417Sporting Lisbon
Fierro, CarlosST1.216Chivas
Ongenda, HervinST2.016PSG
Strootman, KevinCM5.521PSV
Gutierrez, FelipeML/CM/AMC1.820U. Catolica
Badelj, MilanCM/AMC/DMC3.622Dinamo
Prestia, GiuseppeDC1.317Palermo
Ayew, JordanST/AMR4.919Marseille
Miranda, RoderickDC0.820Benfica
Bertolacci, AndreaDMC/CM/AMC2.020Roma
Ilori, ThiagoDC0.418Sporting
Jenssen, Ruben YttergardCM1.023Tromso
Jali, AndileDMC/CM0.321Orlando Pirates
Rakitskyi, YaroslavDC/DL/DMC5.021Shakhtar
Toro, SebastianDC/DR1.121Colo Colo
Kameni, CarlosGK5.227Malaga
Dzagoev, AlanAMC/CM5.021CSKA Moscow
Crisetig, LorenzoDMC/CM0.818Inter Milan
Teixeira, AlexAMC/CM/AMRL4.219Shakhtar
Kvekveskiri, NikaDR/DC/DMC/MR0.819D. Tbilisi
Oliveira, NelsonST4.419Benfica
Poli, AndreaCM21Sampdoria
Ekdal, AlbinCM/AMC5.621Cagliari/Juve
Kadlec, VaclavST/AML4.119Sparta Prague
Areola, AlphonseGK5.518PSG
Digne, LucasDL/WBL1.317Lille
Allen, JoeCM5.521Swansea
El Shaarawy, StephanAMR/AMLC4.618AC Milan
Alderweireld, TobyDC4.222Ajax
Anderson, FelipeCM/AMC5.218Santos
Bonatini, LeoST0.917Cruzeiro
Kana-Biyik, Jean-ArmelDC3.722Rennais
Martins, AndersonDC/SW1.923Al-Jaish
Pajot, VincentCM/DMC2.220Stade Rennais
Verratti, MarcoDMC/CM/AMC2.518Pescara
Stepanenko, TarasDMC3.721Shakhtar
Butland, JackGK2.818Birmingham
Vukusic, AnteST1.720Hajduk
Nestor, LoicDC0.822Le Havre
Demirci, MuhammedAMC/AMRL1.716Besiktas
Xhaka, GranitAMC/CM5.018Basel
Mendy, NampalysDMC/CM1.519Monaco
Villanueva, CarlosAMC/ST1.525Al-Shabab
Coulibaly, SouleymaneST2.016Tottenham
Xulu, SiyandaDC0.219Sundowns
Fleck, JohnAMC/MLC2.219Rangers
Vass, AdamDMC/CM0.622Brescia
Collison, JackCM/MRL4.522West Ham
Branescu, LaurentiuGK0.917Juventus
Mbiwa, Mapou YangaDC/DRL/WBRL5.022Montpellier
Ostrzolek, MatthiasDL1.921Bochum
El-Kaoutari, AbdelDC/DL/WBL2.921Montpellier
Vossen, JelleST1.923Genk
Brahimi, YacineAMC/CM/AMRL3.321Rennais
Lodeiro, NicolasAMC/CM4.221Ajax
Soukouna, AhmedST/AMR021Free agent
Tshabalala, SiphiweAML/ML/CM/AMC0.426Kaizer Chiefs
Boka, ArthurDL1.328Stuttgart
Kweuke, LeonardST2.223S. Prague
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October 23, 2011 6:37 pm

Mobi Okoli – Sandsens UFL – CDM – Available for around £16k

Mahatma Otoo – Hearts Of Oak – ST – Available for around £120k

November 6, 2011 2:00 am

where is the shortlist ?

November 8, 2011 3:30 pm

Man, you are GOD!! this is what I believe most of people want. a list of good cheap players and not the wonderkid list with players so expensive.

Thank you so much man!

November 11, 2011 5:38 pm

Darron Gibson from man utd is amazinly good picked him up for 1.4 and he scored 10 goals with an average rating of 7.34

November 17, 2011 6:33 am

Darren could you take a look at Mickaël Nelson?

He plays for Babersberg team and is a young player, dirt cheap (bought him second season for AS Monaco for 16k pounds!) and has the potential to become a good Ligue 1 player according to my assistant and best scout Buisine

In the team/scout report he is only half a star behind Jean-Armel Kana Biyik in terms of PA (he is 2 star CA/3.5 star PA while Kana Biyik is 4 star CA/4 star PA)

Andrew Bone
November 22, 2011 9:54 am

Darwin Quintero…got this off another website….this man is a beast…cost between 2 – 3 mill…he will score u goals….

Joke Steve
January 20, 2012 10:29 pm

Cheers for Quintero, my god what a player. signed him for my glasgow rangers team and 25g/33goals 12assists and 9 mom. all for £1.1m!!!!!!

Connor Martin
November 24, 2011 2:00 am

oryt mate just wondering if you could take a look at Ryan,Jack Fraser Fyvie and Jonny , Hayes

November 24, 2011 3:39 am

Hey Darren….great job!
Just wondering how does vitinho do in the future?

November 24, 2011 5:12 pm

Atsuto Uchida – Okayama F. C – RB/ WB(R)

Pretty decent player at 1 mill, boasting over 12 attributes with 15 or more, 23 y old.

Kyle Naughton(RB) and Granero(CDM) is available for £800k and £1mill respectively after 1 season. Those are pretty decent players me think. Naughton is a cheap bastard, but Granero has a craving for money salary-wise though.

November 29, 2011 11:50 am

Robert Feczesin and Adam Vass from Brescia are great. You can get them for 7-900.000.

November 30, 2011 3:17 pm

Oh yes. Vass is on the list. Sorry, my bad. Gaetano Berardi from Brescia is also good player :D

November 30, 2011 3:17 pm

Oh, and Enis Hajri, u can get him for 240.000. And he is a good defender :P

November 30, 2011 8:27 pm

ziguy badibanga is not a bad sign

December 6, 2011 11:41 am

hi darren, how does monty gimpel (Leeds) turn out please.

December 7, 2011 5:15 pm

can you compile a list of players that are best for the championship? would be immensly grateful!

December 9, 2011 4:53 pm

can you give me 2019 profile for zakaria labyad and julian wiessmeier?

December 13, 2011 9:50 am

Your a complete and utter legend Darren…

Timothy Wailan
December 15, 2011 9:41 am

Take a look at Tijani Belaid (24) from APOEL. Right winger having 18 for freekick taking, 17 for finishing and first touch, 16 for corners and technique, and 15 for dribbling and crossing. Bought him for 750k. Total bargain for me. And also John Fleck from Rangers, 4 years younger than Belaid but, already has 16 for crossing, dribbling, long shots, and technique; 15 for corners, first touch, passing, and penalty taking, and; 14 for finishing and free kick taking. Bought him 2.7m. Both of them were bought by me in my 2nd season of Sheffield Wednesday game which they… Read more »

Timothy Wailan
December 16, 2011 2:33 am

any chance of scouting asian/south american/african/minor european league? i think there must be some bargains there

December 18, 2011 11:52 am

diego oliveira
starts on loan at suwon originally at noroeste
only 21
you can get him for €160k
i bought him for sydney fc and he got sold to napoli(as an important first team player) after i resigned from sydney fc for 4 million €

mark payne
December 19, 2011 6:26 am

Torassa, 30k CA scores goals for fun at championship level.

Clark Kent
December 23, 2011 5:16 pm

Could you check how Thiago from Barcelona turns out, i’ve got him on loan, want to see if hes worth buying. Thanks.

December 27, 2011 1:57 pm

Can you check Jack Robinson, Jon Flanagan and Danny Wilson? They should be on a medium database.

December 27, 2011 1:59 pm

I just wanna see how they do at Liverpool

December 27, 2011 6:31 pm

Antonio Inutile Lara very interesting player as STRIKER who is out of contract at the very moment. player number 10. yrs 26.
the link for his skills:

December 27, 2011 6:37 pm

Striker at the moment without a contract. Player number 10. Playes for Premier league for over 6 years. Antonio Inutile Lara.

December 28, 2011 1:58 am

how about Mouche from Boca, 23 yrs old and available for 130k only. A competitive poacher in championship level, even mid-class in EPL

Håkon Nygård
December 30, 2011 8:13 pm

I would also recommend three more players from Tromsø / Tromso in Norway.

– Ruben Yttergård Jensen, CM
– Remi Johansen, CM
– Thomas Drage, CAM

All are cheap, probably for less than 1.5 mill.

Anthony Yeung
January 1, 2012 7:31 pm

hi guys, i have added a few players to my shortlist in FM2012… how do i view my shortlist??

Michael Hui
January 3, 2012 10:34 am

Lucas Digne (DL) from Lille has great potential – available for under 3 million :)

January 8, 2012 9:27 pm

does gianni bruno turn out any good

January 14, 2012 3:14 pm

Dude, many many thanks. Great that someone took the time to save everyone else the effort of trawling through the lists. Not that I haven’t enjoyed that in the past!!! Once again, cheers mate!

January 21, 2012 4:19 pm

Hey Darren,

Just been catching up on a few of the profiles, great stuff!

You got a reccomendation for a solid cheap striker who could be used as squad player for a team like barca, playing three up front? 2x def st and 1x treq, was considering Willian and changing his position


January 21, 2012 9:38 pm

Have you had a look at Marco Capuano from Pescara? He has decent stats to start and is rather cheap. Does he develop into anything good?

steve mac
January 23, 2012 10:38 am

a forward called Kermit Erasmus at Sunsport Utd can be picked up for 120k and looks quite good.

Fredy montero starts at Seattle can be picked up for 2mill and has stats of 16 finishing at start.

I am interested in finding out how stefan Bell of Mainz II in germany, a mate of mine recommended him, saying his value goes massive after a season, does he ever turn out to be a superstar?

Good work matey!!

January 23, 2012 1:59 pm

Hi Darren,

I cannot find Baskim Kadrii anywhere from OBD, i play with Ajax right now and he’s quite good.
4,5 star player.


January 25, 2012 9:35 pm

hey mate . am after some good signings for newcastle could you help me out

January 26, 2012 6:24 pm

Hi darren, i did about 6 seasons with galatasaray and during the 2nd year i bought cenk tosun, he aqcuired 19 finishing and 15 pace and scored 43 goals in 40 games, however he is a bit on the pricey side, maybe about 5 mil. speaking of pricey, i also transferred leandro from gremio for 10m, he scores like crazy but nothing improves apart from his pace which is off the charts. is that normal for him? cheers

January 28, 2012 3:57 pm

Hi mate,im also managing newc…and doing great…took some players list and sined xherdan shaqiri,cris brunt… got sturridge and bridge on loan
You should check francis massampu…great poacher especially when he is playn against top teams…but dosent has top player atributes

January 29, 2012 1:29 pm

He plays for valenciennes,currenty in reserves…

January 31, 2012 11:10 pm

Adam Hlousek

February 1, 2012 2:44 pm

can anybody off some names for a good cm player for the championship, im going to have about 2 million to spend, have to consider that im doncaster rovers, so i wont have much appeal to players

May 13, 2012 9:18 pm

sign renikwe letsholonyane from kaizer chiefs for 170k mate very good player i am a fan of doncaster and sign him

February 3, 2012 1:33 am

Hi Darren, could you recommend me the chip good players for small team with small database?

February 20, 2012 3:58 pm

Conor McAleny, everton. what u think?

February 22, 2012 9:13 am

these guys are for teams with 3 star reputation or so; emre can – bayern münchen pa: 160 *if you are quick ; you can buy him for 240k, else man utd gets him for 2.4m. oh; you have to wait till the january! zargo touré – USBCO pa:160 *600k; good dm; lacks strength, decent skills, mental attributes. andile jali – orlando pirates pa:158 *1m; dm,mc,am. his offensive skills are a not excellent, otherwise good stats. he develops ultra-fast! ja-cheol ku – wolfsburg pa:155 *1.2-1.7m (sale price got modified after patches i guess). physical att around 10-12 or so; but… Read more »

February 22, 2012 9:25 am

note to the above comment; most of the pa’s are not fixed, -at least didnt verify them- (except ja-cheol ku and daushvili)

emre can oscillates between 160-178 pa with the same price.. wtf?

February 23, 2012 3:32 pm

Osvaldo, from Ceará, and Wallyson, from Cruzeiro are also great players

March 6, 2012 8:45 am

hey darren mate would you be able to recomend an players for n power league 1 teams?

Mohammad Sadek
March 6, 2012 11:06 pm

Darren Who ‘ better Alex Sandro or Jack Robinson ???

March 9, 2012 8:42 pm

good and really cheap players:
Mohammad Awal/kotoko/dc/60k/19
Lucas Andersen/AaB/amr,amc,mc/1,5M/16
Willyan Mimbela/universitario/575k/19
Osnar Noronha/Peru/juan aurich/1,5M/aml/19
Jorge Enriquez/Mexico/Chivas/1,6M/Dm/20

March 12, 2012 10:09 pm

how about joe lewis …