Some of the most popular formations on Football Manager 2023 rely on an attacking midfielder, so it’s important to find yourself a good one.
Regardless of what sort of transfer budget you’re working with, there are plenty of top talents out there who could make a real difference in your team. You could send your scouts to find them, but we’ve all the hard work already.
Here are the best attacking midfielders to sign on any budget on FM23.
Juan Fernando Quintero
Quintero brings very little when it comes to physical stats but his technical abilities are insane. 18 vision, 17 passing and 16 dribbling should be worth a lot more than £2.3m.
Nicolas de la Cruz
River teammate De la Cruz is just as intriguing. The 25-year-old is worth £2.3m and still has some room to grow into a really nice player.
£420,000 will get you veteran imdfielder Chery. He might not have too many years left in the tank but, at that sort of price, you can’t really complain.
The attacking midfielder/wing-back hybrid that is Pereyra is worth every penny of his £4.3m price tag. He has 14s and 15s all over his attributes page.
Another who is approaching the end of their careers, Taison is 34 but still brings 16 flair and 16 dribbling. He should be a whole lot of fun.
Fidalgo is one of the biggest bargains on the entire game. The 25-year-old Spaniard, who has 17 passing, is undeniably good enough for a top division and can be picked up for just £425,000. With his tiny wages as well, you will not find an attacking midfielder who represents that sort of value for money anywhere.
Another top-tier talent, Krunic comes in a little pricier at £4.5m, which only emphasises how good of a deal Fidalgo represents.
£1.4m for Stindl is a nice price. The 33-year-old boasts some unreal mental stats and would make a nice pick-up for a smaller side.
Mata is undoubtedly approaching the twilight of his career but his £1.2m price tag is still more than fair.
Trejo is another 34-year-old who you should consider bringing in for a year or two. £1.2m is pretty reasonable.
Stepping up to £10.5m, Suarez is brilliant value for money. His 16 passing and 15 dribbling will make him a reapl problem for defenders.
Lemar is sensational value at his £10m price tag, but it gets even better as he usually hits the transfer list in the first summer and can be picked up for half that amount in just a month or two. You definitely should be considering him.
Livaja might not be a wonderkid anymore but the 28-year-old is still a top talent who is great value at £7.25m.
Real San Sebastian
Now 36, Silva remains an elite playmaker who can be recruited for just £3.2m. You’ll need some hefty wages to convince him to sign, but with that initial expense, it should all balance out.
Similarly, Hamsik is another cheap transfer fee to go with hefty wage demands. He’ll cost you just £775,000 up front so the whole thing shouldn’t be tough to afford if you’re shopping at this price point.
At just £7.75m, Correa is a real bargain. The versatile Argentine can do a job anywhere on the forward line, so it’s up to you how to make the most of his 17 pace and 16 dribbling.
On the transfer list at Sevilla, Oliver is available for a cool £12.5m. The 27-year-old still has a little room to grow as well so you could have a top midfielder for the next five years.
Shaqiri has some hefty wage demands to go along with his £6.25m price tag. If you’ve got a lot of room left in your salary cap, he could be the one for you.
33-year-old Mkhitaryan is excellent value for his £3.4m price tag. He’s only just joined, however, so you’ll have to keep an eye on how he settles.
You don’t always get value for money with Premier League sides but, at £6m, you can’t go wrong with Lallana.
Rafa has made it into our RW and LW lists before this, and he completes the trifecta with an appearance here. The Benfica man is sensational value for money at £26m.
Berghuis is an excellent creator with 14s and 15s all over his card. For £25m, you won’t find much better than him.
Some top sides end up circling around Otavio pretty quickly and that’s largely to do with his bargan £32m price tag. For that money, you’re getting a top player who is comfortable anywhere in midfield.
Hazard begins the game on the transfer list and sees his £27m asking price tumble pretty quickly. He has some massive wage demands, however, so he might be one to wait for.
On the other side of Madrid is another 90min favourite in Correa. His £38m asking price represents real value for money.
What sets Goncalves apart from the bunch is his age. He’s only 23 and has some really nice potential, so you’re getting a top player in the present and a potential superstar for the next decade. You can’t go wrong for £32m.
Alberto has plenty of 17s on his attributes page, including in passing, so he’s absolutely worth considering at £31m.
You have to wait to trigger Dybala’s £17.25m release clause but the Argentine is definitely worth waiting for. He’s one of the top forwards on the game and you won’t find anyone close to his quality for that sort of money.
In the final year of his contract at Barcelona, Memphis is available for a cool £43m. If you don’t want to risk losing him forever, that’s a very reasonable price for someone of his top-tier quality.
Taking us home is Reus. It feels wrong to take him out of Dortmund but, at £31m, you shouldn’t really hesitate to. He’s a sensational player whose focus is more on scoring goals than creating them.