Here are the 10 of the best moderately priced central defenders you can buy in Football Manager 2023.
It is practically impossible to become a successful manager without a stable defence.
You can bag all the goals you want, but points count and your ability to be able to hold on to delicate leads and see out crucial wins will help you go a long way in your Football Manager journey.
So, in this article, we will look at the Top 10 centra defenders you can buy in Football Manager 2023, if you don’t want to break the bank.
Who are the Top 10 central defenders in Football Manager 2023? We shall find out below.
While it is pertinent to note that money is crucial in Football Management, it also no guarantee that you will achieve success as a manager in FM23.
Thankfully, there are players that are pretty much affordable and can at the same time, get your desired results.
Top 10 reasonably priced central defenders to buy in Football Manager
In no particular order, below is a list of 10 central defenders you can buy for a decent price, depending on your bargaining skillset.
10. Andreas Christensen - FC Barcelona
The 25-year-old Denmark international is currently under contract with Catalan giants Barcelona and is one of the best central defenders in Football Manager 2023.
Christensen is one of the most underrated defenders in the game and even in real life.
He has proved that he can be a force to reckon with and has delivered in crucial games for club and country.
He is one defender we recommend you get, especially if you’re working on a budget. He’s going to cost between £20 million - £26 million and can still give you at least four decent years.
9. Harry Maguire - Manchester United
The Red Devils skipper might have been relegated to the warmth of the Old Trafford bench, but he’s still a very good defender.
Harry Maguire is one of the best central defenders in Football Manager that is also very affordable.
The 29-year-old England International costs around £35 million and for his in-game stats, he’s a steal even though many would disagree initially.
8. Pau Torres - Villarreal
The 25-year-old Spain international is one of the best central defenders in Football Manager 2023.
Torres is Villarreal’s most important center back and understandably so. In the last three seasons, the Spaniard has improved his game massively and attracted serious interest from Europe’s elite.
However, getting him immediately when you begin a fresh save might cost you north of £60million. So it might be best to wait until he runs down his contract a bit. But he is worth every penny.
7. Edson Alvarez - Ajax
Alvarez is one of the best center backs in the Eredivisie and also on Football Manager 2023.
The 25-year-old Mexican international’s price will eventually skyrocket n subsequent years as your progress.
So it’s best you get him at the beginning of a new save with his current contract due to expire in 2025. He has a price of not more than £36 million.
6. Dayot Upamecano - FC Bayern Munich
The 24-year-old Frenchman has been widely regarded as the future of the national team’s defence due to his immense potential.
Upamecano is one of the best central defenders in Football Manager and is worth buying without having to break the bank.
Although, he still has four good years left on his contract, and will command a fee of between £46million - £72 million.
However, Bayern have never been an easy to convince when it comes to letting go of their best players.
5. Kim Min-Jae - Napoli
The Napoli trojan has already become a revelation in Rome.
Kim Min-Jae represents everything required of a modern-day defender and is quite imposing in games. He’s one of the best central defenders in Football Manager 2023 and we recommend you add him to your shortlist sooner rather than later.
His price is nothing to give you a headache either. At just £46 million or less, the 26-year-old South Korean can be a real leader in the heart of your defence.
4. Antonio Silva - Benfica
Benfica’s Antonio Silva is one of the emerging bright talents from Portugal.
We expect his rating to sporadically rise due to his immense potential.
The 19-year-old is already a starter for his club side and is one of the best young central defenders on Football Manager 2023.
He’s very affordable as well and definitely one to build your defence around in the future.
3. Alessandro Bastoni - Inter
Bastoni’s immense potential at age 23 makes him easily one of the best central defenders in Football Manager 2023.
The Inter centre back is worth every penny and you don’t have to break the bank for him, while having to pay £59 million.
2. Milan Škriniar - Inter
Skriniar is one of the best central defenders in Football Manager 2023. Although, Skriniar's agreement to join PSG is now part of FM following the winter update, he's still on an expiring contract with Inter.
The Slovakian maestro costs just as low as £43 million. That’s if you’re determined to still him from the clutches of the French champions.
1. Joško Gvardiol
Leipzig’s Croatian centre back silenced doubters with a stellar showing at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
But fans of FM had already seen his potential and knew he is one of the best central defenders in Football Manager 2023.
The 20-year-old boasts ridiculous potentials and is destined for a move away from the Red Bull Arena in the future.
His cost price might be a headache right now but before it sky-rockets into triple figures, now is a good time to make your move.
Gvardiol boasts impressive work rate, determination and all round gameplay in FM. It;s no wonder he commands a price tag of around £90 million.
If you have the budget, he is truly a must-have for any team looking to dominate for years.
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