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  1. Gonna keep banging this drum.... the transfer system for AI clubs needs some changes. Its really unrealistic (and AWFULLY frustrating) when you go through a transfer saga with a player, have them get upset over you not being able to accept a massively below-market bid, get several more offers from the same club but never one worth selling for, and the player eventually settles down... and then another club comes in with a bid and unsettles him and the bid is basically exactly what the first club bid in the first place. AI clubs almost always start their bid process at value plus 2-4m. But how would they not be aware that you just turned down an offer for that same player six weeks before that was triple the value? But nope, they go right back to value plus 2-4m. Usually the exactly same amount (and same add-ons) as the first club bid the first time. I used the example the other week when complaining about this is that its exactly like Arsenal bidding 40m for Zaha, having it turned down, bidding 50m, then 60m, and then 70m, and giving up after they are all turned down, and then despite all this being publicly known, Everton comes in with the same 40m bid with the same structure as Arsenal's first bid. But that is literally exactly what the transfer AI is doing.
  2. I REALLY wish clubs took situational context into account when pursuing transfers. I have a 5-star newgen LB/RB. A 19 year old wonderkid who is playing for the Brazil NT and already has the talent level to step into most European sides. Its a talent development save so I'm willing to sell anyone, but just don't want clubs raiding my players for pennies. So when United comes in for him, the first bid is obviously value 15m plus 2m (the frequency of those offers is another issue). I try to negotiate it up, they walk, player is upset, starts a rebellion, etc. United make several more offers and top out around 35m. I might have sold for 40m, but they walk. Have to have a players meeting, most of the players support me, and the player settles down. Right after he settles down, a news story comes out... Tottenham are going to buy him for 18m. So basically what I turned down from United on the very first offer. The player wanting to leave and all that was "in the public" so its not like the other club doesn't know. Tottenham make a bid, then Napoli for basically the same. Then Newcastle comes in with a bid several million below his value. These clubs "knowing" what was turned down from United then still making these bids is is basically like Arsenal getting laughed off by Palace with a 40m bid for Zaha, then having a 60m bid turned down, then Everton following up a week later with 40m with the same structure as Arsenal's bid. Like what do you think has changed in that week? Edit - literally as I post this, Liverpool bid 20m for an 18.5m rated DM, Barcelona offer 21m for "the new Neymar) who is worth 18.25 (150 CA 196 PA for context) and United made another offer for the LB/RB that is less than the last one I turned down. These aren't players who will move on Hot Prospect contracts and get loaned out - they will move for First Team or Key Player contracts and be stars. Why are these clubs only willing to look at these players as bargains? The last several players moved for 40m, including one who went to Arsenal for 60m on 225K pw to replace Ozil (literally transfer listed now).
  3. The player who left didn't show up on the Dynamics screen at all from what I can recall. He was in the reserves for the short time he was actually with the club. He spent the past 3 seasons out on loan. Unfortunately, I didn't keep a save where I can go back and check. And as for the other issue, the player who has started 5 straight matches and 7 of the last 8 "was expecting to be playing more first team football than he currently has". I literally can't play you any more, fam. Gonna fail this promise despite him starting 42 matches in a row and his condition being minus 37.
  4. It really does sometimes feel like the game is creating "drama" for you to deal with. Just had my star striker get upset that we sold a fringe player. One who hadn't played for the first team in 3 years and would have been the 8th best MC in the squad according to my coaches. No relationship between the two. So pretty obvious that someone who wasn't in the first team "locker room" would be missed as a "major locker room presence".
  5. Player interactions and promises forever feels buggy. I'm managing in Brazil, a couple of seasons in. The matches are constant, especially in the latter part of the year. You have to rotate players heavily or you end up starting players at 72%. I have a wonderkid Ecuadorian central defender who is one of my better players and probably my first choice CB, but he was rotating out of necessity. Last summer, during the break, he played in the Copa America and then the Olympics, so he came back worn out. I sent him on a holiday rested him regularly, but he still got upset about playing time. I promised him more and fulfilled the promise. Then he complained again recently. I promised again. He's now showing as "Hopes he gets some matches soon". I've started him like 8 competitive matches in a row. His condition is trash but I keep playing him. Typically when he promise playing time, a run of starts like this will turn the promise meter green and get a player response about "being please with the number of matches he has started recently". Not this guy. Weirdly, I've checked his hidden personality attributes and there really isn't anything that would make him seem like the type of get agitated quickly.
  6. Good thought. Didn't work in this case. The player they did buy was from Santos, so another Brazilian club, with a lower reputation than we have. Just frustrating that they were not willing to pay more than something like 70% for my player, but stumped up almost 200% of the value for the other one. Player - higher value, almost the same bid. Now unhappy Player 2 - first bid Player 3 - who they did buy
  7. I'm sure there are background mechanics that make this happen, but its annoying as $#W%. Have two wonderkid strikers. I'm managing in Brazil and literally anyone on my squad is sellable, but I just ask for reasonable value. Napoli has wanted the one striker for much of the summer window. They make an offer at exact same time at Leverkusen, for the EXACT same value (hate that happening). They both offer 12m for a 13m rated (yes I know the player's value is relatively, but still) 19 year old who has several years to run on his contract and a 39m release fee. Napoli won't budge and walk on my attempted negotiation. Leverkusen negotiate up to 33m but the player refuses the contract. He's upset that I didn't accept the Napoli bid since they are in the CL.... My captain was able to settle him. Then Napoli bids for the other striker. This one is 20 years old, has been more productive, has 4 years left on his contract which also has a 40m buyout. The offer 14m. Several million below his "value". Again, they won't budge. I try to negotiate and they walk away. 25m and I'd be happy. Maybe even 20m. But well below his value.... that feels like they are trying to scam us. Maybe Napoli is on a limited budget? Nope, 49m available. Then they pay the 21m release clause for another striker in the same league - an 18 yo wonderkid who has been less productive (basically half as many goals as the 20 year old). So why won't you negotiate with us and pay a bit more? And of course, the 20 year old player is extremely upset that I wouldn't take a below-market bid for him. Edit - and just had another Brazilian club bid for a 17 year old defender. He wants to join them because they play in the Copa Libertadores. Which they don't - they lost out in the qualifiers. But we do. And won it last year. Might win it again. Very rationale reason he would want to leave us for them.
  8. This probably more a rant than anything, but stuff like this is frustrating and just feels buggy. In the middle of the second season in Brazil. One of my star players says he's looking for a new challenge. Fair enough - I promise to attempt to sell him. He's a versatile attacker and 28 years old (not that common to have "in their prime" players in Brazil). Value is 15m and he's on a relatively low wage - 12K per week. It was August 30th I made this promise. I started offering him out. I started fairly high. After an offer or two, I encouraged him to try to find a club and he agreed. I continued to offer him out, dropping 1m each time. I've been burned before by offering players out way too low to start - a club will make a locked offer which tends to anger the player if you reject it, even though its massively below their "value". The only clubs interested in the player are MLS clubs wanting him on loan. Its now September 7th and he is saying he's going to cause a squad revolt because I failed to make any effort. What... what other effort can I make?
  9. Thank you tons for this thread, Herne. Been managing in Brazil and using the same 4-3-3 gegenpress that I've used throughout FM19. But after the first season ended, I wanted something different and happened to give this thread a read. Used the ideas here to create a possession 4-3-3 and its been quite interesting. I'm still tweaking and perfecting, but man, its been fun so far. Got the side rolling with it through the state championship, which is mostly a lot of matches that are mismatches in quality. But played two legs against Racing (who won the Copa Libertadores) in the Recopa Sudamericana and won it with 1-0 and 1-1. Just had a match against River Plate in the Libertadores that was similar - 1-0 win and they had 3 shots on goal all match. We aren't scoring as freely as we were with the gegenpress, but I'm honestly shocked by how defensively sound this has been. We dominate possession in most matches and simply don't give up chances. Still tweaking things but I don't want to push that too far. The football is pretty and fairly fun to watch, but its also damned effective. The squad is a typical Brazil mix - aging veterans with declining physicals and youngsters. I'm curious to see how things improve as the overall quality in the side creeps up.
  10. So this was a first for me. Got a news story that my first choice Right Back is "furious" at me and blames me for not being selected for the National Team and that his NT career might be over. ALL MY FAULT. This is, notably, my ONLY right back. He has played in six consecutive competitive matches, five of which were starts. He has played in 28 competitive matches thru the season into March and only been a sub in two of those. I had to rotate him a bit in November because his fitness was barely getting back into the 80s. Really not sure what he is expecting....? Same with another player, who identified that he wanted to leave as he was "homesick" just after the summer window closed. I promised to sell him and make repeated offers out. No one wants him. He gives me more time to keep the promise. I keep offering him out, willing to take a smidgen of his value. Winter window closes and my Ass Man tells me that that player appreciates that a reasonable effort was made.... but he is still furious with me for failing to sell him and will no longer interact with me. I'm waiting to have head a full on squad revolt over this, despite "being satisfied with the effort made". Also notable that he's out of contract in the summer. Player interactions and personality dynamics still feel buggy too often. I fully accept that even reasonable people sometimes do irrational and unreasonable things, but in a game, its pretty much impossible to differentiate between what's a bug and what's intended to be "player being unreasonable".
  11. Yes. Got the league table, then the Overview drop down on the top left should have Average Points available as an option.
  12. Not really. The -9 range is going to be between 150 and 180. Even if that player gets the worst possible potential, maxing it out still makes them a pretty good player. Skill distribution matters more than actual Current Ability, but generally speaking, a player with a CA of 150 is still going to be a very good player. Not likely a superstar for the very biggest of clubs, but a solid player for a club below that. And that's if they are absolute bottom of the possible range. And most of these recommended players are going to be pretty good to start with, meaning the possibility of them maxing their potential is a bit better.
  13. Could simply be a reputation boost.
  14. Mentioned this already, but.... Genoa sold a burgeoning superstar for 40m in the winter window. Spent a portion of it. The update doesn't appear to have adjusted their finances. At the very least, their bank balance should be significant larger than in the summer, no?
  15. I can't even open the Editor after the update. Crashes endlessly.
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