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  1. I love stuff like this @nico_france. Inter selling, what looks like, nearly half their team (Martinez, Lukaku, Erikson, Gagliadini, Skriniar and Asamoah) Bonkers
  2. Norwich – 11.07.2024 I‘ve complete my 5th season with Norwich City. Finished 6th in the table which I was happy with. Finished 8 points away from ECC qualification. My league places have been 8th, 7th, 6th, 5th, and as above 6th. 1st Team (2nd team) GK – Emil Audero (Alessandro Russo) DR – Max Aarons (Andrea Andrenao) DC – Ben Godfrey (Alessandro Bastoni) DC – Armel Bella-Kotchap (Davide Bastoni) DL – Jamal Lewis (Gaizka Mancisidor) DM – Eduardo Camavinga (Gustavo Assuncao) MC – Carles Alena (Ryan Gravenberch) MC – Sergio Gomez (Arthur) AMR – Pedri (Fabio Andre) AML – Michel Peter (Talles Magno) ST – Mauro Icardi (Diego Kiaku) Notable players – Emil Audero – Bought from Sampdoria for £6 million in June 2022 to be 1st choice keeper. Outstanding goalkeeper, particularly for what I paid for him. Still on the 1st contract I gave him when he joined at £50k per week. Has a buyout clause of £75 million and Inter and PSG are interested. I’m not actively interested in selling him but if his buyout clause is met I’ll realise a significant amount of profit. Arthur – I found Arthur transfer listed by Barcelona in December 2023. I picked him up for £16.5 million with Barcelona paying £100k of his wages until the end of his contract in June 2024. Now I could have waited 1 month to enter into a pre-contract agreement, but I spread the payments over 36 months and got them to pay the majority of his wages. Now his Barcelona contract has expired I’m paying him £42k per week which I reckon is pretty good. Not pulled up many trees as yet – no goals or assists in 10 appearances, but with a pre-season for him to get used to how we play I’ll be expecting an improvement. Carles Alena – Bought from Barcelona in June 2021 for just £3 million. Now worth £45 million and paid £22k per week. He’s going to need a new contract or be sold but if sold I’m hoping to realise profit of more than £50 million. Still only 26 years old so I could give him a new contract and get another 4-5 years out of him before selling. Spent a large part of 2023-24 with various injuries but normally he’s a 1st choice CM alongside Sergio Gomez. Eduardo Camavinga – Bought from Rennes for £30 million in July 2021. Now worth £47.5 million and has 4 years left on his contract that has a £120 million buyout. I play him in a DM role as a DLP. Still has room to improve his stats as he’s only 21. I’ve struggled to find DM's who wanted to move to me but luckily Camavinga wanted European football which I was able to offer. Sergio Gomez – Bought from Dortmund for just £2 million in July 2020. Now worth £28 million but only has 1 year left on his contract. Has a lot of interested clubs in him and has a buyout clause of £80 million, which no-one has come close to triggering yet. He wants a new contract and I’m inclined to give him one rather than sell him. If a club offers £50-£60 million I’d be tempted to sell but I could give him a new contract and sell him in a few years if I wanted. Fabio Andre – A Brazilian wonderkid I found playing at Flamengo. I trigged his buyout of £24 million to get him and he’s now worth £45 million. I have trained him in a AMR role as at the time I was lacking in players for this position. I have played him in his natural AMC position and he’s played well, but I don’t like playing with an AMC, preferring a DM to offer protection to my defence and build play from the back. As an inside forward I try to take advantage of his speed, dribbling and finishing. My scouts rated him as 90+ and you can see he’s rated at 4 gold stars and 1 black. He’ll get a new contract in 1-2 years and I plan on keeping him for as long as I can. Pedri – The last of the players I have bought from Barcelona and another I consider a bargain. Bought for £15 million in January 2023 and now worth £32 million. Similar to Fabio Andre in that I play him on the wing when his natural position is AMC. But his stats aren’t bad for a winger, lacking a bit of pace but good dribbling and first touch. Also only 21 so plenty of time for him to improve. I accepted a bid from Burnley for £45 million in 1 payment in 12 months time, with a 50% sell on fee but he rejected the contract they offered. I ended up selling Harry Wilson instead (see below) Mauro Icardi – Bought from Real Madrid in August 2023 for £30 million with another £7.5 million in performance bonuses. Despite our strong league finishes I felt that we lacked firepower and my strikers in particular were not scoring enough goals. Icardi was bought to rectify this and he has been decent without being outstanding. Thomas Buitink (see below) had an amazing season where he scored 20 goals in the league but this was very much an exceptional one-off season. I adjusted my tactics as with Icardi’s best role that of a poacher I’ve tried to use my AML/AMR as wingers with support functions to get the ball to him. Fabio Andre is useful as a sub as an attacking Inside Forward, though this does negate Icardi somewhat. Notable sales – Teemu Pukki – Sold to Newcastle in June 2020 - £16 million. Scored just 3 league goals for me. Emi Buendia – Sold to Newcastle in June 2022 - £40 million. I couldn’t get a tune out of him – he kept getting ‘uninterested’ during matches and wouldn’t listen to my shouts. Jude Bellingham – Sold to Arsenal in June 2023 - £76 million. Bought from Birmingham for £22 million in July 2021 so I realised a profit of £54 million. Thomas Buitink – Sold to Besiktas in July 2024 – £30 million. Bought from Vitesse for £6.5 million June 2021 so I realised a good amount of profit. Harry Wilson – Sold to Bournemouth in July 2024 - £45 million. Bought from Liverpool for £10 million in July 2020. Was a good player for me, averaging double figures for assists and getting around 5-10 goals per season. However with Pedri being younger (thus with more time to improve) and Fabio Andre needing more game time I decided to sell him. £45 million with a 50% sell on clause I consider good business. Finances – Finances are looking very healthy. Overall Balance has been achieved through careful player management (buying cheap and selling high as in the case of Jude Bellingham) and Europa League participation. I’d like to try and get it to £200+ million before the new season starts, just cause it seems like a nice figure in my head. Debt is at £0 but are facilities could be improved to ‘State of the Art’. As above our corporate, training and data analysis facilities could be raised 1-2 levels to achieve ‘State of the Art’ status so I will approach the board about this soon. Problems / Miscellaneous Youth Recruitment – This is my one big problem area. We have ‘Exceptional academy coaching’, ‘Exceptional youth recruitment’ and ‘State of the art youth facilities’ but we’re producing no more than 2-3 star players, if that. I know it takes time and I know that the ratings are comparable to what I have already at the club but in pure stat terms the youth intakes I’ve been getting have been, frankly, garbage. The database I’m running is from the ‘beta’ and I know there were early problems with low determination on youth intakes so my game could be affected by this. I don’t know if updates retroactively ‘fix’ saves, I don’t think that they do. Age gaps in positions – I’ve reach a point where there are seemingly low or in some cases very low options for players in certain positions at a young age. To use an example if I want to find a defender under the age of 23 I feel the options are poor. To demonstrate here is a screenshot of central defenders available to me aged 23 or under - Saliba isn’t going to swap Arsenal for Norwich. Luciani I think is a newgen and Napoli just won Serie A in 2024 so he has no reason to move. Harfield is at Man Utd so again, isn’t going to move to Norwich and on it goes. This is not to say that there aren’t players to buy, I just don’t think they are worth it. I’ve found other players in positions with high potential (such as Fabio Andre, I’ve found at least half a dozen wingers with 80+ potential) but I’m really struggling to find central defenders with high potential that my scouts recommend or that I see with good stats. I know that finding a ‘Messi’ type player is rare but I’m seemingly finding more players in some positions (wingers for example) than in others (central defenders and defensive midfielders).
  3. I've completed my 1st season with Leeds. 1st time using the latest database update. How are people managing the finances in the 2nd season? I've been promoted as winners of the championship but we're £4-5 million in the red. I sold Kalvin Phillips to Liverpool in January 2020 for a payment in January 2021 of £45 million (with a 50% sell of fee clause) so this will be coming in 6-7 months time. My board has given me a £40 million transfer kitty but I'm reluctant to spend any of it really in case we get into more finance trouble.
  4. Thanks @Welshace & @Ronaldo Beckham this makes sense
  5. I started a Leeds save on the weekend to use the latest update and got promoted from the Championship as winners but Brentford went up as runners-up. They were amazing. We went up with a points tally of 108 and they had a points tally of 106. There was a 30 point gap between us and the play-offs. We were like 2 heavy-weight boxers slugging it out! If my Leeds save gets dull I'm tempted to start a save with Brentford.
  6. Maddison has a sell on clause doesn't he? How does the sell on fee work if you bring them back to your club @Ronaldo Beckham or did you activate/buy it before you bought him?
  7. What players are you liking and which ones aren't doing it for you @Ronaldo Beckham I sold pukki after 1 season. He scored something like 3 league goals for me. Buendia went in season 3, he couldn't stay interested in games and wouldn't respond to my shouts. Sold him to Newcastle for £40 million. I think the defence is good though. I'm in 2024 on my save and Lewis, Godfrey and Aarons are all still 1st teamers.
  8. @Welshace & @Geordieboy52 I bought Gvardiol on my Norwich save (granted it was the beta) and he didn't develop like I hoped he would. I think he'd be a good championship player but he stagnated on my save and I sold him for £10 million +. If he's had stat boost from the update could be worth a punt. Also depends on the level/league you're in of course.
  9. I looked at grealish a few seasons ago but I wasn't impressed by his stats. Villa wanted crazy money for him, like £40 million plus. I ended up buying Harry Wilson from Liverpool for £10 and he's been great for me. I'm tempted to start a new Norwich save with the recent update. My version is the beta so it still has some of the 'kink's in the system.
  10. Nice. I had a takeover on my Norwich save but not a 'sugar daddy' and I've had some rumours since then. I'm in April 2024 on my Norwich save but I can't crack the top 4, the big clubs seem too well established. Liverpool are about to win their 3 title in a row with Haland up front but Barcelona are after him. I've been concentrating on buying youth to develop and sell on. I've bought and sold Antonio Marin and Jude Bellingham, realising a profit of £80-90 (combined) for them.
  11. Totally agree @Norfair. I remember on FM18 stockpiling wonderkids, sending them on loan, seeing their value soar after a few seasons and then selling them on for huge profit. I managed to build a balance of nearly £500 million after 10 seasons with Norwich. This has led to adjustment of mindset on my part - whereas before I would pay £10 million for a highly rated youngster, now I find I'm asked to pay £30-40 million for 80+ rated youngsters. Does make me consider more carefully who I'm bidding on.
  12. Can you post pictures of the table and Haland and Szoboszlai? I'm in 2024 on my Norwich save and I finished in 17th place after my 1st season!
  13. @Norfair The stats on that Portuguese newgen are UNREAL! The mental stats alone. I tend to play quite 'conservatively' on FM when it comes to money and I've never broken the £100 million barrier (I have sold at this amount though )
  14. I'm in July 2024 on my Norwich save and Man City have just bid £202 million for him!
  15. I don't have the screenshot as I'm not on my home PC but I sold Andrea Christensen to Benfica for over 100 million in my Chelsea save on FM20. I'll post the screenshot tonight/tomorrow but it is by far the largest fee I've ever received for a defender. With the transfer ban it left me short at the back but I couldn't turn down a offer in way in excess of his value.
  16. Liking this thread, some great pictures of quality regens/newgens. Couple of questions from me - 1) How far into the game are people? I know its random but I'm curious. I'm in 2022 with my Norwich save and I'm seeing very few quality regens/newgens, particularly when compared with some of the players shared here. The bigger teamsin England (Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd) have some nice stat'd players coming through but these will be v hard to pry away from these clubs. 2) What set up are people using and how are you finding the players? I've been using a method found on an external community site where I shortlist youth intake players and then sort through this list. I've had around 7,000 - 9,000 players shortlisted (separate shortlists) on the 3 youth intakes I've had so far.
  17. How are people managing the home grown quota? I get moving out deadwood but selling all or just some of the likes of Chambers, Holding, Willock, Nelson, Maitland-Niles, Sako, Smith-Rowe et al would surely leave you short no?
  18. Has anyone else come across this in FM2020? Never happened to me in a previous version but I've finished my 1st season with Norwich finishing in 8th place in the PL and Delia leaves the club. A new Chairman comes in and offers Bournemouth over £70 mil for Lewis Cook. Now he's good and I know from previous versions he can become an Elite midfield but wtf? I can't cancel the transfer either! Anyone else come across this. Anyone know if this will bankrupt the club? I have a transfer budget of £50ish mil but buying Cook will give me a negative bank balance, not to mention wipe out my wage budget. I'm pretty pissed
  19. Barcelona. I'm not a fan of them in real life. I get that they have played beautiful football (emphasis on the have played) but to me they have players who would rival Olympic Class divers. Suarez, Neymar (when he was there) and my personal favourite Sergio Busquets of the infamous CL game against Inter where he rolled around of the floor with his hands on his face before peeking out to check that the referee had seen him. I don't manage in Spain in FM but anytime I come up against Barcelona (say in CL) I go full Kevin Keegan ("I will love it if we beat them, love it!). I smashed them 7-0 or 8-0 in my Norwich save on FM19 on my way to winning the CL. I always hope when a champions league knock draw takes place that I'll get them and can knock them out straight away
  20. I currently use a Samsung S19C450 which I've had for the past 4-5 years. As part of a PC rebuild I'm considering buying a new monitor. Are any FM players able to advise me on what they use and what I should be looking for? I've found some old posts on monitors but nothing recent, and the old posts were more concerned with size rather than features. I like the idea of an IPS panel for the colour accuracy and the black levels. If I game on FM mainly and not on other games (certainly no recent AAA games) will I notice a difference between TN and IPS? I don't tend to use the 3D match engine so I don't know if this needs to impact my decision (144hz or Freesync features for example)
  21. Erling Braut Håland. Salzburg look to have a few players I'd like to see how their stats progress over time. Like the OP Serge Gnabry. I'm curious how close to release SI make tweaks to player stats. Gnabry destroyed Spurs in CL recently. I know that 1 performance doesn't sway SI (I've read a post before about how they scout players over time and try to make subtle adjustments to player stats) but Haland particularly seems to really have kicked on to a higher level (yes I realise it's the Austrian League) so I would like to see his stats higher (or at least his PA) than in FM19.
  22. Benfica. They have the Joao Felix money and I like the idea of building a team of wonderkids. I haven't managed a team in Portugal on FM yet but I want to do a save focused on youth recruitment and youth generation. I think I've read somewhere that Portugal has good newgens (Brazil is highest I think) and Benfica on FM 19 have excellent facilities, junior coaching and extensive youth recruitment. Also looking forward to getting several seasons in and finding out how wonderkids like Erling Håland (surely due a stats boast in FM20?) progress.
  23. First off - love the community here My current PC is this - Motherboard –Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Socket AM3+ 8 Channel HD Audio mATX CPU –AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz Socket AM3+ 14MB Cache GPU –MSI GTX 750 GAMING 1GB GDDR5 VGA PSU -Corsair RM 550W Fully Modular 80+ RAM - 8gb Corsair LPX (not sure of the speed, I think its 1600hz) I built this 5 years ago, I feel the time is right for an upgrade and I've pre-order FM20. I've been considering the 2700x as I'm hoping with Black Friday coming up it will fall under £150. However after looking at the CPU Benchmarks from the 1st post, the 2700x gets it ass kicked in single threaded performance. So my question is this - am I best off going for the 3600? The 3600 is roughly £180 and scores 2,813. The 2700x is (currently) £170 and scores 2,185. That to me seems like a big difference for only a £10 price difference - am I missing something? I like to load alot of leagues with a large database. I don't watch matches in 3D but I do like to go 5-10+ seasons in. I'm currently playing as Norwich City FC on FM19, in 2024 and I've noticed a big slow down in terms of how long the game takes to save, and progress on from one day to the next. FM is pretty much the only game I play, I'm not anticipating playing any current AAA games but I might play some that are a few years old (BIO Shock for example) Advice would be appreciated.
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