The teams with the biggest budgets on Football Manager 2022

Money is a little tighter in Football Manager 2022 than in previous years, but there are still plenty of sides with a good sum of money in the bank.

If you’re looking for a complete rebuild, a wonderkid haul or a squad of superstars, you’ll likely need to take control of one of the richer sides on the game, and there are some intriguing options to choose between.

Here are the 11 sides with the biggest transfer budgets on FM22.

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Dinamo make the cut / SOPA Images/GettyImages

Russian giants Dinamo Moscow are blessed with a mighty budget of £21.4m to start the game.

To boost their appeal, Dinamo also boast plenty of valuable youngsters, including Arsen Zakharyan, Nikola Moro and Sebastian Szymanski, so you shouldn’t need to spend big on any wonderkids.

Convincing some big names to head to Russia might be a bit tricky, but that’s all part of the fun.

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Athletic’s transfer rules make things interesting / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Athletic might force you to confirm by some tricky transfer rules, but at least they’re prepared to give you a decent sum of money to do so.

Famously, the club will only allow you to sign players from Basque Country, so there’s obviously a finite number of ways in which you can spend that £21.4m.

Instead of spending that money, you could try giving talented youngsters like Nico Williams (brother of Inaki) a permanent starting spot. A few years down the line, you won’t regret it.

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Bayern don’t need much spending / Joosep Martinson/GettyImages

For a club of their size, Bayern don’t often splash the cash too much, and they’ll give you a modest £25.7m to start things off.

That’s not much of a problem as there isn’t really anything you could do to improve their squad, and if you want to sell anybody to replace them, you’ll bring in a tidy sum of money that way.

You do, however, need to get Robert Lewandowski tied down to a new contract, because there’s a good chance he’ll try jump ship after 12 months, and you won’t have the money for a like-for-like replacement.

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Ajax boast a hefty budget / ANP Sport/GettyImages

Ajax are always fun to manage as their elite youth academy produces wonderkid after wonderkid, but now, they’re also blessed with some financial muscle.

You can spend your £29.9m bolstering the first team or snapping up some high-potential youngsters. Either way, it’s going to be fun.

If you ever need a top-up, there are so many valuable superstars in the squad that you could flip without even really trying.

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Ronaldo joined in the summer / OLI SCARFF/GettyImages

After a summer of heavy spending, United’s transfer budget sits at ‘just’ £30m.

Fortunately, you’ve already got Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and this striker by the name of Cristiano Ronaldo who is supposedly pretty decent.

There’s still enough left in the bank for one more big deal, and you could add even more if you manage to shift some of the deadwood at the club.

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Shakhtar have a surprising budget / Angel Martinez/GettyImages

Over in Ukraine, you’ll find Shakhtar Donetsk laughing their way to the bank with a cool £34.2m.

Your best bet is to go hunting for future superstars available at cheap prices, because that’s what has been working for Shakhtar for years now.

The likes of Tete, Manor Solomon, Dodo and Marcos Antonio can all be sold for big sums if you want to, but you’d be better off keeping them together and watching their values skyrocket.

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PSG have a crazy squad already / John Berry/GettyImages

£38.5m seems fairly small for a team of Paris Saint-Germain’s vast wealth, but realistically, there’s no way to improve their current squad anyway.

With one of the deepest, star-filled squads around, PSG only require some minor touches, but their biggest priority is convincing Kylian Mbappe to stick around.

He’ll likely consider his options pretty quickly, so if you’re not going to take the risk of losing him for free, cash in now and watch your bank balance soar.

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Chelsea are among the game’s richest teams / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

There’s still enough left in the bank for Chelsea to bring in another superstar, but figuring out which position needs bolstering might be a tricky task.

The Blues brought in Romelu Lukaku during the summer and have some of the scariest squad depth around, so you may need to get creative with ways to use your £40m budget.

There are also still quite a few fringe players kicking around at the club, so you can try sell them to add to your budget if you want.

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Real have been saving up / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/GettyImages

Having barely spent any money over the past few years, Real Madrid have saved up one of the biggest transfer budgets around, £51.3m.

With Mbappe possibly available on a free, you can focus on spending that money elsewhere, such as in defence or on some more young midfielders to replace the ageing duo of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

You won’t struggle to convince players to make the move, so you’ve pretty much got a blank slate when it comes to transfers.

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City need a striker / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages

A huge jump up here as Manchester City are laughing with a cool £100m in the transfer war chest.

They failed to sign Harry Kane during the summer and still have that money kicking about in FM22. You’d be wise to take City’s real-life advice and look for a striker.

With £100m to play with, the world’s your oyster.

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Newcastle are the ultimate rebuild club / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

The richest club on the planet, Newcastle come with an absolutely colossal £200m to spend on new transfers to usher in the new era at St. James’ Park.

You might not be able to convince any major superstars to make the switch – Newcastle haven’t got the greatest reputation right now – but there are plenty of top talents ready to listen to your proposals.

Younger stars with their best years still ahead of them might be the way forward here, and you’ll have a squad full of superstars soon enough.

Hungary boss claims Chelsea have agreed to sign Attila Szalai

Hungary boss Marco Rossi has suggested that Chelsea have struck a deal to sign highly rated Fenerbahce centre-back Attila Szalai.

Reports from Turkey last month claimed Chelsea had agreed to pay around £20m for Hungarian Szalai, but then talk of this potential deal went quiet.

That was, however, until Rossi brought his name back up during his speech at the Premio USSI awards on Monday, with the Hungary boss claiming Szalai’s move to Chelsea is all but finalised.

When asked which of his players he felt would do well in Serie A, Rossi responded (via Football Italia): “It’s hard to name just one player, but right now I see very well Attila Szalai, who plays for Fenerbahce, but I think he is joining Chelsea.

“Clearly, he has been followed by important clubs in Spain, but apparently his move to Chelsea is a done deal. It would be a great player also for Italian football.”

Now, this is obviously not confirmation of a move to Chelsea for Szalai, but with the Turkish media all suggesting that a deal is done, this feels like one you absolutely need to keep an eye on.

Szalai is incredibly highly rated by those who work with him and has been tipped for a big move for a while now. Compared to Virgil van Dijk, Szalai has made waves for both club and country and is starting to attract major interest.

Atletico Madrid and Juventus have both watched Szalai, but Chelsea are seemingly in the chase too and may well be a lot closer to a deal than you’d expect.

Szalai, who cites Thiago Silva as an idol, could arrive at a time in which Chelsea are more than a little concerned about their centre-back situation.

Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen are both out of contract in the summer. Talks with the former are nowhere near completion, while negotiations with the latter continue to stutter to the point of concern.

Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta are both approaching the ends of their deals as well, but there is optimism that those two will sign on soon enough.

Gabriele Corbo joins CF Montreal on loan from Bolonga for 2022 MLS season

CF Montreal’s partnership with Bologna has paid dividends once again with the capture of center-back Gabriele Corbo on loan.

The 21-year-old will remain with the Canadian side through the 2022 MLS season having spent the 2020/21 campaign on loan at Spezia in Serie B.

Despite his young age, Corbo brings a decent amount of high-level experience to Montreal, with 26 caps for Italy under his belt at various youth levels. He’s also played in Serie A three times and logged 745 minutes during his spell in the Italian second tier with Spezia.

“We are delighted to have Gabriele on board for the upcoming season. He is a right-footed defender who can play in both a three-man and a four-man defense,” CFM sporting director Olivier Renard said in a statement. “In the past, he has even played a few games at right-back in a four-man defense. He is very happy to come here and already joined us several weeks ago. He is gradually getting used to his new work environment and his new city for 2022.”

Corbo joins Lassi Lappalainen, Sebastian Breza, and Orji Okwonkwo on the list of players to join CF Montreal on loan from Bologna, with both clubs owned by Joey Saputo. English center-back Luis Binks went the other way, making 26 appearances for Montreal before joining Bologna, making his debut for the Italian side in September 2021.

Montreal recently announced defenders Kiki Struna and Rudy Camacho would leave the club, leaving plenty of space for Corbo on Wilfried Nancy’s roster. The aim for 2022 will undoubtedly be making the MLS Cup Playoffs after agonizingly missing out on Decision Day this time around.

CFM also have a Concacaf Champions League campaign to look forward to next year after beating rivals Toronto FC 1-0 in the Canadian Championship final.

49ers on course to purchase Leeds United

The York family, who own NFL franchise San Francisco 49ers, are on course to complete the purchase of Leeds United in the near future.

90min were first to reveal last year that 49ers Enterprises – the investment vehicle for the NFL side and their owners – were planning on a full buy-out having already bought a minority shareholding in the West Yorkshire giants.

And we can now confirm 49ers Enterprises are indeed pushing ahead with their plans to become owners of the club.

Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani secured the club in 2017 but was quick in looking for serious investment to help take them forward and held talks with a number of interested parties – including Paris Saint Germain owners Qatar Sports Investments (QSI).

But it was the 49ers who continued the growing trend of American investors coming into English football when they purchased an initial 15%. That rose to 37% in January this year before an additional 7% in November.

Sources have confirmed to 90min that 49ers Enterprises have been concluding internal reports and putting together plans for the future of the club, ahead of finalising a deal to become majority shareholders.

Radrizzani is hoping to still play a role at the club after a sale, but those details have not been hammered out or agreed on yet.

As part of their ongoing investment, the 49ers anticipate finalising a deal within the next 12 months, although it is believed an official deadline is set for the end of 2023.

Radrizzani is confident that Leeds’ future is in very good hands with the York family and is sure they will put the right plans in place to make them a Premier League force in the long-term.

Jurgen Klopp provides Mohamed Salah contract update

Jurgen Klopp has called for patience as Liverpool continue to negotiate a new contract with star man Mohamed Salah.

Salah is in the form of his career this season, already registering 13 goals and 11 assists in the Premier League, as well as six further strikes in Europe.

The forward’s current deal is set to expire at the end of the 2022/23 campaign and with both Barcelona and Real Madrid said to be interested, Liverpool are keen to tie him down on a longer-term contract.

Talks have been underway for some time and Salah provided an update on the situation in a recent interview.

“I said it several times, if the decision is up to me, I want to stay in Liverpool. But the decision is in the hands of the management and they have to solve this issue,” he said.

In a press conference held before his side’s final Champions League group game against Milan, Klopp also spoke about Salah’s future.

“We are talking. Extending a contract with a player like Mo is not a thing you do and you meet for a cup of tea in the afternoon and find an agreement,” he said.

“That’s completely normal. There’s really nothing else to say about [it]. Mo speaks about it when he gets asked about it. I can only say a few things because all the rest is not for the public obviously.

“But I’m not sure if he gave the interview in English or if it got translated from Arabic into English, that is a massive issue, how we saw in the last few days again – really a lot of things can happen when somebody tries to do that.

“Mo is fine, I’m fine. I think what we all want is clear and things like this need time, that’s it.”

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