With James Rodriguez settling in nicely to life at Everton and Edinson Cavani already off the mark at Manchester United, free agents are proving to be clever moves for Premier League clubs. Here is a list of some of those hidden gems worth snatching up on Football Manager.

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Best Free Agents for Premier League Teams on Football Manager 21

Mario Mandzukic

Aside from his most recent spell in Qatar for Al-Duhail SC, Mario Mandzukic has racked up a very impressive CV over the years most notably representing Bayern Munich, Juventus and Atletico Madrid. The Champions League winner and World Cup runner up is available on FM as a free transfer at the age of 34. However, don’t let his age deceive you, with outstanding attributes in fields such as heading, aggression, strength and balance, Mandzukic is someone certainly an option.

Samir Nasri

In December 2018, Samir Nasri returned to the Premier League at West Ham, and, it seemed as though they had snatched a player who still possesses quality in abundance. Over 100 appearances for both Manchester City and Arsenal, the Frenchman has plenty of experience. Versatile and ambitious the midfielder can demonstrate first-class attributes as a winger and a number 10, adding creativity and flair to a team.

Jozo Simunovic

As someone who took charge of Celtic on Football Manager 2020, I can comfortably vouch for Jozo Simunovic as a reliable ball-playing defender. The Bosnian, just 26 years old, can pose a threat in the air and play with both feet. High attributes in tackling and positioning allows the free agent to slot easily into any Premier League defence.

Jack Wilshere

Demanding a club of high stature, Jack Wilshere’s release from West Ham was based solely on his persistent injury. Surprisingly just 28 years old, the experienced England international can use his technical attributes to effect. Despite major set backs, the midfielder made over 200 Arsenal appearances and enjoys being able to get a shot off with that dangerous left foot. A steal for simply not costing a penny. This transfer is not encouraged for Spurs fans…

Oumar Niasse

For those opting for a testing spell at a Premier League club, Oumar Niasse can prove to be a risk worth taking. The former Hull, Cardiff and Everton forward can be influential if his playing style is used in the correct setup. Strong attributes for finishing, heading and strength, the 30 year old can be seen as a hidden gem who can certainly come good in a relegation battle.

Daryl Janmaat

Daryl Janmaat presented himself remarkably to the Premier League proving to be a pivotal figure for Newcastle in his two seasons there before moving down south to Watford and continuing his Premier League form prior to his release this summer. 150 English top flight appearances and over 30 for his nation. The full back has been given generous attributes for his age (31) showing quality in both attacking and defensive departments.