As your players get old and retire, or your club outgrows them (or vice versa), you'll probably want to strengthen your team with new recruits.
The marketplace is always active and checking it regularly can improve your odds of finding the right player.
The purchase process is based on hidden auction and you will have to outsmart other managers and bots.
Number of players.
Your club will prevent you from selling players if that would leave you with less than 22 players in your main squad.
If that still happens somehow (i.e. player retires) - you might get fired. Ideal squad depth is between 28 and 32 players.
Anything else will incur a penalty to your training and team spirit.
Normally you only have basic knowledge of players that are not in your team and you will see their skills as a range (i.e. 13-16).
You can scout potential transfer targets to find out their exact skills and experience.
You get 2 scouting actions every day and can accumulate 20 at most.
Hiring a scout will slightly increase the speed at which you regenerate scouting actions.
Your own players are automatically scouted for free.
Your money reduced by your active offers to buy players. You can only buy players if your available money is not negative and you are under your salary cap.
Available salary cap.
Salary cap is determined by your club's popularity.
You can only buy players if you have positive balance and you are under your salary cap (with your active offers taken into account).
You might want to sell players that you're overpaying if you're tight on money or hitting the salary cap.
Nobody can buy your players until you put them on the transfer list (or their contract expires and they're transfer listed automatically).
When you do decide to sell - you are guaranteed to get at least player's minimum price.
You can only buy players that have been transfer listed. The transfer is resolved via hidden auction - place your offer and the player will pick the best one.
It takes the player up to 72 hours from the time he received the first offer to decide where he wants to go (but usually closer to 48 hours).
Once you make a bid it can't be withdrawn, you can only improve it (i.e. if other clubs bid for your targeted player).
Players are simple creatures, they care only that they get paid enough and that they play football.
When offering a new contract the player will have minimum expectation from it that you have to satisfy in order for him to even listen to your offer.
Player will have minimum expected salary depending on his skills, potential, and experience. It is paid daily no matter if the player plays a game or not.
If the player develops to such level that his current salary isn't satisfactory anymore he will become unhappy and request a new contract.
When transferring from another club the player gets 10% of total transfer fee. If you're extending his contract he will require a certain signing fee as well (equal to 10% of his transfer value).
The fee is paid immediately. In terms of satisfaction it makes no difference if you offer the player signing fee or salary money, use whatever is appropriate for you.
There are 5 types of contract statuses you can offer:
The player will have a minimum expectation for his status and you can't offer him anything below it. You can, however, offer him a better contract status to improve his chances of signing.
- Key is for your top stars. They will expect to play every match they can.
- First team is for your regulars. They will expect to play in cca. 75% of your matches.
- Rotation is for your supporting players. They will expect to play in cca. 50% of your matches.
- Backup is for your supporting players. They will expect to play in 25% of your matches.
- B team is for players that are still developing and are undergoing high training regime.
All contracts are signed for the duration of 3 seasons.
Perceived offer value.
When you offer a contract you should see a perceived value box at the top. This is the number upon which the player will base his decision which club to join.
The changes you make for salary, signing fee and contract status will all be reflected in that number.
Once you get a player into your club you will need to take care of his contract from time to time.
You can extend player's contract whenever you want. The new contract will cancel what was remaining from the old one and lasts for next 3 seasons from the date it was signed. The exception is made if you extend contract while there's 7 or fewer days left on the old one. In that case - the new contract is an extension to the old one and will have its duration increased by the remaining days of the old contract.
Signing a new contract will remove any issues a player might have (unhappy with his salary or for not playing enough).
If the contract expires the player will be put on transfer list automatically.
He will also stop training and his skills will drop faster than usual (and with them his price as well).
You will still have to pay his salary until he leaves, but you will also get the money from transfer.
Players of 30 years or older will retire if they're left out of contract for longer than a week and their price has dropped below 6M.
You can also promote them to staff if you want as it is explained here.