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 to find 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 16 players in your main squad.
If that still happens somehow (i.e. player retires) - you will get immediately fired.
You can scout potential transfer targets to find out their experience, potential and best role on the field. You get a number of scouting actions every day and can accumulate 20 at most.
Your own players are automatically scouted for free.
Your money minus your active offers to buy players. You can only buy players if your available money (and your salary budget) is not negative.
Available salary budget.
Salary budget is determined by your popularity as a manager, your club's popularity and the ability of your Director of football.
You can only buy players if you have positive balance in your salary budget remaining (minus your active offers).
You might want to sell players that you're overpaying if you're tight on budget.
Nobody can buy your players until you put them on transfer list (or their contract expires and they're transfer listed automatically).
When you do decide to sell - you are guaranteed to get player's minimum price at least.
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 player 48 hours from the time he received the first offer to decide where he wants to go.
You can always improve your initial offer before he decides 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 played 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.
However, they are also loyal and won't ask for a new contract until they are well above their salary.
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. Generally, higher salary will keep the player satisfied for longer time but it will also eat up your salary budget that is already limiting as it is.
There are 4 types of contract roles you can offer:
The player will have a minimum expectation for his role and you can't offer him below it. You can, however, offer him better role to improve his chances of signing.
- Key is for your top stars. They will expect to play in at least 3 out of 4 matches.
- Rotation is for your regulars. They will expect to play in cca. 2 out of 4 matches.
- Backup is for your supporting players. They will expect to play in 1 out of 4 matches.
- Youth is for players you want to recruit to your youth school. They have to be 18 years or younger and can't play in matches for your main squad.
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 role 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.
Signing a new contract will remove any issues a player might have (unhappy with his salary or for not playing enough), but it will also increase player's salary and cost you in signing fee.
If the contract expires the player will be put on transfer list automatically. 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 their contract expires.
You can still sell players by putting them on transfer list yourself (while they still have contract) until they are 32 years old.
Players of age 33 or higher will just wait out their contract to expire so that they could retire.