Whether you're a big spender or a shrewd penny-pincher, there's nothing better than happening across a high calibre Football Manager player with a bargain price tag. Managers rightly expect to pay premium for top notch footballers, but you don't always have to spend a fortune, and there are plenty of great deals to be had in Football Manager 2017.
Bargain hunting takes time, though. You can spend hours scouring your scouting network for the perfect player, only for the selling club to turn around and stump you in the negotiation room. As accurate as FM's scout reports can be, clubs will sometimes slap an extra £10m onto a player's valuation just to toy with you, and few things are more frustrating.
That's where minimum fee release clauses come into play. It's always worth checking a player's contract details before launching a bid, particularly when scouting Spain (where such clauses are mandatory), and there are dozens of great players whose release clauses don't match their skills.
Taking advantage of these clauses is a staple tactic for any cost conscious FM player, and this year's game is full of great release clause pick-ups. From bargain basement wonderkids whose best years are ahead of them to all-conquering megastars who'd be a credit to any side, here are 15 release clause bargains you need to exploit.