14. Benedikt Howedes
Release Clause: £15.5m
There are only a handful of CBs who can hold a candle to Benedikt Howedes in FM 2017, and let's face it, you're not exactly going to be able to sign Sergio Ramos or Mats Hummels right off the bat. £15.5m might seem like a lot, but you're paying for one of the best defenders in the world, and a player immediately capable of playing a starring role for any side.
Aged 28, you'll get at least three or four excellent seasons from Howedes before he shows signs of decline. For anyone looking for a top quality CB who can be a lynchpin from day one, he's your man.