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FM18 transfer budgets: Arsenal and Liverpool boards will let you spend more than £90m on new players plus £3m on wages in new Football Manager sim but Man United offer smaller signings fund

  • Football Manager 2018 is out on Friday and we know the transfer budgets for every Premier League team
  • Arsenal and Liverpool both have FM18 transfer budgets that will stretch to more than £90million
  • The Gunners and the Reds can also pay in excess of £3m a week on player and staff wages in the new sim
  • But Manchester United’s virtual board will only offer between £42m and £50.21m for new transfers
  • READ MORE: FM18 wonderkids: Arsenal and Liverpool starlets among top-rated players aged 18 or under

Everyone’s favourite waste of time will be officially launched on Friday when Football Manager 2018 is released to save us all from the boredom of international football.

But us lucky lot at CaughtOffside have already had the pleasure of playing the latest version of the iconic sports management sim.

Consequently, we are able to reveal the transfer and wage budgets of all 20 Premier League clubs.

You will notice that we have listed a range for each club, rather than a definite figure. This is not because we are unsure, but because each club’s board will offer you the chance to tweak your budget by adjusting your expectations for the season.

Manchester City have the biggest spending power, with up to £108million to splash on new players during the summer transfer window.

But rivals Manchester United are restricted to £50.21m, probably as a result of their real-life spending, which saw them pay £75m for Romelu Lukaku in July, as reported by BBC Sport.

Top-four chasers Liverpool and Arsenal both start the season with FM18 transfer budgets that will push beyond £90m, while Tottenham and Chelsea are in a similar ballpark, peaking at £94.96m and £86.11m respectively.

The hardest Premier League team to manage on the game is arguably Crystal Palace, whose board will only provide £11.14m – the lowest figure of all FM18 transfer budgets in the English top flight.

FM18 transfer budgets

Arsenal

Transfer budget: £80m – £93.59m

Wage budget: £2.83m – £3.05m

Arsenal squad on FM18

Arsenal have three players worth more than £40m each on Football Manager 2018. The club’s FM18 transfer budget is £93.59m

Bournemouth

Transfer budget; £14m – £19.73m

Wage budget: £1.05m – £1.26m

Brighton & Hove Albion

Transfer budget: £17m – £23.62m

Wage budget: £968k – £1.14m

Burnley

Transfer budget: £10m – £13.39m

Wage budget: £815k – £949k

Chelsea

Transfer budget: £64m – £86.11m

Wage budget: £3.02m – £3.52m

Chelsea team report on FM18

Chelsea’s £86.11m is one of the bigger FM 18 transfer budgets. It could be used to buy a back-up striker

Crystal Palace

Transfer budget: £8m – £11.14m

Wage budget: £1.48m – £1.74m

Everton

Transfer budget: £20m – £33.17m

Wage budget: £1.91m – £2.51m

Huddersfield Town

Transfer budget: £8m – £11.51m

Wage budget: £715k – £862k

Leicester City

Transfer budget: £24m – £35.14m

Wage budget: £1.54m – £1.88m

Liverpool

Transfer budget: £75m – £97.16m

Wage budget: £2.78m – £3.18m

Liverpool profile on FM18

Liverpool are predicted to finish fifth in the Premier League on the new game but managers will be given up to £97.16 to spend

Manchester City

Transfer budget: £80m – £108m

Wage budget: £3.39m – £3.97m

Manchester United

Transfer budget: £42m – £50.21m

Wage budget: £3.53m – £3.86m

Romelu Lukaku FM18

United’s FM18 transfer budget is only £50.21m due to the £75m spent on Romelu Lukaku, whose game value is just £57m

Newcastle United

Transfer budget: £10.75m – £12.26m

Wage budget: £1.14m – £1.21m

Southampton

Transfer budget: £30m – £46.09m

Wage budget: £1.64m – £2.10m

Stoke City

Transfer budget: £27m – £38.75m

Wage budget: £1.26m – £1.52m

Swansea City

Transfer budget: £10m – £13.99m

Wage budget: £1.19m – £1.42m

Tottenham Hotspur

Transfer budget: £65m – £94.96m

Wage budget: £1.85m – £2.28m

Tottenham squad on FM18

Tottenham have a strong squad, with Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris and Toby Alderweireld given four stars. Their budget is £94.96m

West Bromwich Albion

Transfer budget: £25m – £35.01m

Wage budget: £1.14m – £1.35m

West Ham United

Transfer budget: £32m – £46.03m

Wage budget: £1.71m – £2.05m

Watford

Transfer budget: £8m – £11.17m

Wage budget: £1.19m – £1.39m