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Best centre-backs to sign in Football Manager 2022

Central defenders are the foundation of any successful squad and if you're looking to build a strong backline, we got you covered.
Best centre-backs to sign in Football Manager 2022

Football Manager 2022 will get its full release next week, which means millions will once again be diving into a game -- nay, a calling -- to drive your club to success.

Because Football Manager doesn't have casual players, it has hobbyists, part and full-timers. And launch day is our first day of the season. It means getting to grips with new mechanics, deciding which team we will bless with our managerial talents, building a squad you hope will help you reach our objectives, whether that be winning the Champions League or avoiding relegation from League Two.

One of the most exciting parts of any new game is scouting out players and getting them signed up. Good scouting allows you to find those hidden gems from South America or pluck an overlooked target man from Belgium.

FM22 best centre backs
Football Manager 2022's scouting system can leave you scratching your head. (Picture: Sports Interactive)

Scouting and transfers can also prove to be an agonizing process; with a new season on the horizon, finding the right player for a problem position is essential, or you risk losing games early in the season.

To help you out, we are breaking down each position and finding players across all levels and contract status. So whether you can shell out £100 million on a defender or you need to pick someone up on a free contract, we have you covered.

So get your pen and notepad at the ready, your cheque book out, and make sure you have a direct line to the board because this, my managerial hopefuls, is serious business.

The best centre-backs in Football Manager 2022

As mentioned before, we are breaking each position down to give you the best chance of finding a player for your club.

Listed below are the best out of contract, best youth, as just the absolute best centre-backs in FM22, so whatever you have to spend you should be able to find the right player.

The best out of contract CBs in FM22

These are players that are out of contract and won't require a transfer fee/

  • Sídnei - 31 - Brazil
  • Mateo Musacchio - 30 - Argentina
  • Joris Gnangnon - 24 - France
  • Jozo Simunovic - 27 - Bosnia
  • Eliaquim Mangala - 30 - France
  • Arturo Mina - 30 - Colombia
  • Andre Wisdom - 28 - England
  • Kilian Senkbeil - 22 - Germany
  • Jardel - 35 - Brazil
  • Winston Reid - 33 - New Zealand
Football Manager 2022 best centre-backs
Former Benfica centre-back Sidnei can be picked up on a free. (Picture: Sports Interactive)

The best young CBs in FM22

There are the wonderkids, some will come cheap, others will be VERY expensive but their value should only increase as they gain experience.

  • Joško Gvardiol -19 - RB Leipzig
  • Tanguy Nianzou - 19 - Bayern Munich
  • Goncalo Inacio - 19 - Sporting
  • Devyne Rensch - 18 - Ajax
  • Marton Dardai - 19 - Hertha Berlin
  • Stelios Andreou - 18 - Charleroi
  • Eduardo Quaresma - 19 - Sporting
  • Andrea Papetti - 19 - Brescia
  • Leonidas Stergiou - 19 - St. Gallen
  • Santi Ramos Mingo - 19 - Barcelona
Best young centre backs in FM 22
Gvardiol, 19, is already starting for RB Leipzig in the Champions League. (Picture: Sports Interactive)

The best CBs in FM22

The best of the best, expect to pay top dollar, in both wages and transfer fees, if you can even get them around the table.

  • Rúben Dias - 24 - Man City
  • Aymeric Laporte - 27 - Man City
  • Marquinhos - 27 - PSG
  • Leonardo Bonucci - 34 - Juventus
  • Raphaël Varane - 28 - Man Utd
  • Mats Hummels - 32 - Borussia Dortmund
  • Giorgio Chiellini - 36 - Juventus
  • Gerard Piqué - 34 - FC Barcelona
  • Milan Skriniar - 26 - Inter
  • Matthijs de Ligt - 21 - Juventus
Best defenders in FM22
Even at 36, Chiellini is still one of the best defenders in the world. (Picture: Sports Interactive)


For more Football Manager guides and with transfers on your mind, why not check out the teams with the largest transfer budgets in FM22.

Featured image courtesy of Sports Interactive.