The best left-backs to sign on Football Manager 2024

  • 90min explores the best left-backs available on FM24
  • Ferland Mendy & Jose Gaya among the most expensive candidates
  • Valentin Barco is the easy wonderkid pick

Barco is a star of the future
Barco is a star of the future / Hernan Cortez/GettyImages

Top quality left-backs are a rare breed these days and that's why it's so important to make sure your Football Manager 2024 team is as strong as possible in the position.

If you've got a massive budget or a handful of pennies to work with, you can find a reliable option out there to take your team to the next level.

Here are 90min's picks for the best left-backs to sign on FM24 at any budget.

Cheap options

Ali Maaloul

17 crossing is insane from Maaloul, who is a major bargain for just £2m, although at 33 years old, he's only a stop-gap option.

Alex Sandro

Only an option for big teams, Sandro's massive wage demands just about make up for his affordable £2.3m asking price.

Mergim Vojvoda

Vojvoda is a fantastic signing as he offers cover for both left- and right-back. That sort of versatility will cost you £4.5m.

Zaidu Sanusi

Sanusi, 26, is an immense athlete who will go flying up and down your left side. £3.4m is a fair price.

Carlos Clerc

Clerc isn't going to set the world on fire but he's a reliable defender who can do a bit of everything for £3m.

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Jesus Gallardo

Gallardo is one of the best left-backs outside Europe and his expiring contract gives him an asking price of just £2.8m. That's a serious bargain.

Anthony Caci
Mainz 05

Caci is actually a centre-back but he's built perfectly for the left-back spot, where he can make the most of his 15 crossing. He's a smart buy at £4.9m.

Pasquale Mazzocchi

The eldest of the two Pasquale Mazzocchi's on the game, this one is a natural right-back who is just as comfortable on the left. He'll set you back £3.5m.

Jerome Roussillon
Union Berlin

He's no longer the elite signing he once was with Roussillon is a reliable top-flight left-back whose £3.8m asking price is pretty fair.

Sergio Escudero

If you're looking for a real bargain, you won't find anyone better for £800,000 than Escudero.

Reasonable options

Valentin Barco
Boca Juniors

Everyone's favourite new wonderkid, 18-year-old Barco is a really nice player right now but his potential will see him develop into a star. His £8m release clause is definitely worth triggering.

Marcos Alonso

The same £8m will get you Alonso, who is towards the other end of his career. If you want someone with experience, Alonso is your man.

Mathias Oliveira

There are some good deals to be had in Naples this year. Olivera is only 25 but is already a top player and good value for his £17.5m price tag.

A. Madrid

One of many bargains to be found with Atletico, Reinildo's £18.5m price tag is right at the top of this bracket but he's also the best option here when it comes to current ability.

Adam Marusic

Marusic is an old-school defender with 15 marking and 16 bravery. If you want a tough-tackling option, he's yours for £16.5m.

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Douglas Santos
Zenit St Petersburg

He was a great deal last year and Douglas is still excellent value at £11.75m. The 29-year-old is surprisingly well-suited for the inverted wing-back role.

Leonardo Spinazzola

With 16 pace, 15 dribbling and 14 crossing, you're getting a major attacking threat if you choose to meet Spinazzola's £16.5m asking price.

Alfonso Pedraza

There's interest in 27-year-old Pedraza early in the game, and that's no surprise. It'll cost you £18.75m to win the race for his signature.

Cristiano Biraghi

Biraghi for £9.25m is a real steal. His 16 crossing and 16 free-kick taking make him a valuable weapon in attack but the 30-year-old still does the job in defence as well.

Matheus Reis
Sporting CP

Also comfortable at centre-back, Reis is another who is all about the defending. He's yours for £15m.

Expensive options

Jose Gaya

Pound-for-pound, Gaya is the best left-back on this list. He boasts the highest current ability but his asking price of £54m is pretty alright if you're shopping in this price bracket.

Alejandro Balde

For £70m, you can pick up Balde. The 19-year-old is already great but is destined to become one of the best players on the game. It's a steep price but you'll never have to worry about the position again.

Pervis Estupinan

£50m is a little steep for Estupinan, whose price tag definitely comes with some Premier League tax, but he's still an elite option for the role.

Caio Henrique
AS Monaco

25-year-old Henrique is a really nice player whose selling point is his 16 crossing. You're getting a major threat from deep for £24m.

Kyle Walker-Peters

Walker-Peters is a right-back but he's just as good on the left. His £19.5m asking price is a massive bargain after Southampton's relegation.

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Ferland Mendy
R. Madrid

Mendy gets the nod here because of his price tag. He's statistically the second-best left-back on this list but can be picked up for just £26m, which is a serious bargain.

Rico Henry

Henry's £36m price tag is pretty reasonable considering he plays in the Premier League. At 26 years old, he's a nice long-term option for any top team.

Ben Davies

Now a natural centre-back, Davies' roots lie on the left, where you can bring him in for a cool £31m.

David Raum
RB Leipzig

Raum is only 25 and still has room to grow into a really nice left-back. For £28m, you really can't go wrong.

Benjamin Henrichs
RB Leipzig

Comfortable literally anywhere on the pitch apart from striker, Henrichs is at his best on either side of defence and is available for a cool £22m. Leipzig are having all the fun.