Football Manager

Football Manager 2021: Starting Premier League transfer and wage budgets

The highly popular game, FM21, is now out, but how much cash do you get when starting out in the English top flight?

7:30am on Sunday 15th November 2020
Martin Macdonald

Football Manager 2021 is released this November, with players from around the world set to take the reigns of their favourite teams.

One of the key factors of gameplay over the years in FM21 has been recruitment, whether you want to sign superstars, squad players or wonderkids for the future.

Starting in the summer of 2020, Premier League teams will have transfer and wage budgets available to the user, even if in the new edition of the game they will be smaller than before due to the financial impact of the coronavirus on clubs around Europe.

In the Premier League, here are the starting budgets for all 20 teams:

FM 2021: EPL transfer budgets

TeamAv. Transfer BudgetAv. Wage Budget
Liverpool£18m£100k pw
Man City£17m£500k p/w
Man Utd£52m£344k p/w
Chelsea£12m£70k p/w
Leicester£1m£70k p/w
Tottenham£13m£65k p/w
Wolves£17m£120k p/w
Arsenal£4.5m£150k p/w
Sheffield Utd£1m£25k p/w
Burnley£10.5m£45k p/w
Southampton£1.5m£50k p/w
Everton£2.5m£60k p/w
Newcastle£16.5m£60k p/w
Crystal Palace£22m£40k p/w
Brighton£10m£55k p/w
West Ham£10m£105k p/w
Aston Villa£2.5m£55k p/w
Leeds Utd£3m£25k p/w
West Brom£1m£40k p/w
Fulham£4.3m£25k p/w

Out of the Premier League teams in the 2020/21 season, Manchester United have by far the biggest transfer budget with £52m, while they have an extra £344k per week to spend on wages.

Manchester City have the largest available wage budget at £500k per week.

The lowest budgets belong to Leicester, Sheffield Utd, and West Brom, with new managers having to make do with just £1m to start off.

Both the transfer budget and wage budget can be increased or decreased to impact the other.

For example, the user will receive a bigger transfer budget at Man City if they use some of the hefty allocated wage budget.

At the beginning of each new season, the manager is given the proposed transfer budget for the next campaign.

However, this will be impacted throughout the current season by things like player sales, continental qualification or relegation.

Latest news


What Footballers Get Up to in Australia – Pre- Season Tours and Hobbies

Travel is part of life for footballers, and commercial opportunities have taken plenty of teams to the land down under

  • 1 month

Saudi Arabia's Chase For Liverpool's Salah Might Not Be Over Yet

With the emergence of the Saudi Pro League this summer and the huge spending spree their clubs went on

  • 2 months
Manchester City

Manchester City’s UEFA Shot: What You Need to Know

It’s important to keep your friends close—And enemies closer, and it's true for Manchester City at the moment

  • 3 months

Top 5 Premier League Managerial Meltdowns

A showcase of the top five most infamous managerial meltdowns from the Premier League.

  • 3 months

Analyzing Team Form and Performance for Betting Success

A look at the key elements in analyzing team performance and form to help in sports betting.

  • 3 months
World Cup

Nike Women's World Cup Clothing Now Available

Nike Women's World Cup Clothing Now Available

  • 4 months