Making a Transfer Offer
The Transfer Offer screen allows you to compose your offer in as much detail as you like. Begin by deciding whether you want to make a Transfer offer or a Loan offer. You can also offer a trial or make an enquiry from the player’s right-click Context Menu or the Tab Bar, but for the purposes of this section we’ll deal with the two main types of offer to make.
Sticking with the Transfer type, you then need to decide upon a fee for the player. The information panel to the top of the main screen area indicates the player’s current estimated valuation and any fee his club are likely to demand (if made clear). Unless the player has been transfer listed, you will usually need to bid an absolute minimum of his valuation to hold the interest of his owners, and most likely have to offer above that to get anywhere.
The ‘Transfer Date’ allows you to set when the deal will go through. A lot of the time you’ll leave this as ‘Immediate’ to go through at the first possible opportunity but, should you not have the required funds at the time, or perhaps leave the player to develop at his former team for a longer period, you can have the deal complete at the end of the current season.
At the bottom of the screen you can decide whether the deal is Negotiable or not, and you can set a ‘Decision Deadline’, should you be tight for time or simply keen to get the deal done.
Once you’ve set the core components of your deal, you can begin tweaking it with Additional Fees and Clauses to entice the other team into accepting. For example, you can break down the payment into instalments, or offer add-ons based on performance or international recognition. These in particular will be of interest to any prospective selling club as the potential income in months and years to come can help long term financial security and prosperity.
Many aspects of a deal can be insisted upon by ‘locking’ them into place using the padlock icon (once for non-negotiable (red), twice for semi-negotiable (orange); semi negotiable means the other party is aware that you want to insist upon it, but you might be prepared to budge if another part of the deal is sweetened), and they can be either removed by clicking on the circular icon with a ‘-‘ through the centre, or removed permanently and excluded from negotiations by selecting that option from the menu produced by clicking it.
There is also the facility to offer a player in a part-exchange deal. This will usually only be of benefit if the selling club has an interest in any of your players, which your Assistant Manager will inform you of in the comments panel at the left of the screen. Additionally, you will be informed of any potential needs they may have in order for you to make an informed judgment if offering a part-exchange. Use the ‘Add’ button to include players in the deal.
Once you’re happy with the package, you can either click on ‘Make Offer’ and await a response which will typically arrive 24-48 hours later, or you can click ‘Suggest Terms’ to negotiate ‘live’ in a bid to get your business done swiftly. In this situation, the other party in the deal will tell you what they like and dislike about the offer, with colour-coded references around the screen leading you to identify which areas need further work if you’re to strike an agreement.