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Originally posted by marc_angelus
In CM4 and CM03/04, i've found quite a few ways to play dirty with the teams and players in order to get what you want, here are the tricks i've found:
1) Stopping another club from signing a star player
When the transfer window is open, check your rival's "future transfers in" page every day to find out who they've made offers for. If you find Arsenal have made a bid for Raul or Ronaldo, or someone equally as good, go right ahead and match their offer. Then if their offer is accepted, yours will be too. Next, make sure you offer the player silly money, to make sure your contract offer is better than the other clubs'. If all goes according to plan, the player will accept your contract and refuse the other clubs offer. Now, just select "Delay" to delay the transfer by a week, and then a week later, cancel the transfer! Repeat this as many as you can be bothered, and eventually the other club will change transfer targets.
2) Signing staff who don't want to join
When you try and sign a scout or coach who already has a job, quite often you will be told that "it would take a very large contract offer for him to even consider agreeing terms" which is the game's way of telling you haven't really got a chance of signing that member of staff. This isn't really true however, as it's possible to trick your board into allowing you a stupidly high wage for the staff member. To do this, make an offer to sign the scout or coach with the job of Assistant Manager, and a really low wage they would never accept. Then, once they reject your offer, click on their name in the News and immediately offer them a new contract as Coach or Scout, and you should notice that the wage budget has changed to that of Assistant Manager, which is usually many times higher than scout or coach! Make sure you offer them a 5 year contract though, because when the contract expires, you can't renew it, as the board will be back to allowing the correct amount again. (You can get around this though, by signing them as Assistant Manager, then a week later, signing them as coach or scout again!)
3) Reducing the wage bill
When it comes to negotiating wages for a new signing, or renewing the contract of a player already in the squad, you might find it useful to reduce the wage bill, so that you are not restricted by the board on future transfers. The best way of doing this is by offering a player the maximum appearance fee possible, and reducing their wage offer by the same amount. Most players will accept this offer. If you want to maximise the appearance bonus, offer the player a really poor contract with the status of "Key Player", so you know they will reject, then immediately offer them another contract, and the appearance bonus will allow you to go up to about £20k a week instead of 5k-10k.
4) Part Exchange deals
If you want to sign a player, but don't have the necessary cash, try offering a 16 or younger years old player as part exchange, as many of these youngsters (Freddy Adu is a prime example) are worth about £8million even when they are 14 years old. If the club accepts, you are free to sign that young player right back on a free transfer, as players below 17 cannot sign pro contracts!!
5) Signing a star for free
If a star player is coming towards the end of his contract, say he has a year left, wait till the transfer window closes, then offer his club the most money you can afford for the player, so that they accept the offer. This will stop his club from offering him a new contract, so just before the window re-opens, cancel the transfer offer, and hopefully 6 months will have passed, meaning that the player is now available on a free transfer!!
Post any dirty tricks you've discovered!!