The Bundesliga is always a great place to look for a cheap starter squad for Ultimate Team.
The German top flight has long had some of the most game-breaking cards and that remains the case in FIFA 23, with a handful of players looking like they could go down in history as some of the most terrifying cards the game has ever seen.
Here’s your best Bundesliga budget squad, with each player coming in at under 5,000.
Standing at 6’5, it’s not hard to see the appeal of having Gregor Kobel in your team.
Add in his 88 reflexes as well and you’ll be praying you don’t come up against him.
Alternatives to consider: Koen Casteels, Mark Flekken
As far as cheap right-backs go, the Bundesliga isn’t exactly blessed with elite options, but Ridle Baku is probably your best shout.
He’s mobile enough to keep up with most attackers and just about has the defensive abilities needed to get by.
Alternatives to consider: Marius Wolf, Thomas Meunier
Most of the Bundesliga’s top budget defenders come with high/high work rates, including Nico Schlotterbeck.
You need to make sure you set your tactics up to try and limit his tendencies to move forwards, but once you’ve sorted that out, Schlotterbeck will be a star.
Alternatives to consider: Josko Gvardiol, Evan Ndicka
We want somebody here who doesn’t have the high attacking work rate, so we’ve opted for Timo Hubers.
The 6’3 man comes with 80 pace, 78 defending and 73 physical, which will do the job at this stage in the cycle.
Alternatives to consider: Edmond Tapsoba, Ko Itakura
Over at left-back, we have 81-rated David Raum.
Raum brings 87 pace, 71 defending and 77 physical, but also boasts the secret weapon of 78 dribbling and 77 passing, making him a real danger when you get forward.
Alternatives to consider: Jerome Roussillon, Christian Gunter
A well-rounded midfielder with medium/high work rates, Salih Ozcan is an easy selection at CDM.
His 5’11 body and impressive physical stats are enough to battle with any opponent, while his above-average agility allows him to get across the pitch with ease.
Alternatives to consider: Djibril Sow, Dominik Kohr
Now playing with Bayern Munich, Ryan Gravenberch’s excellent card is far easier to link in FIFA 23.
The Dutchman is well-rounded, with 83 dribbling and 78 passing his stand-out stats, so he’d be a great addition to any team.
Alternatives to consider: Jamal Musiala, Marcel Sabitzer
Florian Wirtz’s superior passing just about gives him the edge over Jamal Musiala here.
That makes Wirtz an all-round threat with excellent dribbling, passing and pace, and his shooting isn’t half-bad either.
Alternatives to consider: Jamal Musiala, Dominik Szoboszlai, Marcel Sabitzer
When it comes to right wingers, you’re going to have to sacrifice something. All the budget options are lacking in one area, whether it be pace, passing or dribbling.
We’ve gone with Karim Bellarabi, who is as close to the full package as you’re going to get at this price point.
Alternatives to consider: Silas, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ihlas Bebou
There are a few intriguing options here. The Bundesliga has a lot of budget strikers flirting with FIFA 14 Victor Ibarbo territory.
Of all those available, Sheraldo Becker stands out. He’s got 95 pace, what more do you want?
Alternatives to consider: Donyell Malen, Karim Adeyemi
Donyell Malen may be better in a central role, but limited options out on the left wing mean we’ll shift him out here for our team.
88 pace, 83 dribbling, 4* skills and 4* weak foot make him a real candidate to shine on the left wing.
Alternatives to consider: Josip Brekalo, Giovanni Reyna
Borussia Dortmund director sounds Jude Bellingham warning to Liverpool
Borussia Dortmund managing director Carsten Cramer has told Liverpool not to expect any “gifts” in their pursuit of Jude Bellingham.
Liverpool have been interested in 19-year-old Bellingham for some time and look set to ramp up their efforts to sign him in 2023.
With the Englishman’s contract at Dortmund not expiring until the summer of 2025 though, interested clubs know they will have to pay a substantial figure to prise him away – with competition for his signature likely to further raise his price.
Liverpool supporters are hoping that Jurgen Klopp’s relationship with his former club will give them an advantage over their rivals, with the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea known admirers of Bellingham.
But Cramer has admitted that while Liverpool would be the club he’d most like Bellingham to join – because of the links to Klopp – Dortmund won’t be doing the Reds any favours when it comes to doing business.
“We have a high sympathy for Liverpool for sure. We are still in a good relationship with Jurgen and many others at Liverpool, so for me, it’s my preferred club in the EPL as well,” Cramer said during Dortmund’s winter tour of Vietnam.
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“But don’t expect that we will make gifts to Liverpool,”
Cramer continued: “He (Bellingham) has a contract. I’m a sales person regarding commercial business, but not regarding the player’s business.
“We are happy to have him on board a hundred percent and the longer Jude will play for us, the better it will be.”
90min understands that Dortmund remain hopeful of keeping Bellingham for another season, with the player yet to make a decision about his future.
As well as the heavyweight Premier League interest, Bellingham has also attracted the attention of Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus – though the resignation of the latter’s board over financial irregularities is likely to scupper any future bid.
Oliver Kahn discusses Bayern Munich’s interest in Harry Kane
Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn has again admitted that he is an admirer of Tottenham striker Harry Kane ahead of a potential summer transfer.
90min has previously reported of Bayern’s interest in Kane, with Spurs growing concerned in their open courtship of the England captain. The Premier League club are, however, confident that he will sign a new contract, with his current deal due to expire in 2024.
Speaking to Sky Germany, Kahn, who has spoken plenty about Kane in recent months, was once more asked about his interest in the striker.
“Of course, he’s a very good player, but there are also many other very good players. I’ve read that everywhere – Oliver Kahn and Harry Kane, Hasan [Salihamidzic, sporting director] and Harry Kane,” Kahn said.
“We’re considering many, many players and it’s not okay to talk about players who are under contract at other clubs. Once again: We have a very good squad that is doing an excellent job at the moment.”
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Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann first admitted his own interest in Kane in the summer, though insisted he did not know if such a transfer would be affordable.
This angered Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte, who claimed that Die Roten’s public admiration of Kane was ‘disrespectful’.
Bayern Munich confident over deal to sign midfield target
Bayern Munich believe they have finalised an agreement to take Konrad Laimer to the Allianz Arena, sources have told 90min.
Bayern made a summer bid for RB Leipzig’s star midfielder, who is in the final year of his contract, but could not agree terms and they instead landed Ajax’s Ryan Gravenberch.
Laimer has since emerged as a target for Liverpool who were considering a move for him in the New Year, but the Premier League side have now learned from representatives around the deal that the player does indeed want to move to Munich.
The 25-year-old Austrian, who has just recovered from a knee injury, was annoyed at the summer move to Bayern collapsing, but he knew the issue was on both sides and did not hold that against the Bundesliga champions.
90min has been told that the interest from England over the past 12 months, firstly from Manchester United and then Liverpool, had turned his head but his heart was always set on a move to Bayern.
Now Bayern believe terms are agreed and they will seal his signature on a pre-contract, which would in theory see him moving to Munich on a five-year deal in the summer.
However, Bayern do have an interest in taking Laimer in January, but that would need Leipzig’s agreement.
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