8 of the best players Premier League clubs can get for free this summer
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
Choupo-Moting might not be the most talented player, but he's versatile, hard working and very strong physically, which makes the 28-year-old a decent candidate for a mid-table team in the Premier League.
Able to play as centre forward, second striker, winger and in midfield, the burly Schalke man is from a mixed background – he was born in Germany but represents Cameroon. Choupo-Moting possesses remarkable dribbling skills for such a big player, and can be dangerous in various ways. He has a decent shot and is naturally good in the air.
It should be said that the striker never fulfilled his potential at Mainz and Schalke, partly due to persistent injury problems. Choupo-Moting had his fair share of knee injuries, including the one that ended his 2016/17 season in April, which is why Schalke wanted to sell him back in January.
Stoke and Southampton couldn't agree a fee back then, but they can come back now that he is free. Attitude has never been a problem, and thus Choupo-Moting could be a gamble worth taking.
Ghezzal is currently negotiating with Milan, but Premier League clubs could still enter the frame – especially given the fact that Arsenal considered signing the winger in January.
The Gunners themselves are unlikely to be involved, though, mainly because the 25-year-old lost his place in Lyon’s starting lineup in 2017, showing how inconsistent he can be. In fact, only one coach – current boss Bruno Genesio – has ever managed to make him shine.
Cutting inside onto his stronger right foot like his idol Arjen Robben, Ghezzal produced some sensational displays throughout 2016
Ghezzal grew up under his guidance in Lyon’s youth team, and profited immensely when Genesio was promoted to lead the senior squad in December 2015. Until then, the Frenchman – who chose to represent Algeria internationally – was considered too weak, but the new mentor found his best position for him on the right wing.
Cutting inside onto his stronger right foot like his idol Arjen Robben, Ghezzal produced some sensational displays throughout 2016, and attracted interest from Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham and West Ham. Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas was reluctant to sell, though, promising to find an agreement for a new deal.
That proved to be wishful thinking, however, and now Ghezzal is on his way out, blamed for disloyalty by Lyon fans. He is best suited for a coach who uses a 4-3-3 formation and doesn't demand that their wingers defend too often.
Once upon a time, Veloso was considered one of the very brightest graduates of Sporting’s famous Alcochete academy. Blessed with supreme vision, a superb range of passing and very powerful shot from distance, he was vital for Portugal when Paulo Bento was coach.
Some thought that Veloso was better than Joao Moutinho at Sporting, but a string of poor career choices prevented the graceful midfielder from fulfilling his potential. In the end he was somewhat wasted at Dynamo Kiev.
His 2016/17 season at Genoa was rather lacklustre too, but Veloso can still revitalise his career at the age of 31, and he is definitely not a bad gamble to take as a free agent. This is a player who is able to produce quite a few assists with his magnificent free-kicks.