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Ranked! The 10 best Premier League players who could be available after relegation this summer

Xherdan Shaqiri

10. Nacer Chadli (West Brom)

Nacer Chadli

If Chadli wasn't quite good enough for high-flying Tottenham, he's way too good for the sinking Baggies. The 28-year-old has been injured since December, and while his absence has hardly been the defining factor in their decline, West Brom would surely have picked up an extra point or two with the technical winger in their side.

Chadli, who now faces a battle to be included in Belgium's World Cup squad, is unlikely to find another top-six Premier League club in the summer. However, he'd be a fine addition for a club such as Everton or Burnley.

9. Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield)

Aaron Mooy

Mooy is the best example of City Football Group's plan for global domination in action. He joined Manchester City from satellite club Melbourne City, only to be sold to Huddersfield for £10m following a successful season on loan in Yorkshire.

Mooy, a genuinely two-footed playmaker who combines strength on the ball with vision, is the beating heart of David Wagner's Huddersfield side and has looked every bit at home in the English top flight. He will have suitors if the Terriers return to the Championship, and although a return to City or any of their top-six rivals is unlikely, he would improve most mid-table teams.

8. Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)

Ryan Bertrand

Relegation would go alongside a Champions League winners' medal on Bertrand's strange CV if Southampton were to go down, although the left-back has always been a slightly difficult player to place. Just how talented is he? Certainly too good for the Championship, and he will likely be one of the first to seek an exit if the Saints continue to plummet.

Aged 28, there are still plenty of good years left in the speedy England international, who isn't guaranteed a place in Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad – and yet could easily find himself as a starter in the finals if he makes the cut.

7. Cedric Soares (Southampton)

Cedric Soares

Even before Southampton began to slide down the table, the Portuguese right-back had begun talking up his hopes of following Virgil van Dijk (and the rest) to a bigger club, suggesting there’s little chance he will remain loyal if the Saints drop.

At 26, Cedric has his best years ahead of him, and his technical quality and versatility would be sure to interest a Premier League club should he wish to stay in the country. Not a single assist (or goal) in the league this season may deter the top sides, but he wouldn't be without suitors.

6. Jack Butland (Stoke)

Jack Butland

Butland has shipped more goals than any other Premier League goalkeeper this season but he's a shoo-in to be part of England's World Cup squad and could even find himself as No.1 in Russia.

In fairness to the 25-year-old, he’s the last line of defence in a woeful Stoke rearguard and has proved himself an able Premier League shot-stopper over the last three years. If the Potters go down he will likely be among the first players to search for a new Premier League employer, with Liverpool said to be interested.

5. Alfie Mawson (Swansea)

Alfie Mawson

The summer's World Cup has probably come too soon for the Swansea centre-half, but the 24-year-old has a bright future ahead for club and country. As an Englishman and a ball-playing centre-half, of which there is a relative shortage in the Premier League, Swansea would demand a huge fee for Mawson. However, he's shown enough to suggest he'd be worth it.

Good with both feet and handy in both boxes, Mawson has understandably earned comparisons with another former Barnsley centre-half, John Stones.

4. Mario Lemina (Southampton)

Mario Lemina

It’s often said that Southampton have a Europa League squad, but if there's one player for whom that may be an understatement, it's Lemina. At 24, the Gabonese is still a work in progress and the club-record signing has not been blameless in the Saints' freefall.

But he has a bit of everything needed to be a top central midfielder, with and without the ball. Any suitor would have to shell out considerably more than the £18m the Saints paid Juventus last summer, but relegation would weaken their bargaining position.

3. Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke)

Xherdan Shaqiri

"No set-pieces and keep the ball away from Shaqiri," has probably been the gist of a few pre-Stoke team talks this season. The winger is the only worrisome thing about a once-frightening Potters side, and he knows it.

The 26-year-old caused a stir recently by claiming there is "a lack of quality" around him, but Stoke's best hope of avoiding the drop is to keep the tricky winger happy during the run-in. Shaqiri's future is uncertain whatever his side's fate, but it’s inconceivable that the Swiss superstar – who won five consecutive league titles with Basel and then Bayern Munich – could become a Championship player. He is too good.

2. Jonny Evans (West Brom)

Jonny Evans

The centre-half's reputation has been somewhat tarnished by taxi-gate. However, if – or more realistically when – West Brom, the Premier League's foremost yo-yo club, go down, there will be a lengthy queue to sign him.

At 30, Evans is not yet over the hill and can offer a wealth of experience for any club, illustrated by his three Premier League winners' medals. A reported relegation release clause of just £3m should attract most of the top six, although at this stage of his career the Northern Ireland international will be after guaranteed first-team football.

1. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Wilfried Zaha

Zaha is so important to Palace. They're yet to win without him this season, and one of the best players in the Premier League outside the top six is highly unlikely to stick around in the Championship, despite the obvious attachment to his boyhood club.

The 25-year-old's nightmare stint at Manchester United, where he played just 28 league minutes under David Moyes, is unlikely to deter the big boys given Zaha's ability to hurt even the best full-backs. He still needs to be more clinical, though, and concerns over homesickness might limit him to a London move. Spurs have been linked.

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