Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting Is Going From The Championship To The Champions League
Though we had Deadline Day for English clubs a number of weeks back, there's still a crazy final day deal to report on.
Cameroonian forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who has the best name in football by an absolutely country mile, is slated to complete a move from Stoke City to the mighty Paris Saint-Germain, pending a medical today.
When reports first filtered through, it looked as though it was just another daft transfer story plucked out of thin air. But PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that the 29-year old will indeed be joining on a a free transfer.
Breaking ' PSG manager Thomas Tuchel confirms the imminent arrivals of Juan Bernat & Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in this morning's press conference https://t.co/pumxCgvPXe- Get French Football News (@GFFN) August 31, 2018
PEAK SILLY SEASON!- Max Merrill (@MaxMerrill_) August 31, 2018
Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting will join #PSG as a back up for Edinson Cavani
Thomas Tuchel coached him at Mainz and calls him a "top player"
Scored 61 goals in 316 apps over course of career.
Same agent as Draxler and Kehrer #agentoftheyear#TransferDeadLineDay pic.twitter.com/l7fkJK861x
Genuinely keep thinking that I have seen everything at PSG & then a deadline day signing of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting materialises... :flushed:- Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 30, 2018
Tuchel on Choupo-Moting: "We have been looking for a backup to Edinson Cavani for a while. Eric Maxim gave us an opportunity. He is a player of top quality & can impact games from the bench. We wanted a strong player, able to hold the ball up & dominate aerially." #NOPSG- Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 31, 2018
Stoke's Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is set to sign for PSG today... pic.twitter.com/h6YnOSMwoj- 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) August 31, 2018
Stoke's Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is set to seal a dream move to Paris Saint Germain - deadline day does strange things to clubs...- Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) August 31, 2018
Stoke City's Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is currently having a medical at PSG.- John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) August 31, 2018
One of the more bizarre transfers but Choupo-Moting played for Tuchel at Mainz.
Doesn't show a lot of confidence in the PSG youngsters though.
(Bayern's Juan Bernat also having a medical at PSG). https://t.co/aFSV4XSVFv
The pair worked together at Mainz in the Bundesliga and Tuchel feels he can be a solid back-up to his No.9, Edinson Cavani.
"We've been looking for a few weeks for cover for [Edinson] Cavani, the opportunity has come with Maxim, who is a top-level player, who can impact right away when he comes off the bench," he said in a press conference.
"With the arrival of Choupo-Moting, it's a lot of attackers. It can impact [Timothy] Weah's situation, but at the same time not, because it's another type of player."
Choupo-Moting joined Stoke a year ago after leaving Schalke and has now blagged himself a move to one of the elite Champions League sides.
His agent deserves a pay rise...
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