10 European-based bargain buys for Premier League clubs

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From Italy internationals to European champions, there are plenty of options available to sign pre-contracts if English teams, like Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool are a bit strapped for cash post-Christmas.

Belgium's Axel Witsel in action with Wales' Joe Allen

With the monstrous figures being bandied about for almost every player on this ever-increasing market, forever-swindled Premier League clubs could do worse than to check out the bargain bucket in the coming months. You can get a good deal if you know where to look.


For Ukrainian giants Shakhtar, losing their star players on a yearly basis is just part of the game. Fernandinho, Willian, Douglas Costa, Alex Teixeira; it’s not unreasonable to expect Taison to be the next to fly the nest.

A purposeful, dynamic midfielder capable of carrying the ball confidently into attacking areas, the Brazilian told Globo recently that the Premier League is the dream. Chelsea have been interested in the past (Sky Sports) reignite their interest next summer with his current club out the equation.

Axel Witsel

In hindsight, Witsel probably regrets swapping Benfica for Zenit in the prime of his career. Every giant across the continent was linked with the Belgian enforcer after his breakthrough in the Portuguese top flight but Witsel probably felt a swift switch to Russia alongside Hulk would provide the stepping stone to the likes of Real Madrid.

Belgium's Axel Witsel celebrates after scoring their second goal

Zenit have a bid more pride than that, however, and have dug their heels in ever since, blocking Witsel’s seemingly completed move to Juventus in the summer. The 27-year-old rejected Everton around the same time, per The Express; he only wants the best.

Paul-Georges Ntep

Two years after exploding onto the scene in France with nine goals and five assists, Rennes are facing up to the prospect of losing one of the country’s most exciting young forwards on a free in the summer. Ntep’s stock fell somewhat after a difficult second season but he has found his form again this, with his pace and trickery likely to fit in well in England.

Yet, as fellow Ligue 1 imports Clinton N’Jie, Florian Thauvin, Remy Cabella and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou proved, success across the channel is not easy to replicate on the physically demanding English shores.

Nonetheless, The Sun claims that Arsenal, Liverpool and perennial bargain-hunters Southampton are keen on a sneaky bid.

Yevhen Khacheridi

The 29-year-old is everything you’d expect from a Ukrainian centre-half; rugged, uncompromising and no stranger to the odd caution. Above all, however, he’s a very accomplished defender, a three-time title winner and an experienced international of 45 caps.

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And, with the standard of defending in the Premier League reaching an all-time low, a number of clubs could hardly afford to turn down a centre-half who does the basics and does them well.

We reported earlier in the season, citing The Sun, that Mark Hughes was keen to add Khacheridi to his ranks; could he return again?

Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting

The high profile signing of Yevhen Konoplyanka was expected to render Choupo-Moting rather obsolete at a supposedly new and improved Schalke this season so it’s testament to the Cameroonian that he remains one of the most favoured and potent attacking threats at Markus Weinzierl’s disposal.

Adept at cutting inside onto his right, Choupo-Moting’s skill and versatility would make him an astute signing for a top flight club in need of goals from the wing.

According to The Mirror, Stoke are readying an offer due to concerns about the future or form of Wilfried Bony.

Alessio Cerci

Better players than Cerci have been ostracised at Atletico by Diego Simeone but, unlike Mario Mandzukic and Jackson Martinez, the Argentine has so far failed to find a buyer for the out-of-favour winger who has not played a single minute all season.

Disappointing recent loans at Milan and Genoa may make potential suitors think twice but few Serie A attackers came close to Cerci in his 2013/14 vintage, forming a prolific partnership with the league’s then top scorer, Ciro Immobile.

Miguel Veloso

It’s about eight years since Manchester United were being linked with the Portuguese midfielder on an almost daily basis and Veloso is still yet to sample the English game. That could change in the coming months, however, with the Daily Star claiming that the stable, well-run Southampton are prepared to do battle with perennial crisis club Valencia for the Genoa dynamo,

They would be getting a powerful, technically proficient, 56-time international who, at just 30, has plenty of years left in the tank.

Rachid Ghezzal

Jean-Michel Aulas drives a hard bargain. Not only did the Lyon president refuse to consider selling Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal, his hard-lined stance on the future of Algerian attacker Ghezzal left a number of Premier League clubs disappointed.

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Aulas has repeatedly stated his desire to keep the 24-year-old at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais but, as yet, no new deal has been agreed. However, after a difficult 2016/17 season that has not come close to matching his breakthrough year the campaign prior, the queue might not be so long this time around although talkSPORT report that Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool have not been put off quite yet.

Benoit Tremoulinas

While Ever Banega, Carlos Bacca and co were rewarded for their supreme performances in Southern Spain with a deserved step up the footballing hierarchy, left-back Tremoulinas seems to have missed the boat. Now 30, the Sevilla full-back has not played a single second in La Liga this season after suffering a knee injury in May. And, with Sergi Escudero nailing down the left-flank in his absence, a return to the starting XI is hardly guaranteed.

Yet, on his day, there are few better left-backs on the continent, with Tremoulinas’ rapid pace and superbly timed overlaps spearheading the second of Sevilla’s three successive Europa League crowns in 2014/15.

Luciano Narsingh

Like Tremoulinas, Narsingh has been forced to sit and watch as his more heralded team-mates were plucked away by affluent suitors from abroad. However, Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum could soon be joined in the Premier League by one of the unsung stars of PSV’s thrilling 2014/15 title winning campaign.

A rapid dribbler and a useful goalscorer, the 16-time international has caught the eye of compatriot Ronald Koeman at Everton, according to The Sun anyway.

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