PSG complete signing of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting from Stoke for £13.5m moments before transfer deadline
- Paris Saint-Germain announced the signing just minutes before the deadline
- PSG have brought Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting onboard to score goals
- The French champions are understood to have paid £13.5m to Stoke for him
PSG announced the signing of Cameroon striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting moments before the end of the transfer window on a two-year contract from Stoke for £13.5million.
Choupo-Moting played under Tuchel for three seasons at German club Mainz from 2011-14.
He scored five goals in 32 games for Stoke but hasn’t played since their drop to the Championship.
PSG announced the signing of former Stoke striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting on Twitter
The night’s other significant business saw Lyon finally seal the transfer of French striker Moussa Dembele from Celtic for a reported £22m.
Dembele, a quick 21-year-old forward, netted 51 times in 94 games for the Glasgow-based side.
‘We fought for two days and nights (to sign him),’ Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said on Canal Plus television. ‘He’s a young player determined to come to Lyon. The discussions with Celtic were blocked. We had to keep talking, to be forceful, to keep raising the offer.’
Choupo-Moting has signed for £13.5million for the French champions on a two-year contract
PSG was otherwise quiet, with the clear priority offloading players to generate income and lower its wage bill. PSG remains under investigation by UEFA for breach of Financial Fair Play rules after buying forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for a combined 402 million euros last season.
Tuchel, even though he is only on a two-year contract, is clearly building for the future.
This month, PSG signed 21-year-old defender Thilo Kehrer from German club Schalke to a five-year contract. Others have made way to balance the books.
He scored five goals for Stoke but hadn’t played since their drop to the Championship
Third-choice goalkeeper Kevin Trapp was loaned on Friday to his German club Eintracht Frankfurt – which sold him to PSG in 2015 – the day after exciting winger Goncalo Guedes joined Spanish side Valencia for a reported 40 million euros with bonuses potentially increasing that to 57 million euros.
PSG also sold forward Jean-Christophe Bahebeck to Utrecht – having loaned him to the Dutch club last season – and shifted unwanted Spanish forward Jese on loan to Nantes. PSG trimmed its squad and wage bill further by sending Argentina midfielder Giovani Lo Celso on loan to Real Betis.
PSG had already sold midfielder Javier Pastore to Roma for 24.5 million euros early in the summer window.