Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's agent deserves pay rise
Some transfers have shocked us over the years, but one recent deal certainly made us check twice. Stoke City's Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has now been confirmed as a Paris Saint-Germain player. But how did this come about?
Born in Hamburg, Choupo-Moting actually holds dual nationality but plays for Cameroon. This is due to his father's heritage. He even played with Germany at youth levels before changing his allegiance in 2010. The striker/winger started his professional career in his homeland. He represented Hamburg for nine seasons before finding a new club.
In 2011 the 29-year-old moved on. Mainz '05 was his next choice. The move was a free transfer. Scoring 20 goals in two seasons wasn't a bad feat. The forward was ready to make the step up.
Schalke came calling in 2014 and guess what, he signed on a free transfer. You can see the recurring theme here. The attacker found himself to be a regular part of the Bundesliga side and contributed well enough. Over three seasons with Die Königsblauen, he scored 18 Bundesliga goals. By 2017 he was nearing his contract's end. This meant he was looking to move on. Perhaps higher wages elsewhere?
Stoke City was the team interested in him. Mark Hughes was in charge at the time and offered him a £60,000 a week deal. An offer you wouldn't turn your nose up at. The 6'3 forward saw his chance and took it.
During the 2017-18 campaign, Choupo-Moting put in a few notable performances. Most memorably against Manchester United in a 2-2 draw at the Bet365 Stadium. Bagging a brace the neutrals were stunned and there was an expectation for him to succeed. However, through his 30 Premier League appearances he managed to score just five times. Over the season his performances were not consistent which followed the demise of the club itself. Stoke were relegated to the Championship and the club was not willing to continue his hefty wages.
Released from the now Championship side, Choupo-Moting was offered a contract to sign with PSG. The ultimate French club. Seven-time Ligue 1 Champions and a club that boasts world-class players. The former Schalke attacker would be stupid to turn down an offer from Les Parisiens.
His agent would plan sitting him down and make sure the contract would be to his liking. Wage fees. Appearance fees. Goal bonuses. Those are just the basics. Even though nothing about Choupo-Moting's contract is known we can only speculate.
After Stoke cancelled his contract PSG may be offering him a little less. They could do that because he knows how big a profiled club like themselves are. But realistically he could be offered either the same that he was on or maybe a little bit more.
A slight change of direction playing along with players such as Joe Allen and Peter Crouch. To now possibly play with others such as Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. Even if he doesn't partner with these players on the pitch he has the opportunity to do so in first-team training sessions.
Known for his dribbling, strength and ability to finish Choupo-Moting can be a liked character. He puts in the work but as stated before he can be inconsistent. Stoke City will be sad to see him leave their club but more relieved to cut his wages from their new bill at Championship level.
PSG will see him as just another addition. Considering he can play as a striker as well as a left winger it gives the French giants more options. Players most likely to be competing for spots in Choupo-Moting's positions include Neymar, Angel Di Maria, Julian Draxler, Cavani and lastly Jese Rodriguez. The Spaniard was on loan at Stoke during last season so they will most likely form an immediate bond upon the Cameroonian's arrival.
Whether Choupo-Moting will get game time is an interesting question. Is he good enough to be a regular or will he just be a backup if there are a few injuries? He has the ability to help out a side who already has enough quality but more interestingly he joins up with his former Mainz '05 manager Thomas Tuchel who will manage him for the second time.