The Premier League season is finally over, meaning clubs can start implementing their recruiting strategies before a busy summer of transfer activities.

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic will undoubtedly become a key factor in inter-club dealings, with free transfers and loans likely to be the main focus.

But as always, scouts and recruiting analysts will work tirelessly to find the best value for money across Europe – and in recent years Ligue 1 has proven to be a hotbed of promising talent.

Some of the Premier League’s best imports, including Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante and Anthony Martial, were unearthed in France for (mostly) modest fees before becoming today’s stars.

N’Golo Kante is one of several successful imports from France

Since players from France are usually available at a lower price than elsewhere, this is a good opportunity to snag a bargain signature compared to Germany and Spain, where the top players come at a high price.

And there is no question that the clubs have been keeping an eye on the players’ progress in Ligue 1, especially after Lille’s impressive triumph that ousted Paris Saint-Germain for the title on the final day of the game.

So which players could join the Premier League in the near future? Mirror Sport reveals five potential newcomers …

Aurelien Tchouameni

Aurelien Tchouameni has reportedly been prepared for a big money exchange by Chelsea

Chelsea already have N’Golo Kante on their books and after his performance in the Champions League final there is no indication he will be leaving anytime soon.

But it seems Thomas Tuchel might be interested in making things easier for the Frenchman in midfield by signing compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, a player he would have watched while he was PSG head coach.

The central midfielder came to AS Monaco from Bordeaux on a £ 15.5m deal 18 months ago but struggled to impress in his first season under former coach Robert Moreno.

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However, he has appeared in 35 Ligue 1 games this season, only the other two are suspended and his relentless appearances in the engine room of the 3-2-4-1 formation caught the attention of Chelsea, according to Goal.

Monaco boss Niko Kovac, who brought Tchouameni into the first team and praised the 21-year-old’s attitude, guessed that he would have a “great career” at the highest level.

Tchouameni could decide to spend another season in Ligue 1 due to his relative inexperience, but that could change if a club makes an irresistible offer this summer.

Sven Botman

Sven Botman won the title with Lille but could leave this summer

Sven Botman won the title with Lille but could leave this summer

With Lille losing coach Christophe Galtier just days after winning their first national title since 2011, the team could soon be split into pieces to ease the club’s financial worries.

And that could lead LOSC to part ways with center-back Botman, who has been a hit since arriving in a £ 8.5m deal from Ajax after playing for his “Jong” team last summer.

The 21-year-old admitted he was flattered to be associated with Liverpool and Manchester United and announced to The Athletic that he would decide his future after his summer vacation.

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The Dutchman will not be short of admirers after playing a key role in the airtight defense of the French, who conceded just 23 goals this season.

A formidable center-back who is comfortable in possession of the ball, he has been mentioned as a potential target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a partner of Harry Maguire.

But Lille won’t allow him to leave without meeting their asking price – which is believed to be on the order of £ 25m – although that’s likely not outside of United’s price range.

Gaetan Laborde

Gaetan Laborde had a good season in Ligue 1 with Montpellier

Gaetan Laborde had a good season in Ligue 1 with Montpellier

If there are Premier League clubs looking for the next Ligue 1 bargain, Montpellier is the place for you.

The club have already sold players such as Olivier Giroud and Remy Cabella to English clubs and despite being eighth in the table, the French club are not immune to the financial problems affecting clubs across Europe.

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Laborde has enjoyed its best season for the club with 16 goals and eight assists in Ligue 1, a goal performance only surpassed by Kylian Mbappe, Memphis Depay and Wissam Ben Yedder.

The 27-year-old would undoubtedly improve any team outside of the top six, and it’s no surprise that, according to Eurosport France, Wolves have shown their interest in the prolific attacking midfielder while West Ham has also been mentioned.

Laborde might prefer a move to a rival team in Europe, however, and that could play into the hands of David Moyes if he can’t sign Jesse Lingard on a permanent basis.

Romain Faivre

Romain Faivre has been linked to Leeds and Manchester United

Romain Faivre has been linked to Leeds and Manchester United

Not every player can make it to top clubs and that was certainly the case when Favire left Monaco for Brest for just £ 500,000 a year ago.

But the youngster has proven his worth after spending his teenage years playing for Monaco’s B team, scoring six goals and providing five assists in 36 Ligue 1 games.

The 22-year-old has shone for Brest this season and PSG has been fascinated by his performances. Le Parisien suggests that Mauricio Pochettino wants to bring Faivre to the Parc des Princes.

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It’s no surprise the France U21 international has been courted. His left foot wand, combined with his tight dribbling technique, has drawn comparisons to Hatem Ben Arfa when he came on stage.

However, he could be the youngest in a long line of French players leaving Ligue 1 as Manchester United and Leeds have been keeping an eye on his progress, according to Le10 Sport.

He could be available for just £ 17million this summer, which should be considered a snippet when compared to other players of his potential.

Fabien Centonze

Fabien Centonze defended superbly for Metz this season

Fabien Centonze defended superbly for Metz this season

The only surprising aspect that Centonze made this list is that it wasn’t picked up by a club in January.

The 25-year-old’s characteristics may be more suited to teams that rely on defensive stability than attacking strength from the flanks.

But he’s a reliable performer and the Metz defender’s 112 interceptions are the most by any player in the top five leagues in Europe, which underscores his ability to spot threats and clear them effectively.

For teams looking for a new right-back on a budget this summer, Tottenham in particular, he could be a good addition at around £ 8million.

But all potential applicants will have to hold their own against the competition after telling Canal Plus in a recent interview that Marseille is interested in catching him.