Jake Pearson takes a look at some of Euro 2020's standout performers, identifying who has been backed in for a move to the Premier League.
One of several Sassuolo players that have helped the club take Serie A by storm over the past few years, Manuel Locatelli really announced himself at Euro 2020 with his sublime performance against Switzerland, scoring a brace in Italy’s 3-0 win, the first of which was particularly impressive.
Juventus are the current odds-on favourites to sign the midfielder, who is still only 23 by the way, but there has been plenty of interest from Premier League clubs as well, with Arsenal at the forefront of the queue; the Gunners are 6/1 to land his signature.
Locatelli would certainly bring some steel to the Arsenal midfield. The Sassuolo man made 15 tackles at the European Championship, only his fellow countryman Marco Verratti made more.
The omission of Sergio Ramos from the Spain squad certainly raised a few eyebrows, and though Aymeric Laporte stepped into the ex-Real Madrid man’s shoes, Luis Enrique’s side have still look defensively suspect.
Eric Garcia looked to be Enrique's first choice to play alongside Laporte prior to the tournament, but Pau Torres seemingly strong-armed his way into the starting line-up, though whether he actually should have is up for debate.
Of the six goals Spain conceded at Euro 2020, Torres was on the pitch for four, including when coming off the bench when 3-1 up against Croatia.
Pau Torres, who played in Villarreal’s penalty shoot-out Europa League final win over Manchester United, is reportedly a target for United, with the Red Devils 7/2 to sign the Spanish defender, though Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea have all been quoted.
A huge factor in Italy’s success under Roberto Mancini has been down to the togetherness the former Manchester City boss has conjured, and a large part of that has to be down to Mancini picking players on merit, rather than based on the clubs they represent.
Domenico Berardi is a great example of this, currently playing for Sassuolo, he scored 17 goals and provided seven assists for his club side last season, helping Sassuolo to a second consecutive eighth-placed finish in Serie A.
Berardi provided two assists for the Azzurri at Euro 2020, as well as scoring in their penalty shoot-out win over England, and that has not gone unnoticed by Leicester City, who have reportedly put in an offer and are the current 11/4 favourites to sign the 26-year-old.
There is also interest from Italy however, with AC Milan (7/2) and Roma (7/1) both seemingly keeping an eye on him.
Having finished Euro 2020 with five goals to his name, the joint-most along with Cristiano Ronaldo, Patrik Schick has certainly put himself in the shop window as far as Premier League clubs are concerned.
A goal from the half-way line against Scotland made Schick a household name, but it was his consistency throughout the remainder of the tournament that will have had some big clubs from around the globe sitting up and taking note.
Liverpool are the current favourites to sign the Czech Republic striker, who currently plays his football for Bayer Leverkusen, but Aston Villa, West Ham and Brighton are also reportedly keen on the centre-forward.
Sweden striker Alexander Isak failed to find the back of the net at Euro 2020, but he certainly made a big impression with his powerful running and impressive feet.
He did manage to lay on two goals for his Sweden teammates, and very nearly scored one of the goals of the tournaments against Slovakia, taking the ball inside his own half, beating three players (one of them twice) before unleashing a powerful shot that was parried wide.
Isak recently signed a new deal with Real Sociedad, but that was arguably more to do with eliminating the £35m buy-back clause that Borussia Dortmund insisted was included in his initial contract.
The 21-year-old has been on the radar of a fair few Premier League clubs, and though Liverpool are the current 6/1 favourites to land his signature, Manchester United (7/1), Chelsea (8/1) and Arsenal (9/1) also look to be in pursuit.
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The Netherlands may have crashed out of Euro 2020 in the round of 16, a shock 2-0 defeat to Czech Republic sending Frank De Boer’s men home earlier than they would have liked, but one player stood out more than most in a Dutch team somewhat bereft of star players - the marauding Denzel Dumfries.
Deployed as a wing-back in Netherlands’ 3-5-2 formation, Dumfries spent the majority of his tournament flying down the Dutch right, netting himself two goals, though he arguably should have had even more.
Dumfries currently plies his trade for PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie, but has attracted plenty of interest from clubs in the Premier League.
The frontrunners to sign the 25-year-old are Everton at 5/4, but they face competition from Serie A champions Inter Milan, who are priced as 6/4 second favourites to secure Dumfries' services.
Bayern Munich (20/1) and Real Madrid (25/1) are both also in the hunt if the betting is to be believed.
As if firing Inter Milan to their first Scudetto since 2009/10 wasn't enough, Romelu Lukaku did his very best to lead Belgium to their first ever tournament victory, scoring four goals before Roberto Martinez's men were dumped out of Euro 2020 by Italy.
Last season’s Serie A was Lukau’s second league title – he won the Belgian league in 2009/10 – and he is a much more rounded player now than when he was last seen in the Premier League.
Chelsea are in desperate need of a striker after an underwhelming season for Timo Werner, and the Blues are odds-on to bring Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge next season.
Renato Sanches was awarded Young Player of the Tournament as Portugal lifted the European Championship in 2016, but things have hardly been a rapid rise to the top for the 23-year-old since.
Sanches’ performances at Euro 2016 earned him a move to Bayern Munich, but it didn’t really work out as planned. He ended up on loan at Swansea City making “that pass” to the advertising hoardings at Stamford Bridge.
But his move to Lille in 2019 has been a huge success. He was part of Christophe Galtier’s Ligue 1 winning team this season, and has demonstrated throughout Euro 2020 how his spell at Swansea was the exception and not the rule, putting in some magnificent performances in an underwhelming Portugal team.
Initially a rumoured Arsenal target, Sanches is now 5/4 to sign for Liverpool, drifting to 7/2 to join the Gunners, while Atletico Madrid (12/1) and Tottenham (16/1) are among those reportedly interested in signing the young Portuguese midfielder.
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