So far the Euro 2016 has been quite an eye-catching affair to say the very least, it’s produced some moments of sheer brilliance such as Hamsik’s wonder goal, some controversial moments such as the incident with the Swiss jerseys and the usual scintillating displays of football.
As always happens in all high and low profile tournaments, some of the teams have produced masterclass performances to secure qualification to the knockout stages while others haven’t been so lucky on that note which has adversely influenced the standings of their so-called superstar players such as the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Alaba.
Alongside breathtaking football action, spectacles such as the European Championships tend to serve as scouting ground for clubs looking to bolster their ranks during the transfer window as it provides a platform for new stars to emerge and shine on the world stage.
The big stage tournaments not only serve as a hub for discovering new talent, but it also helps clubs to ascertain whether a player still has what it takes to play at the top level. For instance, the Euros have succeeded in highlighting Ibrahimovic’s shortcomings, and that’s something the United hierarchy will take into consideration once the transfer business in Premier League picks up momentum.
Elsewhere, Alvaro Morata seems to be doing everything right in terms of impressing potential suitors with the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal keen on luring the La Fura Roja forward to the Premier League. Morata is amongst the competition’s highest goal scorers with a tally of three goals already under his belt.
Paul Pogba is another player who’s performances may spark a move away from current club Juventus. The French midfielder had a shaky start to the competition, but he managed to pick things up right from the second group fixture against Albania as he utterly dominated the midfield for France.
There has also been the emergence of a star in the form of Arkadiusz Milik. The Polish forward has taken center stage for the Poland national team with Lewandowski being unable to produce the goods for Poland so far. Milik currently plays for Eredivisie outfit Ajax, but if he continues to impress, he may very well earn himself a move to a bigger club, possibly one that operates in the Premier League.
Romelu Lukaku is another player who could benefit immensely from the European Championships. He’s done well to find his form for Belgium, and some great performances in the knockout stages may attract the attention of some big clubs. Lukaku has already been linked with a possible move out of Goodison Park, but his showings in Euro 2016 could further solidify those claims.
It’s clear to see that the European Championships will significantly influence the decision of clubs in terms of who they’re going to splash the cash on in the summer transfer window and at the end of the competition we’ll have a clearer picture of who’s going where.