The big international tournaments often see some players emerge who could star in a big transfer thanks to their performances. But making a summer transfer based on a few good games can be dangerous, as happened to Manchester United by signing the Czech star, Karel Poborsky, after the Euro 1996 or the signing of the Colombian midfielder, James Rodriguez, for him Real Madrid for 75 million euros after the 2014 World Cup.
In the Euro 2020 A lot of talent was seen, but which players could be considered a safe signing for the clubs this summer?
For those who haven’t followed Serie A very closely, Damsgaard might be relatively unknown. But the technically gifted midfielder has piqued the interest of many of Europe’s best clubs after an excellent season in Italy. Good on the ball, quick and agile, skilled on both feet and able to score from distance, as demonstrated by that spectacular free kick for Denmark in the semi-final against England, Damsgaard often makes things happen in the final third with dribbles. incisors or a creative pass.
Although Claudio Ranieri used it mainly on the left for Sampdoria, 21-year-old Damsgaard plays offensive-minded Denmark in central midfield. The president of Sampdoria, Massimo Ferrero, has reiterated that Damsgaard will not leave the club this summer, although that could change if the offers are around 30 million euros.
Despite not scoring in the tournament, the center forward showed a mature and multi-faceted game that has been less evident at the club level for Real Sociedad. Mainly a goal poacher (he has scored 33 goals in 89 games in the last two seasons) who likes to play on the shoulders of defenders in LaLiga, but with Sweden he left the small area, dribbled well on the counterattack and showed a effective game control.
Having made his way as a 16-year-old at AIK, where he later earned a transfer to Dortmund in 2017, Isak has long been on the radar of top European clubs. Although he struggled to prevail in the Bundesliga, his newfound ability to prevail in the big games is sure to turn heads again. 21-year-old Isak signed a new five-year contract with the Society just after Sweden’s removal from the EURO while also reportedly increasing his buyout clause from € 70 million to € 90 million.
For years, scouts have been waiting for this immensely talented center forward to go to the next level. After what he showed by breaking through as a teenager at Sampdoria in 2016, Schick got off to an unconvincing start of eight goals in 58 games following a € 14 million transfer to Roma. He got back on track in the Bundesliga on loan to RB Leipzig which ultimately earned him a € 26.5 million transfer to Bayer Leverkusen in September 2020.
At Euro 2020, Schick showed why he is so well rated. Against Scotland he opened his account for the Czech Republic with a brilliant header (while being scored by two opponents), before scoring a candidate for the Best Tournament Goal with a shot from midfield. He landed another against Croatia and in the knockout rounds his opportunistic goal helped eliminate the Netherlands. Denmark proved too good in the quarter-finals, but still, they scored and tied Cristiano Ronaldo with five goals.
He is practically a complete center forward and could compete for the Bundesliga top scorer title if he maintains his level next season. Who would bet against Schick to eventually become Robert Lewandowski’s replacement at Bayern Munich?
One of the revelations of the tournament. The Danish full-back has shown why Atalanta paid € 12m to sign him from Genk in January and why several other top clubs in Italy, France and Germany clearly regret not having made more of an effort to take over his services.
Maehle grew up in the Belgian league after three and a half seasons of ever-improving shows. While he previously drew the most praise for his solid play, it was his two good goals, progressive ball transport, one-on-one skills and the ability to throw a charming cross, all from an unusual left-back position. . He faces stiff competition in Atalanta for the two winger spots, with Hans Hateboer and Robin Gosens impressing, but despite interest from several top teams, the Italians would accept around 50 million euros to consider leaving him.
Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig, Spain)
In a team from Spain that relies more on individual brilliance than teamwork unlike previous squads, Olmo, 23, was the country’s most persistent threat this summer. Not only did he provide two excellent crosses in the epic overtime win against Croatia, but he was instrumental as a “false 9” before the entry of Álvaro Morata in their penalty shootout loss to Italy in the semi-final. With his change of pace, direct running, on and off the ball, and almost excessive anxiety about shooting from in and around the penalty area, it was difficult to stop Olmo.
As a Barcelona youth, his ability with the ball was never in doubt. He showed admirable spirit to sign with Dinamo Zagreb at age 16 to start his career. Now, after a € 30 million move to Leipzig in 2020, he is starting to show what a good player he is. The consistency and sharpness of his performances for Spain, playing on either side of the attack or as a traveling forward, provides further proof that he is prepared for even greater challenges and, with a 75 million euro release clause in his contract, he is probably the subject of a large following by the elite European clubs.
Sanches has spent the last few years trying to rediscover the form that earned Bayern Munich an 80 million euro move from Benfica after his stellar performances for Portugal at Euro 2016 at age 18. The Golden Boy award winner five years ago, he has struggled to reach those heights again, and was even loaned out to Swansea in 2017-18, but has now found a new life in Lille.
By playing a key role in Lille’s surprising Ligue 1 title this season, Sanches has become a more patient and measured central midfielder. Now often deployed in a deeper role than in his early days, Sanches impressed at Euro 2020 with his vision, composure on the ball and line-breaking passing. At just 23 years old, the best clubs would be safe in the knowledge that with his class, experience (yes, experience) and intelligence, Sanches belongs to the biggest stage of European football.
The 23-year-old Schlager was one of the best players for a brilliant Austria that was eliminated by Italy in the round of 16. Full of confidence after an impressive season with Wolfsburg, Schlager defended, recovered the ball and distributed it in a simple and composed way.
While most of the pre-tournament conversations were directed toward creative midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, the defensive midfielder pairing of Schlager and Konrad Laimer was impressive. They both pushed, annoyed the opponents and made things difficult in the central areas, even against a wonderful Italian midfield. It was his efforts in midfield that allowed the Austrian forwards to perform their duties high up on the pitch, and Schlager’s profile has risen considerably as clubs look for a solid player to build on.
After a season of 23 goals in 43 games in Belgian football, the center forward was one of the players that most scouts wanted to see during Euro 2020. He impressed with a good pair of goals and a respectable performance. In the same vein as at the club level, 25-year-old Yaremchuk displayed his ingenious off-the-ball moves and physical strength, as well as the ability to shoot from a variety of positions.
Add to that an impressive right-footed shot, a good endurance game and decent pace, and Yaremchuk could emerge as a credible candidate for a club from a major European league this summer, with West Ham tied.