One of the best parts of any major tournament is seeing which players bump up their stock so high that they earn themselves a big transfer.
Known as the ‘Andriy Arshavin Effect’ (patent pending), we’ve seen plenty of players seal big moves off the back of some impressive performances at international level, and Euro 2020 has been no exception to that.
Here’s an XI of players who have earned themselves a move from this summer’s tournament.
Current club: Free agent
Suggested clubs: Wolves, Southampton, Union Berlin
Expect to see Vaclik’s name in the rumour mill very soon. The 32-year-old is a free agent after leaving Sevilla, where he spent last season as backup to Bono.
This summer, with the Czech Republic, Vaclik has looked far better than an unwanted backup goalkeeper. He has pulled off some outstanding saves and still looks like he’s got a few years left at the top level.
Current club: PSV
Suggested clubs: Bayern Munich, Inter, Everton
Probably the breakout star of Euro 2020, Netherlands defender Dumfries is definitely going to be playing for a top team when the transfer window shuts.
Current club: Borussia Monchengladbach
Suggested clubs: Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham
In a world in which young centre-backs are all the rage, it’s a major surprise that Elvedi’s name has not been mentioned just yet.
The 24-year-old has shone at the heart of Switzerland’s defence and looked more than capable of playing for a Champions League side. His Gladbach team missed out this season, so a move could be on the cards.
Current club: Bristol City
Suggested clubs: Leicester, West Ham
It’s been over seven years since Kalas pocketed Luis Suarez, but the Czech Republic defender looks like he hasn’t skipped a beat.
A dominant force at the Euros, Kalas is set to spend next season with a Bristol City side who only narrowly avoided relegation from the Championship last year. That doesn’t add up.
Current club: Roma
Suggested clubs: Juventus, Inter
When he left Juventus in 2019, it looked like Spinazzola’s journey to the top might be over, but it was actually just beginning.
He has been unreal for Italy on the left side of defence, flying up and down the wing and wreaking havoc against every defender in his path. Spinazzola looks like he could be ready to join one of the game’s best sides.
Current club: Sassuolo
Suggested clubs: Juventus, Manchester City
An obvious one here. Locatelli’s popularity was trending upwards after an excellent season with Sassuolo, but his stock is higher than ever after his dominant showings for Italy.
A £40m move to Juventus seems to be on the cards, but pretty much every team in Europe’s elite are looking at the 23-year-old.
Current club: Hoffenheim
Suggested clubs: Liverpool, Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund
After his breakout year with Hoffenheim, the Euros have given Bamgartner the stage he needed to show his talents to the world.
Current club: Lille
Suggested clubs: Liverpool, PSG
Having quietly rebuilt himself in his two years with Lille, Sanches has used the Euros to prove that he has finally reached the level we all expected of him five years ago.
No longer the stressed kid passing to an advertising board at Swansea, Sanches has been a real midfield enforcer, capable of turning defence into attack in the blink of an eye. Players like that are always in demand, so a second £30m+ transfer could be on the cards.
Current club: West Ham
Suggested clubs: Southampton, Newcastle
In just four games at the Euros, Yarmolenko has nearly played as many minutes as he managed in the Premier League for West Ham last year.
Now that he has proven his fitness, Yarmolenko will be at a crossroads this summer. Does he look for a fresh start away from West Ham, or does he gamble on getting into a team who almost made it to the Champions League without him?
Current club: Bayer Leverkusen
Suggested clubs: West Ham, Brighton
When you score one of the greatest goals in the history of the European Championships, there’s a good chance scouts are going to take notice of you.
The 25-year-old has been fantastic for the Czech Republic and is one of the most talked-about strikers in the world these days, although whether any club would pay more than the £26m Leverkusen paid for him last summer is up for debate.
Current club: Sampdoria
Suggested clubs: Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, Tottenham
Denmark have been on a real rollercoaster this summer, and part of the upside of that has been the emergence of Sampdoria winger Damsgaard.
With shining performances against both Russia and Wales, the 20-year-old has looked every bit like the star of the future he has long been billed as, and he might be set to take the next step in his career this summer.