Euro 2020: England's final 26-man squad
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After a hectic Premier League season, English clubs will know there is little time to rest with preparations already underway for the forthcoming campaign. The summer transfer window opens on July 1 and clubs will be eager to get their business done and dusted as soon as possible, with Euro 2020 starting on June 10.
Even if clubs may have to be more responsible with their chequebooks this time around due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, fans can still expect plenty of business to occur.
That may result in more extended loans being agreed than multi-million pound deals, but big-money moves cannot be ruled out as the Premier League’s ‘big-six’ look to bolster their options.
International tournaments can provide an opportunity for clubs to keep a close eye on their transfer targets as they begin to populate their shopping lists.
Here, Express Sport take a close look at five targets for the ‘big six’ clubs to scout at Euro 2020 this summer…
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reiterated his desire to bring in a world-class centre-back to partner Harry Maguire and has reportedly drawn up a list of targets for Manchester United’s chief of recruitment John Murtough to evaluate.
Two names that have been heavily linked with a big-money switch to Old Trafford, Jules Kounde and Raphael Varane, will be residing at France’s Euro 2020 camp this summer.
Kounde, 22, has been a revelation for Sevilla since arriving from Bordeaux in 2019, helping the LaLiga outfit to a Europa League triumph last season and a top-four finish under Julen Lopetegui this year.
The centre-back is composed at the back while in possession and has the physical attributes that would suit playing in the Premier League.
The only stumbling block is his release clause, which is set at £68million, although United will be hoping the lure of a bigger payday could convince Kounde to force a move.
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No Premier League club interested in signing Adama Traore will need reminding of what the Wolves winger is capable of.
The 25-year-old is a constant menace for opposition defenders, terrorising them with his blistering pace and dribbling ability.
But it will be interesting to see how he fares in a major tournament for the first time, especially considering how Traore has endured a difficult campaign with the Midlands outfit, scoring and assisting only three goals apiece.
Clearly, Traore did not need to convince Spain boss Luis Enrique of his worth after winning a place in his Euro 2020 squad.
The Sun report Chelsea are reportedly considering a move for Traore this summer as Thomas Tuchel eyes up to three new signings to strengthen his Champions League winners.
Liverpool cannot be ruled out if Wolves decide to cash in on the Barcelona academy product, with Jurgen Klopp previously hinting at his interest after describing him as a “big, big talent”.
“He is really dangerous,” he said.
“In a big space Jamie Vardy is difficult to defend [against], but I would say Traore is even more difficult to defend because his speed is exceptional.”
Several Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Tottenham will be monitoring the progress of Turkey right-back Zeki Celik ahead of a potential transfer this summer.
The 24-year-old has enjoyed a fine season with Lille after helping the French outfit claim the Ligue 1 title on the final day of the campaign.
Celik is an attacking full-back and scored four goals with two assists in his 42 appearances this season, and according to The Evening Standard, the two north London clubs will go head-to-head in a battle to secure his signature.
Spurs are on the lookout for a new right-back after Serge Aurier has all but confirmed he will be leaving the club this summer while Matt Doherty has struggled to make an impression since his £15m move from Wolves.
Arsenal could see Hector Bellerin leave and Celik, available for just £13m, could be seen as a low-cost replacement.
Chelsea boss Tuchel already has a watertight defence but it seems the German is keen to bring in a player he knows well from his time in the Bundesliga.
Sule, 25, has played a bit-part role for Bayern Munich this season and could be tempted by a move to the Premier League, with the Blues preparing a £25m offer.
The towering centre-back will feature for Germany at Euro 2020 after being included in Joachim Low’s 26-man squad.
And if he plays alongside Antonio Rudiger at the back, it could give Tuchel an insight into how he would fit into his Chelsea side next season.
However, with Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma already registered, Tuchel may need to offload one of his current crop before moving for Sule.
Tottenham will be looking for candidates to replace Harry Kane after the England striker confirmed his desire to secure a move elsewhere in search of trophies.
The north London club facing losing their talisman who scored 23 goals in the league and assisted 11 for his team-mates.
But Spurs would be able to sign almost any striker for with the proceeds of Kane’s sale — and one player on their list could be Wolfsburg target man Wout Weghorst.
The 28-year-old has linked up with the Netherlands for the multi-city tournament after his most prolific season in front of goal, with 25 goals in all competitions.
Standing at 6’5, Weghorst would represent a shift in direction from Kane but would be available for a much lower price, allowing their next manager to invest in other areas.
They could, however, face competition from West Ham, who are keen to add a striker to their ranks.
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