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A year on from originally scheduled, Euro 2020 is finally about to get underway in what promises to be a month-long festival of football.
This is the first major finals tournament for European nations for three years and is always the case, many players will be looking to use the finals as a shop window.
The eyes of Europe – and the rest of the world – will be on the fixtures with many players demanding a much higher audience than would occur throughout their club careers.
However, it will not just be young stars and those in lower profile leagues looking to shine but also star players who will be hopeful of placing themselves in the shop window.
With this in mind, here are 10 players who could be looking to secure a transfer with their performances this summer.
Martin Braithwaite, Denmark
Barcelona striker Martin Braithwaite is an important player for Denmark
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Barcelona are desperate to offload their peripheral squad players this summer and striker Martin Braithwaite will be one such player they are keen to move on.
Signed from Leganes in February 2020 in an €18million transfer, the striker has unsurprisingly struggled for any regular first-team football in the time since – starting just 19 games across all competitions.
Once of Middlesbrough, Braithwaite has scored in three of his last five international appearances and his nation could go far this summer due to their defensive solidity but are a little goal-shy.
Braithwaite offers much more than goals – he works the channels well, has an admirable work rate, is a threat aerially and has versatility.
Could be available on a de facto free transfer this summer due to Barca’s keenness to offload him from their wage bill and would be a good fit for mid-table Premier League sides.
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Mislav Orsic, Croatia
Having gone through Serie B, China, South Korea and Slovenia, nobody can accuse Mislav Orsic as taking the easy route in football.
Now aged 28, he has hit the best form of his career and hit the headlines with a stunning hat-trick in Dinamo Zagreb’s 3-0 win over Tottenham in the Europa League back in March.
Orsic has scored 45 goals across the past two seasons including 13 strikes in Europe – scoring knockout goals against Krasnodar and Villarreal this season, while netting a hat-trick against Atalanta in the 2019/20 group stages of the Champions League.
Orsic could be his nation’s secret weapon and an alternative to the established stars of their run to the 2018 World Cup final.
His tendency to shoot from range and his ability from set pieces are likely to catch attention this summer.
Alexander Isak, Sweden
Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak scored 17 La Liga goals this season
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The Real Sociedad striker netted 17 goals in La Liga last season as he enjoyed his first true breakout season as a star at the top level.
He is now the main attacking threat for Sweden due to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s injury with his pace, directness, dribbling ability and deadly finishing likely to cause major problems for any side.
Isak is set for stardom and is now revitalised in Spain having struggled to make an impression in the first-team at Borussia Dortmund, whom he joined aged 17.
Now 21, Isak is blossoming into an attacking talent that is sure to win him admirers from across Europe’s elite clubs and he could be a more affordable attacking alternative to Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland.
Harry Kane, England
Harry Kane is pivotal to England's hopes in Euro 2020
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A player whom every viewer of Euro 2020 is likely to be familiar with, this could be the international tournament where Harry Kane truly makes the difference for England.
Actively pushing for an exit from Tottenham this summer, his performances could either persuade a suitor to sanction a move or convince Spurs supremo Daniel Levy to price him out of a transfer.
Kane is his nation’s captain and talisman while the Three Lions are among the favourites for this summer’s title due to their embarrassment of attacking riches – but Kane is an undisputed starter.
His performances and fitness will be crucial if his side are to enjoy any success this summer and is one of the favourites to be crowned as player of the tournament.
Billy Gilmour, Scotland
Billy Gilmour could benefit from a season of first-team football on loan away from Chelsea
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Scottish teenager Billy Gilmour announced himself to a wide audience as he ran the game for Chelsea in an FA Cup victory over Liverpool in March 2020.
However, the 19-year-old has started just five games under Thomas Tuchel – all in heavily rotated sides – and he is now at the age where he needs regular first-team football.
He could find this hard to come by against competition such as N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Matteo Kovacic, with a move away – either temporary or permanent – likely to be something in his mind.
His lack of regular minutes may prevent him from being a guaranteed starter at international level, despite his clear wealth of talent and potential.
Gilmour’s performances could force his status back into the spotlight and persuade clubs to make an approach to offer him first-team guarantees.
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Nuno Mendes, Portugal
Portugal are among the favourites for the title and with established stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes, it is little surprise as to why they are so rated.
However, there are plenty of lower key gems in the Portuguese ranks with left wing-back Nuno Mendes chief among them.
The teenage left-back played an instrumental role in the Lisbon-based giants first Portuguese league title success in 19 years, which was secured last month.
Of Angolan descent, Mendes has lived in the Portuguese capital for his entire life and he joined Sporting’s famed youth system – which honed the likes of Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo – aged 10.
Making 35 appearances this season, Mendes has caught the eye of Europe’s top clubs with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea said to be among his suitors.
Jannik Vestergaard, Denmark
Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard is in high demand this summer
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The central defender has become an instrumental player for Southampton but the club’s leaky defensive record mean his own attributes often are overlooked.
Part of a resilient Denmark defensive unit, Vestergaard is as crucial at international level as he is for his club side and could play a big part for a side considered by many to be dark horses this year.
The Saints are in a precarious financial position this summer and could look to cash-in on their asset, whose values is likely to rocket with a strong performance in this year’s tournament.
Vestergaard would be a canny addition to any side looking to strengthen their defensive ranks and could be a key player this summer.
Donyell Malen, Netherlands
PSV Eindhoven forward Donyell Malen looks certain for a big-money move regardless of his performance this summer but the tournament could help him become a household name.
He is an eye-catching player due to his acceleration and raw pace, but the former Arsenal youth player is much more than just a speed merchant.
The 22-year-old has scored 44 goals in 70 appearances at club level across the past two seasons and has two goals in nine international caps.
The Dutch do not have a vintage side but have a favourable group and Malen could explode onto the scene in these games and bring him to much wider attention.
Ruslan Malinovskyi, Ukraine
Atalanta playmaker Ruslan Malinovskyi is a transfer target for Chelsea
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The Atalanta playmaker has the key to unpick any defence and is a set-piece specialist, who has been linked with a summer move to Chelsea.
The 28-year-old joined the Italian club from Genk two years ago but hit top form this season, netting eight goals in Serie A and providing 12 direct assists.
Ruslan Malinovskyi played in multiple attacking positions this season but is most at home in the number 10 role, where he truly thrived.
Ukraine boss Andriy Shevchenko said in May: “He’s become a real leader, the Italian press raves about him. These championships will be a really good showcase for Ruslan.”
Ukraine are defensively solid and they could become a true force if Malinovskyi is on song in the final third of the pitch.
Adam Hlozek, Czech Republic
Still a teenager, Adam Hlozek is the youngest top-flight debutant in the history of Sparta Prague having debuted at 16 years, 3 months and 16 days.
Hlozek has subsequently featured in 85 first-team games, scoring 28 goals and blossoming into the brightest star in the Czech Republic – where he is now part of the senior squad.
After Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek have thrived for West Ham since joining from the Czech top-flight, it is now a destination receiving more attention from English clubs and scouts.
Hlozek – who has been linked to Liverpool this summer – is set for a bright future and whilst he may not be a starter at international level just yet, he could well make an impact at this tournament and persuade suitors to make a move.