Impressive in the Euro, ready for a transfer?

  • HT Correspondent, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 12, 2016 13:12 IST
At 27, the time is perfect for Axel Witsel to make a move to one of Europe’s big clubs. (REUTERS)

International tournaments are often used by clubs as a shop window to scout potential transfer targets, but when those players perform well, clubs know they are going to end up paying over the odds. Here are a few who had a good showing in Euro 2016:

Antoine Griezmann, France

The Atletico Madrid forward has carried his club at times, getting attention from clubs across Europe. The 25-year-old scored six goals in France, winning the golden boot. But while that is reason for Atletico to be proud of their scouting teams, they know it is only a matter of time before the fax machine starts buzzing with offers. Atletico, can now ask for closer to a world record fee, given how Juventus want over 100m pounds for Griezmann’s France teammate Paul Pogba, who didn’t have a great tournament by his standards. The only problem is, clubs are aware of the Spanish side’s financial situation, and may get their man cheaper than expected. Arsenal, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Chelsea are said to be interested.

France's forward Antoine Griezmann may not have won the Euro, but had it not been for his goals, they may not have even made the final. (AFP)

Aaron Ramsey, Wales

The Arsenal midfielder has had his time in England curtailed by injury, but when he has been fit, Ramsey has shown that he is one of the most industrious and creative players around. An excellent showing in France and that fact that the player was missed during Wales’ semifinal loss to Portugal (he was suspended) will further drive up his price. Manchester United were said to have made a 50m pound offer with clubs in the Serie A interested.

Manchester Untied are rumoured to be interested in Arsenal’s Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey. (REUTERS)

The entire Iceland squad

From defender Ragnar Sigurdsson to goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson, the Iceland squad showed that a collective effort can go a long way to balancing out a lack of quality. While it is impossible to single out a single player from the tiny nation who impressed, Halldorsson deserves praise for leading the charts with most saves (27), despite the team going out in the quarterfinals.

Iceland's defender Ragnar Sigurdsson (right) was one of the many in the squad that impressed at the Euro Championship. (AFP)

Rui Patricio, Portugal

With 20 saves, some of them crucial ones in the final, Patricio was one of the finest ‘keepers at the Euro. At 28, he still has a long time left in the game considering he is a goalkeeper, and on current form would fit right into any top club. The only issue, is that he has been with Sporting Portugal for his entire career, and has suggested he would like to end his career there. Taking him away, will be a tall order but it would be worth the effort.

Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio was integral to their winning the final against hosts France. (AFP)

Axel Witsel, Belgium

After impressing for Standard Liege, Witsel moved to Benfica in 2011, and would move again in 2012 to Zenit St Petersburg for 40m Euros. Back then, many were unwilling match Zenit’s offer since Witsel was still unproven on the big stage. But after an impressing showing in the 2014 World Cup and again at this year’s Euro, things could change. Witsel provides excellent defensive cover, and loves to help out in attack as well. Everton are said to be interested, while Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have all been previously linked to the player. Witsel’s teammate, Radja Nainggolan was another who was superb in linking up play, and scored one of the goal’s of the tournament in the quarterfinal against Wales.

Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel was assured in midfield. (REUTERS)

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