9 players who could move off the back of Euro 2016



Andriy Yarmolenko

forward, 26

The Dynamo Kiev star has been linked with a move for what feels like a very long time, but a good tournament could be the catalyst for a deal to finally happen.

Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka are Ukraine's key men, and while the latter joined Europa League overlords Sevilla last summer, leaving Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, the former has had to wait patiently.

Everton and Stoke have long been linked but Dynamo Kiev president Ihor Surkis has suggested that Yarmolenko is more likely to move elsewhere. Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool and Arsenal have also been linked with the left footer, who usually operates on the right of a front three.

"He is already a top player, so he should go to a top club," Surkis said, before throwing some serious shade. "My position is that we should not let Yarmolenko go to such clubs as Everton and Stoke. Dynamo is Dynamo and Stoke is Stoke. We're playing in the Champions League and Stoke are fighting for survival."

We imagine that Stoke's attempts to point out that they've actually finished in the top half of the Premier League for three consecutive seasons were met only with instructions to 'talk to the hand cause the face ain't listening', before Surkis played the Champions League anthem loudly down the phone.

Ashley Williams

centre-back, 31

Williams' stock has continued to rise since his days in non-league with Hednesford, to the point where has been continually linked with Arsenal and other Premier League sides after five largely impressive seasons in the top flight with Swansea.

The 31-year-old is captain of both club and country, and played a key role as Wales conceded only four goals in 10 games in qualifying. Chris Coleman's side will rely heavily on Gareth Bale going forward but Williams' leadership in defence could also have a major impact at the Euros. If Wales go far on the back of some solid defending, interest in Williams could intensify once more.

Jonas Hector

left-back, 25

The left-back is in contention to start for Germany at the Euros – he’s the only natural full-back in the squad, which helps – and could be an affordable option for the big clubs if he impresses.

Hector has spent only two seasons in the Bundesliga but earned Cologne's player of the year award in 2014/15 before helping the Billy Goats to ninth place in 2015/16.

He's been linked with Liverpool and intimated to the press in a rather roundabout way that he could be interested.

Described as 'Mr Reliable', he could be the perfect antidote to 'Mr Oh For God's Sake, What's He Done Now?' – otherwise known as Alberto Moreno.


Romelu Lukaku

striker, 23

Lukaku looks likely to be on the move this summer, with a host of clubs reported to be interested. The forward hasn't exactly discouraged that speculation, telling the media that he’s hankering to play Champions League football and “I follow Spanish and German football, and I also have something for the Italian league”.

Most clubs will already be aware of what Lukaku can do but a strong Euro 2016 with Belgium will do him no harm. Marc Wilmots' side are tipped as a dark horse again for this tournament, and a Lukaku goal spree could potentially turn them into real contenders for the title.

Graziano Pelle

striker, 30

Southampton haven't often been able to say that Italy's main striker plays for them – in fact, before Graziano Pelle they'd never been able to say it. But Pelle may well start for the Azzurri in France and if he scores goals, it's hard to imagine that Serie A bids won't follow.

Pelle left Italy in 2012 – swapping Parma for Feyenoord, first on loan, then on a permanent basis – and it's since he moved abroad that he's hit top form and earned recognition on the international stage. He's been linked with a move away from Southampton for some time, and the south coast club will face a real battle to hang on to him if he impresses at Euro 2016.

Joao Mario

winger, 23

The Sporting ace has had a fine season in the Primeira Liga, with Manchester United and Chelsea already being linked.

Joao Mario only had eight appearances to his name for Portugal when Fernando Santos's squad was named in mid-May, and he still faces a battle to get regular game time during the tournament. But if he gets it, he looks likely to shine, and the number of suitors is only likely to increase.


N'Golo Kante

central midfielder, 25

Kante spent the Premier League season tackling everything that moved and generally legging it around like a madman – albeit a very influential one. He played a crucial role in Leicester's incredible title triumph, and it was said that his sheer work-rate meant that the Foxes were effectively playing three in central midfield – Danny Drinkwater, plus Kante doing the work of two men.

He has no doubt been getting a bit restless in the last few weeks without any competitive football – perhaps time to cram in a marathon or seven – but will be hoping to earn some time on the pitch for France at the Euros, just three months after making his international debut.

Kante would appear to be the most likely of Leicester's stars to move on this summer – not only did he impress in 2015/16, he also made more tackles than any other player in Europe's five major leagues during 2014/15, when he was with Caen. A strong showing with France could spark a bidding war.


Piotr Zielinski

attacking midfielder, 22

Zielinski was said to be close to a move to Liverpool in mid-May, only for Jurgen Klopp to reportedly cool his interest as he assessed other targets.

The midfielder has impressed with Serie A club Empoli this season, in his second campaign on loan from Udinese, and will hope to get his chance with Poland in France. Roma have also been linked with a player who is said to be worth around €15m.

Michy Batshuayi

striker, 22

Batshuayi faces serious competition to actually get onto the pitch for Belgium at Euro 2016, with the likes of Lukaku, Divock Origi and Christian Benteke also providing striking options.

But the Marseille forward gained plenty of admirers during the 2015/16 season, netting 23 times in all competitions, and Tottenham have been among the clubs heavily linked with a move.