Copa America: Three men now on everyone’s transfer radar
While most eyes have been on France and the European Championships, across the pond, celebrations were in order as the Copa America celebrated its centenary with a special tournament held in the USA and you can be sure some savvy scouts were in attendance from Europe’s finest clubs.
Chile successfully defended their crown after a shoot-out win over Argentina, prompting Lionel Messi to announce his international retirement.
But for once, we’re not focusing on the Barcelona star.
A total of 16 teams took part in the States, and that allowed plenty of opportunity for players to impress any attending scouts in the hope of landing a move.
Naturally, we’ve been keeping an eye on things across the Atlantic too, and identified a trio of players who may be cropping up on a few more club’s radars.
Eduardo Vargas – Chile
The tournament’s top scorer, Vargas netted seven times in America, including a superb four-goal haul versus Mexico.
The 26-year-old has struggled for form at Hoffenheim, and didn’t shine during a loan spell at QPR either, but his performances this summer were a reminder of why Napoli paid over £11m for his services back in 2012.
John Brooks – USA
One of a number of success stories for the hosts, John Brooks shone for the USA and was arguably their stand-out player.
The Hertha Berlin defender was a mighty rock as the Americans conceded just three times in their first four games. At 23 years of age, Brooks – standing at 6ft 4in – is only set to improve.
Gyasi Zardes – USA
Another who shone for the Stars and Stripes, Gyasi Zardes netted the winner in the USA’s quarter-final clash with Ecuador.
A general thorn for defenders throughout, Zardes missed just one minute of the campaign for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side. Has become a big asset for LA Galaxy, and at 24 is coming into his peak years.
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