Prem Bound?: The keeper Merseyside could fight over (and more)
As we head into the knockout stages of Euro 2016, managers across the Premier League will be sending off their wish-lists to chairmen. So we thought we’d give them a helping hand by looking into who’d be a perfect fit for several Prem clubs, as well as looking into which players look set to end up on our shores.
So, without further ado, here are five men lighting up the Euros who could be doing the same for your club come the start of the Premier League season.
Daniel Subasic: GK (Monaco & Croatia)
The 31-year-old stopper has been instrumental in Monaco’s success over the past five seasons, and his excellent displays last season helped Les Rouges et Blancs secure third spot in Ligue 1.
Confident, imposing and capable of a spectacular save, the former Hajduk Split man chalked up 13 clean sheets last season, including a shutout in a 2-0 victory at Parc des Princes, as Monaco inflicted PSG’s only home league defeat of the season.
He’s impressed so far at the Euros, saving Sergio Ramos’ penalty in Croatia’s 2-1 win over Spain (though he may have been just off his line), as well as producing a clean sheet in the triumph over Turkey. And it’s 6/4 that he produces another shutout against Portugal in the last 16.
Having lost Tim Howard, Everton may be keen, and their local rivals Liverpool may also be looking for a reliable alternative to the flaky Simon Mignolet.
Transfermarkt.co.uk valuation: £3.75m / Potential Prem Clubs: Liverpool, Everton, AFC Bournemouth
Jonas Hector: LB (1.FC Koln & Germany)
The ever-reliable defender has established himself as one of the first names on Joachim Low’s teamsheet, as well as a key man for Die Geissbocke at club level.
He played every minute of the group stage for Germany, who are yet to concede at Euro 2016 – and showed he’s developing a knack for scoring goals, with a deft finish in the 4-1 hammering of Italy in March.
After four seasons as a near ever-present in the Koln first team, there’s talk the 26-year-old is looking to swap the Bundesliga for Blighty. Liverpool are believed to be interested, while Leicester could well look to add to their defensive options ahead of their first ever Champions League campaign.
Transfermarkt.co.uk valuation: £8.25m / Potential Prem Clubs: Leicester City, Liverpool, Stoke City
Breel Embolo: CF (FC Basel & Switzerland)
It seems rather fitting that Embolo is being courted by Manchester United this summer, with the 19-year-old’s journey strikingly similar to that of the Red Devils’ breakout star Marcus Rashford.
Back in 2014, the Basel youth product burst onto the scene for the club with a goal on his league debut, against Aarau, and has continued to light up Swiss football since, netting a double-figure tally in each of the last two seasons.
He’s yet to score at the Euros for Switzerland, but pacy and skilful, he’s been a nightmare for defences in all three games.
Having opened his international account against San Marino in qualifying, any more strikes for the Swiss this summer could see the Red Devils – and others – putting in some bumper bids to bring him to our shores.
Transfermarkt.co.uk valuation: £15m / Potential Prem Clubs: Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United
Tomas Hubocan: CB (Dinamo Moscow & Slovakia)
Primarily employed in the centre of defence, but equally comfortable at full-back, the versatile 30-year-old was one of few bright sparks for the Russian capital club last season, and his impressive displays are believed to have made him a target for new Everton boss Ronald Koeman.
Having added goals and assists to his solid defensive displays during the past few seasons, the experienced Hubocan is unlikely to ever be available at a better price.
There’s just a year left on his contract in Moscow, and with Transfermarkt.co.uk estimating his value at £3.38m, now would be the time for Koeman to swoop.
One of England’s chief tormenters in Slovakia’s defensive master-class on Monday night, he could also be of interest to Liverpool, if they are to keep his regular defensive partner Martin Skrtel.
Transfermarkt.co.uk valuation: £3.38m / Potential Prem Clubs: Crystal Palace, Everton, Liverpool
Eder: CF (Internazionale & Italy)
Italy boss Antonio Conte has kept faith with the 29-year-old hitman this season, despite the fact it’s generally been the advertising hoardings he’s been hitting for club side Internazionale.
However, his poor year at the San Siro has been preceded by several excellent ones for Sampdoria, and even during the current lean spell at club level, he’s thrived under Conte for Gli Azzurri.
Having netted a well-taken winner against Sweden, the experienced Italian has repaid his manager’s faith. And with his confidence and best form restored, who would bet against him opening the scoring against Spain at 9/1.
So, could he be set to join the departing Conte at Chelsea? Or might Man United – so short on goals last season – look to the reportedly unsettled striker to solve their striking woes?
Transfermarkt.co.uk valuation: £9m / Potential Prem Clubs: Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.