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Euro 2016: Top ten Premier League transfer targets

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While there’s no doubt Euro 2016 promises to be a great feast of football, it’s also a chance for some players to put themselves in the shop window.

Of course, transfer rumors are in the news 24/7 now, but for some fans, this will be the chance to watch the likes of, say, Antoine Griezmann, in the flesh for the first time.

1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has so far been quiet on speculation regarding his future

As you will no doubt have heard by now, it looks like Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be on his way to Manchester United at some point this summer.

The Sweden striker may be preparing for his last major tournament here, and it could precede his last big club move.

Ibrahimovic, now 34, remains one of the best players in the world, and all eyes will be on him as people await developments on the United story.

2. Paul Pogba

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Paul Pogba will be a key player for France this summer

One of the best midfielders in the world, Paul Pogba has unsurprisingly been on Premier League clubs’ radars for some time now, having been bizarrely let go by Manchester United earlier in his career.

The 23-year-old was linked with Chelsea last summer, and is most recently said to be a top priority target for Jose Mourinho again, this time at United.

Manchester City are supposedly out of the running to sign the Frenchman, but who knows how his form at the Euros could affect his future?

3. Alvaro Morata

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Spain’s Alvaro Morata has a complicated transfer situation

Currently at Juventus, but with a buy-back clause allowing him to rejoin Real Madrid, who want to sell him straight away – it’s a complicated time for Alvaro Morata.

For a player regarded as one of the most talented young strikers in the game, Euro 2016 will be a great opportunity for Morata to let his football do the talking.

The 23-year-old might not be guaranteed a place in Spain’s starting line up, but if he can break into the side we’ll see if the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United pursue their rumoured interest strongly.

4. Leroy Sane

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Leroy Sane is rumoured to be high on Pep Guardiola’s wish list

The latest in a long line of top class young talent being produced in Germany, Leroy Sane is set for his first big international tournament.

Already linked with big names like Barcelona, and most notably Manchester City, Sane’s stock will rise even further if he can make an impact for Joachim Low’s side.

Pep Guardiola is a big fan and already knows the player well form his time in the Bundesliga, so this might not be the last we’ll see of the 20-year-old on our screens.

5. Joao Mario

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Joao Mario is attracting strong Premier League interest

One of the next big things coming through in Portugal, Joao Mario’s rise may have been slightly overshadowed by his international team-mate Renato Sanches.

However, with the Benfica man already set to join Bayern Munich next season, Mario is now thought to be a top target for a number of Premier League clubs.

Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool have all shown an interest in the 23-year-old, who is already being talked up as moving for big money in the near future.

6. Ricardo Rodriguez

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Ricardo Rodriguez has impressed with Wolfsburg

One of the top young defenders in Europe at the moment, it could be a big Euro 2016 for Switzerland left-back Ricardo Rodriguez.

Arsenal have already snapped up his team-mate Granit Xhaka, and latest rumors suggest Rodriguez is one of the next big names on the Gunners’ radar.

Still only 23, Rodriguez has been a regular for Wolfsburg since the 2011/12 season, and is surely ready to move to a top club, with Arsenal looking the most likely destination.

7. Andriy Yarmolenko

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Andriy Yarmolenko is one of the biggest names in Ukranian football (Picture: Getty)

So impressive for both Dynamo Kiev and the Ukranian national team for so many years now, it’s little surprise that Andriy Yarmolenko has already been linked with a host of top English sides.

In the last year alone, the skilful winger has been mentioned as a potential target for Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton, and they’ll surely be keeping a close eye on him in France this summer.

Yarmolenko, 26, goes into the tournament on top form, having scored four goals in qualifying for Ukraine, and with three goals in his last three appearances for his country – any of the clubs mentioned above could do with that kind of goal threat from out wide.

8. Radja Nainggolan

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Radja Nainggolan continues to be linked with a move to Chelsea

Widely reported to be a top priority target for incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, Radja Nainggolan will be running the show in Belgium’s midfield at Euro 2016.

A superbly combative and energetic performer in the middle of the park, the AS Roma man looks ideally suited to the Blues, though latest reports claim he’ll cost around around 35million pounds.

Things could get very interesting if Nainggolan’s Belgium come up against Conte’s Italy in France…

9. Leonardo Bonucci

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Leonardo Bonucci has been a top performer for Antonio Conte

With Conte at Juventus, and now with the Italian national team, Leonardo Bonucci has been strongly linked as another of the next Chelsea boss’ prime targets.

The 29-year-old defender could be an ideal signing for the Blues as they look to replace the ageing John Terry, though it’s now claimed that Manchester United are after him as well.

Still, with Bonucci set to spend the next few weeks with Conte in the Italy squad, could that give Chelsea the edge in the deal?

10. Marcelo Brozovic

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Croatia’s Marcelo Brozovic has caught the eye at Inter Milan

Another player whose future is uncertain this summer is Marcelo Brozovic, who will have Premier League clubs watching as he heads to the Euros with Croatia.

Chelsea and Arsenal have been reported as the Inter Milan man’s main suitors, though Everton have also been mentioned in the past as well.

A skilful and versatile attacking midfielder, Brozovic has all the ingredients to succeed in England and a good tournament could see him end up on these shores in the coming months.




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