Seven Players Who Have Seen Their Valuation Soar Following Sparkling Euro 2016 DisplaysPublished July 10, 2016
Antoine Griezmann (France & Atletico Madrid) Valuation £75m
Even prior to this summer’s finals the pint-sized attacker has left many wondering if a move to a ‘bigger’ club was on the cards. This isn’t to devalue Atletico Madrid, who are of course a major European club, but the Vicente Calderon outfit are well known for selling top talents on a yearly basis.
With six goals to his name the 25-year-old Frenchman is more than likely to finish as top-scorer at Euro 2016 and he offers far more than just a finishing touch. It’s no surprise that Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are tracking the former Real Sociedad man and Diego Simeone may have his work cut out keeping hold of the cultured forward.
Hal Robson-Kanu (Wales) – Out of Contract
The burly forward ran down his Reading contract and had a number of offers ahead of Euro 2016 but one imagines that the calibre of club calling his agent is now in a different league, quite literally.
The 27-year-old has greatly impressed with a Wales side who ran all the way to the semi-finals and his goal against Belgium has shown just how capable Robson-Kanu is against even the highest level of defence.
Graziano Pelle (Italy & Southampton) – Valuation £25m
Pelle will have noted the departure of a number of his St Mary’s team-mates over the summer, with Sadio Mane & Victor Wanyama moving to Liverpool and Tottenham respectively, and may now be ready to jump ship.
The towering forward had an excellent tournament, at least up until his horrific penalty miss in Italy’s shoot-out defeat to Germany, and his valuation will have risen sharply as a result.
Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is said to be keen on reuniting with his national team charge at Stamford Bridge.
Michael McGovern (Northern Ireland) – Out of Contract
The 31-year-old will be fondly remembered for keeping Gerrmany’s attack to just the one goal, which in turn helped Michael O’Neill’s side to secure a spot in the last 16.
McGovern performed heroically in all four of Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 fixtures and is now looking for a club having left Hamilton Academical, one imagines a Championship, or indeed a midling Premier League side, could be keeping a close eye on the Enniskillen man.
Dimiti Payet (France & West Ham) – Valuation £45-£55m
Perhaps the most commonly heard retort during the Euro 2016 finals must be ‘There’s no way West Ham can keep hold of him!’, in relation to Dimitri Payet’s awesome run of performances for the French national team.
Even ahead of the finals the free-kick specialist was being linked to a number of Europe’s ‘Elite’ clubs and his agent’s phone must be perenially ringing now and the Hammers will surely be expecting mega money bids for the wide-man.
Whilst the East London side are moving to the Olympic Stadium for 2016/17, and set for a return to European competition, it would be a major surprise if Payet is lining up in Claret & Blue by September.
Hector (Germany & Koln) – Valuation £15-£20m
The 26-year-old left-back started the tournament as something of an unfamiliar face, to those outside Germany at least, but is now very much a summer transfer target.
Jonas Hector helped Koln to promotion to the Bundesliga in 2014 and helped the Die Geißböcke to a top ten finish last term, but his future surely lies elsewhere. He is surely being pursued by German giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund and a number of other major outfits.
Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland & Derby County) – Valuation £10-£15m
‘What’s he doing in the Championship?’, another frequently uttered sentence during the Euro 2016 finals. Hendrick will not have been a player many had taken a look at prior to the tournament but he was certainly a star in the making for many.
His display against Italy was particularly pleasing and after six seasons in the Rams first-team set-up, and having tasted play-off defeat twice, Kendrick is very much ready to make the ‘step-up’ to the Premier League this summer.