Euro 2020 kicks off this evening in Rome and Custop Bundy He suggests keeping an eye on six players who could move to Serie A after the tournament.
Every major football tournament brings great expectations and hopes to the fore. Stories of success and failure illuminate the competition in which nations and players participate. It is not uncommon for fans to see future club champions break their country’s dreams or bring endless joy to an entire nation. It happened back in 2000, for example, when Juventus fans saw their new striker, David Trezeguet, destroy their European Championship hopes by scoring a golden goal against the Azzurri.
Although the pandemic has severely affected the finances of clubs across Europe, particularly in Serie A, agents and sporting directors will still face a busy summer dealing with transfers. While Gigio Donnarumma is expected to leave Serie A to join Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent, we are looking at six potential signings for the Italian clubs that will participate in Euro 2020.
Many Juventus fans recognize Sergio Oliveira as the Porto midfielder who kicked them out of the Champions League this season, but they may soon find the 29-year-old in the middle of the park wearing the shirt of their arch-rivals Fiorentina.
Oliveira will share the Portugal dressing room with Cristiano Ronaldo at Euro 2020, and while he may not start regularly, he has proven his worth in the friendlies leading up to the big tournament. The Portuguese player has contributed to 19 goals in the league at club level this season and scored five goals in the Champions League. The central midfielder works with capacity from box to box but is more focused on running between lines to create and score. Fiorentina fans will undoubtedly get a glimpse of Oliveira in the tournament ahead of his potential move to Artemio Franchi.
The Wolverhampton goalkeeper could be Jose Mourinho’s first signing in Rome and the 33-year-old will be Portugal’s regular player among the sticks at Euro 2020. The tournament will give Roma fans a chance to watch their future goalkeeper in action, knowing they will need a reliable shot in 2021. -22 After both Antonio Mirante and Pau Lopez failed to impress last season.
Patricio played regularly for Wolverhampton under Nuno Santo in the 2020-21 season, although it was one of his poorest seasons at the club, with the goalkeeper regularly criticized for mistakes. Having said that, he has played more than 90 times for the Portuguese national team and Euro 2020 will be his chance to prove his level is temporary, but the degree is permanent.
Although the France striker signed a new contract with Chelsea early last week, Giroud is still heavily linked with a move to Milan. Les Bleus will mark Karim Benzema’s return to Euro 2020, but the Chelsea striker is an essential part of the team’s jigsaw – as evidenced by his double against Bulgaria recently. He ran out of match time in the 2020-21 Premier League season under Thomas Tuchel, but he remains a threat in front of goal due to his physical ability, aerial prowess and eye on goal.
Milan’s plans with Mario Mandzukic did not quite work out, which means the Rossoneri will need a new striker in the summer. Given Giroud’s cup treasury and experience, he could be a perfect fit for the role, especially given Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s physical issues.
Serie A is still no stranger to Emerson’s abilities given his time in Rome, but Inter and Napoli are now keeping a close eye on the Italy international at Euro 2020. The Nerazzurri appear to be in pole position to beat the former Roma and Chelsea player. Left-back and Andreas Christensen plus cash in a deal to sign departing Inter star Achraf Hakimi. However, despite Emerson remaining on Inter’s radars, the Serie A giants want to sell Hakimi for a cash-only offer and will try to sign the 26-year-old in a separate deal.
Following Maurizio Sarri’s departure from Chelsea, Emerson failed to become a regular player at Stamford Bridge. He gave Frank Lampard some playing time, but injuries hampered progress very quickly. Italy coach Roberto Mancini has even suggested that the former Roma defender leave London because it’s quite clear that Tuchel trusts Ben Chilwell’s more than pure Emerson’s at left-back. Therefore, it is very likely that we will see the 26-year-old leave south London after the Euro with one year left on his Chelsea contract.
Regardless of which coach ends up at Juventus, the links with Paul Pogba have never stopped around the Allianz Stadium. Andrea Pirlo had previous connections to him, and Allegri surely loves the Frenchman as a player after the 2018 World Cup winner coached France for two seasons in Turin. Although Pogba may not end up in Turin this summer, Juventus fans still hope to see the former midfielder wear the Bianconeri shirt again in the future as his contract with Manchester United expires in the summer of 2022.
In some ways, the 2020-2021 campaign has been one of Pogba’s best tournaments at Old Trafford. He brought the club decisive victories in the Premier League and Europe while often playing on the left flank by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He also played a key role in Tottenham’s dismantling of old opponent Jose Mourinho 3-1 and at some point in the future the two men could cross again – but this time in Serie A he played Pogba in a double pivot. Next to N’Golo Kante in recent weeks with Liz Blues. The highly talented France national team is one of the top favorites to win Euro 2020, and although Juventus fans already know Pogba well, they will still be keeping a close eye on him.
Reports in recent days have stated that Marcel Sabitzer could be available for a fee of around 17 million euros, and Jose Mourinho’s Roma team is said to be in the race to secure his services alongside the distinguished former club Tottenham. Sabitzer is one of Austria’s hottest players at Euro 2020, and Roma fans are sure to get a look at the 27-year-old pulling the strings in Franco Voda’s men.
Capable of playing in many different positions, Sabitzer played as an attacking midfielder for Austria and in midfield or away from Leipzig, showing his phenomenal footballing intelligence and technical ability to take the ball into the final third. Roma may already have such a player in Lorenzo Pellegrini, but Sabitzer would make a big deal for the Giellorossi not to mention that Pellegrini, who will not participate in Euro 2020 due to a muscle injury, has only one year left in the game. His contract was linked to a move to Barcelona.