Harry Kane is far from the only elite talent featuring at Euro 2020 with an uncertain future. While the England captain has gone public about his desire to leave Tottenham, extricating himself from a long-term contract and the grasp of Daniel Levy may be very tricky. Others will have plenty to play for in the next few weeks as it has already been confirmed they are leaving their current clubs at the end of their contracts. Here are six of the top players at Euro 2020 hoping to attract new deals at the tournament.
Four players out of contract at Euro 2020
Memphis Depay (Netherlands)
Depay flopped at Manchester United but has since rebuilt his career in Ligue 1 with Lyon, netting 20 league goals and providing another 12 assists in the league last season. At 27, Depay should be approaching his peak and he is a more physically imposing and mentally mature footballer than the young man who struggled to make an impact in his 18 months at Old Trafford.
Barcelona have long been thought to be front-runners for Depay’s signature, with his former Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman said to be keen to bring the forward to Camp Nou. But Barca recently got pipped to the post for Depay’s countryman and fellow free agent Georginio Wijnaldum, who has instead opted to leave Liverpool for PSG at the end of his Anfield deal.
Depay previously named a group of six teams – Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City, PSG or Bayern Munich – as the calibre he wanted from his next club. He is not the only member of the Netherlands squad who is looking for a new home as Patrick van Aanholt is also available this summer, the left-back having ended a four and a half year stay at Selhurst Park and will be another of the players looking for a new home at Euro 2020.
Hakan Calhanoglu (Turkey)
Milan will be back in the Champions League next season after a lengthy absence but they are expected to be without Calhanoglu, as well as their goalkeeper Donnarumma The 27-year-old has thus far refused to put pen to paper on fresh terms at San Siro with La Liga champions Atletico Madrid among the clubs credited with an interest in signing him
A set piece specialist with 13 international goals for Turkey, Calhanoglu has previously been linked to Premier League clubs Chelsea and Arsenal. It is not out of the question that Calhanoglu could yet opt to stay with Milan, but at present it seems likelier he will be lining up elsewhere next term.
Ezgjan Alioski (North Macedonia)
Alioski played 36 times in the Premier League for Leeds United after Marcelo Bielsa led them back to the big time, but as it stands the 29-year-old will not be staying at Elland Road.
Leeds have offered the versatile Alioski a new deal but he has not signed it yet, instead opting to focus on representing North Macedonia at their maiden international tournament. Being able to play in central midfield or anywhere down the left is likely to make Alioski an appealing free transfer for a number of clubs who will be on the lookout for players who could be bargains at Euro 2020.
Tomas Vaclik (Czech Republic)
After falling out of favour with Sevilla last season after they made Yassine Bounou their new number one, goalkeeper Vaclik has confirmed he is leaving the La Liga club after three years.
The Czech Republic international was one of the players who started against Scotland in their Euro 2020 opener on Tuesday afternoon and will be looking to make an impact during the tournament to secure a move.
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