Tournament football, let’s face it, is more about the entertainment of the transfer shenanigans afterwards than the drab matches we are often left with.
However, Euro 2016 has largely been quite entertaining and it would’ve been easy to forget that there is a transfer window of madness looming.
Jose Mourinho, aside from his dodgy Austria predictions, will have been watching the tournament eagle-eyed for any players that he can throw millions of pounds sterling at to lure to the creaking, struggling Old Trafford.
Manchester United need to make signings this summer and the Euros could give a big indication of who they are going to pounce on in July and August.
Mourinho isn’t afraid of spending big, in case you hadn’t realised, and he must have quite a transfer kitty with the promises he will have had to make to the Manchester United board.
How’s it going to pan out? Well, signing some of these TEN might give us an indication…
Portugal’s uninspiring group stage has not damaged William Carvalho’s reputation.
Against Austria, the Sporting Lisbon man dominated midfield and demonstrated his ability to control the tempo of the game, with intelligent passes breaking the Austrian lines.
Carvalho might not be a first choice if he moves to United but he surely has the potential to have a huge impact.
Kante, like so many at Leicester, is quite likely to jump the ship whilst it is on the crest of a wave this summer.
For those wondering if his miraculous season with the Foxes was a fluke, it wasn’t. The Frenchman has compensated for an out of form Blaise Matuidi in midfield with some supreme performances.
Everyone has known the quality of Marek Hamsik for some time and the Slovakian provided one of the early moments of the tournament.
His sensational pass to Vladimir Weiss was just a taster of what was to come for the star against Russia. Later in that first half a magnificent curled finish lit up Group B.
Could Hamsik be Mourinho’s answer to United’s creative conundrum?
Leading the Spanish line in the absence of far more experienced forwards, Morata has shone intermittently.
Finding the net on a couple of occasions, Morata has shown that he can combat the low block and demonstrated his build-up play at the highest level.
Rashford might not look upon this signing too kindly, but it is very likely Mourinho adds to his number nine options.
Two dramatic late goals have summed up Payet’s Euros to date.
The opening game was won by the West Ham man and it will not be long before Europe’s biggest clubs are sniffing around for the Frenchman.
Juan Mata is likely to be out the door with the arrival of Mourinho, you’d think, is Payet the ideal replacement?
Eric Bailly, although talented, will need guidance in his first season.
Chris Smalling’s excellent form last season will mean he is guaranteed a starting place next season, but Ashley Williams’ quality performances at the Euros might tempt Mourinho to add an experienced head to his back line.
Marshalling a Wales defence to qualification is impressive however you look at it.
Croatia have, arguably, been the team of the group stages.
Aside from the consistently wonderful Luka Modric, Perisic has been the star of the side. A persistent threat from wide areas and showing his ability to find space in the final third, Perisic’s goals have given his side a rather favourable draw in the last 16.
Marc Wilmots’ uncertainty over his best XI has meant that Nainggolan is in and out of the Belgium side, unfortunately.
However, the AS Roma man has looked the part when selected and scored a screamer against Ireland. Belgium now face a potentially easier path to the final than others might have anticipated and Wilmots would be foolish not to play this tenacious star.
Nainggolan would fit just perfectly alongside Schneiderlin, too.
Limited to substitute showings, Embolo didn’t take long to show what all the hype is about.
A truly complete forward, the Swiss international has pace and power to go with the technical ability of a Spaniard.
If anyone has ever sounded like a Jose Mourinho centre forward, it’s Breel Embolo.
Luke Shaw might not be too keen on this one, but Rodriguez is clearly one of the best left-backs about right now. The Wolfsburg star might be looking elsewhere, considering that his team seem about as likely to win a league title as Leicester were last season.
Not to mention his powerful shot, Rodriguez has had a quiet-ish tournament to date but will be vital as the Swiss look to overcome a well-organised Polish side.