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5 Post Euro 2016 Transfers to Capture the Imagination

With the curtain now closed on 2015-16’s league campaign, save for those lucky enough to remain in the play-offs, attention now turns to Euro 2016 and the light relief that comes with a major tournament.

The action on the pitch will also spawn a host of rumours linking players with a move as their exploits inflate their transfer fees. Here are just five players who could be switching to a new club after the final on July 10.

Joe Hart

Former Seasider Hart is England’s number one keeper and the first name on the Manchester City team sheet so why would he be looking for a new challenge ahead of the 2016-17 campaign? The simple answer is the arrival of Pep Guardiola as manager and the host of transfer rumours that are trailing alongside.

Those rumours include talk of a bid for Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Barcelona’s first choice stopper in terms of Champions League Football but a man who has only featured in seven La Liga matches for the Catalan giants. At 24, the former Borussia Monchengladbach keeper needs regular football if he is to be seen as the natural successor to Manuel Neuer and the links with City won’t go away.

If Hart is surplus to requirements, there will be no shortage of interested parties with Liverpool seemingly in most need of a world class stopper to advance their aspirations.

Robert Lewandowksi

Liverpool feature again in the second story as the leading scorer in Euro 2016 qualification continues to be touted around Europe. The link with Anfield is an obvious one when you consider that Lewandowski spent many years under Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund but would he really move unless the Merseysiders win the Europa League and get into the Champions League via the back door?

Present club Bayern can offer all the money and trophies that he desires but if Robert Lewandowski is seeking that new challenge, a stint with Manchester City or possibly Chelsea is more likely.

Gylfi Sigurdsson

After the most incredible Premier League season ever, it will be fascinating to watch Leicester City’s transfer dealings this summer. Claudio Ranieri’s first job is to keep hold of their most vital players – Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez included – but surely the Foxes will look for a new draft to consolidate for 2016-17?

One man being widely touted for a possible move is Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson who will be looking to cause an upset with Iceland this summer. Midfielder Sigurdsson is a threat from set pieces and has a good goal scoring record at both club and international level as Swans Chairman Huw Jenkins is said to be preparing himself for a number of bids.

Isco

One man who seems certain to leave this summer is Real Madrid’s Isco who, despite being an important member of Spain’s qualifying programme, finds himself some way down the pecking order at the Bernabeu.

The club most likely to move are Chelsea who will doubtless back new manager Antonio Conte with a hefty war chest and at 24, Isco is heading to the point in his career when regular game time becomes paramount.

Seamus Coleman

Another former Tangerine to watch at the Euros is Seamus Coleman who was widely linked with a move away from Everton after seven years at the Merseyside club. It’s been a frustrating season due to injury but the 27 year old, who was tipped to be approached by PSG and Chelsea in January, could be a confirmed target for an EPL side after Everton’s poor campaign resulted in the removal of manager Roberto Martinez.

Odeon Cinema England Match?

Wow, just found out that the England match next Saturday isn’t going to be on TV. Instead it’s going to be streamed on the internet and also on at the Odeon Cinema.

I’ve never watched an England match at the an Odeon Cinema before, wonder if the pop corn flies in the air when someone scores a goal?

Belarus 1-3 England

Another win from England tonight, Belarus 1-3 England, with goals from Gerrard and a brace from Rooney. It’s best start to a World Cup campaign ever, Fabio Capello is proving to be a great manager.

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As expected Belarus put up a great fight and scored a great goal to level the game up at half time, Sitko heading in to complete a 23-pass move. Two goals from Wayne Rooney put the game to bed and once again big Emile Heskey was brilliant upfront.

It’s good to be an England fan once again!

England 5-1 Kazakhstan

Well the first half didn’t go to plan but we got the result in the end. Overall it was an entertaining match and a good overall result. I thought that Big Emile Heskey was brilliant and unlucky not to get a goal, his through ball for Defoe’s goal was awesome.

He’s not everyone’s cup of tea and only 5 goals in an England shirt isn’t a great return but he brings something different to the team, like…..Big Ben Burgess!

England V Kazakhstan

It’s the international break and Kazakhstan visit Wembley this afternoon, and it’s on ITV not on Setanta. It should be a mauling of little Kazakhstan who are ranked at 120 in the world. They’ve got a brand new manager who’s changed pretty much the entire squad recently.

Anyway he’s looking forward to the game!

Steve McLaren must go

I’ve just witnessed the worst performance by an England Team in my lifetime. The players didn’t turn up (bar Peter Crouch) and most importantly Steve McLaren didn’t know what he was doing. Four fucking Five one, what the hell is that formation, our players don’t know how to play in a formation 4-4-2, simple formation. Don’t put a new keeper in goal for his international debut. Don’t play a back four thats never played together before. Don’t play Wanye ‘wankey’ Bridge at left back, yes the alternative isn’t much better in the form of Phil Nevile (saw him at the Christmas Market on Sunday).

He has to go now, there is no way he can stay on. McLaren won’t resign as then he won’t get his big pay out for the F.A. he’ll wait to get the sack or the classic mutual consent then site back on his arse for two years getting paid or get a big payout.

steve mclaren must go

Thats right right Steve you have no friends.

So annoyed right now.

Robinson dropped

It’s 10 minutes from kickoff in the big game, Gary Linker has just handed over to John Motson and Mark ‘Nobber’ Lawrenceson, fat Robinson has been totally dropped from the squad, Scott Carson in the sticks with David James on the bench. I’m a bit nervous……

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