Euro 2020 gives players a chance to shine on the international stage during the run-in to the football season.
With the idea that a country can be out of the tournament within three games, individual players do their best to make an impact and clubs from around the world watch on as they do so.
Despite falling to a heartbreaking defeat against Belgium in the final matchday of the Euro 2020 group stage, Glen Kamara has been a shining light for Finland in the country’s first ever major international tournament.
Although the midfielder’s summer of football may be over, he has certainly made an impression in just three games and current club Rangers will be eager to tie Kamara down.
Faring well against one of the best players in the world Kevin de Bruyne, a number of big clubs from all over will be making note of the Finnish footballer. Could one of them be Aston Villa?
Kamara occupies left-midfield for both Rangers and Finland, the same position El Ghazi plays for Villa, a player Dean Smith is keen to keep hold of.
If Jack Grealish leaves Villa Park this summer, space frees up in midfield and Kamara could be food for thought.
Linetty burst onto the international scene for Poland as a teenager in January 2014 with a goal against Norway, and a continuation of good form meant a call-up to Euro 2016 was inevitable.
As a member of Poland’s 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, it was expected for the midfielder to make it to Euro 2020 and impress on the world stage once again. He’s done just that.
A calm finish early in the second half during the Poles’ penultimate group game of the campaign against Slovakia brought them level and once again proved why Linetty is being talked about.
Also playing on the left in midfield, the 26-year-old would be competing for a space if Villa did show interest, but he could be a great asset acting as an effective substitute.
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It is no secret that Villa fans are in love with Ollie Watkins, and rightly so. The talisman totalled 14 goals and five assists in the Premier League last season and is almost certain to be firing on all cylinders again in the coming campaign.
However, Smith remains keen to add to his attacking force this transfer window.
Ukranian striker Yaremchuk could be the perfect fit. Netting 23 times in all competitions for Belgian side Gent, the 25-year-old has become one of the club’s most valuable assets.
His ability to score goals with either foot and his head, along with his stature and physicality make him a perfect fit for the Premier League.
Damsgaard showed up for his country when it really mattered. He opened the scoring for Denmark in a crucial game against Russia on Monday night with a sublime goal from outside the box.
The Danes went on to claim a 4-1 victory, seeing them through to the round of 16 where they will face Wales.
At just 20-years-old Damsgaard has been tasked with being Christian Eriksen’s replacement, but he has taken that in his stride looking like a veteran and playing a key part in a memorable night for Danish football.
The winger has been connected with a move to Tottenham, Leicester and West Ham which further prove the quality of Denmark’s youngest ever goalscorer at a major tournament.
Many Villa transfer rumours are circulating based on the idea that Grealish will be leaving before the window closes in August, however, Damsgaard could play wide even if the captain stays, linking up with him in midfield.
The Netherlands are always among the teams to watch at any international competition and Dumfries is making the most of playing in orange with millions of eyes watching.
The 25-year-old was involved in every Netherlands goal in the first two group games of Euro 2020, scoring in the first fixture against Ukraine and assisting Georginio Wijnaldum and Wout Weghourst for the other two.
Winning a penalty for Memphis Depay to convert against Austria and claiming the second goal highlighted Dumfries as integral.
Everton are the latest side to be linked with the PSV Eindhoven right wing-back, but could be pushed out if Bayern Munich’s reported interest is true.
Villa would have nothing to lose and potentially a lot to gain by looking into the breakout star. Matty Cash is a favourite amongst supporters and will be eager to impress at Villa Park, hopefully in front of a crowd, next season.
Dumfries would bring a lot to Smith’s side going forward, but Cash performs better defensively.
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