Major tournaments can often come with distractions given they take place in the midst of the summer transfer window, with endless rumours surrounding some of the key names at Euro 2020.
England currently have a whole host of players linked with transfers this summer, and Gareth Southgate will hope his squad can remained focused ahead of a huge showdown with Germany in the last 16 on Tuesday.
Here are five members of the England squad set to dominate transfer headlines this summer.
Harry Kane’s future looks set to be the saga of the summer after the forward informed Tottenham of his desire to leave the club prior to Euro 2020, the England captain keen to leave in search of silverware following the north London side’s regression over the past two campaigns.
The 27-year-old has struggled to make an impression at this summer’s European Championship and remains goalless in England’s three games to date, with some having suggested the transfer speculation could be impacting his performances.
Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea have all been linked with the star, with the former emerging as front runners for his signature and submitting an opening offer to Spurs earlier this week.
Pep Guardiola’s side are in the market for centre-forward additions following Sergio Aguero’s transfer to Barcelona, having operated for much of last season without a recognised striker.
City will be attempting to find a breakthrough with one of football’s most notoriously difficult negotiators however, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy having so far been insistent that Kane – who has three years remaining on his current contract – will not be leaving.
Spurs find themselves in a difficult position given their struggle to find a new manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, a series of managerial pursuits having failed to materialise in an appointment with their options increasingly limited.
With no new manager on the horizon and the club’s finest talent wanting out for a Premier League rival, the pressure is on Levy to find a solution that enables Spurs to progress forward after an indifferent period.
Jadon Sancho dominated the transfer headlines last summer with Manchester United enduring a protracted and ultimately unsuccessful pursuit of the Borussia Dortmund winger, the Red Devils unwilling to match the German’s British transfer-record valuation of the 21-year-old.
Fast forward a year and that figure has dropped significantly with widespread reports that Dortmund are willing to do business, the Bundesliga side having placed a valuation of €90m (£77.5m) on the England international.
United have already submitted two offers for Sancho, though the latter is believed to still be around €10m short of Dortmund’s asking price, though there are few who expect the disparity to lead to another breakdown in negotiations.
Liverpool and Chelsea had also been linked with a move for Sancho, who has made just one late substitute appearance during England’s Euro 2020 campaign to date, but a move to Old Trafford appears almost certain unless there is a major turn of events.
Sancho’s arrival will undoubtedly improve Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad and help solve a problem position on the right-hand side, the youngster joining Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood amongst a youthful contingent of exiting attacking options.
Manchester City will be keeping a close eye on developments also, with the Premier League champions entitled to 15% of any fee for Sancho after inserting a sell-on clause in the deal that took the winger from the Etihad to Dortmund.
Jack Grealish can’t seem to do much wrong in the eyes of England fans at present, the Aston Villa captain often the subject of outside noise clamouring for his inclusion in the side.
Grealish was handed his first start of the tournament during the Three Lions’ 1-0 win against the Czech Republic on Tuesday, impressing during the first half and demonstrating the fearless approach that has made him a firm fans’ favourite.
The 25-year-old was amongst the best and most creative players in the Premier League during the opening months of last season before sustaining a shin injury, his performances having not gone unnoticed by clubs higher up the division.
Manchester United and Manchester City have both been credited with an interest in the midfielder and it is not difficult to envisage Grealish enjoying his football amongst the latter’s collection of attacking midfielders at the Etihad.
Grealish ranked behind only Kevin De Bruyne for assists and shot-creating actions per 90 minutes last season and has shown he is ready and capable of playing at a higher level than Aston Villa can currently provide.
Any deal will not come cheap however, with the midfielder having signed a new long-term contract extension at Villa Park last summer following a window of transfer speculation.
Manchester United are believed to be interested in signing Kieran Trippier this summer, the Red Devils having identified the Atletico Madrid right-back as a player who can provide competition and a differing option to Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Trippier made the surprise move to the Spanish capital from Tottenham two seasons ago and has enjoyed an impressive spell in La Liga, forming part of the side that were crowned champions during the 2020/21 season.
The 30-year-old featured in every single match he was available for either side of a suspension for breaching betting regulations, and Atletico Madrid have set a huge asking price of €40m (£34.4m) for a player signed for a little more than half that figure in 2019.
Trippier has shown at international level that he can play in either full-back position and his creativity from a defensive role has largely been lacking in Wan-Bissaka’s game despite recent improvement, the former having provided six assists in just 28 league starts for Atletico last season.
Trippier was born in Bury and came through the academy system at Manchester City, so a return to his native north west could appeal after two seasons in Spain.
However, Atletico will likely have to drop their demands in order to get a deal done.
Arsenal have made the signing of Ben White a priority defensive addition this summer with the Gunners having already seen an opening bid of around £40m rejected by Brighton.
White enjoyed an impressive first full season in the Premier League with the Seagulls last term, having won plaudits for his role in Leeds’ promotion to the top tier during a loan spell at Elland Road during the 2019/20 season.
Leeds had been interested in signing the 23-year-old on a permanent basis last summer, but saw three bids – the highest around £25m – rejected by Brighton, who are seeking a figure double that amount this time around.
White’s performances saw him included in the England set-up for the first time as Gareth Southgate named an expanded squad ahead of Euro 2020, with the versatile defender earning a call-up to the final 26 after an injury to Trent Alexander-Arnold.
White has featured at centre-back, right-back and in midfield during his career to date and Mikel Arteta has identified the ball-playing youngster as a player he can build his new-look side around.
The Brighton board have said they will not stand in the way of their leading talents this summer should huge offers arrive and the Gunners are reportedly hopeful of reaching a compromise of around £45m.
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