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Euro success won’t make anyone a star anymore

As soon as someone distinguishes themselves at Euro 2020, old conversations begin: who is, where will he go now. But the transfer market can’t change in a month, as much as some lesser-known stars might want.

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No one will stop discussing the possible departure of Harry Kane just because he is playing at the Euro. Ditto for City’s plans for Jack Grealish. Euro or not, and the car cannot be stopped; Gianluigi Donnarumma was even able to get permission to leave the location of the national team in order to undergo a medical examination at PSG.

Patrick Schick from Bayer has also been very good with the Czech Republic, especially against the backdrop of the last unsuccessful seasons in Italy for Roma. Other bright obscure stars include Denzel Dumfries from the Netherlands, midfielder Mykola Sharapenko from Ukraine and defender of Hungary Attila Salai.

However, sometimes a succession of successful performances can change everything. “Clubs like to think that they are very smart and calculating, and impulse purchases are alien to them, but this is not so – there are those who are ready to bite,” says another agent.

You can recall, of course, the transfer of James Rodriguez to Real Madrid for 71 million pounds after his successes in the Brazilian world championship. Mario Mandzukic made the most of his Euro 2012 success.

When the Czech Republic amazed the whole world, reaching the final of Euro-96, everyone on that team got a job. Karel Poborski convinced Manchester United to shell out 3.6 million for him, and Liverpool immediately ran to negotiate with Patrick Berger. Poborski’s price has quadrupled in a month.

Pavel Nedved was already known, but only after that Euro did he really make himself known to the whole world. And then new teams were found by Jan Sukhoparek, goalkeeper Petr Kouba and Vladimir Schmitser.

There were examples from other teams: Vitor Bahia became the most expensive goalkeeper in the world after his exploits in the Portuguese national team, and Lilian Thuram and Zinedine Zidane became participants in high-profile transitions in Italy.

But that Czech Republic is different, because many players of that team seem to have appeared out of nowhere. It was the first such tournament after the collapse of Czechoslovakia, and the opening of the Iron Curtain showed the world new, previously unknown talents. Much the same thing happened with the Senegal team in 2002. Suddenly, everyone in England wanted an African: Diouf moved to Liverpool, as did Salif Diao. Papa Booba Diop (Fulham) and Amdi Faye (Portsmouth) have also found a team.

But could the same happen now? Unlikely.

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