Euro 2020 kicks off today when Turkey take on Italy in tonight’s opening game at 8pm.
The involvement of Manchester United players begins the following day when Dan James’ Wales take on Switzerland. You can see all the fixtures featuring Red Devils’ players here.
But the tournament may not simply be used by United to check up on current players. Any scouts worth their value will be monitoring players who are transfer targets now, or potentially in the future.
Here is a run through of 10 players for United to keep an eye on, starting with some obvious names and veering into some leftfield options…
We promised a couple of obvious names early on, and they don’t get more so than top target Jadon Sancho.
United will be checking on his fitness ahead of a potential move, mainly to see that he ensures injury, while his performances could impact valuation one way or another ahead of a potential move.
It will also be interesting to see how he links up with Marcus Rashford, and if he gets chances down the left as he can play on both flanks, with Luke Shaw.
Kieran Trippier is one of three right-backs left in the England squad and it is unclear if he will be a starter for the Three Lions.
The Atletico Madrid defender should see some game time and this would be a good chance for him to show United he is an attacking upgrade on Aaron Wan-Bissaka, while also demonstrating his defensive qualities.
It might be best he does not play too well, with United and Atletico reportedly far apart in terms of valuation, The Mail report.
Paul Pogba’s uncertain future at Manchester United should prompt the club to consider options.
One of those is to cash in on the Frenchman this summer and make a big money move for Jack Grealish as an attacking alternative.
The Aston Villa star would also be an option if the Jadon Sancho deal were to completely collapse.
We promise Rice is the final England player in our top 10. United’s need for a defensive midfielder was highlighted last season as Nemanja Matic’s performances took a step back.
England’s Declan Rice is a top target for the club but The Telegraph report West Ham view him at an excessive £90 million.
Rice’s performances at the top level this tournament will either make a case that he really is worth this figure, or expose him as over-priced and prompt United to totally abandon this pursuit and look elsewhere.
France international Raphael Varane is reported by The Athletic to be United’s preferred transfer target. He has one year remaining on his Real Madrid contract.
While we would guess that Varane’s contract situation probably ends with a renewal, his performances will be worth watching just in case.
Varane, 28, is older than most of United’s centre-back options, and he must show he is a superior level to the younger options, to back up the reasoning behind him being first choice.
Portugal sensation Nuno Mendes made his international debut earlier this year.
The young left-back had been linked to United a year earlier, Record reported at the time.
If he proves his quality as a top level star of the future then United may be tempted to keep tabs or even move for him this summer or in a year’s time, at the expense of Alex Telles, as a Luke Shaw alternative.
Wolves are reported to be ready to cash in on Ruben Neves this summer, The Sun report, and a fee of just £35 million has been touted.
There is some debate as to whether Neves is stylistically the right type of defensive midfielder United need, and Euro 2020 is the perfect way for him to show he is.
Playing alongside Bruno Fernandes is the ideal way for Neves to catch United’s eye.
Spain defender Pau Torres is a high quality alternative to Raphael Varane and this could be his breakout tournament.
A strong showing will no doubt prompt Real Madrid and Barcelona to raise their own interest, but United have been linked with Torres for over a year now.
Torres’ performance in the Europa League final should have been enough to convince United. But if the scouts need another prod, then Euro 2020 is the stage to do it.
Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli has been the find of the season in Serie A, starring for Sassuolo.
He tops various passing ranking statistics in Serie A and is a different type of defensive midfielder than the typical destroyer prototype.
A strong tournament for Locatelli could catapult him into United’s planning, with midfield a priority area to improve.
We promised leftfield options and here we are, with Czech Republic striker Adam Hlozek.
Hlozek, 18, has scored 15 goals in 19 games for Sparta Prague this past season and also provided eight assists.
He is a potential breakout star of the tournament and the young striker could end up causing England problems in the final group match. Harry Maguire will have to be cautious.
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