Who would you like to see at your club?

by Mystical Mike

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

As with every major football summer tournament, there are plenty of previously unknown players making themselves heard and putting themselves in the shop window this summer. Premier League sides are on high alert as Euro 2008 comes to an end and players begin to return to their clubs. There’s set to be a real interest in the stars of Euro 2008 as the summer transfer activity kicks in.

So here are some of the possible transfers that could be taking place this summer following an impressive championship in Austria and Switzerland.


David Villa (Spain)

The Spanish hit man has scored a hat-trick in the opening game of his countries’ campaign, hitting three past Russia before also finding the net against Sweden. Villa is currently employed at Valencia after moving from Zaragoza in 2005 but the striker could be tempted into a move to England should no offers come in from the big two in his homeland, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Final destination: Real Mardrid



Ricardo Queresma (Portugal)

Any star of Portugal’s campaign will be immediately linked to their former boss at international level as Luis Philippe Scolari begins his tenure at Stamford Bridge. Queresma made a ten minute cameo against the Czechs and got on the score sheet and his pace and skill would suit an attacking Premier League side.

Final destination: Chelsea



Wesley Sneijder (Holland)

The Dutch midfielder has always had his admirers in England and was rumoured to be on his way to Spurs back in 2007 before his transfer to Real Madrid. The fact that he’s only been at The Bernabau for a year could work against any possible wooing from England but a good bid could persuade the Dutchman to cross the water.

Final destination: Going nowhere



Andrei Arshavin (Russia)

Member of the Zenit St.Petersburg squad that won the Uefa Cup last season, Arshavin has played just twice so far in the competition due to suspension. But he’s stormed into the tournament with goals against Sweden and Holland and will take his place in the semi-finals this week. It would take a good bid to lure Arshavin away from his current club though.

Final destination: Barcelona



Artur Boric (Poland)

The Polish shot stopper was a gem in amongst the poor Polish outfit and was outstanding against the Germans. Martin O’Neill used to manage him at Celtic and he could be tempted to bring him to England as he searches for a new keeper.

Final destination: AC Milan



Nihat (Turkey)

One of the stars of Turkey’s shock progression to the semi finals and twice scorer in the astonishing comeback against the Czech Republic. Nihet had a good season at Villareal and a strong finish to the tournament could really put him in the shop window.

Final destination: Going nowhere



David Silva (Spain)

Left-sided player Silva may be looking for Champions League football next season after Valencia failed to qualify and his tricky performances so far in Euro 2008 could go a long way to getting him that move to compete in Europe’s premier club competition. Arsenal could be the ones to make a move while Liverpool could also add him to an ever growing Spanish Armada at Anfield.

Final destination: Liverpool



Deco (Portugal)

Long time admirers Chelsea could well be back in for the Portuguese playmaker especially with Big Phil now in charge. Deco was originally wanted by Jose Morinho at the Bridge and could be tempted to link up with his former Porto boss at Inter. But Scolari may also be waiting in the wings to attempt to bring him to London.

Final destination: Chelsea



Philip Lahm (Germany)

Manchester United are reported to be interested in the German left back and would certainly suit the style of play that Sir Alex tries to employ with his willingness to get forward.

Final destination: Going nowhere



Lukas Podolski (Germany)

Germany’s hit man has scored three in his opening two games and has always had his admirers in England, particularly with his international performances. Could this be the year that Podolski makes the jump to these shores?

Final destination: Man City



Luka Modric (Croatia)

One of the stars of both Croatia’s tournament and their qualifying campaign as they topped both groups. Modric’s ability to pick out the killer pass would be an asset to most Premier League sides but it was Tottenham that got his signature before the tournament. Spurs fans will be licking their lips at the prospect of seeing him perform at White Hart Lane and could well be a star of the season.

Final destination: Spurs, already signed



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  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    I can see why Philip Lahm is going nowhere, he can’t defend, great goal though.

  • dexylongshot

    Kenny Lynch played well for the Turks but it will gol for him on Sunday.
    Roll on the Arshavin road show tomorrow adding another 10 million onto his price tag no doubt. He was valued at around 10million before the tournament. The same as West Ham are offering Cisse to sit on Upton Park treatment table 41???? I wonder if Colin E17 Kazim Kazim wants to come home.

  • Tim

    Why on earth would Podolski end up at Man City?????

    Surely he’ll find a better stomping ground, the least he can expect is Spurs!!

    By the way, where dis the fantasy football banta blog go????? did i miss it……..:)

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    exactly, why would he end up at a crap team like Spurs? Surely he can find a better stomping ground then that.

    What fantasy football banta blog?

  • Tim

    Everton i suggest would be ideal for him……..

    The UKfootballfinder fantasy league blog, spoken of some time ago!

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    I see, it’s on the cards Tim, I just mailed our fantasy league man. Also, watch this space as we will we launching a Premier League Predictor game, weekly & monthly prizes. Free to play too!!

    What will do if Ronaldo leaves? Who’s gonna score us all our points?

  • Jamie Shoesmith

    It’s strange seeing all the big names linked to Man City – it’s as if we still think of the likes of Keith Curle, Alan Ball and the rest of the relegation-happy squad that dropped out the Premiership back in ’96.

    If they can get themselves linked with the likes of Ronaldinho, why not Podolski?

  • Tim

    The league is nearly over, i just wondered where the banta was and if i’d missed it on here!! Lookin forward to the predictor for the forthcoming season

    Watch this space for the influx of Euro 2008 players to help score you points.

    As well as Ronaldo, what chance of Lampard following him out of the PL???? Then what

    Feed the Yak and he will score!! 🙂

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    Top 5 fantasy league players

    1) Henry
    2) Fowler
    3) Andy Cole
    4) Lampard
    5) Schimcal

    any thoughts?

    What banta, what league? are you talking about the sexy league? Season 2 goes live next week, 20 more babes

  • Tim

    Are you talking top 5 of all time?

    GK – Schmichael

    DEF – Denis Irwin or Dan Petrescu

    MID – Lamp, Ronaldo, Gerrard

    CF – Henry

    No, the metro Euro 2008 league

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    Brett Emerton used to be a good fantasy league player as he was cheap.

    The Metro fantasy league was a joke, you couldn’t view the league tables, so everyone got bored and didn’t bother logging in. Waste of time really

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    why wouldn’t Poldoski end up at Man City? They have money and ambition. He can’t get into the Bayern side. He had a very poor season. Just because he has scored a few goals at a tournament doesn’t make him great, look at Milan Baros for example, 5 goals in Euro 2000, say no more!

  • Tim

    Oh right, im still doing it, just me then!!!!!

    On the back of having a decent tournament, i would expect players profiles to be more in he limelight and then getting a more high profile move than Manchester City, thats all He’s done more than just score goals as well, 3 isn’t that many in the scheme of games played

    Whats your point on Baros though? It was actually 2004, i think, He scored 5 and finished top scorer and then went on to finish as Liverpools top scorer the following season! Im talkin bout players gaining moves on the back of a decent tournament, Baros was already at Liverpool

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    Dexy was doing it,think he was winning, I gave up after 2 games, waste of time and effort.

    I think some players are big tournament players, both Klose & Poldoski are classic examples, both have had poor domestic seasons, yet some how manage to shine on the big stage.

    My point about Baros was he is crap, and always has been.

  • Tim

    Yeah it was him who said he’d start the banta blog, nevermind, nearly over now!!

    Only they could tell you why they play better on the big stage, as opposed to the domestic season, Luca Toni is the prime opposite, 30+ goals in the same side as Klose and has looked one of the worse at Euro’s

    Yet he still managed top score at the euro’s and a top scorer in a champions league winning season. tempremental i think, as he’s is rubbish at Pompey this yr

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    so how won it then? Did u? Ah, its still going isn’t it!

    Yep Luca Toni & Gomaz have been awful. Come to think of it, Ronaldo wasn’t much better!

  • Tim

    it is still going, yes

    could we come up with a Euro 2008 worst XI??

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    🙂 🙂

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    good idea, would like to write it?

  • Tim

    i could have a go, where do i post it?

  • dexylongshot

    The metro ukff dreamteam, what a joke.
    It lasted the 1st day or so and then you couldn’t log on and they gave us all that pony about sending an email to them with transfers. So that was a few games and points wasted and everyone gave up, well i think me , church and darkside have given it a go (I presume that’s you Tim). I slipped last weekend when a coastal town drinking marathon made me forget to do 2 of the quarter finals transfers and low and behold i dropped down to 2nd. No chance now after russia drew a blank.
    Looks like the power of the darkside has conquered all, congrats!

  • Tim

    The start was a joke, i think everyone was in that same boat, but was resolved within a few days thankfully, made the Euro’s more enjoyable for me and my Darksiders!!

    I have to admit there were a few late night transfers after a skin full of alcohol that made me question the next day what the heck i was up to. A good battle in the end though, i thought

    I expect everyone to boycott Metro in favour of the Premierleague site, when that gets going……??

    cheers for organising though

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    well done Tim, Dexy was on his computer every day making transfers so he could win.

    Our predictor game should be live in 2 weeks, it’s going to be the brilliant, weekly, monthly & seasons leagues with some awesome prizes.

  • Tim

    i have to admit i was the same, worth it for a PS3 game which my young lad will appreciate!!

    even better, i’ll look to do the double then………;)

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