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Transfer Speculation: 10 Players Whose Stock Soared at Euro 2012

Tony LucadamoContributor IIIOctober 24, 2016

Transfer Speculation: 10 Players Whose Stock Soared at Euro 2012

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    International tournaments have the ability to launch regional standouts into world superstardom.

    Examples abound. Who had heard of Franck Ribery before the 2006 World Cup? Would Arsene Wenger have taken a shot on Andrei Arshavin if not for his performance at Euro 2008?

    Accordingly, this summer's spectacle in Poland and Ukraine has brought a number of names into the spotlight.

    What follows is a list of 10 individuals who have seen their stock soar.

    Some were better known than others before things kicked off on June 8—yet undoubtedly each warrants a far higher transfer fee today than just a month ago.

Mario Mandzukic: Croatia

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    The Croatian version of "Super Mario" scored three times in group play. That kind of output was enough to turn heads across Europe.

    The Mirror initially broke the story that Everton was in poll position. The move makes sense, as Mandzukic would undoubtedly partner fellow countryman Nikica Jelavic well up front.

    However, ESPN reports today that talks with Bayern Munich are all but wrapped up. The Wolfsburg front man appears set to join the Champions League finalists. The deal is worth a reported $16 million.

Lars Bender: Germany

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    Jerome Boateng's suspension presented Lars Bender with the opportunity to start at right-back against Denmark in the final game of the group stage.

    The Bayer Leverkusen defender answered with an outstanding defensive performance and the goal that put the game away.

    Bender had made just eight international appearances before he took the field. There were even doubts that he would make Joachim Low's 23-man roster. His inclusion came at the last minute at the expense of twin brother Sven.

    The versatile defender, who can also play midfield, will see his star rise significantly.

Theodor Gebre Selassie: Czech Republic

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    Last season, Gebre Selassie played for Slovan Liberec—a club I had never heard of before writing this sentence.

    After four strong performances for the Czech Republic, the right-back's fortunes are turning dramatically.

    According to Fox Soccer via Sky Sports, he will now ply his trade for Werder Bremen following a £2 million transfer.  

Joao Moutinho: Portugal

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    Amid all the press coverage of Cristiano Ronaldo, it is easy to lose sight of some of Portugal's other stars. Joao Moutinho is among those who are garnering significant praise in their own right.

    Moutinho has been world-class in the center of the pitch. Just about all of the movement in the final third goes through the Porto talisman.

    The Portuguese midfielder notched two assists in the competition. However, the majority of his impact goes on off the stat sheet.

    The Mirror reported in May that Moutinho is ready to leave his current club. At the time it linked Chelsea with a bid. Expect additional offers to come pouring in.

Alan Dzagoev: Russia

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    For whatever reason, Russian nationals do not usually transition well to the EPL.

    Andrei Arshavin, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Yuri Zhirkov all made big-money moves to the Premier League in the past few years. None have lived up to lofty expectations.

    Yet at least Arsenal appear ready to see if history will repeat itself.

    After scoring three goals at Euro 2012, Alan Dzagoev is apparently on Arsene Wenger's radar. The Mail reports that £13 million will be enough to pry the 22-year-old from CSKA Moscow.  

    That move does not really make sense given the signings of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud. However, I would not be surprised to see his name mentioned elsewhere throughout the transfer window.

Marco Reus: Germany

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    Dortmund's Marco Reus started in place of Thomas Muller on the right wing against Greece. He rewarded Joachim Low's faith by thumping home an astonishingly confident goal.

    The performance had Arsene Wenger raving from the commentary booth. According to the Daily Star, he told French television he was "on the case" to secure his services.

    Unfortunately, Jurgen Klopp snatched him up back in December, so a prospective Arsenal move will not be happening any time soon.

    The German international appears set to feature heavily for Dortmund in 2012-13. The 23-year-old could be a star for his country for a long time to come.

Mathieu Debuchy: France

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    The versatile right-back is one of the few standouts for France after an otherwise disappointing campaign.

    ESPN reports that Newcastle had a £4 million bid rejected by Lille. It remains to be seen whether or not a follow-up is forthcoming.

    "[Debuchy] is torn between staying with us and playing in the Champions League in our new stadium or going elsewhere," says Lille head coach Rudi Garcia.

    The same article claims that Lille value Debuchy at £6 million. Do not be surprised if that figure is met before the summer is over.

Petr Jiracek: Czech Republic

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    Wolfsburg signed Petr Jiracek from Viktoria Plzen back in December.

    After scoring two goals for the Czech Republic, including the winner against Poland, they may find it hard to hang on to the winger.

    At 26, Jiracek seems to have found his stride late in his career. His physicality and tenacity would work well in the Premier League.

Nicklas Bendtner: Denmark

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    Nicklas Bendtner's career appeared to be on the decline heading into the tournament.

    He never quite lived up to expectations at Arsenal. That led to a year-long loan spell at Sunderland in 2011-12.

    Then Bendtner scored twice and added an assist for Denmark in their three "Group of Death" matches.

    ESPN reports his agent as saying that the strength of those three performances has "greatly increased" interest in his client.

    The first club being linked is Anzhi Makhachkala. However, it is too early to tell with any degree of certainty where he might end up.

Mats Hummels: Germany

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    Many will argue that Hummels was a big name well before this summer.

    To a certain extent, they are undoubtedly right. He already leads the back line for Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund.

    However, this is the same player Bayern Munich saw fit to sell for just £3.2 million in 2009. His inclusion in the starting lineup was also somewhat of a controversial move as of early June.

    A month later, The Guardian calls him the leader of his country's generation. Yahoo! Sports says he's been dubbed the "player of the tournament" thus far.

    At the rate he is going, Franz Beckenbauer comparisons may start cropping up in the next few days. Do you think Munich regrets selling him yet?

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