With Euro 2016 and the Copa America flooding the football-sphere thanks to a constant flow of games, it’s easy to forget that club football exists, presenting an opportunity to get some smart transfer business done discreetly.
Given the Euros’ expanded format there are more players than ever on show at the latest edition, meaning an even madder than usual rush to sign the tournament’s leading lights.
For many a discerning manager, though, the intense focus on the finals is very handy. Transfer targets either ruled out through injury or simply not involved can be sought and bought without the price-hiking effect of tournament football.
Tim Krul – Newcastle (above)
New Everton boss Ronald Koeman seems to have grasped this concept well, judging by Wednesday’s transfer gossip.
The Mirror report that Koeman has identified his compatriot Tim Krul – currently sitting out the Euros owing to the Netherlands’ failure to qualify – as the right man to replace outgoing Goodison Park goalkeeper Tim Howard.
This could prove a shrewd move for the freshly-installed Toffees gaffer, with the 28-year-old Netherlands number one not only at leisure to negotiate, but possibly looking for a route back to the Premier League following relegation with Newcastle.
If the rumour bears fruit, Krul could be pitched straight into a very tough looking opener for Koeman as Everton entertain Tottenham on Merseyside, in a Premier League match they are priced at 19/10 to win by bwin.com.
Below are four others alongside the Dutch keeper who could be worth Premier League bosses clocking on to.
Fabian Delph – Manchester City
After an indifferent debut season plagued by niggling injuries at the Etihad Stadium, the final insult to the England regular was a problem which ruled him out of contention for France. Given the arrival of Pep Guardiola this summer, it could be an opportune moment to snatch a very good player who may not be fashionable enough for the new man at the helm.
Denis Cherysev – Real Madrid
The Russian winger has long been bandied about in connection with a potential Premier League switch and three separate loan deals away from his parent club in the last three seasons, suggest Los Blancos would be willing to sell him. Being rule out of the Euros with a thigh injury is a blessing for any suitors.
Diego Costa – Chelsea
Whether Vicente Del Bosque’s decision to omit the temperamental striker from his Spain squad was based purely on fitness is debateable. However, Chelsea’s unhappy camper could prove a terrific steal for another high-profile club this summer.
Asmir Begovic – Chelsea
Bosnia’s failure to qualify for Euro 2016 has left the former Stoke keeper with less to do than when Thibaut Courtois effortlessly relieved him of the Stamford Bridge gloves upon his return to full fitness. Begovic has proven he’s too good to understudy in the top flight and would be an upgrade to many Premier League first choices.