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Saul and Meyer among those to have increased transfer value at European U21 Championship

Goal.com logo Goal.com 27-06-2017

The European U21 Championship came to an end on Friday evening, with Germany clinching the title following a 1-0 victory over Spain.

For many young players, the tournament was a chance for them to prove to big clubs that they are able to perform on the international stage.

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Here are six players who have managed to do just that and attract the interest of teams from the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A.

SAUL NIGUEZ - SPAIN

The 22-year-old midfielder has been a pivotal part of Atletico Madrid for the last three seasons, shining in both La Liga and the Champions League, but he may be on the move this summer after a terrific Championship thus far. The Spaniard scored twice in the group stages, including an overhead kick against Macedonia, to help his side ease through to the semi-finals, eventually the final, and put himself near the top of Barcelona’s wishlist.

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ALFIE MAWSON - ENGLAND

Although Mawson only signed for Swansea City last summer, a goal and two clean sheets could mean he is packing his bags again – with Spurs favourites to land the defender. England only conceded a single goal in the group stage, with the 23-year-old playing every minute of the three games and scoring the equaliser against Poland.

MAX MEYER - GERMANY

Already a target for Liverpool and Tottenham, a goal and an assist at the Euros have raised Meyer's profile even further. The German starred in his country’s wins over the Czech Republic and Denmark but with just a year left on his current contract at Schalke, the speedy winger may be available at a cut price this summer.

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JOSE GAYA - SPAIN

The left-back made three appearances for Spain, and kept a clean sheet in his two starts to prove his worth to watching scouts. Gaya assisted Saul’s overhead kick in the 5-0 drubbing of Macedonia with a pinpoint cross, showing his ability to get forward, with Arsenal and Manchester City both reportedly watching the 22-year-old Valencia defender.

FEDERICO BERNARDESCHI - ITALY

With nine appearances for the Italian senior team already under his belt, Manchester United target Bernardeschi was always going to use the Under-21 Championships as a place to further showcase his talent. The winner against Germany to put Italy top of Group C was the Fiorentina winger’s best moment, but his mettle will be tested when he comes up against Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin in his country’s semi-final clash against Spain.

MILAN SKRINIAR - SLOVAKIA

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Despite Slovakia missing out on the semi-finals by goal difference, Sampdoria defender Milan Skriniar certainly didn’t disappoint as he led by example, especially during their 3-0 win over defending champions Sweden. The 22-year-old, who is reported to be nearing a switch to Inter, can also play in defensive midfield and was deployed there by the full national team during Euro 2016.

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