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Saturday, 1 July, 2000, 10:31 GMT
French at top of Euro shopping list
BBC Sport Online considers which players could benefit from their Euro 2000 exploits.
Players from France are top of most European clubs' shopping lists after Euro 2000 allowed the continent's best to showcase their talents in search of big-money contracts.
Chelsea's Marcel Desailly, previously courting the attention of a host of clubs has benefited by prolonging his contract until 2004, making him 35 when it runs out.
Club team-mate Frank Leboeuf, is wanted by ambitious French club Lyon, but has also expressed an interest in going to Napoli.
Goalkeeper Fabien Barthez has already signed for Manchester United, with Marseille stopper Stephane Porato coming in to replace him with a five-year contract at the Principality club.
French forward Robert Pires, another Marseille player, has yet to decide if his future lies with Real Madrid, who tried to sign him from Metz in 1997, or Arsenal.
And forward Sylvain Wiltord, who is known to harbour hopes of a dream move abroad, could end up staying at home, switching from Bordeaux to Paris St Germain.
Another 'Bleu' likely to be on the move, this time to Juventus, is Monaco's forward David Trezeguet, who finished second-top scorer in the French league last season on 22 goals.
But it is former Paris SG goalkeeper Bernard Lama who could find himself racking up the most air miles if reports of a move to Brazilian clubs Sao Paolo or Corinthians is finalised.
Further interest is bound to pour in for those players who have featured in the latter stages of the competition, those who are up for sale, looking for a move or "surplus to requirements".
Portugal play-maker Rui Costa, however, is having a slightly harder time trying to break ties with his employers at Fiorentina. The classy midfielder admits that: "Mentally, I'm no longer part of the club".
Five seasons, with only one Italian Cup to show for it (1996), have taken their toll but club president Vittorio Cecchi Gori, already upset at losing long-serving Gabriel Batistuta to Roma, has vowed Costa will rot on the sidelines rather than being sold.
He is under contract until 2003, but a fee of £15m upwards from either Real Madrid or Barcelona might force reluctant Fiorentina to re-consider selling.
Another Portugese offensive midfielder causing tremors in the European transfer market is Barcelona's Luis Figo. He has already said he would like to leave the Catalan club, and new Italian champions Lazio seem the likely candidates for his signature.
Another midfielder, Paulo Sousa, has already completed his move from Inter Milan to wealthy Greek side Panathinaikos on a three-year contract.
Striker Joao Pinto had already began looking for new accommodation after he was released by Benfica prior to the start of Euro 2000.
However, the player who equalised against England in Portugal's first Group A match was quickly snapped up by Lisbon's other club, Sporting Lisbon, and might not have to call the removal men after all.
Apart from Spain forward Raul's prolonged contract with Real Madrid, keeping him at the Santiago-Bernabeu until 2005, that just about sums up the recent deals for Europe's Latin contingent. But what about their northern European opposite numbers?
Holland's Bert Konterman, who has played a fringe part in the 'Oranje's' Euro campaign, has left Feyenoord for Glasgow Rangers, while ex-Celtic striker Pierre van Hooijdonk leaves Vitesse Arnhem for a spell at Benfica after spending the whole of the tournament on the bench.
The Czech Republic could not emulate their Euro 96 run to the final but Atletico Madrid midfielder Radek Bejbl did enough to interest Sunderland, who will face strong European competition for his signature.
Keeper Pavel Srnicek wasted no time after their exit in signing a two-year deal with Napoli after invoking a clause in his Sheffield Wednesday contract which allowed him to go as he was not picked to play enough games.
Yugoslavia defender Nisa Saveljic has voiced his desire to leave French club Bordeaux, who could be ready to welcome Romania midfielder Iulian Filipescu, currently at relegated Spanish side Real Betis.
Euro 2000 co-hosts Belgium do not traditionally have many players in Europe's top leagues, though even before some personally successful displays during the tournament, PSV striker Luc Nilis was snapped up by Aston Villa on a Bosman.
Bruges' Gert Verheyen, is a target for French club Troyes while Verheyen's club-mate Eric Deflandre is a French fancy for Lyon, who have also targeted Denmark defender Soren Colding, currently at Brondby.
Finally, Turkish football is starting to be recognised abroad. Star striker Hakan Sukur, who this year helped Galatasaray to their first European trophy (Uefa Cup), hopes to atone for a forgettable five-game first spell in Italy with Torino after agreeing terms with Inter Milan.
Midfielder Arif Erdem, who scored a four-minute hat-trick against Northern Ireland to fire Turkey into the Euro 2000 finals play-off with the Republic of Ireland, has also spread his wings and has signed with Spanish side Real Sociedad, who doubled up by taking fellow midfielder Tayfun Korkut.
Norway international forward John Carew, formerly at Rosenborg, had already agreed terms with Valencia for £5.3m. But midfielder Erik Mykland has emerged as Norway's, and perhaps Euro 2000's most-wanted.
Mykland had already signed with 1860 Munich from Greek club Panathinaikos prior to Euro 2000, but after his displays against Spain and Yugoslavia - where he was twice voted 'Man of the Match' - offers came pouring into the Bundesliga club, notably from Monaco and an unnamed top Spanish club.
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