Fever pitch transfer speculation linking world football’s biggest stars to moves away from their current clubs recedes when qualifiers for next year’s Euro 2024 tournament resume this weekend. Euro 2020 losing finalists England face Malta tomorrow and North Macedonia on Monday, June 19 without injured teenage midfielder Jude Bellingham, whose move to Real Madrid for €103m plus add ons is the most expensive transfer to date. Three Lions skipper Harry Kane could join Bellingham at the Santiago Bernabeu as he is expected to replace departing legend Karim Benzema.
Games against minnows Malta and North Macedonia are a perfect forum for Kane to extend his record 54 goals in national colours as he seeks to impress watching scouts from Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester United that he is the right man to carry their goal scoring burdens.
West Ham United’s Europa Conference League winning skipper Declan Rice is the other €100m + star expected to showcase his skills after his departure from the Hammers was confirmed by the club chairman.
The world’s second most expensive player of all time, Kylian Mbappe Lottin, is perhaps the highest profile player on the move. The Qatar 2022 World Cup top scorer has informed current club Paris Saint Germain that he will not renew his contract beyond next season prompting the team’s hierarchy to put him up for sale.
Mbappe will use Monday’s visit of Greece to remind potential suitors who include Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea of his goal scoring prowess. Fellow Les Bleus striker Randal Kolo Muani is another player keen for game time after announcing his intention to leave Eintracht Frankfurt.
Belgium’s record scorer Romelu Lukaku, who has bludgeoned 72 goals in 106 appearances for Domenico Todesco’s Red Devils will use Saturday’s visit of Austria to demonstrate to his admirers why he is still a prized asset. Lukaku has been a subject of a mega money offer from Saudi Arabia giants Al Hilal but he is understood to want to stay at Inter Milan where he spent the last season on loan from Chelsea.
Denmark’s rapidly developing striker Rasmus Hojlund should enhance his credentials when the 1992 European champions welcome Northern Ireland on Friday before traveling to confront Slovenia on Monday. The Atalanta forward’s explosive striking has drawn comparisons to Erling Braut Haaland.
Serbia’s Dusan Vlahovic can meanwhile further enhance his burgeoning reputation if he can help his national team overcome Bulgaria at the Ludogorets Arena in Sofia on Tuesday night.
Finland v Slovenia,
Andorra v Switzerland,
Denmark v Northern Ireland,
Greece v Republic of Ireland,
Kosovo v Romania,
Latvia v Turkey,
Malta v England,
North Macedonia v Ukraine,
San Marino v Kazakhstan,
Wales v Armenia
Lithuania v Bulgaria,
Luxembourg v Liechtenstein,
Azerbaijan v Estonia,
Norway v Scotland,
Montenegro v Hungary,
Iceland v Slovakia,
Portugal v Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Albania v Moldova,
Cyprus v Georgia,
Faroe Islands v Czech Republic,
Belgium v Austria