Portugal midfielder William Carvalho has been named the European Under-21 Championship's best player, despite it being his penalty miss in the final against Sweden that saw the Scandinavian side victorious at the expense of the much-fancied Portuguese.
The 23-year-old has long been heralded as one of the top midfield prospects in European football, and for much of the tournament he underlined that he is already at a level that puts him among the best midfielders in Europe.
Dominant performances throughout, including registering the most completed passes and a hugely impressive match against England has only increased reports that Carvalho is being tracked by the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool this summer, according to the Mail.
Carvalho would be an outstanding addition for anyone in the Premier League
The Sporting man's name has been linked with pretty much every major side in the English top flight since he burst onto the scene while on loan at Cercle Brugge in 2012.
Carvalho starred in Belgium, and has impressed in his two seasons of first team football in Lisbon, with Manchester United closely linked to bidding for the player way back earlier in his career as per the Mail.
Sporting would be reluctant to sell their prized jewel, and the award of best players alongside his performances will have only made him an even more expensive target, but with plenty of Premier League giants looking for classy, powerful defensive midfielders, there are few as good as him that would be available, and almost none at all that can match his potential.