Manchester United, City and Liverpool are monitoring Jude Bellingham’s stand-out start to the season.
Borussia Dortmund’s England stylist, 18, is again being linked with several of Europe’s top clubs.
And Bellingham’s classy midweek goal against Besiktas showed why there could be a huge bidding war next summer.
Meanwhile, after Liverpool and Manchester City’s thrilling victories that same Wednesday night, yesterday was almost as dramatic in the lesser European competitions.
Manager David Moyes is “really excited” to see what West Ham can achieve after his high-fliers opened their Europa League campaign with a 2-0 triumph at Dinamo Zagreb.
Michail Antonio’s fifth goal this term and Declan Rice’s solo special saw off the Croatian champs.
But Leicester’s 2-2 home Europa League draw with Napoli was marred by crowd violence.
Victor Osimhen’s superb double, including an 87th minute leveller, had earlier cancelled out fine Foxes’ goals from Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes.
Tottenham’s 2-2 Europa Conference League draw at Rennes was tarnished by injuries leaving Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn doubtful for Sunday’s home Prem clash with Chelsea.
Finally, Gareth Southgate believes the reaction to England’s Euro 2020 final shootout loss showed the country at its “very worst”.
Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho faced racist abuse online after missing penalties against Italy, whilst disorder also broke out.
Three Lions’ chief Southgate said: “However far we’ve progressed, that one moment showed us how much there is to do.”