The European Under-21 Championships has recently become something of a minor occasion for the very best young players as top nations rest those already among the senior side, but Saul Niguez showed why that shouldn't be the case with a rasping hat-trick past Italy.
Alongside Real Madrid's Marco Asensio, Everton bound Sandro Ramirez and Real Betis starlet Dani Ceballos, this Roja outfit have suited the 2017 competition like no other and now face a Confederations Cup depleted Germany for the title.
It took until the 53rd minute for Saul to grab yet another goal in Poland, turning cutely on the edge of the area to find the bottom corner before a deflected Federico Bernardeschi strike earned a brief moment of cheer for Italy.
The semi-final then turned fully in Spain's favour, ignited by the Atletico Madrid midfielder's thunderous strike past Gianluigi Donnarumma from 25 yards.
It was soon all over for the Azzurrini as La Roja's place in the final on Friday was confirmed with 15 minutes remaining, Saul once again with a tidy finish, his fifth of the Championship to enforce his reputation as a proper big game player.
Florentino Perez: Real Madrid are considering Mbappe, few can play for us at 18
Not many teenagers are considered good enough for Real Madrid, as Florentino Perez admits, although Kylian Mbappe is on Los Blancos' radar.
The president admitted about the club's admiration for the 18-year-old striker, but a bid is not necessarily imminent.
"He is a very good player, it reminds me of last year of when they said that we would sign Pogba," he said to esRadio. "The summer is very long, Zidane has had a close relationship with him for several years.
"But very few players play at Real Madrid at the age of 18.
"He should have patience, the coach has it in his mind. It's not worth saying if we are going to bring in players who could be on the bench."
Alongside those rumours, Los Blancos have also came under controversy regarding Cristiano Ronaldo, who is also reported to be contemplating a move away from the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, although Perez is set to resolve the situation.
"He has a contract with Real Madrid, and when he stops playing at the Confederations Cup, we will talk, he is an honest person and complies with all his obligations," he told 'El Primer Palo'.
"I have spoken with Jorge Mendes and there is no need to worry about anything else. With Cristiano, you have to wait, he's angry, he is hurt.
"There are journalists who stand up with the sole intention of hurting Real Madrid. I have not called anyone to say that they do not publish a picture of Cristiano with our club shirt.
"Real Madrid is criticised by those who are not Madridistas, it is a stimulus for a success story. If you give importance to the rumors, we will be very worried. People trust us."
With regards to the serious allegations made to the Portuguese on tax evading, Perez also communicated on behalf of the club.
"We all have to fulfill our fiscal obligations. Madrid is not responsible for the players' declarations, but there has never been a concealment, Cristiano does not have to deny anything he has not said," he said.
Mourinho and the tricks of his trade
When it comes to making bold moves, Jose Mourinho is not one to hold back. Just days after losing his father, the Manchester United manager continues to be one of the main characters of the summer transfer market gossip.
Last week, Victor Lindelof signed his move to Old Trafford from Benfica for £31 million, making him Mourinho's first summer signing. However, the portuguese coach has his eye set on at least four more players making headlines today.
The Real Madrid forward has expressed his desire to play for Manchester United and believes the move would ensure him a fixed spot in the first team. Real is asking £79.5 million for the 24-year-old's transfer. Although he is still enjoying his honeymoon in Ibiza, Morata has reportedly been in contact with Mourinho to keep track of the transfer and come to an agreement once he gets back to the spanish capital. Morata could be the type of player that fills the hole that Zlatan Ibrahimovic left behind.
The colombian ace reportedly agreed on personal terms with United earlier today, but it won't be a smooth sailing. Mourinho's team might have to come up with approximately £61 million if they want to sign James, which is the amount Real Madrid is looking to recoup after the expensive purchase they made for the forward back in 2014. James could be a great fit for the team, considering that the Old Trafford manager tends to like game-generating players like Rodriguez, in the same way that Mourinho was keen to Ozil during his time in Real Madrid.
The Chelsea player is expected to head north to Manchester before the end of the week. Conte's team agreed on the transfer of the serbian player for £40 million, hoping that Bakayoko completes his move from Monaco to Chelsea in the next few days.
According to ESPN, Manchester United is willing to bid £40-45 million for the Roma midfielder. The belgian powerhouse racked up 14 goals and seven assists in the past Serie A season, catching Jose Mourinho's attention. Nonetheless, Roma reportedly has made an attemp to keep Nainggolan, offering him a steady salary of four million euros.
At this pace, Mourinho's United could potentially have a completely different team in two weeks when they arrive to the United States for their friendly matches.
Theo Hernandez: I've dreamt of playing for Real Madrid since I was a boy
Incoming Real Madrid arrival Theo Hernandez has revealed that he has dreamed of playing for the club ever since he first started playing football as a child.
The youngster impressed on loan at Alaves from Atletico Madrid last season, so much so that he is set to make a crosstown switch this summer.
Although the move has been delayed for the moment, a 26 million euro transfer is expected to be announced in the coming days.
"I'm excited, thrilled to play alongside the best players in the world," he said while on holiday in Los Angeles. "It is a dream come true ever since I was a child."
Hernandez is currently in the City of Angels for the summer as part of a camp working with children and is keen to return in future to do so once more.
"It has been a pleasure to be with the children," he added. "I hope to come back again next year."
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