A series of good performances at the World Cup can help a player secure their dream move to a club that’s battling for league titles season after season.
Take James Rodriguez for example. A player who, after finishing as top scorer in the 2014 World Cup, secured a transfer from Monaco to Real Madrid.
With the World Cup in full swing and the final few inching ever closer to being made the favourites in the World Cup betting odds, we’ve taken a look at some stars who could secure a big money move once the tournament comes to an end.
1. Hirving Lozano
The Mexican winger, who currently plays in the Eredivisie for PSV Eindhoven has been linked with moves to big clubs such as Arsenal, Liverpool and Barcelona.
He joined PSV in 2017 and, in his first season at the club, helped them win their 24th Eredivisie title.
He played in all four of Mexico’s matches at the World Cup, scoring the only goal in their famous 1-0 win over defending champions Germany. He always looked a threat when Mexico were attacking, however he was unable to score against Brazil, and the game saw Mexico lose 2-0.
With such high-profile teams reportedly looking to sign Lozano, PSV will be hoping to use a bidding war to increase their profit margin on the 23 year old.
2. Aleksandr Golovin
After impressing at the World Cup, Russian midfielder Aleksandr Golovin looks set to leave CSKA Moscow after six years at the club.
Golovin joined the club in 2012 and spent two years in the youth team before being promoted to the senior squad in 2014. During his first two seasons in the senior team he played a bit-part role. However, in both the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons, he was a first team regular.
The 22 year old has been linked with moves to Chelsea, Juventus and Arsenal, although the Blues are the current favourites to sign him. Reports suggest the deal will be for £26 million however, if CSKA Moscow know that all of the interested parties are serious, they may try to start a bidding war for their star man.
3. Ante Rebic
Croatian winger Ante Rebic finished the domestic season in style, scoring a brace against Bayern Munich to help Eintracht Frankfurt win the DFB-Pokal.
Rebic has been an important member of the Croatia squad, playing in four of their five matches so far in the World Cup.
He has only scored one goal, but what a goal it was. Rebic capitalised on a mistake from Argentina goalkeeper Willy Caballero and superbly volleyed the ball home to give Croatia the lead.
The 24 year old has been linked with moves to Tottenham, Everton and Borussia Dortmund. However, if one of these teams would like to add Rebic to their squad, they are likely to need to fork out £26.5 million.
4. Juan Quintero
One of Colombia’s best performers at this year’s tournament, Juan Quintero has been catching the eyes of managers all around Europe.
The attacking midfielder is currently on loan at Argentinian club River Plate from Portuguese side FC Porto. The loan deal may run until January 2019, but that hasn’t stopped other teams from being interested in signing the 25 year old.
The loan deal also includes a £3.3 million clause which means River can make the loan deal permanent. However, if Quintero believes he would be better served moving back to Europe to play for one of Tottenham, Wolves and Real Madrid – three teams who have been linked with him, then he might not agree to join River permanently.
His only goal at the tournament came courtesy of a free kick in their first match against Japan, which Colombia finally lost 2-1.
5. Benjamin Pavard
The final player to look out for is French defender Benjamin Pavard, who has impressed at the World Cup at right back, despite playing at centre back for Stuttgart.
Playing for the first confirmed finalist, France, who are the bookies’ favourites in tips on the World Cup 2018, Pavard has the chance to win football’s greatest prize.
There have been conflicting reports over a release clause, with some news outlets reporting that the French defender has a £31 million release clause in his contract. Other have reported that despite interest from Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Bayern Munich, Stuttgart will not be selling Pavard this summer.
Regardless of whether there is or isn’t a release clause, there are bound to be bids for the defender, who scored a wonderful goal in the last 16 tie against Argentina.
Are there any other players whom you think could make a move to a big club this summer? Let us know.