Which players could earn transfers to top clubs following their World Cup performances?
The FIFA World Cup always offers the ideal stage for players to advertise themselves to potential new clubs. Sometimes players enjoy a purple patch that they can never replicate in their club careers. But for others, top World Cup performances can spell the beginning of a stunning career. James Rodriguez is a great example of this having gone on to play for Real Madrid and Bayern Munich following his incredible tournament in 2014.
In terms of major European clubs right now, Liverpool are in need of a midfielder and Bayern Munich need a new goalkeeper after Manuel Neuer suffered a leg break in a skiing incident. Both clubs are likely to be active in the transfer market and no doubt the World Cup would have influenced their planning.
Liverpool midfield solutions
Adrian Rabiot has been linked with many big clubs since he burst onto the scene at Paris Saint-Germain. He joined Juventus just a few years ago but his club form has not been incredibly impressive. Juventus are struggling in Serie A after many years of dominance and Rabiot has been heavily linked with an exit in January before his contract expires in the summer. They sit third in the table but their title chances seem to already have faded away, in the sports betting odds in Canada they are offered at 7/1 to win the Scudetto. However, Napoli are odds on favourites to maintain their huge lead at the top of the table. Meanwhile, his national team form has been remarkable, he played a massive part in leading his nation to the World Cup final against Argentina where they, unfortunately, were beaten on penalties.
Rabiot on future as contract expires in June: “Premier League attracts me. I've always said I'd like to play there — will it be at the end of my contract at Juve? I don't know”. ðŸ”´ðŸ‡«ðŸ‡· #transfers— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 7, 2022
“I don't have favorite team in England, no team where I’d necessarily like to play”. pic.twitter.com/9OueJbqfaZ
Links to Liverpool have already re-emerged after the Frenchman has been linked to the reds for several years now. Jurgen Klopp is yet to replace Georginio Wijnaldum stylistically and Rabiot may be the perfect solution.
Sofyan Amrabat of Fiorentina was one of the stars of the 2022 World Cup. He was the constantly hard-working engine in the Morocco setup that upset Belgium, Spain and Portugal on their path to becoming the first African nation to reach the semi-final. With the questionable form of Fabinho, it is no surprise that Liverpool has been linked with the Fiorentina man to form another part of their midfield rethink. Liverpool have been in poor form this season and restructuring their ageing midfield could help to improve results in the second half of the league season.
Bayern's Neuer dilemma
It has been a tournament in which midfielders and goalkeepers have been the most impressive. Bayern are in desperate need of a quality keeper in order to continue their pursuit of yet another Bundesliga title. They also have a crucial UEFA Champions League knockout tie against PSG in the near future. The goalkeepers between the sticks of the two surprise semi-finalists Croatia and Morocco offer excellent options.
Both Sevilla's Yassine Bounou and Dinamo Zagreb's Dominik Livakovic were vital for their sides and were both penalty shootout heroes. The pair will be full of confidence following impressive World Cup campaigns and are perfectly suited to provide security between the sticks in Neuer's absence.
Dominik Livakovic is a penalty shootout demon ðŸ˜ˆ pic.twitter.com/NLylE24Okp— GOAL (@goal) December 9, 2022
Many players will receive transfers following standout performances at the tournament. Perhaps some of the names mentioned here could carry their international form to their potential new clubs in the new year. All of the players described here have the quality to play for some of Europe's top clubs. In Rabiot's case, he is already at an elite club but things haven't gone to plan for him and perhaps a Premier League move could finally be on the agenda. The Moroccan duo are set to be widely pursued after making history for their country, and Livakovic arguably deserves to play his football in one of Europe's top leagues. The January transfer window is certain to be intriguing as the top clubs get ready to fight for the World Cup's most impressive performers.