The World Cup has turned the 2022-2023 football season upside down with an international break a few weeks before the summer transfer window. Some players present in Qatar have shone and are likely to panic the next transfer window in January.
After Angel Di Maria or James Rodriguez in 2014, and Yerry Mina or Diego Laxalt in 2018, some very prominent players at the 2022 World Cup could soon be among the main players in the winter transfer window next January.
Between pretty shots to try, unknown internationals or cracks targeted by the biggest clubs, here is a (non-exhaustive) overview of these globalists who are likely to arouse covetousness and find themselves at the center of attention in the coming weeks. or month.
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Bellingham, everyone is tearing it up
Sparkling with Dortmund in the Bundesliga or the Champions League, Jude Bellingham is already no shortage of prestigious courtiers. Often announced in the sights of Real Madrid, the 19-year-old Englishman also appeals to Premier League leaders like Manchester United, the Citizens and especially Liverpool.
In the middle of the World Cup in Doha, Nasser al-Khelaïfi also praised the merits of the environment and automatically brought PSG into the race. But, with a contract until 2025 at BVB, we will have to take out the checkbook to recruit this very dear Jude Bellingham.
Musiala, a phenomenon despite the German fiasco
Among the nuggets in sight in Qatar, Jamal Musiala has given rise to some debate. His detractors have blamed him for his lack of efficiency in front of goal, an inability to score which played in the Germany fiasco. But fans of the young attacking midfielder (19 years old) were still dazzled by his skill with the ball. But the clubs likely to try their luck are warned: Bayern do not want to let go. The Bavarian management already wants to start discussions to extend it, with a salary increase as a result.
Gonçalo Ramos, a price that will only go up
Already in great demand in Europe before the World Cup, especially by PSG, Gonçalo Ramos started the competition as a substitute for Cristiano Ronaldo. Preferred to the five-time Golden Ball winner in the round of 16 against Switzerland, the Benfica Lisbon striker impressed with the first hat-trick of this 2022 World Cup.
If the 21-year-old striker’s release clause seemed disproportionate before the trip to the Gulf, clubs could well agree to pay it in order to grill the competition. After his three goals in selection from his first tenure, it is difficult to see Benfica accept a discount.
Rafael Leao, time for a change of scenery
He also distinguished himself off the bench with Portugal. Rafael Leao is likely to take advantage of the World Cup to convince his suitors to take action. Regularly announced leaving AC Milan, the 23-year-old striker has already been the subject of rumors sending him to PSG, Chelsea or even Manchester United.
Cody Gakpo awaits a sign from Manchester United
The Red Devils, precisely, seem to have chosen another prominent striker at the World Cup. After reaching an agreement to terminate Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract, the Premier League club act as favorites to welcome Cody Gakpo. With his three goals for the Netherlands, the PSV winger is in good shape. It is still necessary to convince his compatriot Erik Ten Hag to claim his recruitment from the Mancunian management. For the moment, radio silence around the player estimated at several tens of millions of euros and was already close to England this summer.
« I thought of Manchester United and I started to doubt. Leeds United came and I wondered if I should go there (during the summer of 2022) explained the Batavian revelation to the Dutch media NRC. […] Now I expect everything. I haven’t heard from Manchester United yet. When they come, I’ll think about it. »
Amrabat, Ounahi, Boufal… Moroccans are popular
Taulier of the Moroccan midfield during the first four games, Sofyan Amrabat has a much more defensive profile than many in vogue at the World Cup. But the middle of the Atlas Lions, nevertheless remains a courted player. Already tracked by Liverpool or Inter Milan in the past, the 26-year-old international has again caught the eye of several clubs in Qatar if we are to believe the statements of his agent Mohammed Sinouh.
« Of course I get a lot of phone calls for Sofyan said his representative quoted by Fabrizio Romano. The whole world has seen that he is the best defensive midfielder in the World Cup. »
The Moroccan sentinel is not the only Walid Regragui protege to have seen his rating soar during the competition. Sofiane Boufal and Azzedine Ounahi are also likely to hear their phones ringing in January.
Enough to ensure great capital gains for the Angers club, which had to spend almost nothing to recruit them, if the current 20th in Ligue 1 decides to surf on their good World Cup.
Hakim Ziyech to relaunch in Europe?
Lacking playing time at Chelsea, Hakim Ziyech showed the rest of Europe that he was still a very talented player. Technical leader of the Atlas Lions in Qatar, the flop of the Blues should not lack leads to revive.
At 29, the one whose contract with the Londoners will end in 2025 is a nice profile to try on loan for the second half of the 2022-2023 season. With Morocco, the attacking midfielder recalled that he could string together big performances.
Kudus, Ajax’s next big move
Before Ghana entered the World Cup, Mohammed Kudus took the floor to praise his own merits in the British press. If the 22-year-old winger then backtracked by assuring that he had never compared himself to Neymar, his performances in Qatar were particularly followed.
In the wake of his good start to the year with Ajax Amsterdam (10 goals in 17 appearances), the African player signed a good tournament in selection. His double in the victory against South Korea (3-2) was not enough to reach the round of 16, but that should push his suitors to remain attentive to his performance in the Netherlands. Accustomed to selling their hopes well, Ajax will still rub their hands with Mohammed Kudus.
Alexis Mac Allister, the good plan of Brighton
Son of a former teammate of Diego Maradona, Alexis Mac Allister is not necessarily the most famous player in the Argentine selection. But the 25-year-old midfielder has become an indisputable starter over the tournament in Qatar. Recruited by Brighton in 2019 for only eight million euros, the central midfielder with 11 caps should allow the Seagulls to achieve a big margin in the event of a transfer. Inspired, the leaders of the Premier League club formalized its extension until 2025 at the end of October.
Enner Valencia, a bet to try?
Free in June 2023, the striker distinguished himself with Ecuador by scoring three goals in Group A. Soon authorized to negotiate with the club of his choice, the Ecuadorian veteran could have seduced some suitors interested in the idea of making a shot at a reduced price. Unless his current team, Fenerbahçe manages to convince Enner valencia to extend the adventure on the side of Istanbul.