The FIFA World Cup offers an opportunity for players to showcase their talents to the entire footballing world and it often results in players earning huge transfers solely as a result of their performance at the tournament. But who could be in line to secure a January transfer following the conclusion of the World Cup in Qatar if they produce some impressive performances?
For players to make a lasting impression their nation will likely need to reach the latter stages; all of the nations competing have impressive stars but the most likely to earn moves will be from the top nations. Brazil is the favourite at 4/1 along with Argentina and France at 6/1, with the likes of Canada and Mexico being seen as huge outsiders at 125/1.
Edson Alvarez (Mexico)
It is not unusual for a Mexico star to stand out at the World Cup and earn a transfer as a result. Guillermo Ochoa was remarkable in between the sticks back in Brazil in 2014 and earned a move to Malaga for his tournament heroics. Mexico is not expected to make waves at the tournament but they have a long history in the World Cup. They are offered at 5/1 to reach the quarter-final stage. This might change depending on their performance early in the cup, so check here for the best Canada World Cup odds.
Alvarez has already been linked to a host of top European clubs, such as Manchester United and a move to Chelsea was even reported to be close in the summer, but Ajax decided that they had allowed too many players to depart already. Alvarez is an excellent ball-winner in the midfield and is also a keen playmaker from deep, as well as having the versatility to drop into defence.
— Edson Álvarez (@EdsonAlvarez19) September 30, 2022
Top experienced midfielders are becoming highly in demand, with Chelsea lacking a true number six and the likes of Liverpool having an ageing midfield that needs rejuvenation. Mexico’s ability to reach the latter stages is questionable but if they are to make a lasting run, then Alvarez will surely play a huge part in it and will finally make it to Europe’s top five leagues in January.
Pedro is highly rated in Brazil and is likely to make the squad for Qatar as one of the attacking options.
He is a current Copa Libertadores champion with Flamengo and has certainly achieved all that he can in his native country and as he is approaching his peak, Europe surely awaits.
Top scorer in this season’s Copa Libertadores 🔝
Pedro Guilherme’s 2022 stats are 💪
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— LiveScore (@livescore) September 12, 2022
The 25-year-old has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs, such as Crystal Palace and Leeds United and rumours could certainly build if he impresses in Qatar. Brazil lack natural number nines who are willing to stretch defences and run in behind, and with the creative brilliance of the likes of Neymar Jr, the Samba boys will need somebody to finish off the chances they create therefore, Pedro could be set for an incredible month in the Middle East.
He could especially be in demand if Brazil is to become World champions over the next month, as being a World champion as a player carries a certain level of prestige that will have clubs circling for the stars who played the biggest part in the feat.
Tanguy N’Dombele (France)
N’Dombele is a player who typically would not find himself near the France squad, but an injury crisis, as well as a fairly impressive start to the season on loan at Napoli, has certainly boosted his stocks. He has a huge chance of making the squad now and the chance to turn out at the World Cup could create a number of scenarios for the Frenchman.
He will be in the shop window for potential fresh suitors as well as the chance of Napoli signing him permanently or earning a second spell at Tottenham Hotspur.
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