5 Hottest World Cup Transfer Targets and Where They'll End Up


There's nothing like a standout World Cup performance to grease a big-money move thereafter. Just ask Asamoah Gyan, whose heroics for Ghana in 2010 prompted Sunderland to pay a club-record £13 million for the striker.

Gyan's move didn't quite go to plan - he's now playing for Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates - but that won't stop clubs using the same transfer science at the World Cup this summer.

Here are five players who are sitting pretty (with one exception) in football's grandest shop window, along with the clubs they're being linked to and where I think they'll end up...

1. Daley Blind

Best assist of the 2014 World Cup so far goes to Blind for his lofted pass to set up Robin van Persie's diving header against Spain. The 24-year-old has impressed for the Netherlands and can play a number of different positions.

One of them is left-back, where Manchester United are also looking at Luke Shaw. Blind is well known to Louis van Gaal, of course, which could sway the new United boss to up his Dutch contingent with the Ajax player.

Should the Shaw deal become to complicated, or another club come in with a bigger offer (Chelsea for example), Blind would surely be a natural fit. It's not crazy to suggest Van Gaal could sign both players this summer, with Blind asked to play a midfield role.

Predicted destination: Manchester United

 

2. Alexis Sanchez

Chile have been strong at the World Cup, with Barcelona forward Sanchez earning man-of-the-match honours against Australia and providing plenty of penetration in the final third.

Sanchez made a sizable contribution to Barca's campaign during the 2013-14 season, scoring 19 Liga goals, but there's talk the club are prepared to let him go as they seek to bring in a big-name forward in the Suarez mould.

Sanchez's physicality and raw pace would be a perfect fit for the Premier League, so it's little wonder Arsenal and Liverpool are among the clubs said to be interested. A move could hinge on who Barca bring in, but I'm going for Liverpool to re-invest some of their Suarez money on Sanchez, with the player being attracted to Brendan Rodgers' philosophy and tactical set-up.

Predicted destination: Liverpool

 

3. Guillermo 'Memo' Ochoa

As you can see in the above compilation video, Ochoa's stupendous performance for Mexico against Brazil saw the goalkeeper go viral. Memes filled the internet, hailing 'San Ochoa' and interpreting his remarkable, Gordon Banks-esque save from Neymar as an artistic vision.

All too predictably, transfer rumours flowed. Ochoa is a free agent, after his contract ran out at Ajaccio in France, and the Daily Express reports both Arsenal and Liverpool could be interested in his services.

There is also talk of Monaco, which would fit Ochoa's stated desire to stay in France if possible. With money to burn, and all the allure that comes with living in Monaco, they could have the edge.

Predicted destination: Monaco

 

4. Luis Suarez 

Oh Luis, Luis. Just when everything was going so well, you had to go and bite somebody again. There's the hunger you need to succeed, and there's the hunger that you still can't control. The big question is whether the Giorgio Chiellini incident will impact your future this summer?

The talk is of a Clasico transfer battle between Barcelona and Real Madrid, with Suarez favouring a move to Barca should the choice be available. But will Barca want to risk their brand on Suarez after yet another stain on his dubious reputation?

I have my doubts. Barca will be wanting a smooth ride this season after all the controversy surrounding the Neymar transaction, and Suarez could be seen as too much of a risk.

I also think Real Madrid need Suarez more than Barca do, and hence will be prepared to pay over the odds to get him. With a fresh storm to face on English shores, expect Suarez to make his escape for an gentler ride in Spain.

Predicted destination: Real Madrid, available at odds of 6.00

 

5. Yaya Toure

Toure's position at Manchester City is beginning to look untenable. First there was his outcry over how the club greeted his birthday, and now criticism of their alleged insensitivity for not allowing him to visit his dying brother.

It's unclear what transpired in both cases, but Toure speaking publicly on the issues indicates he's ready to move on. At 31, it's going to take a club with a big bank balance and a short-term plan for success to be tempted at the price City will want. That club is PSG.

Toure is coming off his most prolific goalscoring season of his career and still has much to offer. That said, City might feel it wise to offload a potentially disruptive influence and reinvest in one of two younger players to grow into his role. It could prove good business for both parties.

Predicted destination: Paris Saint-Germain, available at odds of 3.50 

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