The World Cup campaign is now over, and we can all take a well-deserved break.
The tournament was full of action, with some surprising results and several new players with many European teams glued to their screens. We might see some high-profile transfers with the January transfer window here.
Here is a list of players we imagine will make a transfer move soon:
Joško Gvardiol – Croatia
Joško Gvardiol was one of the heroes in a mask during Croatia’s World Cup campaign.
Gvardiol, a center-back for RB Leipzig, has been on the radar for many top European clubs. Chelsea nearly signed the defender last season before opting for Fofana from Leicester City.
The young Croatian defender has been compared to Thiago Silva despite being only 20 years old. His defensive prowess has attracted interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Juventus and Real Madrid.
Getting Gvardiol to sign for any club will come with a huge price tag for the defender, who cost just under $20 million in 2021.
Sofyan Amrabat – Morocco
The World Cup is a tournament that brings out the best of the best. And when it comes to the players on an upward trajectory after the tournament, Sofyan Amrabat is one name you should keep an eye on.
Before the World Cup, little was known about the midfielder who plays for Fiorentina. But with Morocco making the semi-finals, one name that many people came to know is the Fiorentina midfielder.
One of the standout performances by the midfielder was during their last 16 knockout clashes with Spain, where he provided cover for his backline and made it difficult for La Roja to create clear-cut chances. Even in Morocco’s win over Portugal, Amrabat was all over the pitch.
Jude Bellingham – England
England’s failure to make it past the group stages at another World Cup is a huge blow to the young nation. The Three Lions were one of the favorites coming into the tournament, but they will have to wait another four years for their next chance at glory.
One player who can stand for his performances during the campaign is youngster Jude Bellingham. The 20-year-old is drawing many comparisons with England’s all-time midfielders, including Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes, and Steven Gerrard—all players who excelled in an era where the pace was key.
Bellingham is an all-combat midfielder capable of defending the backline while attacking the counter—the perfect modern box-to-box player. His impressive performances for club side Borussia Dortmund earned him a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s squad, making him one of only two players from BVB who made it onto England’s final 23-man roster this summer.