Football World Cup stands as a biggest platform and timeline to show the world your skills and talent and make that ultimate name for yourself.
History shows that if you perform at World Cup then the world notices and big European clubs come calling for you right away.
FIFA World Cup 2018 is just five days away and players are ready to grab the attention of the world. European transfer window is already open for domestic transfers and will be open from 1st of July for global transfers, so performances in World Cup are about to get noticed and this is bound to bring out the best in the players.
Here we are covering five world class players who are considering their future for next season and depending on their performances for their national teams in the World cup have their domestic futures running on the back of these.
These players no need of introduction and they are not auditioning for any club but their performances in Russia are certainly going to change their future for the better.
1. Antoine Griezmann(France/Atletico Madrid, FW)
Griezmann, right now probably the best player after Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar will be biggest signing of this transfer window if it proceeds.
Barcelona are front runners to sign France superstar as they are looking to offload his national team-mate Ousmane Dembele. Dembele cost Barcelona a fortune but failed to perform due to consistent injuries and new signing Coutinho is ahead of him in pecking order.
📰 [MD] | Griezmann is buying time and waiting for the date July 1 when he ultimately will announce his decision to go to Barca, he has the right to keep quiet and Bartomeu knows he is a Barca player come July 1,when his buyout clause comes down to 100 million euros. pic.twitter.com/j4hFfjgk7Z
— BarcaTimes (@BarcaTimes) June 11, 2018
PSG are other team regularly linked with their native national player. They will be considering new big name forward if Neymar joins Real Madrid in this window.
Griezmann is guarantee starter for France and his performances will be key for them as they are one of the favorites to win Golden Trophy in Russia.
Iniesta: "Some news tell that Griezmann will come to Barça, others say he will stay at Atletico. I would sign him, as it is a good improvement for the team." pic.twitter.com/lPBse9N625
— Barca Universal (@BarcaUniversal) June 12, 2018
He will be playing as forward for them along side Mbappe and Dembele so he is one of the contender for Golden Boot award and that will definitely trigger his transfer to either PSG or Barcelona.
Expectations in Russia: Very high.
Interested Clubs: Barcelona and PSG(Major interest), Both Manchester clubs.
2. Neymar(Brazil/PSG, FW)
Last year PSG seemingly shocked the world by signing Neymar from Barcelona for 200 millions euros. Some say this has changed transfer policy and market rates all over the Europe as players are getting transferred at unexpectedly inflated transfer rates. This can happen again in this window as Real Madrid are showing major interest in Brazilian ace and are the favourites to sign him this time around.
Despite having had a great season with PSG by scoring 28 goals and assisting another 15 more in single season, Neymar has been reportedly said to be struggling with many off-field issues like being blamed for disturbing the dressing room balance and leadership, complaints by teammates about special treatment, etc.
Recently reports suggest him considering himself a bit too fancy for the standards of French League Football and looking for more competitive league.
A transfer move just after a year will surely cause a negative image for his status as player so its more likely that he might consider staying for a year given the substantial investment his club have made in bringing him to Paris.
Neymar set to smash transfer record – £307m 🤔 https://t.co/DY66LXnIHx
— 𝐍𝐢𝐲𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞 (@esmile27) June 9, 2018
There is no doubt that he is going to want to perform at highest level in Russia and will surely prove to be a strong contender for both the Golden Ball and Boot and with rumors of both Ronaldo and Bale reportedly wanting out of Santiago Bernabau, Neymar definitely fits the bill as one of the world’s best player and a perfect replacement for either of those two.
Expectations in Russia: Golden Boot.
Interested Clubs: Real Madrid(Major interest), Manchester United.
3. Paul Pogba(France/Manchester United, CM)
When it comes to big names in football you can not ignore Paul Pogba. After coming back to Old Trafford from Juventus with world record signing name tag, expectations were high from him and he arguably tried his best to live up to it.
However he has not had a particularly great season with United given his reported off the field issue with Jose Mourinho and him being dropped out of the team at will and unexpectedly.
Massive fan of Pogba but needs to shut the fuck up and perform on the pitch. He’s all talk at the moment and showing absolutely nothing on the pitch.
Yes there is reasons such as Jose’s dinosaur tactics and pathetic defensive system. But still he has been poor.
— Fellexit (@Mark_Champ20ns) June 6, 2018
Mourinho’s tactics are getting universally criticized by football pundits as they did not match that entertaining football style which has set the premier league on fire by their cross town rivals Manchester City.
This has led to report suggesting that he is unhappy with Mourino’s tactics and his utilization of his abilities and is actively seeking move away from United possibly back to his former club Juventus.
Apart from that Real Madrid and PSG are realistic destinations for him. With Real Madrid already being well stocked in his position with the likes of Kroos and Modric, PSG seem like the more probable destination and are actually considering signing national players like either Pogba or Griezmann or both.
Juventus are also considering bringing him back if he is available on the market as they are already on the hunt for new central midfielder however this depends on United lowering their demands as Juventus cannot possible pay what they received from them.
His performances will be highlighted no doubt, and with massive expectations on him already to lift his country to finals, he will hopefully be playing a key role as France with the squad they have will surely look to reach the Finals or even do one better than the Euros.
Expectations: Under the pressure from fans to perform.
Interested Clubs: PSG, Real Madrid and Juventus.
4. Alisson Becker(Brazil/Roma, GK)
Developing into one of the best goalkeepers in the world, Alisson is ready to play for bigger club and platform and challenge for greater honors than he already does.
Real Madrid, Liverpool, PSG and Chelsea are realistic clubs who are reportedly interested in him and all are in market for new Number One.
Golden glove: I think Allison will just about take this one after some tough competition from the likes of Neuer and De Gea but I believe that Brazil will go far and he'll play and important role which will also get him a move to one of the big clubs 🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/4QEpqwYFyA
— Moh'd🦈 (@TheDaoudi99) June 12, 2018
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is looking to replace Keylor Navas for sometime and has given up on their primary target David De Gea.
Alisson and Courtois both are main targets for them as they are looking to overhaul their squad this summer. PSG meanwhile are also looking for high profile goalkeeper signing as they see Goalkeeper position as the only apparent weakness in their squad and will needless to say, try and splash all the cash they can to get their man.
Liverpool are desperate to sign upgrade over their current Number One, Loris karius who has costed them their sixth Champion League trophy recently.
Liverpool are willing to break his huge release clause of almost 88 million euros as they see him their top target of this window and a very necessary addition to their squad.
He is current Number One for Brazil for some time and expected to remain same despite having strong competition from another world class keeper Ederson the English Premier League winning goalkeeper.
He has started in both friendly matches before the World Cup and performed really well and will look to carry his team to the ultimate glory of lifting that coveted Golden trophy.
Expectations: Not much but will hope to reach the semi finals at least
Interested Clubs: Liverpool and Real Madrid(Major Interest), PSG, Chelsea and Arsenal(Minor Interest).
5. Nabil Fekir(France/Lyon, CAM/CM)
Another player who is making a name for himself and ready to play for bigger club and stage is Lyon’s Nabil Fekir.
Lyon Captain is not biggest star of France but he is consistent enough to cement his position at World Cup.
After coming out from academy level at Lyon he has established himself as one the best playmaker prospect in France.
Liverpool were reportdly considering him as potential replacement of Philipe Coutinho and even had their bid accepted for him and also agreed personal terms with the player only to see the deal collapse due to unexpected and mysterious reasons with Lyon officially declaring they have broken off talks with Liverpool.
This opens as an opportunity for him to raise his value and attract other big clubs. Lyon values him 62 millions euros, which is far less for a player of his qualities and if his and his teams performances go all to well in the competition we could see the biggest clubs in Europe battling for his signature for nothing less than the usual 100 million.
Having scored and assisted in both the warm-up matches for France this week Fekir is expected to play behind front trio Griezmann, Mbappe and Dembele. In a team so start studded like this, he is sure to be well supported by players around him so this is the biggest platform and best possible time to show his worth and try to achieve all that he can with his National team.
Expectations: Not high enough. But will get chance to perform.
Interested Clubs: Liverpool(Major Interest), Chelsea and Bayern Munich.
Other notable players who will be getting profited with their performances from this World Cup in Russia are James Rodriguez(Columbia/Real Madrid), Isco(Spain/Real Madrid), Dele Alli(England/Tottenham Hotspur), Andre Silva(Portugal/AC Milan), etc all of whom will be surely angling for moves elsewhere after drawing out suitors in Russia with their performances.