Ozil and Coentrao among players whose stock rose at the World Cup
As with all World Cups, and despite the dangers in overvaluing players based off on good tournament performances, it remains a showcase for teams to target fresh young talent, or in some cases revise their opinions on existing targets.
One highly-regarded player has already made the move:
By contrast, some players such as Uruguay's
Here's a list of 10 players, who've raised their transfer profiles considerably and could be on the move this summer (in no particular order):
On the verge of becoming a household name, the youthful left-footed playmaker announced his arrival on the senior stage as the key to Germany's devastating counterattack. Instinctive and pacy, the 21-year-old
One of several standouts on the Ghana squad, Annan has drawn rave reviews for some time now, both at international level (at the African Nations Cup) and for his club (Rosenborg). That the diminutive defensive midfielder still toils in Scandinavia is probably a result of his slight physique (he's 5-foot-9) and concerns about his one-dimensional skills. One-dimensional he may be, but he excels at mopping up and breaking up play with neat, tidy distribution. Rosenborg valued him in the $6 million range entering the tournament, but one imagines his price tag is nearer the $10 million mark now.
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The 22-year-old Benfica left back really impressed in the tournament, offering width and devastating raids down the flank. As a converted winger, Coentrao has an impressive technical skill-set for a fullback, and yet has shown that he's also adjusted well to the defensive side of the game. Likely to be sold for a fee in the region of $20 million.
The 24-year-old Honda was snapped up by CSKA Moscow this past January for just $9 million from Dutch side VVV-Venlo. Although played out of position at striker (he's best deployed in the hole as an attacking midfielder or left winger) during the World Cup, Honda impressed with his vision,
The former Danish youth international switched allegiances to New Zealand in time for the tournament and impressed with his physical presence for the All Whites' impressive defense. At 6-3, the 22-year-old Reid is capable of playing at both center back and right back. He can probably be had for a figure in the $3.5 million to $4 million range and is surely destined to leave Midtjylland for a bigger league.
Midfielder Bradley impressed at the World Cup, displaying his two strongest qualities in abundance: exceptional work rate and
The speedy, inventive 22-year-old winger impressed in his debut season in the Premiership with Bolton, and only underlined his quality further with his performances in the World Cup -- most memorably when he
The French Ligue star impressed for the Elephants during the World Cup. A live wire with pace who can operate on the wing or at striker, Gervinho moved to Lille in 2009 for $10 million, but would require a fee in the $15 million range now.
The 25-year-old midfielder who plays for Libertad, was a force all tournament long -- displaying great work rate and providing a defensive shield for Paraguay's back line. Not a creative passer, and somewhat one-dimensional, but would be a cheap option for a team looking for a solid defensive midfielder.