The tournament’s rising stars are likely to cost silly money after the World Cup if they star for their respective nations in Russia
A good World Cup and players can add a few zeros to their transfer value.
Below are six players Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga and LaLiga clubs are already keeping an eye on, but whose transfer value is likely to soar with some solid displays in Russia.
1. Timo Werner, 22: RB Leipzig and Germany (14 caps, eight goals)
He has only played 14 times for his country, but he has scored eight goals and at club level has enjoyed a steady rise since moving from Stuttgart to Leipzig in 2016. He scored 21 Bundesliga goals for the club and this term it hit 16 in 35 games with eight assists, too. There are Germany fans believing they have found the new Miroslav Klose. Bayern are believed to have a long standing interest in him.
2. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 23: Lazio and Serbia (four caps)
The Lazio midfielder was part of Serbia’s U20 World Cup winners in 2015. Skilful and an extremely powerful midfielder is one of the team’s most talented players and his agent, Mateja Kezman, already thinks he’s worth silly money and has been slowly increasing his value over the course of the season. “There’s huge interest in him from great clubs in Italy, England, Spain and France.” Apparently €70m won’t even be enough to sign this young talent, who Kezman has no doubts will become the best player in Europe in the next few years. Not that, for one moment we are suggesting a football agent has a slice of the transfer fee in mind when talking up his client.
3. Hirving Lozano, 22: PSV and Mexico (26 caps, seven goals)
If he can keep his cool, then Lonzano’s talent could cause his Group F opponents a real problem in Russia. He was sent off twice this season for violent conduct, but Mexico fans quite rightly have high hopes for the forward, having won the league with PSV this season, scoring 17 Eredivise times in the process from his wide position.
4. Pione Sisto, 23: Celta Vigo and Denmark (12 caps, one goal)
He won the league with Midtjylland in 2015 – a year after the Uganda-born Sisto became a Danish citizen – and the following year he scored home and away against Manchester United in the Europa League. The 23-year-old progressed to Celta Vigo in 2016 to continue his development a good display alongside Christian Eriksen and co. could see him progress further. At a cost, mind.
5. Alexsandr Golovin, 22: CSKA Moscow and Russia (19 caps, two goals)
He was a star man for CSKA last season and a lot of hope rests on his young shoulders considering how poor the team actually are. Golovin, who can play on the either wing or in a deeper, central midfield position is being tracked by Arsenal, Chelsea and Juventus. Russia don’t possess much creative talent and so will be looking to the 22-year-old for inspiration in attack. Unafraid to take on opposition defenders, Golovin’s dribbling ability is one of the main assets he will undoubtedly look to use in order to trouble opponents.
6. Piotr Zielinski, 24: Napoli and Poland (32 caps, five goals)
When you’re heralded as the ‘new De Bruyne’ there’s surely only one way your career – and value – can go, right? “He is an absolute talent, he also has great physical skills and if he grows in the level of personality, he can play in any area of the court, the new De Bruyne,” former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri said. Some De-Bruyne-esque performances for Poland, who will fancy their chances against Senegal, Colombia and Japan, will see his value soar.
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