Five World Cup stars who could be set for big summer moves
Dave Burin | 17 July 2018
England ace Maguire amongst the fivesome
The World Cup is over, which means the focus turns to the summer transfer business. And several of the top performers at Russia could be making big moves.
Ahead of plenty more major deals, the Coral News Team look at five of the World Cup aces who could be off to pastures new…
Domagoj Vida (Croatia / Besiktas)
A nightmare for opposition strikers, the powerful and tenacious defender provided the defensive grit behind the glamour of guys like Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.
The 29-year-old has perhaps been playing below his level up to now. He’s certainly stood out as a top performer in both the Ukraine (for Dynamo Kiev) and Turkey (with Besiktas).
As well as being a defensive rock, he’s a real handful at the other end. He scored 13 goals in 161 games for the Kiev club, and netted a crucial goal for Croatia against hosts Russia in the quarter-finals.
Eden Hazard (Belgium / Chelsea)
Having gone into the tournament regarded as one of the world’s top talents, it isn’t like Hazard’s going to be newly appearing on any club’s radar. But his displays in Russia seem to have strengthened Real Madrid’s resolve to sign him.
Los Blancos have been heavily linked with the Belgian ace all summer. And his World Cup haul of three goals and two assists will have impressed new boss Julian Lopetegui. He’s now as short as 1/3 to join Real this summer.
Denis Cheryshev (Russia / Villarreal)
The hosts’ standout performer of the summer chalked up four World Cup goals as they reached the quarter-finals. That followed a string of impressive displays on the wing for Villarreal.
A bigger fish could well come in for Cheryshev this summer. Liverpool have been linked with the tricky winger in recent days, and the Reds are unlikely to be the last European heavyweight sniffing around him.
Harry Maguire (England / Leicester City)
The commanding centre-back was arguably England’s performer of the tournament. Classy on the ball, reliable in defence and nodding home a bullet header against Sweden, the 25-year-old took his big-stage opportunity.
Manchester United and Tottenham are both believed to be keen, with the pair 9/4 joint-favourites to sign Maguire this summer. Meanwhile, a reunion with former Hull City teammate Andrew Robertson at Liverpool is 7/1.
Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia / Sunderland)
The powerful Tunisian midfielder will almost certainly be off to pastures new this summer. His parent club Sunderland were relegated to League One last season, though Khazri himself spent an impressive campaign on loan at Rennes.
While the Eagles of Carthage exited at the group stage, Khazri certainly made his mark. In addition to goals against Belgium and Panama, he impressed in a narrow defeat to England.
A move to Saint-Etienne looked to be all-but-done last week, but has since hit a snag. Time will tell where he’s playing next season.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing