World Cup: Five players who could move in winter transfer window after impressing in Qatar

The 2022 World Cup is now behind us and we are back in season with the European clubs. At the same time, the winter transfer window is close and will officially start in early January, but some clubs are working to sign and sell players. Usually, the winter transfer window is slow compared to the madness of the summer, but it is likely that the first World Cup held in November and December will also affect the transfer business. With the World Cup, a number of players have been revealed and clubs are rushing to sign players who have performed well in the past month as they look to anticipate others who could enter the race. Let’s take a look at some of the names to watch ahead of the January window with five hot names:

Hakim Ziyech, Chelsea

The Chelsea striker is one of the best players in the 2022 World Cup. Morocco became the first African nation to reach the semi-finals of the tournament and Ziyech scored one goal and assisted in all seven matches he played. The question now is about his future at Chelsea. In the summer, he was close to leaving the company, and many parts of Europe were interested in getting him on loan, but in the end, the player did not leave. Things may change in January considering that he has only played nine games for his club and things have not changed despite the arrival of new coach Graham Potter.

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Cody Gakpo, PSV

One of the most feared players of the 2022 World Cup. Netherlands striker Cody Gakpo scored three goals in five games and showed that he is ready to take the next step. PSV kept him in the summer despite the interest of several clubs, including Manchester United, who in the end decided to sign the former Ajax winger Antony. Gakpo’s price has now increased and anyone who wants him will have to pay more than 50 million euros, the amount PSV is asking for in the summer. Manchester United and other clubs in Europe are interested in him and will try to sign him in 2023.

Sofyan Amrabat, Fiorentina

Another big surprise of the tournament was the Moroccan striker. The Fiorentina midfielder is one of the best players in the entire World Cup. This season Sofyan Amrabat played 20 games with Fiorentina and was always a starter, but it is fair to say that his impact on the World Cup was a surprise, also for those who watched him play Italy every weekend. The way he played with Spain and Portugal especially showed that he is a midfielder who can bring beauty to many European clubs who are looking for a midfielder of this type. Fiorentina’s American owner Rocco Commisso, on the other hand, will not be an easy person to buy the player in 2023 as he paid more than €20 million to buy him from Hellas Verona back in January 2020.

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Marcus Thuram, Borussia Mönchengladbach

World Cup winner Marcus Thuram will definitely be a player to watch in the January transfer window as his current contract runs out in the summer. The winter transfer window will be the last chance for Borussia Mönchengladbach to avoid losing him on a free transfer in the summer with several European clubs showing interest in him. Italian side Inter Milan are already set to sign him in the summer of 2021 and are reported to be interested again this winter among other clubs. Thuram is one of the most interesting talents of European football and he played five matches in the 2022 World Cup, where he contributed two assists.

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Joao Felix, Atletico de Madrid

This can be an interesting aspect of the winter transfer window. Portuguese striker Joao Felix will be looking for a new club in the coming weeks after his relationship with Atletico de Madrid coach Diego Simeone turned sour last month. Felix, according to CBS Sports soccer insider Fabrizio Romano, “is ready to leave Atletico de Madrid. He is open to new experiences and therefore there is an opportunity to travel in January.”

His agent Jorge Mendes is currently working to find a new club for him, but he will have to meet the request of the Spanish club considering that he arrived in the summer of 2019 for 126 million euros from Benfica. This will definitely be a title to watch in the coming month.


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