10 World Cup stars potentially tied to Premier League; ft Gakpo and Felix

Liverpool like Enzo Fernandez while Manchester United are hoping to finally secure Cody Gakpo’s services. But how many more World Cup stars of 2022 could be on their way to the Premier League during the January transfer window?

Cody Gakpo – Netherlands and PSV Eindhoven

Leeds loss will be Manchester United win. Just four months after he turned down a deadline day move to Elland Road, it looks like PSV Eindhoven’s scoring talisman will end up on the other side of the Pennines instead.

According to talkSPORT, United boss Erik ten Hag is keen to sign a player he knows well from the Eredivisie. And PSV’s precarious financial situation means they will be forced to consider offers in the region of £45million.

Gakpo scored three goals in five games for the Netherlands in Qatar; one with his left foot, one with his right, and one with his head.

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Ismaila Sarr – Senegal and Watford

In the absence of Sadio Mane through injury, Sarr performed in style, taking on the role of Senegal’s most dangerous attacker en route to the round of 16. Now the Watford winger’s name is never too far from the gossip columns this time of year and Give Me Sport believe Frank Lampard is hoping to finally secure the services of his one-time Chelsea target at Everton.

Enzo Fernandez – Portugal and Benfica

Regardless of whether the rumors are true, suggestions that Liverpool have already agreed a deal with Enzo Fernandez’s agent are absolutely dead on. The 21-year-old Benfica playmaker, a key wheel in Argentina’s World Cup-winning machine, has been named the tournament’s best young player and could potentially become Liverpool’s next record-breaking signing.

“(Enzo has) a great future,” beamed Argentina captain Lionel Messi. “He’s very intelligent. He’s a player with a lot of personality, a good pass. Spectacular.”

Markus Thuram – France and Borussia Monchengladbach

According to BILD, Thuram’s soon-to-be-expired contract means Gladbach could receive offers from as little as £6million in January. You’d be hard pressed to find better pound-for-pound signing anywhere in European football. Dubbed “world class” during a successful start to the Bundesliga season, Thuram certainly caught the eye of runners-up France with his tricks and work-rate.

The son of Les Bleus Legend Lilian; Thuram Jr is reportedly on the radar of Arsenal, Man United, Aston Villa, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle.

JonathanDavid – Canada and Lille

The 2021 Ligue 1 winner will not look back his World Cup campaign with a lot of preference. David was a shadow of his normally fatal best in Qatar but an impressive batting average in France means he will still have his fair share of admirers when the window opens.

Canada’s Consett-born head coach John Herdman hinted ahead of the tournament his £50million-rated shooters may be on Newcastle’s radar. And watch out for Arsenal too; The Gunners will need a forward for the foreseeable future after losing Gabriel Jesus.

Borna Sosa – Croatia and Stuttgart

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Stuttgart’s Sosa, who has been compared to David Beckham for his fiendish deliveries from afar, did not dent his burgeoning reputation in Qatar. The Bundesliga assist machine is one of Europe’s most creative full-backs and recently opened the door to a potential move to Manchester City from Pep Guardiola.

Stuttgart, on the other hand, could be forced to sell at a reduced price of £22m due to its crippling financial situation (Sky Sports).

Sofian Amrabat – Morocco and Florence

It’s amazing what a World Cup can do to a player’s reputation. Amrabat jetted to Qatar as a relatively unknown relative — at least outside of Italy — and returned to Florence as a household name. Dubbed the ‘best defensive midfielder’ of the tournament by Morocco coach Walid Regragui, Amrabat officials have already held talks with Liverpool (Florian Plettenberg from Sky).

Jurgen Klopp and sporting director Julian Ward are both big admirers of the tireless, tenacious and ball-winning battle axe. Don’t write about Antonio Conte’s Tottenham either.

Spurs have finally tried to sign Amrabat in an earlier window.

Azzedine Ounahi – Morocco and Angers

From one Moroccan midfielder to another. Like Amrabat, Ounahi was one of the stars of the World Cup in Qatar; a balletic privateer playmaker with the defense-splitting skills of a Kevin de Bruyne and the footwork of Fred Estaire. Newcastle, Wolves and West Ham are all showing interest, according to 90Min.

Leicester City, meanwhile, could test the water with a £40m bid (L’Equipe). The new Youri Tielemans, anyone?

Mohammed Kudus – Ghana and Ajax

Named Outstanding Player of the World Cup during the group stage; Kudus was “very close” to joining Everton in the summer and Lampard now has to wish things had been different. According to The Sun, Kudus has his heart set on a Champions League move these days.

Converted from midfielder to forward, the Ajax prodigy has scored 14 goals for club and country this season. Two of them in the 3-2 win over South Korea on November 28th.

Joao Felix – Portugal and Atlético Madrid

Has a footballer at Atletico Madrid ever looked more awkward than Joao Felix? Diego Simeone’s pragmatic, defensive-minded side feel they are wrong in almost every way for this fluid, free-spirited striker. And after Felix, as expected, fell out of favor under Diego Simeone, he is desperate for a fresh start. Per Corriere dello Sport, super agent Jorge Mendes has been in talks with Arsenal over a potential move to Premier League leaders in January.

Is Felix, one of European football’s most talented strikers, the player who can pull Arsenal over the line?

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In other news, Jamie Carragher claims Arsenal have a “world-class” player who has taken them to the “next level”.

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