World Cup 2022: 10 players who could make a move following the tournament in Qatar

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The World Cup always helps highlight a handful of talents that are not exactly known the world over.

The world-famous competition usually takes place in the summer, allowing clubs to get a good look at the talent on show before making their move in the summer transfer window.

The likes of James Rodriguez, Gilberto Silva and Argentina duo Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano all made high-profile transfers after shining at the tournament, among many others.

But the 2022 edition is taking place in winter, and while there is no summer transfer window ongoing, there is of course the January transfer window coming soon.

It’s never easy to get major deals over the line midway through the season, but will some clubs be tempted to make a move for players this January?

10 players who could move following the 2022 World Cup

Cody Gakpo

Netherlands winger Cody Gakpo has enjoyed a meteoric rise in recent years, and is now one of the standouts at the 2022 World Cup with two goals to his name. The young forward has continued on from his stunning start to the new campaign for his club PSV, where he boasts 13 goals and 17 assists from his 24 matches in all competitions.

Many within the game believe that a deal has already been reached between the winger and Manchester United, but of course, nothing official has been confirmed, and plenty of other top clubs look set to be vying for his services.

Mohammed Kudus

Another young forward with two goals to his name at the 2022 World Cup is Ghana’s Mohammed Kudus. The 22-year-old netted twice in the 3-2 win over South Korea, and has been catching the eye with his mazy dribbles, pinpoint passing and lethal finishing.

The attacker is also having a fine club season, scoring 10 goals from his 21 Ajax matches so far. Four of those goals came in the Champions League group stages, and one of which arrived against Liverpool, who have reportedly been keeping a very close eye on the young star.

Edson Alvarez

It’s well known that Ajax have a talent for developing future world-beaters, but they could lose both Kudus and his teammate Edson Alvarez in the blink of an eye. The Mexican had been strongly linked with an Erik ten Hag reunion at Man United in the summer, but a transfer failed to come together.

The defensive midfielder – who can also play at centre-back – will, however, be wanted by many sides following his displays for Mexico in Qatar, despite a disappointing World Cup overall for the country.

Adrien Rabiot

Adrien Rabiot is perhaps only in France’s starting XI in Qatar due to injuries to Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, but he has grabbed his opportunity with both hands, scoring his country’s opening 2022 World Cup goal.

The central midfielder was another linked with Man United in the summer, but in the end, the Manchester outfit landed Real Madrid man Casemiro, meaning another club could now swoop in for French national Rabiot. His future at Juventus looks increasingly in doubt after the latest off-field controversies surrounding the club’s ownership.

Jakub Kiwior

With zero goals conceded at the 2022 World Cup so far, Poland are among the countries with the best defensive record, with only Brazil and Morocco remaining as firm at the back. And that can be down, in part, to centre-back Jakub Kiwior.

The 22-year-old only made his Poland debut earlier this year, but has formed a superb relationship with veterans Kamil Glik and Wojciech Szczesny in a triangle at the back. Currently playing for Spezia in Serie A, the latest rumours have been linking him with a move to Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting

One player on the outward end of his playing career is Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, but the striker is earning plenty of plaudits and attention for his feats in recent months. The 33-year-old has 11 goals from his 16 Bayern Munich matches this season, with three of those arriving in four Champions League games.

Choupo-Moting is also off the mark in the 2022 World Cup, netting in Cameroon’s 3-3 draw with Serbia. Yet again, many reports have linked Man United with his signature, with the striker boasting a career that has taken him on quite a journey, with his previous clubs including both Stoke City and PSG.

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Tajon Buchanan

Back to youngsters, and one young player that is having a fine tournament in Qatar is Canada’s Tajon Buchanan. Canada may not be having the best World Cup ever, but their exciting young team has earned rave reviews from those watching on.

Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies is undoubtedly the main in the squad, but wide midfielder Buchanan has also been starring, with his dangerous attacks striking fear into some of the world’s most experienced defenders. He currently plays in Belgium with Club Brugge, but may not be there for much longer.

Jonathan David

And another Canada star that is attracting interest from top clubs across Europe is Jonathan David. Again, opportunities to shine on the big stage have been limited for his nation, but David has shown glimpses of just what he can do when played through on goal.

The 22-year-old has nine Ligue 1 goals to his name this season for Lille, and is reportedly being monitored by the likes of Premier League outfits Aston Villa and Everton among others.

Noah Okafor

RB Leipzig and Switzerland attacker Noah Okafor has largely been forced to watch on from the bench in Qatar so far, with the likes of Breel Embolo, Ruben Vargas and Djibril Sow all getting the nod ahead of him. But he has certainly impressed during his brief time on the pitch.

At just 22, he already has over 50 appearances for his current club, and now sits on 10 goals for the season. Both Liverpool and Arsenal are reportedly leading the way for Okafor’s signature as they look to bolster their attack, but he perhaps needs more World Cup minutes in order to really strengthen his cause.

Cho Gue-sung

There have been plenty of upsets at the 2022 World Cup so far, and South Korea will be doing all they can to join this list when they look to pull off a famous result against Portugal in their final group game.

But their determined approach has won the hearts and minds of many supporters, with forward Cho Gue-sung stealing the headlines for his nation with a double against Ghana. The Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors man​​ netted two superb headers in three minutes, and is now reportedly being watched by several sides across Europe.

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