The World Cup is a wonderful tournament where the best players in the world come together to play on some of the biggest stages in football. In essence, it is a shop window for clubs to see which players are out there and ready for the taking. With good performances comes a rise in stature and thus a rise in price tag.
Here are 5 players whose price tag has risen since the start of the tournament:
Daley Blind - The Dutch left back has been a breath of fresh air for Netherlands who have required Blind’s expertise on the left flank. Very comfortable at going forward and solid in defence, the Ajax full back has certainly showed the world what he can offer. So much so, that Manchester United are reportedly keeping a close eye on the left-back who could be an option to fill the boots of Patrice Evra. With Alexander Buttner gone to play in Russia, it opens up a space in the United squad. He won’t come cheap, his performances have shown he can play at the highest level and Ajax will be keen to reap the benefits for their 24-year-old.
James Rodriguez - Arguably ‘player of the tournament’ so far, Rodriguez has been an outstanding player for a very vibrant and attacking Colombian side. Currently playing his club football at Monaco, Rodriguez will be a tough player to draught away from France – the French club will no doubt slap a hefty price tag on the winger to ensure if he is sold, it’s for big money. With 3 goals and 2 assists in the tournament already; it comes as no surprise that Manchester United are also keen to bring in the young South-American. A player who would ignite the midfield play, the Premier League would happily welcome a player like Rodriguez.
Ivan Perisic - Perhaps somewhat of an unknown quanitity by many, but Perisic has certainly made his name known at this World Cup. The midfielder has been a stand out performer for Croatia who bowed out of the competition against Mexico, yet Perisic was the man who tried to gain a response out of his team with a superbly worked goal. Lightening quick and an eye for goal, the Wolfsburg man will be on a number of transfer lists from big club this summer and it may take a large sum to lure him away from Germany.
Karim Benzema - Sometimes a frustrating player at Real Madrid, Benzema has the ability to be one of the best strikers in the world but hasn’t been consistent enough. Maybe, he is beginning to show why Madrid have put so much faith in the Frenchman. With speculation surrounding his happiness at the club, Benzema looked on his way out. Now, with some brilliant performances and 3 goals and 2 assists, Benzema may be staying in Spain unless Madrid feel they could get a good deal out of him. Arsenal were rumoured to be interested in the striker but his price tag may just put them off.
Arjen Robben - At 30-years-old, Robben is not getting any younger but it seems he is just getting better and better. With 3 goals and an assist, Robben’s acceleration is unbeatable as he burns past onlooking defences. A key player for Netherlands and Bayern Munich, Robben’s future looks secure for now as Bayern will be looking for an astronomical fee if a club would dare try enquire for his services. A natural finisher at the highest level, Robben punished Spainish centre backs with ease as he guided his side to a shock 5-1 win in their opening game of the World Cup.
By Oliver Baines | June 25th, 2014