The World Cup will conclude at the end of this month. Only a few days later, the January transfer window will begin as teams prepare for the second half of the season.
This season’s World Cup could have a significant impact on the January transfer window. While the World Cup always affects some players on the transfer market, this year’s tournament allows teams to evaluate some players immediately before the transfer window begins.
World Cup Impacts on Transfers
When the World Cup ends, the focus of international soccer will shift to the January transfer window. Multiple rumors surrounding several players have already begun with only a month before the transfer window begins.
Cody Gakpo, who has been one of the best players in the World Cup, could be one of the players whose potential transfer has been most affected by the tournament. Gakpo, who plays for PSV Eindhoven, was likely going to join a new team in January before the World Cup, but his performances at the tournament so far could affect which team he eventually joins.
Gakpo’s transfer value could triple due to the World Cup, and multiple teams, including Manchester United, Newcastle United, Liverpool, PSG, and Arsenal, among others, are reportedly interested in signing Gakpo.
United States Men’s National Team midfielders Tyler Adams, Yunus Musah, and Weston McKennie could all also benefit from the World Cup. Adams, who joined Leeds United this summer, and McKennie, who currently plays for Juventus, are unlikely to change teams in January but have shown teams and fans how well they can play during the tournament.
Meanwhile, Musah could be affected by the World Cup dramatically during the January transfer window. The United States midfield impressed viewers, and reportedly teams, throughout the World Cup, and Musah played well in each of the US’ games during the tournament. Arsenal, where Musah played before leaving for Valencia, and Chelsea are both reportedly considering signing Musah in January after his excellent World Cup.
Joao Felix, who may want to leave Atletico Madrid, is another player who could be affected by the World Cup. Felix has played extremely well for Portugal during the tournament, and as a result, several teams around the world are interested in signing him in January.
Elsewhere, players such as Facundo Pellistri, Goncalo Ramos, and several others could be impacted by the World Cup ahead of the January transfer window for multiple different reasons.
This Season’s January Transfer Window
The January transfer window has already been significantly affected by the World Cup. The end of the tournament, and which players continue to play well, will continue to change how teams approach the transfer window.
Injuries during the World Cup will also impact how teams prioritize which players they sign this winter. Teams’ strategies may have completely changed over the past few weeks due to how players performed during the tournament.
The end of the World Cup will be exciting, and the January transfer window should continue that excitement into next month. Watching how the World Cup affects the transfer window will be interesting over the next two months.
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