With FIFA World Cup 2018 reaching its epic conclusion in a week, the football world is anticipating some dramatic action on the ground.
However, there are many stories off the ground that are making headlines on every single sports publication around the corner.
The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid is the talk of the town, with rumors suggesting that it could influence many other significant transfers.
While big names like Naby Keita, Buffon, and Fabinho have already made the transition to their new clubs, other players are still vowing to move away from their familiar territory to test themselves.
Players who have displayed incredible commitment and determination throughout the World Cup could see big managers vouching for them.
Since the World Cup action gravitates such tremendous attention, it would be likely that the clubs will announce some more transfers after the tournament ends.
So, without further ado, let’s dive deep and focus on the biggest transfers that could happen after the World Cup.
#1 Nabil Fekir to Liverpool
With all the reports that are pouring in about Nabil Fekir’s failed medical before signing for Liverpool, it seems that the Frenchman’s dream to play for the Reds isn’t over yet.
It is being reported from reliable sources that the move fell through at the very last minute leading to failure of negotiations between Lyon and Liverpool.
Considering his national side is still vowing to get their hands on the World Cup, it would be more suitable to announce the signing after Fekir returns from Russia.
Judging by the speculations that are doing the rounds, Liverpool have revived their interest in the attacking playmaker and would be willing to strike another deal, despite Lyon’s eventual refusal.
While Jurgen Klopp’s side is already showing incredible commitment with the likes of Naby Keita and Fabinho’s signings giving more depth to the Champions League finalists.
Since Fekir’s deal did fell through, prior to signing for the Reds, one wonders when and how this deal will be placed. Let’s hope Fekir never walks alone.
#2 Willian to Barcelona or Manchester United
Despite losing to Belgium in a thrilling quarterfinal match, Brazil has managed to gather tons of appreciation due to its incredible attacking style.
Willian, however, has turned out to be quite an attacker, with his style of play garnering him tremendous appraisals from all around the world.
It’s being rumored for weeks that Manchester United are interested in the Chelsea attacker and would like him to contribute for the Red Devils after he arrives from Russia.
A more notable publication suggests that Barcelona is also looking to sign Willian with an incredible deal of around £60 million.
Jose Mourinho remains a big admirer of the Samba Sensation and would likely compete with the Spanish side for the Chelsea winger.
Whether Willian stays at England or goes to Spain, it remains to be seen but wherever he goes, there’s no denying he will make a difference.
#3 Alisson Becker to Chelsea or Real Madrid
Quite possibly one of the most talented goalkeepers in the world, if not the most talented, Alisson Becker has been in the news for quite some time.
The Brazilian Sensation has been a top target for many big clubs around Europe, with Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Liverpool coming out as favorites.
However, Klopp’s latest claim to keep Loris Karius his No. 1 Goalkeeper next season has put the rumors to rest about Liverpool’s aim to sign a new Goalkeeper.
Since Chelsea and Real Madrid are looking to sign Alisson Becker, there could be a strong possibility that the 25-year old could be leaving Roma to experience English or Spanish football.
Considering that Thibaut Courtois is rumored to leave Chelsea after not signing a new deal, it seems that the Blue Army would do anything in their power to claim Alisson’s services this season.
#4 Paulo Dybala to Liverpool
Paulo Dybala’s attacking style has made him one of the most dangerous footballers on the planet. The Argentine attacker was surprisingly not used to his potential during the World Cup campaign in Russia but looks dead set to return to action soon.
The rumour mill is swirling with reports suggesting that Cristiano Ronaldo could be making his way to Juventus, leading to more exits from the Italian side.
It has been speculated that Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala would be allowed to leave the Italian Giants if Ronaldo enters the frame.
Liverpool, however, has reportedly asked about Dybala’s availability and if the Juventus attacker is on the transfer market, it is likely that the Reds would move in for him.
After Nabil Fekir’s deal got crashed, Klopp is looking for more options to strengthen his side and Ronaldo’s departure from Real Madrid could be Liverpool’s gain in the longer run.
Players like Paulo Dybala do not come easy, but if the Premier League side does want to conquer England this season, then they should go after his services.
#5 Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus
After achieving tons of success in Spain with Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo looks to move on and conquer the Italian world of football.
In what could be a game changer for Italian football, Portugal’s sensation has reportedly given the nod to sign for Juventus.
The signing is rumored to be officially announced in a couple of days, which would catapult Ronaldo to a different stratosphere of football.
Nonetheless, Ronaldo’s departure would leave a gap in Real Madrid which would be very difficult to fill considering the winger has been so influential to the Spanish side.
Names like Neymar and Hazard are being rumored to take his place. However, if we look at the situation optimistically, the signing could perhaps mean something better for Italian football and would gravitate more attention and viewership to Serie A.
Reliable publications have suggested that transfer formalities have been done and the signing is most likely to be announced on Tuesday.
CR7’s contribution to Real Madrid has been remarkable and it won’t be forgotten, but its time to enjoy him do wonders for the Italian Giants.
#6 Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City
After contributing tremendously to Leicester City for so long, Manchester City have reportedly convinced the English side to sell Riyad Mahrez in a whopping deal of around £78 million.
With the EPL winners looking to add more depth to their side, bringing Mahrez aboard would only be an icing on the cake for them.
Pep Guardiola has been influential in bringing complete football to the Manchester side and would continue to do so with Riyad’s arrival.
Names like Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, and Raheem Sterling are proving to be big names on the world stage and Mahrez could get more exposure under Pep’s umbrella.
This looks all but confirmed now after Mahrez’s relatives teasing that the attacker is heading to Manchester City.
#7 Eden Hazard to Real Madrid
There’s no denying in the fact that Eden Hazard has been the most impactful player in the World Cup this year, with his stunning skills and game-changing displays.
The Belgian looks more than ready to move a different direction in his career after rumors started speculating about him leaving Chelsea.
With Ronaldo’s departure likely to be confirmed in the next couple of days, it remains to be seen who will the ideal replacement be.
Considering that Gareth Bale would be given more opportunities, Eden Hazard’s arrival could even things up for the Spanish side.
His stock after the World Cup would be more over than ever, and it would be the right time for Florentino Perez to bank on and capture Hazard.
His playmaking style and commitment to deliver when necessary has garnered him appraisals from all over the world and its about time that Eden Hazard makes the transition and catapults him to the top of the mountain, with Messi and Ronaldo.