The World Cup can provide an excellent opportunity for domestic clubs to assess prospective new talent, as 736 internationals all vie for their own share of the spotlight.
However, sparkling individual displays on the biggest stage do not necessarily equate to solid performances at club level, and there are many post-Cup transfers that have left teams wishing they had kept the receipt.
Among others, Real Betis found this out after Denilson’s 1998 move from Sao Paulo, as did Liverpool with Salif Diao’s 2002 switch from Sedan.
But which World Cup players should be avoided after featuring at Brazil 2014? Over the next 15 slides, we take a look.
Chosen for a variety of reasons, including disciplinary issues, poor form in 2013/14, inflated price tags and a general failure to impress, these players are presented in alphabetical order and have not all necessarily been linked with a move away from their current clubs.
Who would you urge clubs to avoid this summer? Let us know below!