5 Players Who Could Leave Serie A on the Back of World Cup Performances
It happens every time there's a major tournament. For better or worse, how players perform in the few short weeks of a World Cup or European Championship can often determine how they're viewed by fans, commentators and other clubs, and a handful of good performances can be enough to land a big-money move.
More often than not, moves based on a brief international competition don't work out for clubs in the long term, but that doesn't stop them trying and we'll almost certainly see several moves in and out of Serie A this summer on the back of Brazil 2014.
Here are five players who could be making a move.
He's 26, put in some fine performances for Chile and is seemingly unwanted at Juventus.
Since signing for the Old Lady in 2012, Mauricio Isla has made fewer than 30 appearances in the league, and the former Udinese star might be thinking that it's time to move on, even with new manager Max Allegri on the bench.
Isla would be a fine acquisition for most sides because he works tirelessly—he ran more than 11km per game, according to FIFA—and contributes both defensively and offensively.
He was a key part of Chile's counter-attacking threat in Brazil and also one of the players responsible for keeping the likes of Neymar subdued.
Juventus desperately want to hold on to their supremely talented young Frenchman, but having proved he can do it with the national side just as well as he does it in Turin, it's only a matter of time before the biggest sides in Europe come looking for Paul Pogba.
The 21-year-old is far from the finished article—but that's what makes him so exciting.
Occasionally a little raw, he's already one of the finest midfielders in the world, and if he can deliver on his huge potential, there's no telling how good he could be in a couple of seasons.
Several media outlets, including the Daily Express, are reporting that the Bianconeri have offered him an improved contract after the World Cup in a bid to keep the player away from the likes of Chelsea—who have allegedly already bid £60 million for the midfielder.
There's no certainty that Juan Cuadrado can be lured away from Fiorentina, but the talented Colombian made a statement in Brazil.
Whereas before the World Cup he was a player admired in Serie A and somewhat unknown outside, he's now a global star with no shortage of admirers.
His teammate James Rodriguez grabbed most of the headlines—not undeservedly—but there's no doubt that the young Monaco star benefited from playing alongside Cuadrado, and many saw the 26-year-old Viola man as the real driving force behind the South Americans.
Cuadrado is extremely quick, an excellent dribbler, and he creates chances as well as scores, but perhaps what's most remarkable about him is his versatility.
Last season he played in every position possible on the right flank, featured on the left in an advanced role to great effect and was deployed in the centre as a midfielder, playmaker and even a striker.
He's the kind of player who'd improve almost any side.
Chile's Arturo Vidal is probably the best player in the world in his position right now, and if he fancies a move, he'll have plenty of options.
The 27-year-old playmaker arrived in Brazil with an injury but recovered in time to make a definitive impact for his side—particularly in their stunning win against Spain.
Vidal has been a target for Manchester United for some time, but the Daily Express is now reporting that Liverpool are interested in the midfielder, too.
And with the money they earned from selling Luis Suarez to Barcelona, they'll have the financial clout to make the move happen if they're serious.
Mario Balotelli wasn't one of the best players at Brazil 2014, but his underwhelming performance for Italy and the hugely negative reaction to it that followed look like influencing the young Milan star's future.
The pressure on Super Mario to perform is huge, and there's no question that a transfer abroad would take some of that weight off his shoulders.
He had the most prolific season of his career last term for the Rossoneri but often drifted out of games and invited criticism in the media for his antics off the field.
He was at it again immediately after the World Cup, creating a storm in the Italian press by being photographed smoking on his hotel balcony.
The 23-year-old fuelled the rumours recently when he was pictured in front of an Arsenal logo—and there's a good chance that he'll be back in the Premier League come August.
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