8 Transfer Targets to Avoid Despite Eye-Catching FIFA World Cup 2014
The FIFA World Cup 2014 gave more than 650 players a chance to showcase their footballing talents, and each and every one of them knows there's no better stage to attract new suitors.
Well, not all transfers turn out to be rosy; some fall flat on their faces. Remember Pablo Barrera, who signed for West Ham after a strong 2010 World Cup? That's the lesson we're all seeking to take heed from and avoid future mistakes.
Here are eight players who might just tempt clubs to overspend on them after playing well in Brazil.
Gary Medel, Cardiff City
Wales Online have suggested Cardiff City and Internazionale will do battle over a fee for Gary Medel next week.
The Chilean international enjoyed a brilliant FIFA World Cup 2014 in central defence but seems a product of the system. At domestic level he plays in defensive midfield but never hit the heights expected last season, and the Bluebirds will want to recoup all of the £11 million they paid for him last summer.
Whatever happens, Inter will end up overpaying for a man whose reputation is only intact due to three stellar games in Jorge Sampaoli's complex back-three.
Max Value: £7 million
Ron Vlaar, Aston Villa
Ron Vlaar's superb FIFA World Cup performances saw him included in many Team of the Tournaments, but it should be noted he played like a man possessed in Brazil.
He's a very good defender—massively underrated on the world scene prior to the World Cup—but an overcorrection has now occurred.
A leader with positional excellence he is; elite, however, he is not.
Max Value: £5 million
Ivan Perisic, Wolfsburg
Ivan Perisic was by far the best player in Croatia's colours this summer during the FIFA World Cup 2014, which is ironic considering the biggest concern heading into the competition was the dearth in quality on the wings.
The Wolfsburg man played out of his skin during the Vatreni's three group games and acquitted himself superbly. Sky Sports later confirmed he's become the subject of interest from Everton, Napoli and a host of other Serie A clubs.
Max Value: £4 million
Emmanuel Emenike, Fenerbahce
According to Fanatik, Emmanuel Emenike has been the subject of £16 million-rated interest from Chelsea and Jose Mourinho (h/t the Express).
The Nigerian played a strong role up front alone for his nation at the FIFA World Cup 2014 this summer, darting behind defences, outmuscling opponents and linking play.
The problem is his final-third efficiency is on the poor side. At 27 years of age he's unlikely to refine it any further.
Max Value: £8 million
Ashkan Dejagah, Fulham
Ashkan Dejagah, Fulham's reigning Player of the Season, put in one hell of a shift for Iran at the FIFA World Cup 2014 this summer.
He ran the channels and stretched the pitch as best he could, giving his team-mates some reprieve, and had a penalty shout turned down after Pablo Zabaleta brought him down inside the box.
A willing runner he is, but he seems to play at too high an energy level even for himself. He tires quicklyFelix Magath steered clear of using him as a result—and he's a real gamble for anyone looking to pick him up.
Max Value: £4 million
Jose Holebas, Olympiakos
One of the most striking aspects of Greece's improved play in their last two games was Jose Holebas' buccaneering runs from full-back.
The left-sider would speed forward regularly to impact play, smashed the bar with a shot and generally looked very dangerous on the counter-attack.
Those forays forward generally drum up some notice, but we pray teams watch all of the tape—his defensive lapses and poor positioning often cost the Piratiko at the other end.
Max Value: £3 million
Memphis Depay, PSV Eindhoven
Memphis Depay played well for the Netherlands this summer, but the small sample size of goodness we saw is not representative of his true form.
He can be a little erratic and shot-happy, with his glaring inefficient strike rate in the final third tough to ignore. That's OK because he's young and learning—it's no slight—but you can bet he did enough to convince one club to pull the trigger too early on for too high a price.
Max Value: £9 million (for now)
Hector Moreno, Espanyol
For Hector Moreno, it's a similar argument to that of Gary Medel.
He played a superb role in Mexico's 3-5-2 formation, but it was the system that superseded every individual. Rafa Marquez, Miguel Layun and Jose Juan Vazquez all shone brightly, and that's half down to manager Miguel Herrera's astute work.
Espanyol have already received formal inquiries from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, per Mundo Deportivo (h/t IBTimes.co.uk).
Max Value: £6 million