It seems Manchester City have to be different. There’s always one.
While the rest of the football world train their eyes on Brazil in search of transfer targets, the Premier League champions are reportedly partying like it’s summer 2013 by being linked once again with Manuel Pellegrini’s former number one at Malaga, Willy Caballero.
The Argentine didn’t make it to the World Cup after a season which saw his side drop from sixth to 11th in the table, but the four below did and have excelled for their countries. Manuel, take note.
The CSKA Sofia stopper repelled all Germany could muster for 93 minutes in Porto Allegre, before finally succumbing to Die Mannschaft substitute Andre Schurrle in extra-time, after fine work from Thomas Muller.
Algeria’s heroic exit capped a terrific tournament for M’Bolhi, who kept Belgium at bay for 70 minutes in their Group H opener and let through just two of the Red Devils’ eight shots on target, while claiming every cross he came for in four Brazil fixtures.
Levante number one Navas is all the rage after helping Costa Rica through to their debut World Cup quarter-final by seeing off Greece in the first knockout round, with the 22-year-old denying Fernando Santos’ men seven times.
La Liga watchers are only too aware of Navas’ talents following last term, when the six-footer kept 15 clean sheets as the Valencia-based side ended the season tenth in the table, conceding fewer goals than the rest of the division’s teams bar the top-four finishers.
The scourge of Lionel Messi in 2010 couldn’t quite manage a repeat of his South Africa antics in Brazil, although two clean sheets from four fixtures isn’t bad, especially considering the games he conceded in were against Argentina and France.
Enyeama was an ever-present in Lille’s famously-frugal defence last term, when third-placed Les Dogues shipped just three goals more than Ligue 1 champions PSG, and five fewer than any other side.
Relegated Ajaccio’s defence must have been pretty dreadful when conceding seven more goals than 19th-placed Valenciennes in Ligue 1 last season, with Mexico’s best between the sticks.
After becoming an overnight sensation following the 0-0 draw against Brazil, with five terrific saves, out-of-contract Ochoa can take his pick from as many as 20 clubs, according to certain media sources, including City’s Premier League rivals Liverpool and Arsenal.