Bundesliga goalscoring sensation Adrian Ramos has been tipped in some quarters to make an impact at this summer’s World Cup and Borussia Dortmund, unwilling to risk the hyperinflation of his price following a successful tournament, have moved to sign the Colombian before he jets off to Brazil.
Los Cafeteros are available to back at 22/1 to win the competition for the first time and, with Radamel Falcao’s unfortunately timed knee injury probably preventing his involvement, Ramos’ shooting boots could come in handy in their quest for a maiden success.
Should he impress, Dortmund’s early dealings are sure to prove shrewd and clubs courting this quintet of potential stars should follow suit before they’re forced to pay even bigger bucks after star-making stints in South America.
Ramos’ compatriot keeps goal for Nice, an also-ran outfit in Ligue 1.
Despite their steady standing in the French top-tier, Ospina’s efforts in the onion bag have been way above ordinary.
He’s kept 11 clean sheets, concedes at a rate less than one per game and pouches 97 per cent of the crosses he ventures off his line to claim.
The Genoa full-back has been a mooted heir to the Bacary Sagna throne at Arsenal and will be marauding down the Croatia right flank in Brazil.
Speedy and versatile, the 22-year-old’s attacking eagerness sees him stationed at right-wing when the occasion demands and is known for unleashing rockets from range.
Tenacious and thrifty in possession, the Swiss enforcer earns a living running the Borussia Monchengladbach midfield, where he completes passes at a rate of 86.5 per cent per game.
His combative nature often lands him on the wrong side of the law – he’s collected ten yellow cards in Germany this term – but some tough-tackling performances this summer are sure to attract suitors.
The second Croat to feature is Sevilla orchestrator Rakitic, who has bagged 12 goals and assisted ten more in La Liga this term to catch the eye of Manchester United.
Ever enthused by the ‘kerching’ of the cash register Los Rojiblancos’ bankrollers are always keen to sell an asset if the right amount is wafted under their noses, but that figure will heighten considerably when he takes centre stage for Vatreni in Brazil.
Spartak Moscow farmed the Ghanaian goal-getter out to Valenciennes, where he’s doing his darnedest to heave his borrowers out of the relegation mire with a phenomenal nine goals in 12 appearances.
His parent club are clearly struggling to accommodate him, so a post-World Cup switch could be on the cards if a party is prepared to take a pre-tournament punt on the 22-year-old.