We’ve already bid goodbye – or auf wiedersehen – to some high-profile countries at the World Cup.
Germany, the world champions, crashed out at the group stage, while Portugal, victorious at Euro 2016, and Spain were eliminated in the round of 16 by Russia and Uruguay respectively.
Of the players whose nations have left Russia, most will take the opportunity to indulge in a spot of R&R, either on holiday somewhere or at home.
That doesn’t mean their agents won’t be calling them about potential transfers, though
During the World Cup, players and clubs tend to put transfer moves and dealings on the back-burner, but now many are off-duty, we can expect to see action.
Some players were on the radar of Premier League clubs before the tournament, while others have caught the eye despite their teams’ failings.
Here, Rahman Osman has identified seven players who could be on the move now their World Cup dreams are over for another four years.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Serbia)
Estimated fee: £100m
The Lazio midfielder went into the World Cup with a burgeoning reputation after scoring 12 goals in a fantastic season for the Serie A club.
Milinkovic-Savic, known as ‘The Sergeant’, played in every minute of Serbia’s campaign in Russia, but couldn’t prevent his national team from crashing out at the group stage.
The 23-year-old has strongly been linked to Manchester United, and there’s no doubting his talent, despite his country’s poor showing in Russia,
With Juan Mata tipped to leave Old Trafford this summer, Jose Mourinho may well opt to reunite Milinkovic-Savic with his compatriot Nemanja Matic.
He won’t come cheap though. Lazio are said to value him at £120m.
Ahmed Musa (Nigeria)
Club: Leicester (on loan at CSKA Moscow)
Estimated fee: £20m
Musa arrived at the World Cup as something of an outcast.
Signed by Leicester from CSKA Moscow for a then record fee of £16.6m, he was sent back to the Russian club on loan after failing to impress in his debut season for the Foxes.
For his national team, he was behind Odion Ighalo and Kelechi Iheanacho in the pecking order.
But the tables quickly turned after an incredible game against Iceland.
Nigeria’s poor showing against Croatia saw Gernot Rohr ring the changes.
Musa seized his opportunity, scoring two and making history, becoming the first Nigerian to score in two different World Cups.
His goals also made him the first ever Leicester player to score at the World Cup.
Musa may feel like he has unfinished business in the Premier League. If Leicester still don’t want him, others may be tempted to take a punt.
Everton boss Marcos Silva tried to sign the 25-year-old for Watford and has reportedly been keeping close tabs on his situation at Leicester.
Musa would add pace to the Toffees team, either through the middle or out wide. Will Silva make a move?
Vahid Amiri (Iran)
Estimated fee: £10m
At 30, Amiri is hardly a rising star, but football fans the world over should now know his name.
His exquisite nutmeg on Spain centre-back Gerard Pique was a clear indicator of his ability.
The creative midfielder was among the standout performers in an Iran team who won many admirers with their competitive displays in a group that included Portugal, Spain and Morocco.
If Amiri – who helped Persepolis win back-to-back Iran Professional League (IPL) titles and is the star of the national team – fancies trying his luck in a big league, it’s now or never.
Everton have reportedly made an enquiry.
Cho Hyun-woo (South Korea)
Club: Daegu FC
Estimated fee: £10m
Cho was a big part of the reason why Germany were eliminated from the World Cup at the group stage.
The goalkeeper thwarted the holders’ attempts several times in a man-of-the-match performance.
It’s even more astonishing when you consider that Cho, 26, was not expected to start in Russia.
He’s made no secret of his ambitions to play in the Premier League and his performances at the World Cup have done his chances of bagging a move to the big time no harm at all.
Burnley face a struggle to hold on to Nick Pope, with Liverpool said to be keen.
Cho, who plies his trade in his homeland, could be the man to fill his boots.
Timo Werner (Germany)
Club: RB Leipzig
Estimated fee: £50m
Werner endured a Word Cup to forget.
Germany’s main striker, he failed to find the net at all.
The former VfB Stuttgart man, 22, has scored 37 goals in 65 appearances for Leipzig and has been linked with a host of Europe’s top clubs.
Bayern Munich have reportedly earmarked him as Robert Lewandowski’s replacement, while Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is a known admirer.
Arsenal, Manchester United and Real Madrid have all been linked to the frontman.
One thing is for certain – if he moves, he will command a huge fee.
Youssouf Sabaly (Senegal)
Estimated fee: £10m
If one Senegal player deserved to progress, it was full-back Youssouf Sabaly.
The 25-year-old caught the eye with three energetic displays on the left flank.
It was his shot that Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima spilled into Sadio Mane’s path for Senegal’s opener.
He later played a key role in Moussa Wague’s goal, performing a Zinedine Zidane-esque pirouette before laying the ball off to the right-back, who fired home at the far post.
A move to a bigger club surely beckons…
Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)
Club: Real Madrid
Estimated fee: £50m
Navas’ situation at Real Madrid is a bit of a puzzle.
Outstanding on the pitch and professional off it, he has been a key figure as the Spanish giants have twice won the Champions League – but he continues to be linked with a move away.
Real remain keen on Manchester United and Spain No. 1 David De Gea and could offer Navas in a part exchange deal.
Liverpool are also in the market for a goalkeeper after Loris Karius’ Champions League final horror show and are rumored to have held talks with the Costa Rican.
He has maintained his desire to remain in Madrid, but that does not entirely depend on him and his next destination could be the English Premier League.
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