Clubs often sign players after excellent World Cup displays, but Arsenal and four others had the foresight to buy surprise stars of the tournament ages ago.
The attacker is already heading home from the World Cup but might get to grace a Premier League stage in the not-too-distant future
Lionel Messi will grace the World Cup stage at least one more time.
The Netherlands may have coasted into the last 16, but they have so far flown under the radar at this World Cup. “If you think it’s boring, why don’t you go home?” Van Gaal bristled at a reporter on Tuesday, after his side beat Qatar 2-0 to top Group A and book a last-16 tie with the United States tomorrow. The Netherlands might be a functional side, but forward Cody Gakpo has been a shining light in some less-than-fluent displays.