The Premier League's top clubs will be sending talent to the World Cup, and not just with England, as players from around the globe travel to play in the world's biggest tournament. The World Cup is not only an opportunity to watch countries face off against each other, but it can also act as a shop window for many players who can showcase their talents on the biggest stage of all.
Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers signed Fabio Borini after he went to Euro 2012 with Italy, though the former Chelsea striker failed to make any appearances at the tournament. Now, with the Reds enjoying a fantastic start to the season, Rodgers may be able to attract some of the stars of the World Cup to Anfield – particularly if he has money to spend from the potential sale of Luis Suarez, though he's almost certainly rather keep the Uruguayan.
Rodgers has been linked with a plethora of wingers over the last few months, as Ukraine duo Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka attract interest, but the duo won't feature at next summer's World Cup and the former Swansea boss will be looking for wide men in Brazil.
One man who has caught Rodgers' attention in recent times is AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy, with manager Massimiliano Allegri reportedly preferring a strikeforce of Mario Balotelli and Alessandro Matri. El Shaarawy may be available, but Liverpool face competition for his services, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Spurs also linked with the 21 year old.
El Shaarawy, whose father is Egyptian, chose to play for Italy and with 10 caps to his name, will certainly be in contention for a place in Cesare Prandelli's side, and England must be aware of the man they call “Il Faraone” - The Pharoah. El Shaarawy has great pace and dribbling ability, and has the versatility to play off the striker or out wide – which would be incredibly valuable should Suarez leave the club.
Milan are reportedly looking for around £25m for El Shaarawy, but his creativity – and the fact that he'd be a long-term signing – would make that worthwhile, and after the opening game of the World Cup, Reds full back Glen Johnson may be hoping that he doesn't have to face El Shaarawy again.
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