This summer will be dominated by football. Millions of eyes spanning the globe will be directed at television sets highly anticipative of proceedings in South America’s samba state. All nations will be looking for their free-flowing forwards and strapping star strikers to bury the ball in the back of the net as frequently as possible.
However, no-one will be more anticipative, than the club managers in charge of Europe's biggest teams, hunting for the next legendary front man to seal their club silverware the following season.
And where better to hunt than the arena’d spectacle of the grandest international event in football: The World Cup.
Rumours are already circulating that big European clubs are looking to conclude business early, though most will probably use the World Cup as a prime research period, with many stars aware that a hatful of goals could see them on the first flight from Manchester to Madrid, or Merseyside to Munich.
There is a scenario whereby no fewer than six international stars could change clubs, each figuratively filling the boots of former strikers since eloped.
Each of these strikers should (with the exception of the done-deal), feature at The World Cup, with the added motivation of potential transfer deals.
Those players potentially riding the merry-go-round are as follows:
Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich (the only done-deal so far)
Mario Mandžukić from Bayern Munich to Arsenal
With a prolific Pole heading to Bayern, this towering Croat will be looking for somewhere new to carve out a living, and where better for a player characterised by strength and hold-up play than Arsenal. The Gunners game ticks around an imposing central striker and Mandžukić appears to be the next level up from a stylish yet often ineffective Giroud.
Olivier Giroud from Arsenal to Atlético Madrid
With Arsenal allegedly looking for an improvement on Giroud, the elegant Frenchman may opt to fill the void left by a transient Diego Costa. With fifteen goals and seven assists in thirty-four league appearances, Giroud may favour the slightly less exhausting division of La Liga, especially playing for the potential double winners in waiting.
Diego Costa from Atlético Madrid to Chelsea
Diego Costa is going somewhere, and where better than Chelsea. The Blues have been waiting for a prolific forward since club hero Didier Drogba jetted to Turkey, and Costa may be just the man for the job. Reports state that the twenty-seven goal Spanish international may have already agreed a £35million deal with The Blues.
Luis Suárez from Liverpool to Real Madrid
Madrid are reportedly interested in a £70million bid for the newly crowned PFA Player of the Year. Liverpool will certainly be reluctant to let him leave, but, as the slightly disturbing adage goes, everyone has their price.
Karim Benzema from Real Madrid to Liverpool.
Reports suggest that Real Madrid will buy either Luis Suárez or Sergio Agüero. In either case, Benzema will be offloaded to make space. Benzema is an exciting, highly capable and proven world class asset, and a Suárez-less Liverpool could do far worse.