The one Group A star Chelsea should sign after the World Cup

Luiz Gustavo

The World Cup group stage is almost over, and many players have caught the eye with their impressive displays ahead of the transfer window.

Group A has seen Brazil coast to qualification as group winners as Neymar has run riot, whilst Mexico edged out Croatia on Monday night to take second spot – level on points with Luiz Felipe Scolari's side. Croatia can count themselves somewhat unlucky to be going home, but Cameroon's campaign was simply atrocious from start to finish with calamitous defending and infighting aplenty.

There have been many impressive performances in Group A – most notably, Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa's sensational display to keep Brazil at bay. However, Chelsea already have a goalkeeping quandry on their hands as manager Jose Mourinho must decide whether to go with long-serving Petr Cech or youngster Thibaut Courtois as his first choice goalkeeper.

Instead, Mourinho should be looking to land Brazil midfielder Luiz Gustavo after the former Bayern Munich man turned in a number of fine performances for the hosts in the group stage.

The Blues already have Nemanja Matic in place following his January move from Benfica, whilst Mourinho also completed the shock move to sign former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas for £30m from Barcelona. Yet with John Obi Mikel and Ramires both linked with moves away from the club, Mourinho could still need a natural holding midfield player with athleticism – with Gustavo can offer.

The Wolfsburg midfielder has been the star of the show in the Brazil midfield, often carrying Tottenham's Paulinho through games as he breaks down opposition attacks with ease. The 26-year-old was tipped to sign for Arsenal last summer but chose to remain in Germany, yet rumours suggest that there is a €25m (£20m) release clause in Gustavo's contract – and if that is the case, then Chelsea would be foolish to ignore the midfielder based on his superb World Cup performances.

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