With star striker Joel Campbell likely to finally get his chance to impress at Arsenal next season, here are five other players from Costa Rica’s World Cup squad who could be joining him in the Premier League in the near future.
Keylor Navas – Levante
The country’s first-choice goalkeeper for over five years, Navas’ La Liga performances during the past season already attracted the interest of a host of European clubs and now, with his stunning form carrying over into the World Cup, more are sure to follow.
With Liverpool reportedly one of the sides monitoring the 27-year-old shot-stopper, his role in thwarting both Uruguay and Italy certainly went a long way towards proving his Premier League credentials, although a bid of €10 million would be needed in order to secure his services.
Christian Bolanos – FC Copenhagen
One of CONCACAF’s top performers in qualifying, the 30-year-old right-winger has shone through over the first two games with his pace, skill and dangerous set-piece deliveries.
A mainstay of the Costa Rica side for nearly a decade, the 2006 World Cup veteran has Champions League experience with Copenhagen but in fact finds himself out-of-contract this summer, with his recent form certain to ensure he has no lack of suitors.
Celso Borges – AIK
With 65 caps for the side, the 26-year-old was formerly the most highly-rated youngster in Costa Rican football but hasn’t quite been able to push on and earn a bigger move since joining Swedish club AIK in January 2012. That could be about to change, however, after his fast start to the World Cup.
Comfortable on both sides of the ball but also possessing natural playmaking skills, Borges has demonstrated a real nose for goal during his club and national team career and his impressive all-round play in central midfield would seem to be a perfect fit for English football.
Cristian Gamboa – Rosenborg
The energetic right-back has been just as solid in attack as in defence during the side’s World Cup campaign so far, using his pace and intelligence to dominate his side of the pitch.
Having previously been at Copenhagen with teammate Bolanos, the 24-year-old has experienced a very solid two-year spell with the Norwegian champions and his form in recent weeks could be the stepping stone for a bigger European move in the near future.
At 24 years old and with his best football seemingly still in front of him, any Premier League side needing reinforcements at full-back will be watching closely over these games to come.
Yeltsin Tejeda – Saprissa
One of the youngsters in the squad, at 22 and still playing in the domestic league, the defensive midfielder has become a regular in the side thanks to his physical presence and solid ball-winning displays, proving a core contributor to their surprise World Cup success.
Somewhat bizarrely named after the first President of Russia Boris Yeltsin, the promising Tejeda has been linked with a move to several English sides recently, including Everton and Sunderland, and his growing reputation seems set to make him a wanted man this summer.