Colombia beat Japan 4-1 on Monday with goals from Juan Cuadrado, Jackson Martinez and James Rodriguez. The latter duo served up three sublime finishes between them to see their country through to the second stage of the World Cup so far unbeaten.
Porto striker Martinez is presently linked with interest from Premier League rivals Chelsea and Arsenal with La Liga champions Atletico Madrid also understood to be chasing his signature this summer.
The 27-year-old has reportedly told Porto he will not be signing a new deal to stay on but he is understood to have a £34 million release clause in his contract with the Portuguese giants.
Meanwhile, his 22-year-old compatriot James Rodriguez has been on fire in Brazil, scoring three goals and making two assists in three appearances so far. Formerly also of Porto, James signed for Monaco just last summer for a massive fee of €45 million but reports since have suggested he would prefer to move to a more ‘competitive league’ with Premier League sides Manchester United and Tottenham thought to be ‘on alert’.
The pair are certainly two of the brightest talents on show at the World Cup this summer but their impressive displays for Colombia could be enough to place them in the shop window.
The chances of James being allowed to leave Monaco are slim but with clubs like Manchester United looking to perform a squad overall and with the funds of up to £200 million to do so, there could be a way out for the youngster who scored 10 goals and made 12 assists for Monaco this term.
Jackson Martinez could be bought for any club willing to meet his release clause with Chelsea and Arsenal both capable of spending £35 million but with the imminent arrival of Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge and the Gunners linked heavily with Mario Balotelli, perhaps the striker will find himself on the way to the Spanish capital to replace the new Chelsea signing.
It would be highly unlikely to see both Colombia stars in the Premier League next term but if they did make the transition, it's easy to see thrm lighting up the English game as they have done so far on the international stage.