Bayern Munich, Aston Villa, Wolfsburg, Ajax, Monaco, Barcelona and Manchester United targets all feature.
Germany are the World Champions and the other nations with that dream will now have to wait until Russia 2018 to de-throne Jorgi Low’s men.
The World Cup in Brazil was arguably the best tournament in the event’s history with fantastic goals and score lines, which no fan around the globe could have predicted.
With the tournament over and the focus switching to pre-season, we’ve drawn up our ideal World Cup eleven.
GK – Manuel Neuer (Germany)
Neuer had a great tournament with Germany and carried forward his form from the Bundesliga season. What makes him such a great ‘keeper is that he’s always looking for ways to come out of goal and take the pressure off of his defence.
RB – Philipp Lahm (Germany)
The Bayern Munich skipper was in superb form for his country. He injects real calmness and leadership into any side he represents and didn’t look out of place reverting to a defensive position instead of playing a continuous holding midfield role.
CB – Ron Vlaar (Netherlands)
Vlaar had a very good tournament for the Netherlands, which should give Aston Villa fans plenty of encouragement ahead of the new campaign. He leads from the front and made the right decisions at the right times. He can’t be blamed for his penalty miss in the semi-final when he was third choice to take it.
CB – Mats Hummels (Germany)
Louis van Gaal is likely to be more convinced than ever before that Hummels should be a priority transfer target for Manchester United. He does have weaknesses, such as a lack of pace exposed by Lionel Messi, but he understands the game well and got into good positions throughout for Germany.
LB – Ricardo Rodriguez (Switzerland)
Showed great maturity for Switzerland despite being just 21-years-old. Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool both need a left-back ahead of the new season and it wouldn’t be a surprise if they decided to focus their time and energy on signing Rodriguez from Wolfsburg.
RM – James Rodriguez (Colombia)
We had to fit him in somewhere. Rodriguez was one of the main attacking threats throughout the tournament for Colombia. He also scored one of the goals of the tournament with a superb piece of intelligence and improvisation. Real Madrid will have a struggle prising him away from Monaco.
DM – Daley Blind (Netherlands)
If Louis van Gaal wants a defensive midfielder for Manchester United, he could do much worse than trying to sign Blind from Ajax. He looked comfortable whether he was playing in front of the back four or at left-back. He’s great cover to have in United’s squad.
CM – Toni Kroos (Germany)
If reports are to be believed then Real Madrid have made a very good investment in the form of Toni Kroos. He was the standout midfielder in a very talented German team, capable of pulling the strings and building pressure or nudging further forward in a more attacking role.
AM – Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Messi, unsurprisingly, looked devastated following Argentina’s defeat to Germany in the final last night. He carried the side through much of the tournament and were it not for his heroics during the group stages and knock out rounds, Argentina may not have got anywhere near the final.
LM – Arjen Robben (Netherlands)
Pushing Robben’s tendency to dive to one side, he had a very impressive tournament. His speed is phenomenal and it makes him a very difficult player to mark for the full-back on either side of the pitch. Manchester United are definitely interested though he’s likely to stay at Bayern Munich.
ST – Thomas Muller (Germany)
Muller is a player that fans either love or hate. He gets beneath the skin of opponents and people watching the game but he scored important goals in big games for Germany and throughout the tournament in Brazil. Bayern did well to nip the issue of his future in the bud with a new deal.