Paul Pogba’s move to Manchester United is likely to smash the world transfer record in spectacular fashion. It feels like a fair few years since United received a world record fee for Cristiano Ronaldo and since then we have seen Gareth Bale also smash the record – also on his way to Real Madrid.
It’s all about the price tag, or so the mainstream poppy song says, and modern football is becoming more and more like that. Money runs the world and it is running modern football in a way we have never really seen before. Players can demand wages that previous belonged in the upper echelons of celebrity stardom and agents are holding a greater role in the game than we have ever seen before.
Whether it is Paul Pogba who breaks the next transfer world record or not, we can expect it to come damn soon. Will it be one of these FIVE to break it next?
Juventus’ Argentine wonder, Paulo Dybala, might yet be the next holder of the much unwanted world transfer record tag. Able to play as a 10, a centre forward or, occasionally, from the wing, Dybala is one of the most gifted players in world football.
Currently a member of the highly successful Juventus squad, Dybala will surely seek to spend time in Spain or England before his career is out.
Seeing as the previous record holder was Cristiano Ronaldo, for his move from Manchester United to Real Madrid, it would be somewhat fitting if Anthony Martial was the next in line for a similar transfer fee.
The gifted French forward, who plays on the left-wing or as a central striker, had a strong first season with United and is on hi way to becoming one of the very best.
If you try to forget about Eden Hazard’s dismal campaign last time around, you may just remember that he was one of the world’s best the season before. The supremely gifted Belgian winger lights up a football pitch with his jinking runs and possesses an ability to retain the ball as rare as it is wonderful.
However, Chelsea’s jewel in their crumbling crown is, if he can return to his best, destined for a big money move towards the continent, isn’t he?
The Germans have somewhat of a knack for producing stunning talents and Julian Draxler is just the latest off of Schalke’s remarkable production line.
The Wolfsburg star impressed for Germany at this summer’s European Championships and, if he continues on his current career trajectory, could easily become the most sought after player in football.
From the relative obscurity of Saint-Etienne, Aubameyang has become one of the most desirable commodities in world football, thanks to a magnificent 2015-16 season with Borussia Dortmund.
The Gabonese forward, if he recreates his form from last season, could yet smash through the world transfer record. His brilliant channel running, terrorising pace and lethal finishing make him one of the very best around.