Manchester United’s recruitment team will be playing close attention to the World Cup in Qatar, with numerous potential transfer targets showcasing their talents at the tournament.

According to the latest odds at Brazil and France are the teams most likely to lift the prestigious trophy on December 18.

While their squads contain several players who United may be interested in, prising them away from their respective clubs would not be easy.

With that in mind, we look at five World Cup stars who could be genuine transfer targets for the Red Devils in January or next summer.

Goncalo Ramos

Having parted company with Cristiano Ronaldo soon after the World Cup started, United are expected to be in the market for at least one forward player.

They have been linked with striker Goncalo Ramos, who has bagged 14 goals and six assists in 21 appearances for Benfica across all competitions this term.

A reported £35 million fee could represent decent value for Ramos, who demonstrated his talent with a stunning hat-trick for Portugal in their last-16 tie against Switzerland.

The 21-year-old would be a superb acquisition with his hold-up play and finishing ability, but prising him away from Benfica may not be easy.

Cody Gakpo

Cody Gakpo was on United’s radar last summer, but they eventually pushed out the boat to sign Brazilian star Antony from Ajax.

However, the Red Devils have continued to monitor Gakpo’s progress and will have been impressed by his performances for the Netherlands at the World Cup.

The 23-year-old has been one of the standout players at the tournament, netting three goals to help his team progress to a quarter-final tie against Argentina.

His versatility makes him an enticing proposition for United and it would be no surprise to see them move for him in January now Ronaldo has exited the club.

Josko Gvardiol

Several Premier League clubs are interested in signing talented RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol including United and Chelsea.

The Croatian international has helped his team reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup, although GGBET rate them as outsiders to lift the trophy.

While the 20-year-old would not be cheap, he has the potential to become one of the best centre-backs in the world.

Whether United would want to sign another left-sided defender is debatable, but Gvardiol is the type of player who could thrive with the club.

Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic has been tipped to join United on loan in January and he would be a useful acquisition despite the risks involved.

The United States star has struggled to make an impact with Chelsea, but a move to Old Trafford could help him reignite his career.

Pulisic was one of the standout players for the US at the World Cup, netting a goal and two assists to help his team progress to the round of 16.

The 24-year-old still has plenty of time to fulfil his potential and is worth taking a punt on if United can secure a temporary deal with Chelsea.

Enzo Fernandez

Enzo Fernandez has proved to be a shrewd purchase for Benfica, who secured his services from River Plate in a €12 million last summer.

The 21-year-old has netted three goals and five assists in 24 appearances and is widely regarded as one of the most promising midfielders in the world.

Fernandez bagged a superb goal for Argentina in their 2-0 World Cup victory over Mexico, sparking further talk that he could be on the move again next summer.

Barcelona and Real Madrid have been credited with an interest in Fernandez, but United could be in the mix if they can qualify for next season’s Champions League.

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