The one Group D player Chelsea should sign after the World Cup

Marco Verratti unveiled by PSG

The World Cup group stage is over, and many players have caught the eye with their impressive displays ahead of the transfer window.

Group D saw one of the shocks of the World Cup, as relative minnows Costa Rica beat both Uruguay and Italy to take top spot, whilst England crashed out with just one point. There were plenty of other incidents, none more publicised than Luis Suarez biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in another shocking act from the Liverpool star.

A number of players impressed in Brazil from Group D, with a host of unheralded Costa Rican players making names for themselves, but Chelsea could instead look to sign one of the young stars of the group who is already making waves in Europe.

They may have signed Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas for £30m, but with both John Obi Mikel and Ramires linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge this summer, manager Jose Mourinho could look to bring in another central midfielder to play alongside Serbian international Nemanja Matic for years to come.

A player who could fit the bill is Paris Saint-Germain's Marco Verratti. The former Pescara man, 21, has been labelled the next Andrea Pirlo – a reaction to Verratti's outstanding vision and passing range. He's clearly been tipped to have a bright future, and he was excellent in the opening game of Group D as he, Pirlo and Daniele de Rossi bossed the game against England.

Yet things could begin to get difficult for Verratti in the French capital, with Laurent Blanc's side still looking to add in midfield despite already having Verratti, Blaise Matuidi, Yohan Cabaye, Thiago Motta and Adrien Rabiot fighting for places. Juventus star Paul Pogba has been linked with a big money move back to France this summer, and even if that doesn't materialise, there has been plenty of speculation that Verratti could leave anyway.

If the youngster is available, Verratti could form a great balance alongside Matic, with the former Benfica man a more physical player and Verratti able to work technically. In fact, Verratti does possess a nasty streak having racked up 11 yellow cards this season.

That nasty streak could be just what Mourinho is looking for, and combining that with his technical abilities could make him the perfect option for the Blues.

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