Despite coming home empty-handed, without a single win, many Canadian players impressed in the World Cup this year. So much in fact that there might be a number of contracts to major European clubs coming their way in the near future. We will have to wait until January for the European Soccer transfer window to open before we find out for sure.
Alphonso Davies, who currently plays for Bayern Munich in Germany, set the standard for Canadian soccer players, with his 22 million dollar contract back in 2018. Many of the top players in the Canadian national team currently play in the MLS but will likely trade up into one of the bigger European leagues if given the opportunity. Some of the players to keep an eye on are Alistair Johnston, Jonathan David, Ismaël Koné.
Alistair Johnston currently plays for MLS team CF Montreal but is expected to join Scottish team Celtic FC next year. The two teams have a verbal agreement but there has not been an official confirmation as of yet. With Canada’s matches at the World Cup now over and the MLS season now at an end, the move should become finalized within the next couple weeks.
Ismaël Koné, at just 19 years of age, put his massive potential on showcase at the World Cup this year. The midfielder wasn’t able to notch any goals during his three matches in the tournament but impressed with his speed and athleticism. Koné is expected to move to English Championship club Watford, who are currently mid-table in fourth place.
Arguably the biggest prize still left to be scooped up on the Canadian National Team is Johnatan David. He scored 37 goals for French club Lille and was the leading scorer for the team in 2021, when they took home the title.
There are rumours swirling that David is in deliberation with English club Manchester United and could make a move as early as January next year. There are also thoughts that David is entertaining calls from another English Club, Liverpool. We should find out if the move to the English Premier League will happen before the end of the year.
MLS Betting This Upcoming Season
While the MLS season is on hiatus at the moment, it won’t be long until the soccer action starts up once again. If you’re wondering where you can place bets on MLS fixtures in Ontario, go through our list of the best MLS betting sites in the province.