Transfer Betting Round-Up: Fellaini, Torres and Villa
With just over two weeks to go until the transfer window opens up again speculation is mounting around the future homes of some of the best players in Europe, and Fernando Torres. Bookmaker Paddy Power have drawn up a list of those most likely to jump to ship and the odds on where it looks like they’ll end up plying their trade next season.
The big Belgian has been linked away from Goodison Park for the last year and looked set to move in January but talks with Chelsea broke down. The 6ft3 midfielder’s odds of joining London rivals Arsenal have plummeted to 8/11 but a link up with his old boss David Moyes is also a possibility at 5/2.
Despite being the butt of most Premier League jokes this season the Spanish striker has shown some form in the last few months. The £50million man has been repeatedly linked away from Stamford Bridge despite picking up multiple domestic and international titles over the past two years. He is currently 7/2 for a return to his old club Atletico Madrid who are soon to be Falcao-less, 7/2 to join Messi and co at Barcelona, and 3/1 to join up with Benitez at Napoli.
Any move for the jewel in Madrid’s crown will be likely to smash the transfer record into 85million pieces. The Portuguese goal machine seems like he isn’t overly keen on staying in Spain and a return to Manchester is on the cards, but will it be City or United? Heading back to Old Trafford is odds on at evens, with PSG second in the running at 9/4 and City at 11/2.
Surplus to requirements at Barcelona after returning from a broken leg there is no doubt David Villa is assessing his future. With Neymar now also set to be fighting for a starting place the 31 year old will know he has one major move left to secure regular football. Tottenham are favourites for his signature at 6/5 with Arsenal also long term admirers at 21/10. With Liverpool potentially losing Suarez this summer Villa wouldn’t be a bad replacement and the reds are at 8/1 to sign the Spaniard.
Suarez has clearly fallen out of love with England and a move to a country where the press and prime minister are less critical of biting opponents is on the cards. Real Madrid are favourites to sign the striker at odds of 4/11 with Munich at 7/2.
Tottenham’s best player would break North London hearts if he left the club but a move outside of England would certainly be less painful than a move to a top 4 rival. Real are 4/7 to sign the Welsh wizard but worryingly for Spurs fans United are second favourites at 6/1.
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Callum McManaman looks set to depart Wigan with Everton odds on to sign the youngster at 5/6. Villa striker Christian Benteke carried the club last season and will need to be convinced he won’t be fighting against relegation again. The talented Belgian is 4/1 to join Liverpool and the same odds to join Arsenal. Leighton Baines will also need to be convinced that Everton have ambitions to kick on with the chance to join David Moyes at Manchester United looking a very real prospect, the club are 4/9 to sign the left back. Cesc Fabregas returning to Barca was supposed to be the ultimate home-coming but it hasn’t quite worked out that way and the Spaniard is now favourite to come back to the Premier League. Manchester United are at 5/4 to sign him and a return to Arsenal is at 7/4. City striker Edin Dzeko may feel his time at Eastlands is up after their signing spree and is 8/15 to go to Chelsea whilst Arjen Robben is 11/4 to head to the blue side of Manchester. Despite being told he will remain club captain John Terry could be lured to Monaco by old boss Claudio Ranieri and is odds of 11/8 to join the newly promoted French side. Brazilian man of God Kaka is 2/1 to return to AC Milan whilst Wayne Rooney is 2/1 to join Chelsea. Robert Lewandowski could be the man to replace Rooney and is heavily linked to Manchester United with odds of 6/4 on to join the reds.