Europe’s top players under the hammer
Whether it’s the desperate scrabbling of football journalists desperate to fill column inches, or the bonafide workings of the transfer merry-go-round, July is always a time where more players than ever are linked with big moves to and from Europe’s biggest clubs.
With the Confederations Cup now completed expect whispers to turn to rumours and rumours to turn in to signings in the next couple of weeks, as clubs finalise their squads for next season. There’s plenty of cash to be made for punters who can call the big transfers right, but with so many of the game’s stars in demand it can be a minefield predicting who’s going where.
There is none more an intriguing story this summer than the long-term future of Wayne Rooney, the Manchester United and England star has not really looked right at the champions in recent times could be heading out of Old Trafford before the end of this window. Rooney’s list of suitors is long, with Chelsea and Arsenal currently favourites with the bookies, at 7/4 and 2/1respectively. PSG (5/1) and Real Madrid (7/1) are waiting in the wings should he fancy a switch overseas.
Manchester United will be looking to strengthen their forward line if Rooney leaves and a move for want-away Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandoski is priced at 2/1 with the bookies. The smart move however could be to back the Pole to see out his contract at Dortmund and make his dream move to Bayern Munich next summer. Chelsea (11/4) are also thought to be interested.
No player is hotter property than Tottenham’s Gareth Bale at the moment and bookies are offering 15/8 on him joining long term admirers Real and 11/4 for the Welshman to join Manchester United in what would be an audacious coup. United are still dreaming of bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club and at 3/1 the bookmakers believe that than just fantasy.
Other players likely to move on this summer are Luis Suarez (2/5 to leave Liverpool), Napoli’s Edinson Cavani, with Chelsea 4/9 favourites to capture his signature, and Everton left-back Leighton Baines, whose 1/6 on to join former manager David Moyes at Manchester United.