Premier League transfer betting
There are sure to be plenty of movers and shakers in the Premier League when the summer transfer window opens on Wednesday 1 July, with a host of players plotting potential moves.
Liverpool have been the Premier League’s busiest side so far, bringing in James Milner, Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino alongside a deal for Southampton right back Nathaniel Clyne. Brendan Rodgers has wasted no time, facing the most important summer of his career after a disappointing 2014/15, and has now focussed his attention fully on the forward areas in which Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini were disappointing last term.
Carlos Bacca has been heavily linked with a move to the Reds, following the 28-year-olds strong showing up top for Sevilla with 20 goals in 36 matches. Anfield is certainly the bookies’ favourite as the Colombian’s likely destination, priced at 6/4 with Coral, although Roma are hot on Liverpool’s heels in the race for the forward, at a price of 9/2, while Manchester United have also declared an interest.
Louis van Gaal’s side have been linked with a number of additions as the Dutchman seeks to build on last season’s fourth place finish. The latest rumours have linked Manchester United with a move for Arda Turan, a move priced at 2/1 by Betvictor, with the Turk’s agent claiming to be in talks with three Premier League clubs. Sergio Ramos is another established international to be linked with United, although bookmakers are divided on the likelihood of the Red Devils being the Spaniard’s club after the transfer window closes, priced at 11/8 with SkyBet and 7/2 with Ladbrokes. Manchester United Fans should avoid getting too worked up just yet, however, as their team’s interest has been used more than once by players to leverage bigger contracts from their current employers.
Cross-town neighbours Manchester City are also set for an eventful summer, with Kevin de Bruyne a possible addition. Online bookmakers Coral have them priced at 2/1 as joint favourites along with Bayern Munich to be the sprightly number ten’s next club, while they are behind 11/4 Barcelona to be Paul Pogba’s destination this summer at 3/1. The Frenchman and his current club Juventus have not yet shown any obvious desire to part ways this summer, and Fabian Delph could be an alternative. The odds of a deal being struck with Villa for the former Leeds man are priced at 4/7 with Bet365, and his transfer would carry the added benefit of partly alleviating City’s worries about a lack of home grown players.
With the capture of Petr Cech edging closer to completion, Arsène Wenger has turned his attention to long-term target Morgan Schneiderlin. Arsenal are priced at 10/3 with Betfred to be the Frenchman’s club after the summer transfer window, although they will face stiff competition from a Manchester United rebuffed by Bastian Scweinsteiger, with the Red Devils priced at 1/6 with Skybet to be Schneiderlin’s summer destination.
Champions Chelsea will be in the market for a goalkeeper as Cech nears the exit door, with QPR’s Rob Green open to being plucked from the Championship and installed as back-up to Thibaut Courtois. Stoke’s Asmir Begovic is another on Mourinho’s radar, priced at 10/11 by Betvictor. The Bosnian has made no secret of his desire for regular first team football, however, and may hold off on a move to Stamford Bridge to await the result of interest in Manchester United’s David de Gea and Hugo Lloris at Tottenham.
Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford is interesting Premier League clubs, with Newcastle reportedly at the head of the queue to sign the up-and-coming English centre-forward, at a bets price of 4/1 with Skybet. The Magpies have made a new striker a priority this summer, with Charlie Austin earmarked by Steve Mclaren as key to his side’s hopes next term. The targetman is priced at 4/7 by Paddy Power to make Newcastle his next permanent club.
Stoke’s Steven N’Zonzi is another player likely to be on the move, and was recently the subject of a £7m bid from Leicester. Leicester’s move could well have been a favour to Stoke to drive up Sevilla’s initial £3m bid for the French midfielder and ease Nigel Pearson’s pursuit of the Potters’ defender Robert Huth, and it remains to be seen whether the Foxes can persuade N’Zonzi to swap the top half of the table at Stoke for a potential relegation scrap at the King Power Stadium.