Sky Bet explain who is being backed to sign the summer's top targets in their Transfer Specials.
By Tim Clement - Twitter: @SkyTimClement
Last Updated: 22/08/12 12:55pm
AC Milan are now seemingly leading the race to secure the services of Kaka, who is thought to be looking to put an end to his troubled spell at Real Madrid. The Brazilian, who was bought for a then world-record fee of £56million three years ago, has endured a difficult stay at the Bernabeu, hampered by injury and loss of form. A loan move is thought to be the 30-year-old's most likely route out of Madrid, with Manchester United and Tottenham also in the betting to secure his services.
Speculation over Llorente's future has heightened significantly after the Spain international confirmed he would not be extending his current deal which Athletic Bilbao, which expires next summer. Juventus are considered the favourites to secure his services while Tottenham are also towards the top of the market. Spurs are on the lookout for a new frontman after a deal to sign former loanee Emmanuel Adebayor on a permanent basis fell through, while north London rivals Arsenal after also in the betting after selling Robin van Persie.
The Huddersfield striker is a wanted man after helping Huddersfield to promotion with his phenomenal 39-goal haul in League One last season. Having been left out of the squad for the Terriers opener, talk of him leaving has intensified with Fulham now the strong favourites to secure his signature. Blackburn have also been well backed to sign the 22-year-old Scotland international with last season's top scorer Clint Dempsey seemingly on his way, while Celtic are the third favourites.
Liverpool have been the consistent favourites to sign the Fulham star, backing into odds-on with Dempsey attempting to force a move away from Craven Cottage. The American international attracted interest from several parties with a superb 2011/12 campaign, netting 17 times for the Cottagers. While the Reds are strong favourites to secure his services, Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham are also considered contenders in the betting.
Rooted to the fringes of City's star-studded squad, Johnson is expected to depart in search of more regular first-team football. The 25-year-old has been linked with both loan and permanent switches, with Roberto Mancini admitting a move away from the Etihad Stadium may be necessary to satisfy his desire for more playing time. Sunderland are considered his most likely destination by Sky Bet, while Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham have also attracted money as possible suitors amid departures of key players.
Favouritism has swung between Stoke and Everton over the last few days as Owen looks for a new club following his Manchester United exit. The 32-year-old's calibre would usually command mass interest, but questions remain over his ability to rediscover the form of former glory days, having spent the majority of his time at Old Trafford either on the bench or the injury table. Aston Villa, Bolton, Cardiff, Norwich, QPR and Sunderland have all also attracted money but their respective odds have drifted out significantly with the Potters and Toffees now thought to be in a two-way battle.
All odds are subject to change from the time of publish.