Sky Bet tell us who is being backed to go where during the transfer window in their Transfer Specials.
Last Updated: 12/08/13 3:47pm
With Liverpool's hierarchy continuing to insist that Luis Suarez will not be sold in this transfer window, punters have gradually started to pile money on the Uruguayan staying, so much so that he's now odds-on to be at Anfield on September 3rd. With interest from abroad failing to materialise so far, Arsenal are the only side interested in signing the controversial forward, who performed a U-turn on his intent to leave English football once made aware of the Gunners' interest. Arsenal are prepared to smash their club record transfer fee to sign Suarez, but the Reds have been resilient so far, rejecting a bid of over £40m and stating their particular reluctance to sell to a domestic rival. Real Madrid remain in contention as second favourites, but are only expected to make a serious offer if they miss out on their number one target Gareth Bale. Bayern Munich, meanwhile, are outsiders but have been a popular bet with punters.
Most likely outcome: Stays at Liverpool
Tottenham's prized asset was backed into odds-on to join Real Madrid immediately after reports emerged that the Spanish giants had submitted a world-record bid to secure his services. He remains odds-on following suggestions that the Welshman is unhappy with it being rejected, sparking further support for a move, with our punters seemingly convinced that he will get his way. Manchester United had been backed into as short as 3/1 to land the 24-year-old, but drifted out to 33/1 before a fresh surge this week forced them back down to 14/1. Reports claim Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is holding out for a fee of up to £100m, which would smash the world record, but Madrid are yet to come back with an improved offer.
Most likely outcome: Joins Real Madrid
With the England striker refusing to retract on his intention to leave and Chelsea making no secret of their pursuit, we still go odds-on that a move to Stamford Bridge goes through this window. Arsenal had been favourites to land the 27-year-old after Arsene Wenger revealed his interest earlier this summer, but odds on him heading to the Emirates have drifted out to 12/1 amid their pursuit of Luis Suarez. With Manchester United likely to hold preference to selling abroad, Bayern Munich (10/1) and PSG (18/1) are considered options, although formal interest is not apparent from either party. On Sunday, Manchester United boss reiterated the club's stance that Rooney is 'not for sale'.
Most likely outcome: Joins Chelsea
The towering Everton midfielder is seen as a realistic target for Manchester United following their failed move for Cesc Fabregas. Sky Bet make a move for the big Belgian to Old Trafford odds-on to be completed before the close of the transfer window. Arsenal had previously been well backed to land the Belgium international but their price has drifted out to 10/1. With suggestions of a release fee of around £24m leaving Everton at the mercy of sides in the Champions League, the 25-year-old is now 5/2 to remain at Goodison Park.
Most likely outcome: Joins Manchester United
Despite rumours Barcelona are weighing up a second bid for David Luiz, Sky Bet make the Brazilian odds-on (1/2) to stay at Chelsea and 6/4 to leave. The Catalan club are 13/8 favourites to sign him before September 3rd, while Bayern Munich are 10/1. Punters do not believe he is on his way, perhaps as Chelsea insist they do not wish to sell their versatile defender, who has yet to indicate any desire to leave Stamford Bridge. However, it was reported that Luiz was offered, along with Juan Mata, in a part-exchange attempt to sign Rooney, but Manchester United are 50/1 outsiders to sign Luiz this window. Big spending French clubs PSG and Monaco are also available to back at 16/1 and 33/1 respectively, but the money is only going one way and that's on him to stay.
Most likely outcome: Stays at Chelsea
We've always considered any deal involving Ronaldo this summer unlikely given the sort of money required to acquire his services. Media reports that Manchester United could make a sensational swoop to bring him back to Old Trafford have been backed up by moderate support from our punters. Any deal seems subject to Real Madrid landing their primary target Bale, but even then the world's biggest earning club probably would not need to sell. As things stand, United look even less likely to sign Ronaldo than they are to bag Fabregas.
Most likely outcome: Stays at Real Madrid
Joey Barton remains a QPR player with a permanent move to Marseille looking unlikely, though he has created speculation by linking himself with a move to Everton, who we make favourites to sign him. Elsewhere, Fernando Torres looks set to continue his Chelsea career with all clubs linked to the former Liverpool striker continuing to drift in the betting. Valencia, the favourites, are now as long as 8/1 to sign him before the transfer window shuts. Torres could be linking up with his former Anfield colleague Xabi Alonso at Stamford Bridge, though, with the Blues favourites to sign the Spain midfielder amid reports Jose Mourinho is keen to work with him again following their time together at Real Madrid.