Sky Bet tell us who is being backed to to be on the move during the summer in their Transfer Specials.
By Tim Clement - Twitter: @SkyTimClement
Last Updated: 04/06/13 6:14am
The striker has been cut to odds-on to swap Anfield for the Bernabeu this summer after revealing his intentions to move on. Punters backed Real Madrid in from 11/1 to as short as 1/2 after their president Florentino Perez spoke of his appreciation for the 26-year-old, while the controversial frontman has stated that such a move would be difficult to turn down. Big-spending French duo PSG and Monaco are also considered in the betting along with Bayern Munich.
David Moyes has been handed a challenging first task as Manchester United manager in keeping hold of the England striker, who has handed in a transfer request for a second time. We opened betting with an even split market as to whether he will stay or go, but the money has predominantly come for the 27-year-old to get his way, so we're now odds-on for him to leave. Betting on his next club does, however, remain wide open, with Chelsea, Bayern Munich and PSG the favourites to secure his services. Manchester City have also attracted some money but they're a hefty 28/1.
The Tottenham frontman has emerged as one of the game's most in-demand players following a stunning campaign, which has seen him clean up at the end-of-season awards and will undoubtedly see him the subject of some significant bids this summer. Spurs' hopes of holding on to his services looked to suffer a blow as they missed out on Champions League football, but there are now strong suggestions that he is set to sign a new contract. With Real Madrid president Florentino Perez stating "Bale was born to play in Madrid", the Spanish giants are favourites to secure his services, followed by Manchester United. Given his qualities, Europe's biggest clubs are considered in the betting but Spurs remain hopeful that he will stay faithful and sign a new contract.
The Uruguay striker's days look to be numbered at Napoli. In one of the most interesting player transfer markets, Manchester City and Chelsea are the best backed sides to secure for his signature, while Real Madrid are considered at the head of the betting. The frontman is currently tied down to a long-term contract but new boss Rafael Benitez appears to face a tough task in holding on to his star striker, who recently admitted: "It's all a mystery and no-one knows what will happen."
The Spaniard has struggled to establish a key role at Barcelona since returning to the Nou Camp two years back and the Catalans are now thought to be open to offers. Arsenal have been best backed and are our favourites but, while he clearly holds fond feelings toward the Gunners, whether returning to the Emirates would be deemed as a backwards step remains to be seen. Manchester United follow in the betting and are looking light in midfield with Darren Fletcher still struggling with health problems and Paul Scholes retiring again.
Juventus were quickly backed into favourites to sign the Real Madrid striker after he revealed his intention to leave the Bernabeu this summer. Juve have also been linked with Stevan Jovetic and Carlos Tevez as they look to build side capable of competing with Europe's finest, having won Serie A despite lacking a prolific frontman. Liverpool are second favourites as they potentially face the tough task of replacing Suarez, while Monaco and Arsenal are also considered options.
Aston Villa look set to face a summer of fending off suitors for their star man despite avoiding relegation. The Belgium striker enjoyed an impressive debut campaign in the Premier League, netting 19 goals and making the PFA Young Player of the Year shortlist. Arsenal are considered favourites to secure his services followed by Liverpool and Tottenham, but meagre stakes imply that a stay at Villa Park looks most likely.
The 21-year-old is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in Spanish football, netting eight times for Malaga this season. Manuel Pellegrini, who is widely expected to be the next Manchester City manager, is thought to want to take the player with him to the Etihad Stadium. However, Real Madrid have been backed into favourites to capture his signature following a run of bets.
The 21-year-old looked destined to return to Liverpool in January with the Reds odds-on to sign him. However, nothing materialised and Tottenham are now best backed to sign the winger with the Reds out to 5/2, while Reading and Swansea are also considered in the betting at 12/1 apiece.
If the money is correct then Moyes' first signing as United manager will be a man who served him so well at Goodison Park, scoring 12 goals in a more advanced role this season. The Belgium international has recently spoken of his desire to play in the Champions League, naturally prompting speculation of a departure, while Chelsea have also been linked. Indeed, the Blues were the favourites to sign him before a run of bets, which coincided with Moyes' appointment at the Old Trafford helm, on United landing the towering midfielder.