Juan Mata? Mario Gotze? John Stones? Sky Bet's transfer odds analysed
By Tom Robinson & Jack Wilkinson
Last Updated: 13/07/16 10:52am
The European Championship is over, paving the way for a busy summer of transfer activity across the continent as clubs prepare for the forthcoming season.
With Premier League managers flexing their muscles in the market, and with some of the world's top stars reportedly on their way to England, it's all set up to be another thrilling transfer window.
Here, we cast our eye over 15 potential blockbuster moves in Sky Bet's transfer market betting...
Paul Pogba (Juventus)
Following reports Real Madrid have dropped out of the race sign Pogba, the France midfielder is even-money to return to Manchester United, four years after leaving Old Trafford. However, following claims from Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, that he could remain with the Serie A champions, a stay in Turin currently heads the betting.
Sky Bet verdict: Stay at Juventus (8/11)
Axel Witsel (Zenit)
Having been heavily linked with a move to Everton (7/4) last week, Witsel is now odds-on to move to Napoli after last season's Serie A runners-up made a late swoop for the Belgium international. What's certain is that the dynamic midfielder looks set to end his four-year spell in Russia, with a stay at Zenit priced at 12/1.
Sky Bet verdict: Sign for Napoli (1/2)
Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
Lukaku has never been afraid of expressing his desire to leave Everton, and, according to Sky Bet, nine clubs are linked with the Belgium striker. Arsenal (2/1) are the favourites, AC Milan, Chelsea and Man Utd are priced at 10/1, while PSG, Dortmund, Atletico and Bayern complete the market. Despite this, a stay at Goodison Park is currently Lukaku's most-likely option.
Sky Bet verdict: Stay at Everton (4/9)
N'Golo Kante (Leicester)
A sensational debut Premier League season followed by a largely successful European Championship has seen Leicester midfielder N'Golo Kante attract interest from across the continent. Real Madrid are favourites to sign the France midfielder but Leicester (6/4) are a close second to keep hold of their talisman for the defence of their title.
Sky Bet verdict: Sign for Real Madrid (6/5)
Dimitri Payet (West Ham)
Payet's stock has risen significantly after a stellar debut season in England was followed up with some match-winning displays at the Euros. The Real Madrid (12/1) and PSG (14/1) are big prices to lure him away from the Hammers and, with co-chairman David Gold insisting the Frenchman is worth £100m and is not for sale, it would take a brave man to bet against him running out at the Olympic Stadium next term.
Sky Bet verdict: Stay at West Ham (1/10)
John Stones (Everton)
Having seen Everton stand in the way of a potential transfer to Chelsea last season, England centre-back Stones is odds-on to leave Goodison Park this summer. Pep Guardiola is reported to have highlighted Stones as one of his key transfer targets and that is reflected in the betting, with City way clear of Chelsea (6/1) and United (14/1) to sign the defender.
Sky Bet verdict: Sign for Man City (1/5)
Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)
Manchester City have made it clear they want Bonucci, tabling a £38m bid which Juventus have rejected. City boss Guardiola is reportedly set to submit an improved offer to the Serie A champions for the Italy international. With Juve standing firm, however, this transfer tug-of-war shows no sign of abating and that is reflected in the betting, with nothing to split him signing for City or staying in Turin.
Sky Bet verdict: Stay at Juventus (5/6), Sign for Man City (5/6)
Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich)
Germany World Cup winner Mario Gotze is expected to leave Bayern this summer after a season of frustration at the Allianz Arena. Dortmund are favourites to re-sign the playmaker while a reunion with former manager Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool (3/1) come ahead of Gotze joining Spurs or staying with the Bundesliga champions (both 7/2).
Sky Bet verdict: Sign for Borussia Dortmund (5/4)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)
The Bundesliga Player of the Year is one of Europe's most-coveted strikers after hitting the net 25 times in 29 leagues games last season, and clubs are queuing for his signature. Man City are in pole position at 4/1 after Sky sources revealed advanced talks had taken place with Dortmund. Arsenal (16/1) are next while Man Utd and Real Madrid (18/1) are also in the running, although at this stage Aubameyang is tipped to remain at the Signal Iduna Park.
Sky Bet verdict: Stay at Borussia Dortmund (1/4)
Juan Mata (Man Utd)
Jose Mourinho's appointment as United manager has seemed to spell the Mata's stint at Old Trafford. Having offloaded the Spaniard to United while managing Chelsea, the Portuguese looks set to do so again, with Everton favourites to sign midfielder. The Toffees head a 10-club list of suitors which include Juventus (7/1), Valencia (10/1) and Spurs (12/1).
Sky Bet verdict: Sign for Everton (1/6)
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester)
After a breakthrough season for surprise Premier League winners Leicester, talismanic playmaker Mahrez won the PFA Player of the Year and will be top of many shopping lists this summer. Arsenal at 5/2 seems the most likely destination, while PSG (10/1) and Barcelona (9/2) have the money to make Leicester an offer they can't refuse. Nevertheless, with the team built around him and Champions League guaranteed, it would be no surprise to see Mahrez stay at the King Power for one more year.
Sky Bet Verdict: Stay at Leicester (4/6)
Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid)
Real Madrid exercised their buy-back option on the 23-year-old Spain striker after a successful two years in Turin. The question now is whether he will be given a chance at the Bernabeu or be sold on to the highest bidder? If Morata is to go anywhere, his Juventus links mean that Chelsea under Antonio Conte are strong favourites at 6/4.
Sky Bet Verdict: Stay at Real Madrid (8/11)
Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli)
The prolific Argentine striker scored 36 goals in Serie A last to break Gunnar Nordahl's 66-year-old record. He has a proven track record of scoring goals wherever he goes and Arsenal (4/1), Chelsea (6/1) and a Zlatan-less PSG (5/1) are all heavily linked but his price tag is likely to put off most clubs and see El Pipita stay at Napoli.
Sky Bet Verdict: Stay at Napoli (8/11)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Despite an underwhelming season at Stamford Bridge, Hazard's performances at the Euros for Belgium showed why he is still one of the most-feared attacking midfielders in the game. Both Real Madrid (9/1) and PSG (16/1) have expressed an interest but the arrival of Antonio Conte should be the decisive factor to keep him at Chelsea.
Sky Bet Verdict: Stay at Chelsea (1/20)
Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon)
Lacazette was unfortunate to miss out on a spot in Didier Deschamps France squad for the Euros after scoring 21 goals in Ligue 1 last season for Lyon and has a long list of suitors. West Ham have had a £32m bid rejected and are still 5/1, while Liverpool and PSG (both 8/1) are also in the race. At 2/1 Arsenal have emerging as the favourites for his signature, although Lyon's reported £43.5m asking price could see Lacazette remain at his hometown club for another season.
Sky Bet Verdict: Stay at Lyon (11/10)