Transfer Window Betting Update
For raw, off-field excitement only the FA Cup third round draw compares to transfer deadline day for football fans across the country. Premier League clubs have already spent in excess of £1bn on transfers this summer but few would bet against the £1.2bn record being breached over the next couple of days.
Where next for Coutinho?
Playmakers are dominating the gossip pages at the moment and it’s likely that one major transfer could be followed by several more. Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho is rumoured to be involved in a four-way fight for his signature with former club. Liverpool, Manchester United, Spurs and Arsenal are all being linked to the Brazilian.
If Spurs were to sign Coutinho it could pave the way for Christian Eriksen to leave North London. Eriksen is entering the final year of his contract at Spurs and has been linked with a potential £50m move away. Manchester United are a potential destination with Paddy Power offering 9/1 on Eriksen to swap London for Manchester. There are also suggestions of a late move to Spanish giants, Real Madrid who are just 11/4.
Manchester or Madrid for Eriksen
If Eriksen does move to Real Madrid then that is likely to scupper any prospect of Paul Pogba moving to the Bernabeu. the French World Cup winner was believed to be Real Madrid’s number one transfer target this summer but after a rather derisory bid was submitted, the odds on that particular transfer going ahead has drifted to 10/3.
Could Bale be Bayern Munich’s Plan ‘B’?
It is thought that Real Madrid will have to sell before they can re-enter the transfer market and speculation surrounding Welshman, Gareth Bale, refuses to go away. Bale looked all set for a move to the Chinese Super League before Real Madrid pulled the plug on that deal. Spurs (9/1) and Manchester United (12/1) remain possible destinations but at 16/1, Bayern Munich could enter the frame, especially if they fail to lure Leroy Sane from Manchester City. Sane is currently priced at 11/4 to move to the German champions.
After the proposed swap deal between Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku and Paulo Dybala of Juventus fell through, United and Spurs could now be involved in a transfer merry-go-round involving some of the biggest attacking talents in Europe.
Having already smashed their club transfer record with the £63m capture of Tanguy Ndombele, Spurs could be set to eclipse that fee with a move for Argentine forward, Paulo Dybala. The 26-year old would cost in excess of £64m. The cash raised from the sale of Dybala could see Juventus make a move for Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi who could in turn lure Lukaku to the San Siro.
Toffees mean business
Away from the so-called ‘Big Six’, Everton are enjoying a busy summer that shows no signs of slowing down. Having already spent close to £80m on the likes of Moise Keane (£25m), Jean-Philippe Gbamin (£22.5m) and Andre Gomes (£22m), Everton could be set to sign a trio of Premier League players. A move for Crystal Palace winger, Wilfried Zaha, came a step closer after the Ivorian handed in a transfer request at Selhurst Park. Zaha is now odds-on at 8/11 to move to Goodison Park during the current window. Meanwhile, potential moves for Alex Iwobi and Chris Smalling have also been reported.
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