With no major men’s international football tournament taking place this summer, it’s likely we’ll have to keep ourselves entertained with the various transfer and managerial merry go rounds instead. But who are the players and clubs to be keeping the closest eye on? bookmakers.tv experts have scoured the latest betting odds to give us a pointer.
Where else to start than the greatest player of the last decade? The 35 year old has been handed a two week ban by Paris St Germain after taking an unauthorised trip to Saudi Arabia. With the Argentinian out of contract in the summer, that appears to have ended his time in France on a downer, but there are sure to be a host of suitors for his signature.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta’s admiration for Messi is well documented but betting sites aren’t completely convinced and make it 7/5 that he’ll return to his former club.
A move to another European club seems unlikely as things stand, so it may be left to a Saudi Arabian team to stump up the astronomical wages that would be necessary to secure Messi’s signature. It’s just 5/4 that we see Messi lining up opposite Cristiano Ronaldo in the Saudi Premier League next season.
Jude Bellingham is one player who looks likely to complete his transfer saga sooner rather than later.
Fabrizio Romano, generally regarded as one of the most well informed sources for transfer news, claimed earlier this week that “Real Madrid are close to complete deal to sign Jude Bellingham.
Negotiations are progressing to the final stages. Personal terms are almost agreed”.
Betting sites agree, with the Dortmund star just 1/12 to make the move to the Bernabéu this summer.
Could Harry Kane really be about to make the move to Old Trafford? Manchester United fans left us in no doubt of how keen they’d be to see England’s most prolific international striker join their club, chanting “Harry Kane, we’ll see you in June”, when the Red Devils travelled to Tottenham recently.
Kane himself did little to dampen the speculation, saying “I heard what they were saying but I’m just focussed on this team and trying to finish strongly.”
Betting sites are unsure of how this one will end, with Kane 6/5 to remain at Spurs, while a move to Man Utd can be backed at 7/4, and a trip across London to join Chelsea is 14/1. Such a move would no doubt depend on Mauricio Pochettino taking over at Stamford Bridge, but stranger things have happened.
What is certain is that Harry Kane’s future is a transfer story that will no doubt run and run throughout the summer months.