The transfer window is in full swing and bet365 have markets on where several players will be plying their trade next season, with Leeds United’s Raphinha 8/15 to join Arsenal.
The Brazilian is one of the most in-demand wingers in Europe following two excellent seasons at Elland Road, with Barcelona, Manchester City and even Liverpool reported to be interested at various stages over the last few months.
But it’s the Gunners who appear to be in pole position, as they continue their busy summer.
It’s unlikely Barcelona will be able to sign the 25-year-old, though they are 7/1 to bring Raphinha to Camp Nou. Tottenham are also 7/1, should Antonio Conte look to bolster his forward options.
Liverpool are 25/1 with the news that Mo Salah will be staying at Anfield this season - though I still think there's a small chance he'll leave - while it’s 5/2 that Leeds will keep hold of their man.
Youri Tielemans has also looked close to a move to the Emirates throughout the summer, but is now 10/11 to stay at the King Power, 11/8 to move to Arsenal, and 10/1 to move to Manchester United.
Raheem Sterling also looks set to move as his contract runs down at the Etihad. Such a crucial part of Pep Guardiola’s team, the England forward found himself sidelined more last season, making just 23 Premier League starts, and Chelsea are in pole position to sign the four-time Premier League winner, who’s 2/9 to move to Stamford Bridge.
With no obvious alternate destinations for Sterling, Real Madrid are the next shortest price at 16/1 for a move, and it’s 7/2 that Sterling remains with City.
Robert Lewandowski made headlines earlier in the summer, announcing his intention to leave Bayern Munich. Lewandowski will reportedly cost 60m Euros but Bayern are adamant that he’s staying, even with only a year left to run on his contract.
The Pole seemingly has his heart set on Barcelona and the Spanish giants are keen on him so it could go down to the wire, especially if Chelsea get involved with their need for an out-and-out striker after the departure of Romelu Lukaku.
The 33-year-old would fit Barcelona’s recent transfer policy of signing players on the cheap – Sergio Aguero, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Memphis Depay are all recent arrivals on free transfers – with Lewandowski 8/13 to move to the Spanish giants and 7/4 to stay in Germany with Bayern.
The Catalans were also interested in Raphinha of Leeds, likewise the Brazilian sweet on a switch to Barcelona, but Arsenal have already landed Gabriel Jesus and we’re odds-on about them securing the services of his international team-mate.
Christian Eriksen has been one of the most talked-about players of the summer. His short-term contract with Brentford expired at the end of the season, and is still uncertain about his future.
Manchester United remain slight favourites to bring the Dane to Old Trafford at 4/7, with Eriksen 6/4 to extend his stay in London.
Tottenham got much of their business done early in the window, bringing Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster to the club on free transfers, with Yves Bissouma following from Brighton for £25m, and Conte seems to be in the hunt for another attacking option, with Richarlison seemingly the main target, at 1/1 to move to North London, and 5/2 to stay on Merseyside, with Chelsea next in line at 11/4.
Settlement is based on which club the players will be at on 2nd September 2022; loans count for settlement.
All odds subject to change.
By Steve Freeth