After a record breaking Summer transfer window, bookmakers are prepared for the busiest transfer deadline day in recent memory.
With the futures of Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho and a whole host of world class players all in a state of uncertainty, fans and pundits alike will be glued to the transfer window betting markets right up until tonight’s deadline.
Sanchez is currently 1/2 to end up at Eastlands and 7/5 to stay at the Emirates, as for Coutinho bookies have been kept guessing, with the Brazilian priced up at 4/5 to remain a Liverpool player and 10/11 to sign for Barcelona.
Ladbrokes’ Jessica Bridges told SBC: “Transfer Deadline Day can often be hit and miss, but the bets flying in at present suggests this summer’s finale is going to be a corker. Transfer markets are the ultimate sort of wager where punters can put their opinion on the line – whether that’s with their heart or their head – rather than backing an odds-on poke for the sake of it in a Saturday acca.
“Fans of all football clubs have opinions, generally strong ones, about the sorts of players that clubs should or shouldn’t sign. So if you’re able to place a bet and make some money out of it in the process then even better as far as punters are concerned.”
The drama and inevitabilities of deadline day began early, with Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain keeping everyone on their toes by rejecting the approach from Chelsea and opting to move to Liverpool. Bridges revealed: “He was 1/10 yesterday to move to the Blues, so fair play to all those who were on Liverpool at the 11/2 available on Tuesday.”