It can’t be true, can it? For some reason, a game of Chinese whispers has led to a flurry of bets on Liverpool striker Luis Suarez signing not for Real Madrid, or Bayern Munich, or any other top side on the continent, but joining – wait for it – Arsenal, and as a result bwin have been forced to slash the odds on the transfer occurring.
Quite why this has happened is not quite clear, but as the wild rumour swept yesterday that Suarez was on his way to the Emirates – and nobody can be too sure why they started – punters were falling over themselves to back the Uruguayan to join Arsene Wenger’s side.
And from a best priced 80/1 in the morning, the former Ajax hitman is now as short as 2/1 to line up in north London next term.
But let’s be honest, there is as much chance of Suarez having Patrice Evra round for dinner than that happening.
Not only would Liverpool not dream of selling Suarez to Arsenal, a team they are trying to catch up in the race for Champions League places, it is highly unlikely that the Gunners could afford the £40 million-plus that the Reds would ask for – even if Wenger is set to enjoy a significant transfer kitty this summer.
And then there is Suarez himself, who apparently wants to leave Liverpool because of the British media and press intrusion (yeah, right) so a move to London – the media hub of the country – is not going to be on his agenda.
But what the hurry to back Suarez-to-Arsenal has done is force a drift in the odds on the striker moving to the one place where he wants to go – Real Madrid.
Suarez has told anybody who will listen (and a few who don’t want to) that he wants to join Carlo Ancelotti’s side and the Spanish giants are now 5/4 from a best price 9/2 t0 to sign the Liverpool No.7.
And if you think he is able to force through a transfer then that is the bet – it is his only likely destination.
Suarez is 2/1 to stay at Liverpool until January at the earliest, while it is 12/1 and bigger he lines up for other clubs next term.