Today’s instalment of the daily bookies’ eye view on the biggest transfer window talking points contains information from both ends of the speed spectrum.
Read on for the latest news on a from-nowhere mega deal and updates on two more players who have been the subject of tabloid tugs-of war all summer long.
Mario Balotelli 1/100 to be a Liverpool player on 02/09/14
Like Christmas Eve kiddywinkles Anfield accolytes remain on tenterhooks with a bargain-price super striker acquisition tantalisingly close.
Yet it may be that, despite the club shop already printing up legions of Balotelli emblazoned replica shirts, an agreement is further away than the odds suggest.
The Guardian report that the Italian’s £160,000-a-week wage demands are still some way above the kind of remuneration Liverpool are willing to sanction.
His agreement to clauses designed to cover the Merseysiders against the potential effects of his negative behaviour also remain a source of debate.
Angel Di Maria 9/20 to be Manchester United player on 02/09/14
It’s difficult to know which of the duelling red top banjos to believe in the latest bulletin on the wantaway Real Madrid star.
On the one hand, the Red Devils ‘pursuit’ of the Argentine has been given a hearty shot in the arm by what the Daily Star interpret as an admission that Financial Fair Play concerns will rule out a bid for his service from the French capital.
“PSG cannot do what we want. It’s a difficult case” was Les Parisiens boss Laurent Blanc’s cryptic admission.
However, the Daily Express have suggest that signing Di Maria is not on the Old Trafford agenda due to Louis van Gaal’s concerns as to how his presence might harm the development of Adnan Januzaj.
A greater concern for defensive bolstering is also cited as a reason transfer cash my siphoned elsewhere.
Loic Remy 5/1 to be a Tottenham Hotspur player on 02/09/14
The same firmament-dwelling tabloid that’s been busy getting United hopes also reports Tottenham are preparing an £11m bid for Loic Remy.
It’s a fee some £2.5m more than the Frenchman was due to join Liverpool for earlier this summer.
Unfortunately for the Lilywhites, their failure to reach this season’s Champions League means they are unable to activate a clause in the Frenchman’s contract which allows him to exit on the cheap if offered top table European football.