Klaxons have been going off and causing a terrible din all over the football world as player after player swaps their situation for pastures new, with Romelu Lukaku’s switch from Chelsea to Everton – tipped up on these pages (here) at 3/5 earlier this week – among the eye-catching recent moves.
However, there are a few bwin.com transfer markets that should be exploited due to the high likelihood that certain long-linked players won’t be going anywhere, with the three below of particular interest…
James Milner – 11/50 to still be a Manchester City player on 02/09/2014
The rumour mill recently cranked out a story claiming Milner is considering his options this summer, based on recent quotes from the Leeds native, who stated:
“Basically I want to be here as long as I’m playing. I love it here and hopefully I can be here for a long time to come….But that’s determined on how much football I get.”
Milner is going into the last year of his current contract and has not yet signed the new deal his club have offered, but even if he were to agitate for a move it’s highly unlikely City would sell.
Manuel Pellegrini has Jack Rodwell and Scott Sinclair in cold storage in order for his club to meet home-grown quota requirements, and they already have a problem on their hands in that regard, with the Citizens thought to be reluctantly considering selling Javi Garcia in order to appease the authorities.
Milner appeared in four different midfield/attacking positions in the Premier League last term, and can also cover at full-back in an emergency, so City won’t want to lose such a useful body.
Fernando Torres – 3/10 to still be a Chelsea player on 02/09/2014
After bringing in over £30m from the sales of striker’s Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku in recent weeks, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho dropped a huge hint about the future of his £50m Spaniard.
By verbally including “Fernando” in his group of three centre-forwards Chelsea will go into the 2014/15 campaign with, the Special One seems to have closed the door on Torres’ mooted 5/2 move back to first club Atletico Madrid.
In such circumstances, 3/10 on him staying at Stamford Bridge smacks of a value banker.
Paul Pogba – 3/20 to still be a Juventus player on 02/09/2014
This former Manchester United youth has been repeatedly linked with Chelsea and can be backed to join the Blues this summer at 11/4, but with so many top midfielders currently plying their trades at Stamford Bridge, it’s difficult to see where Pogba would fit in.
Juventus are in rude financial health and would likely look to build their side around the Frenchman youngster if Arturo Vidal completes a big-money move to Old Trafford.
With Pogba contracted to the Turin giants for another two seasons, the 21-year-old’s services look certain to be retained.