With the transfer window done and dusted and over one billion pounds spent, the odds for the main premier league outright markets have shifted considerably. We take a look at the main movers and their transfer activity over the summer 2016 transfer window.
Arguably the biggest story of the transfer window was the return of Paul Pogba to Old Trafford, though the appointment of Jose Mourinho and other additions of Ibrahimovic, Mkhitaryan and Bailley have transformed the Red Devils back into the powerhouse they once were. The end of last season saw them priced as long as 6/1 to win the premier league this year, though they have now come into 11/4. What a difference four months makes!
In contrast, Man City announcing Guardiola early last season was all the bookies needed to install them as favourites for the title this year. Despite nine signings including John Stones, big name clear-outs like Joe Hart and a bubbling situation with Yaya Toure, 6/4 has been the going rate for City to win the league since May.
Heading down south, where the rebuilding job at Chelsea is well underway. Their transfer window in its entirety can be loosely compared with Manchester United’s, with a new manager, a returning big name player in David Luiz and other welcome additions to the squad like Premier League winner N’Golo Kante. Many experts and tipsters alike fancy Chelsea to win the league this year, though many stating the bigger price compared with the Manchester clubs being the main reason. It’s fair to say 5/1 is an attractive price, which was as long as 7/1 in June.
Up the M25 to North London and Arsene Wenger came under a lot of pressure this transfer window, with many Gunners fans growing impatient with the lack of proven top class footballers arriving at the Emirates. Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi seem to have eased the pressure for now. It’s fair to say that even the most avid Arsenal fan would not see Arsenal winning the title this year and the bookies agree with the current price at 11/1, which once read 9/2 back in May.
Premier League Champions Leicester appear to have been brought back down to Earth and are currently priced at 60/1, starting the transfer window at 20/1. Ranieri has brought in some accomplished but not world beating talent, which is very typical of the squad last year. Even the most avid foxes fan would admit a punt on Leicester to win the league is one made with the heart, not the head.
Lastly, Mauricio Pochettino’s main aim has been to build on his squad as opposed to a major overhauls, which is reflective of a side who put in a valiant title bid last time out and have Champions League to look forward to. Spurs have made five signings all of which have decent top flight experience and enough ability to force their way into the starting 11, without being guaranteed starters straight away. The most avid Tottenham fan would admit the title seems out of reach at this stage and at 22/1 the market agrees.