oddschecker looks at eight key players soon to be out of contract and where the transfer odds suggest they might end up by the start of the season.
First of all, we look at some of the players whose contracts run out tomorrow (30th June).
The name on everyone’s slips this summer is definitely Christian Eriksen, who has attracted more bets placed than anyone else in the last week. After suffering a cardiac arrest in the Euro’s 2020 opening game and battling through the most difficult year of his life, Eriksen had an excellent season with Brentford and has been tipped for a move back to the big time.
Newcastle (10/1) are the current fan favourites to land the Danish international and account for 35.8% of total bets, while Brentford (13/10) and Manchester United (8/13) account for 29.3% and 28% respectively. The prospect of a dramatic return to Tottenham has also been spoken about this summer but now looks unlikely with odds drifting as low as (22/1).
The controversial figure is approaching the twilight of his career but finished the season with 11 goals in La Liga. Speculation about his future has been rampant for months, with rumours about a sensational return to the Premier League to link up with his former teammate Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa (6/1). However, these rumours have died down in recent weeks with a return South America now looking the most likely destination.
With wild speculation around Ousmane Dembele’s future all season, the saga seems to continue on well into the summer. After having failed to agree personal terms with Barcelona, the World Cup winner seems destined to test the free agency waters with a host of clubs awaiting his decision. Barcelona remain the favourites to re-sign the player (4/5) but Chelsea continue to be interested with their odds shortened (9/2) as the saga drags on.
After having a successful loan spell at West Ham previously it’s no surprise they are the favourites to sign him this window (4/9). After directly contributing to 13 goals in 16 games on loan at the Hammers, it’s no surprise he has an array of admirers across Europe. Newcastle (7/4) and Brighton (8/1 worst offer) are two such clubs who have expressed an interest, with Roma (20/1) surfacing as an outside chance to re-unite Lingard and Jose Mourinho.
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Meanwhile, here are some of the key player's clubs might be thinking about cashing in on this summer to avoid losing them for free in a year’s time.
After losing Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich earlier in the window, Liverpool now faces the prospect of losing Mohamed Salah who is refusing to sign a new deal. Off the back of a Champions League final defeat, his contract entering its final year and Real Madrid circling as his next possible destination (6/1), he faces an uncertain future and is heavily tipped to be the next high profile exit at Anfield. Could this spell the end of Liverpool’s time at the top of English football?
Raheem Sterling & Riyad Mahrez
Key players for Pep Guardiola over the past several years, Man City could lose two of their most influential stars in one window. With both of their contracts ending in 2023, City face the dilemma to try and sign them to new long-term deals or cash in while they still can.
The latter seems to be the case with Raheem Sterling, who’s odds to join Chelsea have dropped drastically from (6/4) to (1/14) in the last week. Sterling has been in and out of the squad all season and has seemed to have dropped down the pecking order for the Citizens. This may have made up his mind as he looks to force City’s hand and materialise a move to the capital city.
The same can’t be said about Riyad Mahrez, who is reportedly in ‘advanced discussions’ to sign a new deal with the Premier League champions after a third league title in four years. That being said, if personal terms can’t be agreed there would be a number of clubs interested in the tricky winger.
Juventus is his favoured destination at (9/1) with Barcelona’s odds shortening to (12/1) this week as they look to intensify their transfer strategy and re-invest the money they receive from the eventual sale of Frenkie De Jong.
Newcastle are looking to flash their chequebook and may look use the threat of free agency to get a star player. With an outside chance, they sit at a (16/1 best price) to sign Marcus Rashford from Manchester United.
The England international has been out of favour with the Red Devils for the past year and with his contract expiring in 2023, this may be the time they decide to cut ties with their local hero. Other clubs to have expressed an interest include PSG and Barcelona, but he is heavily favoured to remain at least one more season and prove himself under a new manager.
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