Cesc Fabregas is now priced at evens to leave Arsenal in the summer transfer window, despite being as short as 1/20 with some bookmakers before the World Cup to join Barcelona.
William Hill have priced the Arsenal midfielder at 8/11 with William Hill to still be at the Emirates on the opening day of the Premier League season, despite being pictured wearing a Barca shirt during Spain’s World Cup victory parade.
Barcelona’s reported financial problems, which saw their players paid late last month whilst the club arranged a new credit agreement with their financial partners, has largely seen the odds drift on Cesc making the move back to the Nou Camp, which will certainly be music to the ears of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.
The other Spanish Premier League star to be subject to transfer speculation, Fernando Torres, is also odds-on at 2/5 with Hill’s to remain at his current club, with punters predicting that new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson will be able to persuade his star striker to stay at Anfield despite the lack of Champions League football.
His Reds teammate Steven Gerrard is 1/6 to remain at Anfield and 7/2 to leave, although Javier Mascherano is expected to leave after making it clear that he would be tempted by a move to Inter Milan, priced at 1/5 to leave Liverpool.
“Decision-day must be approaching for all these players who can no longer hide behind the excuse of concentrating on the World Cup to explain why they have yet to commit themselves to staying where they are, or announcing they want to leave,” said Hill's spokesman Graham