Online bookmakers are offering free bets for the 2010/11 Barclays Premier League and they are reacting to transfer gossip and news in the build up to the first game on 14 August.
The summer’s main transfer story has gone very quiet lately after a flurry of stories linking Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas to his home town club of Barcelona.
Fabregas signed a contract extension at Arsenal last season, but despite having 5 years left on his contract the World Cup brought with it strong rumours that the Spanish midfielder had agreed a deal with Barca.
Arsenal supremo Arsene Wenger has stressed all along that he intends to keep Fabregas who is the key to the club’s 2010/11 trophy challenge.
Gunner’s fans will be delighted with the latest news of Barcelona’s frustration that Arsenal will not discuss the matter since refusing a reported £30m bid from the Spanish champions.
Barca spokesman Toni Freixa told reporters last night: “Arsenal don’t want to sit down and negotiate with us. It’s not a problem with the wishes of Cesc or of Barca – they simply don’t want to negotiate.”
Bookmaker Totesport are betting on Arsenal’s two main targets for the upcoming season, offering odds of 7/1 to win the Barclays Premier League and 16/1 to win the Champions League.