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.
Speculation over the future of Liverpool’s Fernando Torres increased over the weekend and indications are that a move away from Anfield is inevitable.
Red’s boss Roy Hodgson has been able to tell fans that talisman Steve Gerrard has committed his future to the club.
With the announcement of new signing Joe Cole on a free transfer from Chelsea, Hodgson was hopeful that managing director Christian Purslow could convince Torres to stay.
But following talks last week, Torres has made no promise and since then former Liverpool manager and Kop legend Kenny Dalglish was only able to offer fans more words of hope.
Dalglish said last week: “I hope Torres stays. Only Fernando knows what he is going to do.”
Now, Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is waving his cheque book in Torres’ direction with a big hint that he wants him at Maine Road.
He wants a squad with world class players in every position and despite £78m of purchases this summer City have indicated that they will continue to spend in their search for Premier League success.
Mancini has said: "Torres is one of the best strikers in Europe and is already playing in the Premier League for three years and knows it very well."
"But it depends on his situation – his price and whether he wants to come.”
The betting barometer is moving Manchester City’s way, Skybet are a even money that Torres will sign for City this window.
For a striker ambitious for Premier League honours, the odds say that the Blues are the bet. Betfred offers odds of 5/1 Man City and 16/1 Liverpool for the Premier League title.