The press continue to wildly speculate about Gareth Bale’s future and perhaps the funniest story of the week was the Daily Star claiming that Bale had signed a 6 year contract at Real Madrid. It turns out that their source was just Real Madrid ‘comic’ Marca. Those Spurs fans still worrying about Gareth Bale’s future needn’t lose a moment’s sleep as the bookies, who are risking their own money on Gareth Bale’s future, are confident he is staying put.
Bale is just 2/7 to be a Spurs player when the transfer window slams shut and that’s about the same odds you’d get on Spurs beating Grimsby at White Hart Lane so it looks pretty likely we’ll get at least one more season of the Welsh wizard. This week’s speculation has seen the odds on him joining Real Madrid shorten though, they’ve jumped ahead of Man Utd in the pecking order with bookies now offering 10/3 that Bale goes to Spain and 10/1 that he goes to Manchester.
Real Madrid could soon have some extra cash to spend as Gonzalo Higuain, apparently Arsenal’s top target this summer, is now just 1/6 to join Napoli. A move for a striker could be top of Real Madrid’s to do list though therefore a move for Luis Suarez could be on the cards. Suarez is as short as even money to join Real Madrid but as big as 2/1 with the bookies now beginning to think he could stay put, Ladbrokes offer the best odds of 13/8 for Suarez to stay at Liverpool.
Back to Spurs and Roberto Soldado looks likely to be the big striker signing that Spurs have needed since Dimitar Berbatov left. This deal could be announced any day and at the time of writing he’s just 1/4 to be a Tottenham player this season. It is worth noting that David Villa was similar odds to join before signing for Atletico Madrid but let’s hope lightning doesn’t strike twice. The signing of Soldado would smash the previous club record of £17 for both Paulinho and David Bentley. Hopefully the former works out a better signing than the latter, Bentley now being a free agent after years in the wilderness. Interestingly Bentley is likely to be playing his football next season in Stoke or Sunderland if the bookies are correct..
The signing of Soldado could signal the end for Adebayor with Besiktas apparently still interested and just 6/4 to sign the Togo international. Meanwhile Spurs have been shortened by the bookies this week for the signings of James McCarthy and Loic Remy, both players have been linked this week and McCarthy is now just 6/4 to join Spurs but odds on to sign for Everton whilst Remy is down to 6/1 to join Spurs but Newcastle are favourites for his signature at 2/1.
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