Angel Di Maria to Paris St-Germain – 1/3
Manchester United have already spent £83.1 million this summer and reportedly have designs on a goalkeeper, centre back and striker, so a bit of book-balancing is required, and £59.7 million record signing Di Maria appears to have been earmarked as expendable. It would seem as though their luck is in too, with Laurent Blanc confirming Paris St-Germain’s interest, and an enticing fee of £47 million being discussed.
David de Gea to Real Madrid – 8/11
Last time we checked in on the de Gea situation, even after Louis van Gaal went in hard on Victor Valdes, he was 1/5 to join Real Madrid. As you can see above, those odds have drifted significantly, albeit not to the point of moving odds-against. The Spanish giants have brought back Iker Casillas’ name-alike Kiko Casilla from Espanyol, but don’t overanalyse this yet, as he could easily be replacing current bench-warmer Keylor Navas as understudy.
John Stones to Chelsea – 10/11
It is no secret that Chelsea need another centre back in the long term, as John Terry and Gary Cahill will be 35 and 30 when the transfer window next reopens and Kurt Zouma is their only other senior player regularly used at centre back. However, this Stones story gained pace from nowhere with the rumours on Friday that Everton knocked back a £20 million bid from the Blues for the 21-year-old England international. These odds suggest that they won’t let it rest.
Kevin De Bruyne to Manchester City – EVENS
This transfer has been talked about since the end of last season – indeed even De Bruyne himself has alluded to the speculation in interviews – but progress has been somewhere between gradual and non-existent. Ten Bundesliga goals and 21 assists for Wolfsburg in 2014/15 proved his quality, but he was chiefly used as a number ten, so his purchase would perhaps trigger a change in Manuel Pellegrini’s Etihad Stadium approach.