This entry was posted on Monday, July 18th, 2011

Premier League big boys kick off their own debt crisis.

Given the tabloid press don’t have much actual football to discuss over the summer, it has always struck us as somewhat of a stroke of fortune that the back pages can be filled with the potential comings and goings at all the top Premier League clubs. These days, football transfers are all about making money, so it is little surprise the big betting companies are keen to take their slice of the pie. Here are four markets to watch for:

Cesc Fabregas:

Rivalling only the T20 in annual tedium, the ‘Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona’ transfer, is back once more this year. And this time it appears to be happening. However, the two previous big stars to leave under Wenger (not you Jeffers) – Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira – were both dispatched by mid-July. If Arsenal intend to sell a star, Arsene likes to set them on their way early, giving him ample time to sort a work permit for that 14 year old Sudanese replacement. Financially Arsenal don’t need to sell at the moment and Fabregas has a contract until 2015, so we think 2.0 on Betfair is a good price for the Spanish midfielder to stay in North London.

Carlos Tevez:

The facially-challenged Argentinian is not one for a testimonial, having failed to last three seasons at the same club since he left his beloved Boca Juniors back in 2004. Subsequently, he has tearfully left his beloved Corinthians, begrudgingly quit his beloved West Ham, regrettably walked out on his beloved Manchester United and now reluctantly needs to leave his beloved City, to return to Corinthians, who he liked so much in the first place that he went on strike. Tevez told an Argentinean TV show earlier in the summer that, ‘I’m never going back to Manchester’ which seems to clear that one up, but his huge wage demands could hinder a move away. This does however look set to be a battle won by the player.

Luka Modric:

Possibly the most intriguing summer tug-of-war concerns the Croatian midfielder. Modric has handed in a written transfer request (which you can read here,) but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has promised supporters that the Croatian is going nowhere. Levy could blink first – Spurs fans will recall similar comments about Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov before they moved on to Manchester United. No doubt the price will jump around aplenty all window, until Modric leaves on August 31st at 9pm, to the orgasmic delight of a salivating Jim White.

Samir Nasri:

The most evenly balanced transfer market, with Nasri 1.65 to stay and 1.71 to head off. Man City always get what they want. Bye Samir.

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