Whether Van Persie is in England to defend his crown next season remains to be seen, although odds of 10/1 (bet365 £200 free bets) are available that the Dutchman scores another hatful and perhaps he will do that in an Arsenal or Manchester City shirt.
If the 28-year-old does go to the Etihad Stadium, there will be fierce competition for places considering that Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli will all be demanding that Roberto Mancini picks them although the Champions League can appease those big egos.
It is Aguero who is the shortest priced City striker in the Golden Boot market and odds of 8/1 (Paddy Power free bets) are available about a player who adjusted quickly to the Premier League last term and produced some outstanding performances starting with that cameo against Swansea City.
Perhaps Tevez might finally get his wish this summer and leave City, especially if RVP is in the frame, although the former Manchester United man will be a goal threat if he sticks around and can be taken at 20/1 to finish top of the charts.
Then there is Mario Balotelli who Mancini claimed might be sold this summer, although the 21-year-old appears to be maturing if his displays at Euro 2012 are any kind of yardstick and the former Inter forward is also 20/1 to finish top of the scoring charts.
Perhaps we should look away from the champions for the value and Wayne Rooney is likely to get more matches under his belt for Manchester United than any of his City counterparts. It’s hard to argue with the 9/1 on offer although rotation will happen at Old Trafford, while the same applies at Chelsea where Fernando Torres is priced at 10/1.
Torres actually won the Golden Boot at Euro 2012 for being joint-top scorer although two of these were against an average Republic of Ireland side and there will be competition for places at Stamford Bridge, with the Spaniard clearly not admired too greatly by Roberto Di Matteo.
The player that we really like is Luis Suarez at 16/1 and we can largely ignore last season’s modest return on the basis that the Uruguayan had an ugly racist spat with Patrice Evra that saw the striker banned for eight games. Suarez still managed a total of 16 goals and should benefit from Brendan Rodgers’ style of play.
We also know that some outsiders will run into the frame and the players that make interest are Nikica Jelavic (33/1) and Papiss Cisse (25/1). Both players arrived at their respective clubs in January and proved to be prolific.