It appears as though van Persie will leave Arsenal before the end of August, with the two Manchester clubs and Juventus queuing up to sign the Dutchman and a UEFA spokesman recently claimed that the Italian outfit already had the player’s signature in the bag.
However, the bookies can’t split the trio and Paddy Power offer odds of 6/4 about last season’s Premier League scorer moving to any of these clubs, with AC Milan and Barcelona both as big as 25/1.
You can also bet on whether Van Persie will remain an Arsenal player after the transfer window deadline and the odds on betfair suggest it’s not definite that the team captain will seek pastures new, with the possibility of his contract running its course in the next twelve months.
There’s also the situation regarding Luka Modric where Harry Redknapp claimed last weekend that the club won’t apparently stand in the way of the Croatian leaving for Real Madrid, with Sky Bet’s 1/6 appearing to back up the fact that the Spanish champions look nailed-on to sign him. Manchester United are a distant second favourite at 6/1.
Michael Owen has just left Old Trafford after three seasons of largely warming the bench for the English giants and it remains to be seen whether a Premier League club come in for the former England international who remains favourite to sign for Stoke City at 4/7 (BetVictor free bets).
Norwich City are a 6/1 chance and could be interested in pairing Owen with Grant Holt, although Aston Villa and Everton have drifted after early money for the pair.
The bookies have price up transfer odds about several high-profile players and that includes Clint Dempsey and Craig Bellamy, one of whom might be joining Liverpool and one who looks set to leave Anfield.
Dempsey continues to be on the verge of a switch to the Merseyside club according to the latest odds of 1/5 although Arsenal are a 4/1 chance and have the added advantage of being able to offer Champions League football and a stay in London.
Bellamy is a 1/3 chance with Sky Bet to make a return to Cardiff City on a permanent basis having spent a season on loan with the Bluebirds before completing a transfer from Manchester City to Liverpool. QPR could potentially offer him Premier League football with Mark Hughes clearly a fan of his fellow Welshman.
Finally, much has been made of a potential return to Leicester City for Emile Heskey who appears to have played his final game for Aston Villa, with the Foxes an even money poke to land the former England forward while Blackburn Rovers are a 4/1 chance.