When the transfer market kicks off after a season ends, there are always pointers as to the direction of a transfer. While these pointers differ according to the players being linked to a club, a key role is played by bookmakers in pointing the destination of a player during a transfer season. This particular transfer season has seen bookmakers call the shots correctly in terms of transfers concerning Arsenal. In the case of Alexis Sanchez, although he was signed in early July, some bookmakers stopped taking bets on him moving to Arsenal as far back as late May, which only means they could serve as a strong hint as to where a player would end up. This particular scenario has played out in eventually every Arsenal transfer this season.
With this in mind, the bookmakers are at it again, with the links of William Carvalho to Arsenal, the 22 year old Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder was the subject of a £24 million bid from Arsenal a couple of weeks ago which was reported by Portuguese daily O jogo. Now bookmaker Skybet puts the odds of him joining Arsenal at 1/1 evens.
When the news of Arsenal’s bid for William Carvalho was revealed, it came as a surprise to many watchers of Arsenal as nobody saw it coming because, the players that have been linked to the club before then was Sami Khedira, Morgan Schneiderlin and Lars Bender. Which further strengthens the stands of the bookmakers in their odds on this one.
The way Arsene Wenger conducts his transfer business is mazely at best, with Manchester United the other club that have been linked to the Angolan born William Carvalho, it remains to be seen how Arsene Wenger plays his card in respect of this transfer. As there are claims within media circles in Portugal that Sporting Lisbon want the full complement of the player’s buy out clause which stands at £34, a figure Arsenal are not willing to meet.
With the financial situation at the Lisbon club, there is still a strong chance that Arsenal can pull off the transfer.
What is not clear is how long Arsene Wenger is prepared to wait in respect of the stands of the Portuguese, as he had stated that he would assess the conditions of the midfielders at his disposal before making any move, a statement that could be interpreted to mean that, he is prepared to wait still the latter stages of the transfer window to see what comes out of this deal.
Time will ultimately show how it turns out, yet the bookmakers have given us a pointer.