Best backed summer transfer window moves: Jadon Sancho, Kai Havertz, Thiago, Coutinho part of eight players odds-on for big Premier League moves

Jadon Sancho has been a star for Borussia Dortmund

With Nathan Ake already set to join Manchester City for £40m, we pick out eight other players currently odds-on to complete a big Premier League transfer before September 12.

Not even a week had passed since the final day of the longest Premier League season in history, when Manchester City were agreeing their first major deal of the summer.

It could be argued that they've been slow off the mark compared to Chelsea though, who have already wrapped up the signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, with Kai Havertz seemingly set to follow.

And with the shortest ever summer transfer window following that elongated campaign, it makes sense that clubs would want to be quick off the mark. So who else could soon be making a move?

Kai Havertz

  • Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea
  • Shortest odds: 1/8
Kai Havertz: Bayer Leverkusen forward finished the Bundesliga campaign in fine form

We've already mentioned Kai Havertz, and a big move has been mooted for a while now.

Who knows why Chelsea are putting so much money into strengthening their already powerful attack rather than their pitiful defence, but they are.

The Blues are thought to be finalising a deal worth up to £90m for the German forward - an eye-watering sum given what they already have at their disposal.

He's expected to stay at Bayer Leverkusen for as long as they remain in the Europa League and then move to Stamford Bridge. It seems like a done deal at 1/8, but the longer it gets delayed, the longer Chelsea have to see sense and deploy their resources elsewhere.


Jadon Sancho

  • Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United
  • Shortest odds: 1/8

It seems like there is a genuine appetite from all three parties to get this deal done. Jadon Sancho has been linked with Manchester United for almost all of his three years in Germany.

The pandemic seemed to throw some doubt in, but the noises being made and the 1/8 odds suggest the England winger's return to the Premier League is a mere inevitability.

Jadon Sancho has been linked with a move to the Premier League

Donny van de Beek

  • Ajax to Manchester United
  • Shortest odds: 1/3

Football Critic's Paul Macdonald wrote about Donny van de Beek at length for Sporting Life in June, suggesting that Real Madrid and Manchester United should be the two clubs battling to sign the midfielder from Ajax this summer.

Well he could be on to something - and there could still be time to make some money ourselves if he's right.

While he is odds-on at 1/3 to move to Old Trafford during the current transfer window, the Dutchman is still available at 7/4 with multiple bookies.

Paul Pogba's re-emergence probably makes this deal less likely, but a midfield trio of Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and van de Beek would be truly mouthwatering.

A move to Real is odds-against everywhere (best priced 11/2) which is perhaps illustrative of the financial issues Spanish clubs are expected to face because of Covid-19.


Thiago Alcantara

  • Bayern Munich to Liverpool
  • Shortest odds: 1/4
Thiago celebrates a goal for Bayern Munich

I realise it's hard for 1/4 to sound like a good price in any context, however the level of noise surrounding Liverpool's pursuit of Thiago makes it feels as though it should be shorter.

The Spain midfielder has told Bayern he has no interest in extending his current contract, due to expire in 2021, and therefore they have said they're open to selling him this summer.

Sound familiar? Bayern benefited from the exact same situation when they signed Leroy Sane from Manchester City at well below market value only a few short weeks ago.

If it is indeed true that the German champions have cut Thiago's price to just £27m then surely Liverpool will snap their hands off. If there's one thing Jurgen Klopp's side lacks it's a creative, 'door opening' midfielder.

They don't come much better.

Season stats for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara


Philippe Coutinho

  • Barcelona to Arsenal
  • Shortest odds: 1/3

Talking of creative midfielders, Liverpool and Bayern Munich, here's another one. Philippe Coutinho has failed to command a regular starting spot in Germany since moving on loan from Barcelona last summer, and it's for the exact reason why Liverpool are going after Thiago - Coutinho doesn't suit the system.

The Brazilian is a pure number 10, as opposed to the number eight Thiago who is ready-made for both the Reds and Bayern. Coutinho's 1/3 odds to sign for Arsenal feel way too short though - the best-priced 11/4 sounds more sensible.

Should the Gunners lose the FA Cup final, and the former Liverpool man joins them, he won't be playing European football of any description in 2020/21 which just feels totally wrong.

Even the Europa League is beneath this creative genius, he just needs to find a team that suits him. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see him pop up at PSG (5/1) instead and rediscover his form in Europe's elite competition.


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Willian

  • Chelsea to Arsenal
  • Shortest odds: 1/10

Introducing our most odds-on player: Willian. This might look as done as done can be, with agent Kia Joorabchian saying his client's future will be announced after the FA Cup final, but current club Chelsea, Barcelona and David Beckham's Inter Miami are reportedly all still in the hunt.

So it's no surprise Joorabchian tried to pour cold water on the idea that the Brazilian has already agreed to join Arsenal on a free transfer by claiming there are lots of offers on the table, but you suspect that is more of a PR exercise given what's at stake on Sunday.

You can still get a price of 1/3 on Willian to sign for Arsenal though, which shocks me.

It's looking like it could be successive seasons where a player has lined up in a huge Chelsea v Arsenal clash knowing they would be swapping camps the following day, as Petr Cech was between the sticks as the Gunners were slapped 4-0 in the Europa League final before taking up his role as technical director at Stamford Bridge.

Funny that.


Thomas Partey

  • Atletico Madrid to Arsenal
  • Shortest odds: 4/11
Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey

Given the years spent neglecting both their defence and defensive midfield, you could be forgiven for thinking Arsenal are repeating old errors (much like Chelsea) when in comes to squad strengthening, when Willian and Coutinho are odds-on to join them by September 12. But then there is Thomas Partey.

The midfielder that the club has been crying out for for almost a decade.

Not since Alex Song, whose impact was good enough to attract Barcelona but easily slips through the memory bank because of his forgettable spell at West Ham when he returned to the Premier League, have the Gunners had a proper anchorman.

Arsenal's attempts to sign have so far failed. They are determined to snare the Ghanaian for much less than his £45.5m release clause, but Atletico won't budge.

This surely has to be a priority signing for Mike Arteta.


Declan Rice

  • West Ham to Chelsea
  • Shortest odds: 4/6

Chelsea's links to Declan Rice, a player they released from their academy, is an expected antidote to their attacking.

The longest odds of our list it probably shows that it's more of a case of putting two and two together than anything else 'Chelsea need some defensive players now and who is about' kind of thing.

Billy Gilmour's long-term injury has presented a problem in that regard, but there is still Jorginho, N'Golo Kante and the more defensively-minded Mateo Kovacic to choose from so for Rice to come in surely there has to be either a change in style or some departures.


Odds correct as of 2100 30/07

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