Arsenal have been linked with a sensational £25m bid for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.Bookmakers have stopped taking bets on the Uruguay forward joining the Gunners after a series of “massive” bets were placed on the move in Spain..
The Uruguay international last month said he was ready to consider a move away from Liverpool, although the Reds insist he is not for sale.
The Sun is reporting that Bookies stopped taking bets on the £25million-rated Liverpool striker quitting Anfield for the Emirates.The controversial hitman had been strongly tipped to join Real Madrid.And it was a series of massive bets in Spain with the Gunners as his destination which forced William Hill to close their market.
On Wednesday morning, Suarez was 12/1 to join Arsenal this summer, a price that had been slashed to 5/6 by 20:30 BST, when the market was suspended.
William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams stated : “The big bets were from a group of punters based in Barcelona which would suggest that they have heard something a little bit more substantial than a rumour.We would not be surprised if he is off to the Emirates before the start of next season.”
I suppose there’s a chance Arsenal could buy Luis Suarez, though I massively doubt it. But if it does happen (which, again, it’s probably not), this isn’t why. The fluctuations of the betting markets aren’t necessarily informed by any actual information,betting people can place bets in small markets to manipulate the odds to change betting patterns on other options.
I don’t know if this is what’s happening now, but it or a host of other options are more likely than the idea of gamblers having inside information that Arsenal are buying Luis Suarez, and acting on it.
There is not much to see, although it would be a spectacular for it to happen. Suarez still faces a 6 game ban to start the season. If any club could afford the transfer and could deal with losing him for the start of the season.I personally think this would be an unlikely move, why would Liverpool sell to their direct rivals? why not sell to Real Madrid?
If something does come out of it, it would represent a substantial coup for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, who are making waves in the transfer market so far this summer, at least in terms of rumours.
Weird transfers do happen in football.But don’t bet on it.