Betting on Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid for Juventus this summer has been suspended, as speculation intensifies that the Ballon d'Or winner is about to sign for the Italian giants.
Most summers rumours circulate that Ronaldo will leave Madrid. These usually turn out to be unfounded, and are often part of the player's strategy to earn himself an improved contract, but this time there appears to be substance there, with Betfair traders reporting heavy betting on the move.
Ronaldo, who joined Madrid from Manchester United in 2009, is believed to be in advance talks with Juventus. It would be an interesting move for the Portuguese who is believed to be unhappy about a suspended prison sentence for tax evasion, handed to him by a Spanish court last month.
The player might also feel that, after winning four Champions League titles with Madrid, he wants a fresh challenge. The slower pace of Serie A, which Juventus have won for four consecutive seasons, might suit Ronaldo at this stage - he's 33 - and helping Juve to win the Champions League title they so clearly crave would be fantastic way to cement his place as one of the game's all-time greats.
Higuain to leave Juventus for Chelsea?
A transfer of the magnitude of Ronaldo to Juventus will inevitably set off a chain of moves. Ronaldo will demand a starting position, as centre-forward or on the left of the attack, and there's also the small matter of Juve needing to raise money to off-set his wages (around 300,000 euros a week).
Most likely to leave, according to the betting, is Gonzalo Higuain who's 5/4 to join Chelsea this summer. That move could accelerate if Maurizio Sarri is announced as the new Blues manager. Sarri previously managed Higuain at Napoli.
The other player who might leave the Old Lady is Paulo Dybala. He could travel in the opposite direction to Ronaldo, at 7/1 to join Madrid, but Manchester United are also believed to be interested and Dybala to Old Trafford is 16/1.
Wilshire to West Ham looks a done deal and Grealish is set for Spurs
Another transfer that appears to be all but confirmed it Jack Wilshire's move to his boyhood club West Ham. New Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini likes the look of the former-England midfielder, who's been without a club since Unai Emery told him he had no future at Arsenal. The deal should be wrapped up imminently and the Betfair traders have suspended the market after a flurry of bets.
Speaking of midfielders named Jack, Aston Villa's Jack Grealish is reportedly interesting Tottenham. A bid is yet to lodged for the 22-year-old but Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is an admirer of the player, who impressed for Villa in the Championship last season. Grealish is now priced at 1/2 to go to White Hart Lane, in from evens earlier in the week.