The pattern within the bookmakers community can always be an indication to which a transfer would end up, although, their assertion is not always cast on stone, as there could be intervening circumstances that would influence the direction of a transfer.
As the January transfer window draws close, Bookmakers Ladbrokes have placed Arsenal as the odds on favourite to sign Hull City defender Andy Robertson. The 20 year old left back has not spent half a season at the KC Staduim having arrived from North of the border in Scotland from Dundee United for a fee of £2.8 million.
Arsenal currently have adequate cover in the left back role in which Nacho Monreal and Kierab Gibbs are the players that have held sway in that position. However, the dearth of cover in defence as created a situation where Nacho Monreal has deputised at centre half in Arsenal’s last game against Hull City. It is not clear whether Arsene Wenger intend to bring in the Scotland international in order to move Nacho Monreal into central defence permanently.
The bookmakers have shown on several occasions that they could point the direction in which a player would end up, prior to Alexis Sanchez’s transfer to Arsenal, several bookmakers stopped taking bets on the Chilean’s transfer to Arsenal almost a month before he joined, which further indicates that their claims in respect of this particular transfer could have some steam to it, and there is also the small matter of Micheal Owen’s move to Manchester United in 2009, when there was no prior notice, yet the news first broke through the bookmakers before he was confirmed to be heading to Old Trafford.
While, some claims could be wide off the mark, a snippet of what Arsenal would do in respect of the January transfer window, has been revealed by this report.
According to the Daily Star, it would take as much as £10 million to prize the former Celtic youth player away from the KC Stadium. A fee that coincidentally falls into the reported £20 million transfer kitty available to Arsene Wenger to spend in the January transfer window.
Arsene Wenger has alluded to the fact that he would rectify the shortage of defenders in the January transfer window, and going by Ladbrokes revelations, they could have given a clue to where Andy Robertson would end up, but ultimately there could be other intervening factors that could alter what happens in respect of this particular transfer.