Betting Special: Arsenal interest throws the betting wide open on Suarez’s next club

The Liverpool striker previously seemed nailed on to move to Real Madrid, but last week’s reports of Arsene Wenger’s bid have caused the bookies to have a rethink

Despite Luis Suarez making no secret of his desire to play for Real Madrid, Arsenal’s recent transfer enquiry has thrown the wantaway striker’s future into doubt.

While Los Blancos remain favourites to secure the Liverpool man’s signature this summer, odds of 10/11 (1.91) represent the best price yet since he announced his intention to leave Anfield.

Arsene Wenger’s interest in the player caused odds on him moving to the Emirates to be slashed to 11/4 (3.75), but The Reds’ refusal to entertain offers from their Premier League rivals is thought to have prompted the Frenchman to return to Real Madrid with an improved bid for Gonzalo Higuain.

The Argentina international’s move to London would seemingly pave the way for Suarez to head to the Bernabeu, and conspiracy theorists may interpret The Gunners’ interest in the Liverpool forward simply as a ruse to kick the Spanish side into action.

Chelsea have also been credited with an interest in the Uruguayan star, and their struggle to bring main targets Radamel Falcao, Robert Lewandowski or Edinson Cavani to Stamford Bridge could make a move for the 26-year-old more likely, at odds of 9/2 (5.50).

Lewandowski has been told to wait until his contract expires next summer before securing his anticipated transfer to Bayern Munich, and the fact that new manager Pep Guardiola shares an agent with Suarez could make a move for Liverpool’s top scorer a convenient alternative for this season, at odds of 10/1 (11.00).

Manuel Pellegrini will also be looking to make an impression on a new side after taking over at Manchester City, and he is available at 12/1 (13.00) to seal the striker’s signature, having allowed Carlos Tevez to leave.

PSG seem determined to match Monaco’s headline-grabbing move for Falcao by splashing out on Cavani, and both French clubs are on offer at 25/1 (26.00) to make another bold move for Suarez, while Falcao’s former club Atletico Madrid are also available at that price to bring in the former Ajax man as replacement.

Elsewhere, Barcelona, AC Milan and Juventus are all rated at 33/1 (34.00) to sign the South American, although with Neymar, Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez already among their respective ranks, forwards are hardly the priority for those clubs.

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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