MLS and Premier League Club Battling For Arjen Robben
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Arjen Robben is looking for a new club next season, but could a possible return to the Premier League be on the cards for the former Chelsea man?
Leicester City are the surprise second favourites at 5/2 (+250) with BetVictor to bring the flying Dutchman back to the Premier League this summer after a run of bets on the potential deal.
Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers was a coach at Chelsea's academy while Robben was ripping Premier League defences to shreds during his time at Stamford Bridge and luring the 35-year-old back to the Premier League would be something of a major coup for Leicester.
Robben is leaving Bayern Munich after 10 years with the German giants and his free agent status makes him an attractive proposition for a number of clubs worldwide.
A move to join the likes of Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Major League Soccer is the 7/4 (+175) favourite with BetVictor with the player understood to be open to the idea of trying his luck in the United States.
A return to his native Holland to wind down his career is a 4/1 (+400) shot with BetVictor with PSV Eindhoven and Groningen among the attacker's former clubs.
Outsiders in Robben Chase
Benfica have also been linked with a move for Robben in the Portuguese press recently and a move to Portugal is 6/1 (+600).
Manchester United, who are looking to rebuild their squad following a disappointing season, are 20/1 (+2000) to sign Robben having last tried to sign him before he moved to Chelsea in 2004.
Premier League rivals Everton, Arsenal and West Ham are big outsiders at 25/1, but all the recent money appears to be on Leicester to be leading the chase for the 35-year-old and they could well leapfrog the MLS in the betting before long.
In other transfer betting news, Paul Pogba has been shortened down to evens (+100) with 888Sport to join Real Madrid this summer, with the French star heavily backed by punters to leave Manchester United for Spain.
Pogba’s future at Old Trafford has long been the subject of discussion, and with reports of a £160m bid being prepared by Real, the online bookmaker has slashed its odds of a summer move.
Pogba to Real Madrid was priced as large as 8/1 (+800) with 888Sport last month, and 4/1 (+400) last week, but at 1/1 (+100) this week the move is looking increasingly likely.
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Pete O'Rourke is an experienced football journalist who has worked for the Press Association, Sky Sports, ESPN and others across three decades in the industry.