Manchester United remain favourites to sign Dutch winger Arjen Robben in the transfer window this summer.
Sky Bet have indeed shortened the odds on the Bayern Munich star returning to the Premier League before September 2nd, with 3/1 now the price available. That’s in from 7/2 less than a month ago, whilst Manchester City are well back in the market at 12/1 second-favourites.
The odds of a Manchester United move came in drastically once Louis van Gaal was appointed manager, with the Netherlands national team coach tasked with changing the former champions’ fortunes.
Last season was a disaster by the Red Devils’ standards, with David Moyes unable to get the club into Europe and paying with his job. Club legend Ryan Giggs steadied the ship at the end of the season, and now Van Gaal is making his mark.
The Dutchman has already brought Ander Herrera to Old Trafford, and made Luke Shaw the most expensive teenager in world football. A number of his compatriots have also been linked.
Robben is one of them, and reports less than a fortnight ago claimed that Manchester United were preparing a £40million bid to bring the 30-year-old to the club.
Despite his age, the speedster has shown at this World Cup that he still has the ability to cause the best defenders in the world problems - a point proved with his performance against Spain in the opening Group B encounter.
The player’s relationship with Van Gaal is a likely reason for the bookies to shorten the odds on a move, but a contract at the Allianz Arena until 2017 promises to be a serious stumbling block.
Van Gaal has already shown that he’s willing to spend big though, and landing Robben would set the pulses of Manchester United fans racing ahead of the new season.