Bookmakers’ odds are usually a fairly good indicator when it comes to clubs signing players.
Companies will often slash their odds on a certain player joining a club if they hear any information from a reliable source or if there’s been a flurry of bets.
That’s been the case where Julian Draxler is concerned. According to Manchester Evening News, German bookmaker bwin have had to slash the odds of Draxler joining Manchester United from 11/1 to 3/1 after a large amount of bets.
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A spokesperson said: "German bookmakers bwin took a huge amount of bets last night for Manchester United to be the next destination for Wolfsburg's Julian Draxler.
"Due to being inundated with bets, the firm has had to slash odds from 11/1 to 3/1.”
Glenn Woodage, a bookmaker at bwin, said: “Interest in Draxler is rising and the betting suggests long-term admirer Mourinho doesn’t want to see a rival European heavyweight lure the German wonderboy away from United’s clutches.
“Punters expect them to move quickly as another eye-catching performance in the quarters is likely to spark a bidding war.”
Another Bundesliga star
While United haven’t really been linked with Draxler before this report, there is one Bundesliga star that appears set to arrive at Old Trafford. That man is Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan with Bild claiming that the Red Devils will announce the signing next week.
It’s believed that Jose Mourinho will part with £35 million to bring the 27-year-old to the Theatre of Dreams. Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke was quoted by ESPN on Tuesday as saying: "We at some stage need to make a final assessment, and since we begin pre-season on Monday, we will do it at the weekend.
"We've got another situation now. Manchester United have significantly improved their offer. The management will make a decision. At the weekend, definitely.”
If United do complete the signing of Mkhitaryan, then it would be a surprise the see the club make a move for Draxler.
With the likes of Memphis Depay, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Adnan Januzaj, Jesse Lingard as well as the imminent arrive of Mkhitaryan, United have plenty of competition when it comes to attacking midfielders or wingers.
However, Draxler - who is still only 22 - showed just how good he is with an excellent performance for Germany against Slovakia at Euro 2016. United fans will be praying that the bookmakers know something they don’t and that the talented German is on his way to their club.
But, even if Draxler doesn’t arrive, United are expecting some high-profile signings this summer. They have already completed the purchase of Eric Bailly for £30 million while Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to be announced by the end of this week.
But Mourinho will no doubt continue to add to this United squad as he attempts to get them back to the top of English football after three underwhelming campaigns since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.