The odds have plummeted for Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere to make a surprise move to Roma on loan this summer, a deal I did not believe was likely.
Overnight, Jack was claimed to have agreed a deal to join Crystal Palace on a season-long loan, but when the clubs got to work this morning, it was supposedly a straight fight between Bournemouth and the Eagles.
Just as the Cherries were supposedly swaying the Arsenal lad to the south coast, Roma moved in with a strong move to bring him to Italy, where he could team up with fellow Arsenal youth product Szczesny, who has played together since the Pole joined the club at 16 years-of-age.
The odds have fluctuated throughout the day, but moments ago, Roma moved from 3/1 (4.0) to land Wilshere, into a very short 1/5 (1.2) to succeed in their bid. The prices have since fluctuated again and levelled out, but Betfair remain 1/4 (1.25) for Roma to get their man.
Bournemouth have been in the top two of the betting for much of the day, and appear his most likely destination should he decide to stay in the UK, but the Italian side are believed to be working hard to convince Wilshere to move abroad.
The England international has fallen down the pecking order in North-London following a string of long-term injuries, and with Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin all vying for central midfield roles, a temporary exit to find form and fitness makes sense for both club and country.
Wilshere has always been tipped as a future Arsenal captain, but following a string of setbacks, he has so far failed to meet his full potential.
Does the betting reflect the likelihood of his move to Roma? Would he be better suited to a stay in England?