Morning update from the Paddy Power Blog on all the latest betting moves in sport
Juventus are ready to smash their wage structure for Robin Van Persie as the Serie A club finalise a £20m bid for the Arsenal striker. The Italians are reportedly on course to pay the Dutch international £190,000 per week to get him to sign on the dotted lie.
Luka Modric is reportedly boarding a plane for the States “as we speak” to join Spurs pre-season tour of America. The Croatian had earlier be branded “unprofessional” by new boss AVB who repeatedly tried to prise the Croatian way from Tottenham to Chelsea when the boot was on the other foot.
A reported £15k per day fine and the prospect of a season under AVB may have forced Modric’s change of heart or the news that Scott Parker could be ruled out of the start of the season if he needs an Achilles operation.
Everton’s Tim Cahill (32) is spreading his wings to join the New York Red Bulls after eight years at Goodison Park which is sure to please Liverpool supporters until they hear that Martin Skrtel may quit Anfield in a £20m move to either Zenit St Petersburg or worse … Manchester City.
Richard Hughes has closed the gap at the top of the jockey’s championship to six behind leader Ryan Moore after a double at Windsor last night. Today’s racing comes from Musselburgh (2.00) Soutwell (2.10) Yarmouth (2.20) and Tipperary (2.05) in Ireland. If that’s not enough there are evening meetings at Ballinrobe (5.55) Ffos Las (6.05) and Bangor (6.15).
Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor squeezed through against Mervyn King (10-8) at the World Matchplay Championship in Blackpool last night. Andy Hamilton, Ian White and Mark Webster all also advanced to the quarter-finals. Taylor remains the 6/5 favourite in Paddy Power’s online betting to win it outright.
If the final checkout of any of the World Matchplay matches is 100+, Paddy Power will refund any losing in-running bets!