Arsene Wenger may have vowed that Arsenal must do all that is humanly possible to keep Robin Van Persie at the club, but there is a growing belief that he will leave the Emirates for Manchester City.
It is 5/2 that Van Persie decides against signing an extension on his present Arsenal contract that expires next summer and instead moves to the reigning Premier League champions.
And punters are taking full advantage of the price, with several four-figure bets already placed on Van Persie ending up at Manchester City this season.
Van Persie’s contract negotiations have been in the headlines since the end of the last season, but the latest round of talks were interrupted by the striker having to head off to Euro 2012 with Holland.
He is now back and Wenger remains hopeful that the loyalty he has shown to Van Persie in the past through some more difficult times will be remembered.
Meanwhile, it is also hoped that the recent signings of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud will go some way into convincing Van Persie that Arsenal do have ambitions to challenge for the Premier League title and not simply battle for a top-four spot.
If Van Persie does decide his future lies elsewhere, there is unlikely to be a shortage of options for his signature, as he may be available for a sum below market value given that Arsenal could lose him on a free next summer.
Juventus have already chanced their arm unsuccessfully with a cheeky £8m bid, but they would surely be prepared to up this if they thought it would be accepted.
The Italian champions are 8/1 to sign Van Persie before the end of the summer transfer window, with Barcelona never one to shy away from a bargain at 6/1.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.