After what has felt like there has been a match every single day for nearly three weeks, the Football Index world has hit the pause button somewhat. Today sees the first of three treble media days as the EFL Cup and other Cup competitions across Europe do not count for match day dividends, meaning we’ve a three whole days of treble media dividends. So who looks set to bring home the 8p, 5p and 2p dividends that are on offer?
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It should come as little surprise that sitting on top of the media rave this morning is of course, Barcelona’s new signing, Phillipe Coutinho (£4.10). The little Brazilian magician has dominated the media in January amassing over 19,000 media points (iit’sonly the 9th January!) winning the 5p dividend every day bar one in January, when Virgil Van Dijk (£1.89) nodded home a winner in the Merseyside Derby on Friday. Even though the big money transfer has now been completed, Coutinho looks sure to bring home more dividends in the next three days.
One of January’s most anticipated transfer stories was undoubtedly, what would happen to Alexis Sanchez (£5.04)? The Chilean was desperate to leave Arsenal for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City back in August, having a move blocked on transfer deadline day. It had been fairly quiet for the Arsenal number seven so far in January, but news was circulating online last night that Sanchez had agreed a personal terms package with the Cityzens.
This was reported by respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, a package had been agreed if a deal could be struck in January and an alternative package in the summer if a move couldn’t be made. This one looks nailed on and the ball is firmly in the Gunners court in whether or not to take some funds or keep Sanchez for the remainder of the season. This news saw the Chileans price spike yesterday and will surely amass some media interest!
Phillipe Coutinho and Alexis Sanchez seem to be the main candidates but will Index favourites Neymar (£8.02) and Lionel Messi (£7.88) feature? Or will more transfer targets like Antoine Griezmann (£4.08), Thomas Lemar (£2.40) and Jonny Evans (£1.39) have some transfer movement that delivers some media dividends?
What do traders think?