20 Aug Lionel Messi tells Barcelona he is extra more likely to depart then keep
The coronavirus pandemic has made the transfer market unsure — and you’ll find out when the home windows open right here — however listed here are the rumours floating round Europe’s massive leagues and past.
TOP STORY: Messi sees his future away from Barcelona
Lionel Messi has instructed new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman that he’s extra more likely to depart Camp Nou than keep, in keeping with Catalan radio station RAC1.
Messi reportedly lower quick his vacation to satisfy with Koeman on Thursday and although the Argentine stays underneath contract for another yr, he’s believed to have dealt the membership a contemporary blow simply days after their 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals.
Football4cast sources said new Barcelona boss Koeman and Messi have met, and that the club is calm about Messi will leading the new project on the pitch under the guidance of the former Netherlands coach.
Koeman himself said that he wanted the opportunity to sit down with the No.10 and explain his vision, but now he faces having to persuade the 33-year-old to stay.
The news has of course put other clubs on red alert, with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City the only realistic targets.
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Arsenal and Juve consider player swap
Arsenal and Juventus are said to be discussing a swap deal that would see Alexandre Lacazette head to Turin and Federico Bernardeschi move to London.
That’s according to the Daily Star, which reports Juve are leading the swap as they look to add Frenchman Lacazette to their attacking armoury, and who have even reportedly opened talks with the Gunners despite the fact that Wolves striker Raul Jimenez remains the Bianconeri’s top target. Lacazette is yet to agree an extension to his contract at the Emirates, which currently runs out in 2022.
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Arsenal, of course, are still waiting for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign an extension to his deal, and if they can persuade the Gabon striker to stay then they would be more willing to let Lacazette move, particularly if it meant they could bolster their midfield.
Arsenal see Bernardeschi as the perfect addition to an area currently in need of improvement.
Man United join the race for Magalhaes
While some sources are suggesting that Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes is set to undergo a medical at Arsenal in the next few days, Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio believes Manchester United have joined the race for his signature.
Napoli are also believed to be interested in Magalhaes’ services, though Arsenal were supposed to be on the verge of adding the consistent central defender to their backline. Indeed, Lille President Gerard Lopez told TalkSport radio station that he believed Magalhaes would choose between Arsenal and Napoli in the next 24 hours.
However, it would appear as though Manchester United are hoping to hijack Arsenal’s move, along with PSG.
Both Arsenal and Manchester United are keen to bolster their defences ahead of the new season, while PSG are looking to replace the outgoing Thiago Silva. Napoli, meanwhile, are keen to sign a central defender with Kalidou Koulibaly expected to leave.
– Leeds United are hoping to sign Valencia striker Rodrigo this summer, reports Di Marzio. Marcelo Bielsa, who’s reportedly on the verge of agreeing his personal keep at Elland Street, is eager to strengthen his Championship-winning squad earlier than his aspect faces Liverpool ion the opening day of the season. The 29-year-old Rodrigo scored seven targets in 34 appearances for Valencia final season.
– Aston Villa are making ready a bid for Brentford ahead Ollie Watkins within the subsequent few days, experiences the Each day Mail. Watkins, they are saying, is Villa’s high goal and is valued at £25 million by the Championship membership after he scored 26 targets for the Bees in all competitions final season, whereas Villa’s bid is reportedly nearer to £18m, and is thus more likely to be rejected,