Transfer news LIVE: Messi ‘doesn’t see future at Barcelona’, Tottenham want Bale, Real Madrid target Lukaku – latest – The Sun
LIONEL MESSI has reportedly told new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman that he "doesn't see a future at the club".
Elsewhere as transfer season reaches fever pitch, Jose Mourinho is keen to offer Gareth Bale an end to his Real Madrid nightmare with a move to Tottenham.
Follow ALL of the latest transfer gossip, news and updates below…
Manchester United have reportedly hijacked Arsenal's bid to sign Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes.
Gianluca Di Marzio reports United made a bid on Friday and the player wants more time to weigh up a move.
The Gunners had agreed a fee of £22.7million with Lille for the 22-year-old Brazilian centre-back.
He reportedly wants two days to think things over – and Arsenal chiefs are sweating, having previously thought a deal would be sealed within 24 hours.
Could the Red Devils have turned his head?
WHAT A MESS
Lionel Messi reportedly told new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman he does not see his future at the club.
Catalan radio RAC1 claims Messi dropped the bombshell during crunch talks with the Catalan giants' new boss.
The Argentine superstar is thought to have cut short his holiday to thrash things out.
But apparently sees himself more “out of the club than in it”.
Fulham have signed Antonee Robinson from Wigan.
The USA star signed a four-year £50,000-a-week deal.
And it is thought the Championship play-off winners paid £1.9million for his services.
He reportedly turned down a return to Everton to sign for Scott Parker's newly-promoted side.
HE KANT SURELY…
Manchester United are being linked with a surprise move for Chelsea star N'Golo Kante.
A number of bets on the move have seen the odds on French World Cup winner Kante becoming a Red Devil slashed.
According to Oddschecker, United are front runners in the race to sign Kante – who could be offloaded by Frank Lampard as part of his squad revamp.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are priced at just 1/2 to poach Kante from West London.
Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Xavier Mbuyamba from Barcelona.
The 18-year-old centre-back has signed on a free transfer until 2023.
He is likely to play youth football for the Blues or be shipped out on loan.
Definitely one for the future, the Holland Under-19 international is highly rated and at 6ft 5in will be a towering presence in the heart of the defence.
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IZ OFF AGAIN
Chelsea's Izzy Brown has joined Sheffield Wednesday on a season-long loan.
The 23-year-old spent last season on loan at Luton Town.
The versatile midfielder has appeared once for the Blues and will being his seventh loan spell.
The former England Under-20s star made 28 appearances for the Hatters in the Championship last term and will once again play in the second tier.
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho could follow ex-team-mate Pedro by heading to Roma.
The Guardian reports Roma are interested in bringing the 28-year-old back to Italy.
And the Blues are supposedly open to letting the former Napoli man leave.
Frank Lampard's side are trying to balance the books as they splash the cash on stars like Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz reportedly on his way too.
RIEL HIM IN
Arsenal are closing in on Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes and the French club's owner has revealed they have told him where to go.
The Gunners are competing with Napoli for the signature of the highly-rated Brazilian 22-year-old.
And Gerard Lopez told talkSPORT: “I think it’s fair to say that Arsenal is of high interest to him, Napoli is of high interest to him.
“We’ve given him plenty of time to make up his mind…whenever we have the number that we want (in terms of fee), feel free to choose.
“We’ve given him some recommendations, but we don’t like to talk [about] it in public because we don’t want people to feel bad or whatever. But yes, we’ve told him where we think he could and should go.”
Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Brighton defender Ben White.
The defender spent last season on loan with Leeds United and won promotion to the Premier League as Championship winners.
The Guardian reports Frank Lampard is a fan of the player and the Blues as well as Liverpool are monitoring his situation with the Seagull suggesting the talented centre-back is not for sale.
Leeds have already had two bids rejected and made a third of £25million but Brighton are holding firm.
Chelsea are moving towards completing a deal for Bayer Leverkusen's Kai Havertz THIS WEEK.
The Guardian reports the Blues are edging towards a deal as they creep up towards the German side's £90million valuation.
Frank Lampard's side originally offered around £72m but after productive meetings between club bosses are thought to be boosting their bid.
And The Telegraph reports Havertz will sign a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge if the gap in valuations can be ironed out.
MAKES SANS TO ME
Louis Saha believes Arsenal are on the brink of completing a deal to land French compatriot Morgan Sanson.
Boss Mikel Arteta is lining up a move for the midfielder as a direct replacement for outcast Matteo Guendouzi.
Sanson, 26, is braced to leave Marseille this summer after being embroiled in a contract dispute with the Ligue 1 side.
He still has two years left on his deal and the two clubs are thought to be haggling over their £36million asking price.
But former Manchester United striker Saha hinted Arsenal will get the deal over the line this summer.
Speaking on the Football Index Podcast, he said: “I heard that Morgan Sanson is potentially moving to Arsenal.”
DANI HAPPY RETURNS
Dani Ceballos has given Joe Willock big birthday wishes on the Arsenal youngster's 21st birthday.
The Spaniard said: “Happy birthday little brother.”
And lower down he added the caption: “See you soon.”
This is leading Arsenal fans to believe the midfielder IS staying put!
Fans will reportedly be treated to an extra 20 live Premier League games in 2020/21 although NONE will be free.
There was hope that, with fans not expected to return to stadiums for a couple of months at least, broadcasters will again allow for a handful of free-to-air games.
However, Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon Prime are said to have successfully banded together to keep matches on their subscription services.
The Mail report that, with fans locked out for the start of the campaign at least, 20 more games will be shown.
Sky's total has been bolstered by 12 to total a whopping 140 live games, with BT handed six more to make 58.
Online streaming service Amazon Prime, which secured a number of games from the decision to show every game during the lockdown, ups its tally from 20 to 22.
NO SMALL MATTER
Chris Smalling is willing to “dig his heels in” to get his Old Trafford exit, according to reports in Italy, with Roma's CEO Guido Fienga flying to London to get a deal done.
The centre-back is currently on course to return to duties with United next season.
But he has settled well on loan at Roma, before the stint ended.
He even posted a goodbye Instagram post to the AS Roma fans after his stay at the Stadio Olimpico ended.
Roma hope to do a deal to sign the 30-year-old permanently, but United are determined to hold out for the right price.
KAI GETTING CLOSER?
Chelsea HAVE made an improved offer above the £77million they initially thrust under the noses of Bayer Leverkusen, according to reports.
The Blues are hoping to get a deal for less than the £90m valuation the Bundesliga side have on the 21-year-old.
Leverkusen have reportedly lowered their asking price to £86m, giving Chelsea the chance to make the next move.
Jan Aage Fjortoft tweeted: “Havertz latest.
“Chelsea have offered 85 mill Euro. Leverkusen will accept 95 mill. Negotiations ongoing.”
'LET'S CASH IN'
Gabrielle Marcotti is convinced Leverkusen are trying to squeeze every penny out of Chelsea in the chase for Kai Havertz.
He told ESPN: “I don’t know, it to me continues to smack of Leverkusen saying ‘oh let's try to cash in on Havertz, let’s try to strike while the iron is hot.
“I don’t think Chelsea are in any rush, I don’t think Chelsea feel that they need Kai Havertz, given the players they’ve already added, Werner and Ziyech and the players who are already there, Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek and the list goes on.
“But equally Chelsea are saying ‘if there’s a chance to get this guy on terms we like because yeah we’re going to go for it, because apparently he wants to come to us.’
“So I don’t think Chelsea are going to budge from their position or inch upwards or Lampard is going to force the club to say ‘I need Havertz now’, not when they have more important positions to fill.”
Lyon have reportedly rejected a bid from Arsenal for Houssem Aouar involving outcast star Matteo Guendouzi.
The French midfielder looks increasingly likely to head for the Emirates exit after falling out with Mikel Arteta.
Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Roma and Unai Emery's new club Villarreal are all linked with Guendouzi.
According to L'Equipe, via GFFN, Arsenal attempted to move on the 21-year-old by offering him in a player-plus-cash deal for Lyon star Aouar.
At 22, Aouar has become an integral part of the Ligue 1 side's midfield and is said to be valued at £54million.
The Champions League semi-finalists are not optimistic about their chances of holding on to the attacking midfielder.
THIS IS THE HEND
Dean Henderson has thanked Sheffield United in a heartfelt Instagram post after leaving the club, following his two-year spell on loan.
The Englishman said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at @sheffieldunited for the last two years.
“Winning promotion to the Premier League with my brothers and having the season we had this season is something I will never forget.
“I would like to thank the manager, my team-mates, the backroom staff and of course, the fans, who have been unbelievable towards to me.
“I will look back at the last two years as an important chapter in my career and more than anything, i’m grateful to have had the opportunity to learn and develop with such a class group of lads.
“I can’t wait for the next chapter! Once again, thank you for everything! Once a blade, always a blade!”
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SILVA'S A GO-GO
Thiago Silva has been offered to Chelsea, AC Milan and Fiorentina, according to reports in Italy.
The experienced Brazilian is leaving PSG after this season, with one game to go for the French club: the Champions League final.
If he can lift Old Big Ears and walk away with club football's biggest trophy then Chelsea fans would surely be keen to have him at Stamford Bridge.
However, Silva turns 36 just 10 days after the new season starts and his best years are most certainly behind him.
Amazon Prime Video have released the 20 fixtures fans can watch for free in the 2020/21 Premier League season – including Liverpool against Tottenham.
Just like last season, the online streaming platform won the rights to two complete match weeks.
An extra two additional individual fixtures will be confirmed at a later date.
But in the two rounds of Premier League matches already in the Prime diary, Spurs' trip to Anfield is the standout tie.
Amazon have the midweek games from December 15 to 17 as well as the round of fixtures between the Boxing Day games and New Year, from December 28 to 30.
All 20 matches will be shown live on Amazon Prime Video across the two three-day windows.
Matty Longstaff is to complete a new contract u-turn and stay at Newcastle United, reports claim.
The 20-year-old impressed at St James' Park in his debut season with the first team, memorably scoring on his league debut against Manchester United.
But he had appeared set to leave upon the expiry of his £800-a-week contract, turning down numerous offers that would have increased his salary exponentially.
Serie A side Udinese were the favourites to land his signature, while Premier League new-boys Leeds United were also keen.
But according to The Times, Longstaff has now finally been convinced that his future lies at Newcastle.
Steve Bruce's side are currently training in York as they step up their preparations for the new campaign, although Longstaff is yet to join up with his team-mates as he sorts out his future.
HANDS ARE TIED
Joel Glazer is the one brother of the family who own Manchester United who has allegedly told Ed Woodward he is NOT to bid £108million for Jadon Sancho.
Joel, 49, and Avram, 59, are the two co-chairmen of United, with executive vice chairman Woodward sitting under them.
But it appears the pair are using their power to yay or nay any transfer activity.
The problem is, when that player is your marquee signing, there is not much wiggle room for Woodward under pressure from the fans.
It also shows how much power the brothers have over the day-to-day running of United.
Gabriel Magalhaes is set for his Arsenal medical today, according to reports.
The Lille defender, 22, looks on course to complete a £22million transfer to the Gunners in the coming days.
And according to journalist Duncan Castles, he will get checked over by doctors before signing a five-year deal at the Emirates.
But it is likely he will need to have the medical in France due to coronavirus lockdown measures.
Arrivals in the UK from France must go into a 14-day quarantine.
Unless he can somehow get an exemption, that would mean the Brazilian would not be able to meet up with his team-mates until early September.
Benfica are interested in signing out of favour Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira, according to reports.
The Brazilian was a regular in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield in the first half of the 2019-20 campaign, but had a limited role by the end of the season.
The emergence of Fred and Scott McTominay, coupled with Nemanja Matic’s renaissance and Bruno Fernandes’ January arrival saw Pereira’s game time become limited.
And Paul Pogba’s return from injury post-lockdown made things even more difficult.
So much so, that ESPN claim that he could be on his way to Benfica, who are interested in bolstering their squad with the 24-year-old.
Solskjaer still likes Pereira and would like to keep him around at Old Trafford, but he will not give him any assurances over his playing time.
OPENING DAY FIXTURES
Here are the games that will get your opening Premier League weekend fix sorted.
Remember the two Manchester clubs have their matches postponed because they were involved in the Europa League.
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