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Lionel Messi FREE AGENT, Alderweireld set to leave Tottenham EXCLUSIVE, Chelsea Haaland transfer update – latest news

LIONEL MESSI helped Argentina reach the semi-finals of the Copa America – but is still a free agent as his Barcelona contract situation drags on.

Elsewhere, Toby Alderweireld is set to leave Tottenham while we've an important update on Sergio Ramos.

And Erling Haaland remains a summer transfer target for Chelsea.

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  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    SunSport's Alan Nixon has revealed that Graham Potter aims to nab his former players Dan James and Joe Rodon.

    The Brighton manager hopes to get the nod to land speedy winger James this summer.

    The Welsh midfielder, 23, has seen his chances of a game at Manchester United hit hard by the £73million arrival of Jadon Sancho.

    As well as James, Potter is on alert for his fellow Welshman, Rodon.

    The Tottenham centre-half, also 23, could be available with the North Londoners closing in on Japanese defender Takehiro Tomiyasu.

    James came to prominence at Swansea under Potter, who used his blistering pace to lethal effect.

    The winger would be given the games he needs at this stage of his career on the south coast.

    Meanwhile, SunSport's Phil Thomas reports that Old Trafford outcast Donny van de Beek could have a pivotal role in Manchester United’s bid to land Raphael Varane.

    United have held initial talks with Real Madrid about signing the French centre-back, who would cost around £50million.

    But Real are also keen on taking Van de Beek, 24, to the Bernabeu on a year-long loan, with a commitment to buy 12 months down the line.

    And United believe that gives them a key bargaining tool in their pursuit of Varane, who tops their list of centre-back targets.

    Varane, 28, has one more season left on his deal and can sign a pre-contract agreement in January.

    As much as the Spanish giants would love to keep him, they also do not want to lose him on a free — especially as they are in such a cash-strapped state at the moment.

    So United are more likely to play ball over Van de Beek, if it gives them a little wriggle room in signing Varane, who is also on Paris Saint-Germain’s radar.

    Ironically the Red Devils pipped Real to sign the Dutch midfielder in a £35m move from Ajax last summer.

    And finally, Leeds United are close to completing a deal for Junior Firpo but the move is being held up, according to reports.

    A deal has been agreed with Barcelona for his transfer but Covid protocols have halted progress after he travelled to England.

    Firpo is currently in quarantine ahead of undergoing a medical at Thorp Arch.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, Leeds have not specified when the medical will take place.

    And since that is the next stage in the transfer proceeding, there has been a delay in wrapping up a deal for the defender.

    The Whites have reportedly had a bid worth £13m accepted for the 24-year-old, who will sign a four-year deal.

  • Joe Brophy

    POTT'S STARS

    Exclusive by Alan Nixon: Graham Potter aims to nab his former players Dan James and Joe Rodon.

    The Brighton manager hopes to get the nod to land speedy winger James this summer.

    The Welsh midfielder, 23, has seen his chances of a game at Manchester United hit hard by the £73million arrival of Jadon Sancho.

    As well as James, Potter is on alert for his fellow Welshman, Rodon.

    The Tottenham centre-half, also 23, could be available with the North Londoners closing in on Japanese defender Takehiro Tomiyasu.

    James came to prominence at Swansea under Potter, who used his blistering pace to lethal effect.

    The winger would be given the games he needs at this stage of his career on the south coast.

  • Joe Brophy

    CASE FOR DEFENCE

    Raphael Varane will fix ‘top-heavy’ Manchester United and solve their defensive woes.

    That’s according to Andros Townsend, who is back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to pull off a major transfer coup by signing Varane from Real Madrid.

    Townsend told TalkSport: “If you look at United’s team, they are very top-heavy.

    “They have a lot of forward options and Sancho will give them another.

    “But Varane, if he does come in, will solidify the back four.

    “He will give them extra strength, extra pace, and somebody of his calibre is more suited to the Premier League.

    “He’s big, he’s strong, he’s quick and I definitely think Varane takes them closer to where they want to be.”

  • Joe Brophy

    REAL DEAL

    Manchester United are considering a major swap deal involving Paul Pogba and Real Madrid star Raphael Varane, reports suggest.

    United are on the verge of completing Jadon Sancho’s move to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund and will then focus on signing a new centre-back.

    Varane appears to be the Red Devils’ top target as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to sign a highly-rated defender to link up with Harry Maguire at the back.

    According to AS, however, the Manchester giants are believed to have splashed almost €100million (£86m) for Sancho already.

    That means they are only willing to spend a maximum of €45m (£39m), plus add-ons.

    This is a sum far short of the €70m (£60m) that Real are looking to recoup for the France international, even though his contract runs out next year.

  • Joe Brophy

    CECH'S MATE

    Chelsea are targeting Werder Bremen goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka, according to reports.

    And Blues legend and technical adviser Petr Cech is central to a potential move.

    Pavlenka, 29, has been central to the Czech Republic's impressive performance at Euro 2020.

    And Cech is believed to be a fan of his fellow countryman.

    So much so, that Deichstube claim that he is 'campaigning' for Chelsea to sign him.

    They also reckon that Cech's word 'carries a lot of weight' among the Blues' hierarchy.

  • Joe Brophy

    TONI TIME

    Toni Kroos has revealed wants to end his illustrious playing career at Real Madrid.

    He said: “I believe that the year 2023 is appropriate [to retire], I will be 33 years old.

    "I will decide whether I will renew for a season or two, that is still open for discussion, but I am completely sure that I will retire at Real Madrid."

  • Joe Brophy

    PO POSITION

    Leeds United are close to completing a deal for Junior Firpo but the move is being held up, according to reports.

    A deal has been agreed with Barcelona for his transfer but Covid protocols have halted progress after he travelled to England.

    Firpo is currently in quarantine ahead of undergoing a medical at Thorp Arch.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, Leeds have not specified when the medical will take place.

    And since that is the next stage in the transfer proceeding, there has been a delay in wrapping up a deal for the defender.

    The Whites have reportedly had a bid worth £13million accepted for the 24-year-old, who will sign a four-year deal.

  • Joe Brophy

    PAUL TO PLAY FOR

    Paul Pogba and old Juventus pal Paulo Dybala have been reunited in Miami as speculation surrounding the France ace's future rumbles on.

    The Italian giants have long been linked with another swoop for the 2018 World Cup winner, particularly with Massimiliano Allegri back in the hotseat.

  • Joe Brophy

    GO ON MY SAN

    Jack Grealish has been left on the bench tonight but Jadon Sancho gets a chance to shine for England from the start, as SunSport exclusively revealed earlier.

    Winger Sancho, who has agreed a deal to join Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund, has been unleashed by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate in tonight's Euro 2020 quarter final.

  • Joe Brophy

    PHONE HOME

    Gareth Southgate has admitted 'we can't stop business happening' after Jadon Sancho's move to Manchester United was confirmed this week.

    Asked by ITV whether the winger's situation has subdued his efforts, the England boss said: "No, in fact I think Jadon over the last seven days has trained the best level in the time with us.

    "You accept there are lots of ongoing transfer situations and nobody is coming in for talks, nobody is going out for talks.

    "But we can't stop people's phones ringing and we can't stop business happening outside of that and you just have to trust the players and they're all very focused.

    "I haven't really had a long discussion with him about it at this moment, because that story's been going on for 12 months.

    "When everything's confirmed I'm sure I'll have a chat with him.

    "But there's so much speculation about all of our players, I don't pick up every little individual piece but I'm checking in with the players every single day to see how they are and the biggest thing is he's been very focused in his training and that's been good."

  • Joe Brophy

    BY 'ECH

    AC Milan are hoping to land Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech in an 'opportunistic' swoop this summer.

    The Moroccan midfielder, 28, only joined the Blues in a £36.7million deal from Ajax last summer.

    The Serie A giants have lost star man Hakan Calhanoglu on a free this summer to rivals Inter Milan.

    And they are desperately looking to replace the Turkey star with a like-for-like attacking midfielder.

    But according to Corriere dello Sport, Ziyech is the top target for Rossoneri chiefs.

    Milan bosses are set to wait until the end of the transfer window to make their move for Morocco international in the hope Chelsea will be in a better position to know what Ziyech's role will be in 2021-22.

  • Joe Brophy

    MATEO TO GO

    Arsenal have agreed to loan Matteo Guendouzi and William Saliba to Marseille, according to reports.

    Guendouzi, 22, will become a permanent Marseille player at the end of the loan spell as the Ligue 1 club have agreed an obligation to sign the Frenchman, report Get French Football News.

    A deal for Saliba, 20, has also been completed according to Nicolo Schira, and the defender will spend the season at Marseille.

    He will then return to the Emirates but after also spending last season on loan at Nice he may have to fight for a place in Mikel Arteta's squad.

  • Joe Brophy

    ITALIAN JOB

    Liverpool and Tottenham are keeping tabs on Sassuolo star Domenico Berardi, reports suggest.

    Berardi enjoyed an impressive campaign in Serie A, which saw the Neroverdi finishing eighth in the table.

    The talented winger has also shone bright at Euro 2020, helping Italy advance to the competition's semi-finals.

    According to Goal, the 26-year-old's stunning displays have led to intense interest from Liverpool and Tottenham during the summer transfer window.

    Sassuolo understand that it will be difficult to hold on to the Italy international ahead of this coming season.

  • Joe Brophy

    DAVE STAYS

    David de Gea is determined to stay and fight for a first-team place at Manchester United, according to reports.

    The Spaniard's future was cast into doubt after Dean Henderson took his place in the side towards the end of last season.

    And the signing of goalkeeper Tom Heaton this week has sparked further questions about De Gea's future.

    The Red Devils now have four keepers in the squad with Lee Grant putting pen to paper on a new one year deal on Thursday.

    But De Gea will attempt to play his way back into the side according to The Times.

    He has been at United for ten years and has two more years left on his current contract.

    And it is believed that his £375,000 a week wages would prove a sticking point if a club tried to sign him.

  • Joe Brophy

    CROWN JULE

    Arsenal and Tottenham's hopes of signing Sevilla star Jules Kounde have been boosted after Manchester United turned their attention elsewhere, reports suggest.

    Kounde enjoyed a stunning campaign with the Andalusians as he made 49 appearances across all competitions and earned immense interest from the Premier League.

    United, Arsenal and Tottenham are said to be keeping tabs on the star centre-back, whose impressive performances in LaLiga earned him an international call-up by France for Euro 2020.

    But Dean Jones recently told The Done Deal Show that the Red Devils are prioritising other defensive targets, mainly Real Madrid star Raphael Varane.

  • Joshua Mbu

    GUNNING FOR GLORY

    Arsenal are expecting a lot of new faces to come through the door.

    But what players will be making their way out of the Emirates, and will the Gunners turn a profit?

  • Joshua Mbu

    HERE WE GO

    Man Utd are in contact with Real Madrid over the signing of defender Raphael Varane.

    According to reputable journalist Fabrizio Romano, there’s been no official bid yet.

    And the deal won’t be sealed quickly. 

    But personal terms will not be an issue with the player, who wants to try something new. 

    Real do, however, hope to persuade the 28-year-old to stay at the club. 

    Additionally, according to ABC Deportes, Varane has a pre-agreement with Man Utd on personal terms.

    The Frenchman has reportedly agreed to a five-year deal worth 12m Euros.

  • Joshua Mbu

    GUEN’S MOVING

    Marseille have agreed a deal with Arsenal to sign Matteo Guendouzi.

    According to reputable Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, an agreement will be completed next week.

    And the young midfielder turned down an offer from Benfica to go back to his homeland.

  • Joshua Mbu

    'GREAT OPPORTUNITY'

    Jack Harrison has hailed his permanent transfer to Leeds United from Man City as a "great opportunity".

    Speaking to LUTV, he said: "It’s been a long time coming.

    "It has been a great opportunity to be here and to have finally signed after going through all the history with this club is a great opportunity.

    "I will have to keep pushing to improve as a player and accept more responsibility within the team.

    "As long as I keep pushing myself and working hard like I have been these last three years, that will happen.

    “Now that it has finally happened, I am just excited for the journey and what is to come.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    FOXES END CHASE

    Arsenal’s chances of signing Celtic star Odsonne Edouard have increased due to Leicester reportedly withdrawing their interest in the striker, writes KEALAN HUGHES.

    Brendan Rodgers was believed to be keen on Edouard having signed the Frenchman while at Celtic.

    But the Foxes completed a deal forward Patson Daka from RB Salzburg for £23million earlier this week.

    Daka has signed a five-year contract and is viewed as Jamie Vardy’s long-term successor.

    And according to the Daily Record that deal is expected to end Leicester’s interest in Edouard.

    The report claims Leicester do not have enough left in the transfer budget to move for Edouard.

    And the Midlands club reportedly expect Celtic will be difficult to deal with when negotiating a deal, as 50 per cent of the transfer fee will be owed to Paris Saint-Germain.

  • Joshua Mbu

    PARTEY TIME

    Arsenal are expected to spend big this summer.

  • Joshua Mbu

    BROZO BID

    Manchester United are gearing up to splash the cash on Serie A midfield gem Marcelo Brozovic following their stunning £72 million deal for Jadon Sancho, writes SANDRA BROBBEY

    But the Red Devils may have to fight with Barcelona for the services of the Croatia international according to La Repubblica and the Daily Star. 

    Alongside skipper Luka Modric, Brozovic was one of the shining lights for his national side at the Euros putting in impressive performances in the competition’s group stages and last 16. 

    The Zagreb-born Inter Milan star, 28, helped Croatia dominate possession during their crucial 3-1 group game win against Scotland. 

    And he was arguably one of their most dynamic performers against Spain, who they pushed all the way before falling to a dramatic 5-3 last 16 defeat after extra time. 

  • Joshua Mbu

    KAI HIGH

    Will the Champions League winners strengthen this summer?

  • Joshua Mbu

    VAR-D TIMES 

    Real Madrid are set to make talks ‘difficult’ with Manchester United over the transfer of Raphael Varane, writes GARY STONEHOUSE.

    The French defender has entered the final 12 months of his contract at the Bernabeu and looks set to be sold this summer.

    United are in dialogue with Madrid over a deal for the ace – although the Spanish club are determined to make things hard.

    Defensa Central claims that the Red Devils have already offered around £43million for the 28-year-old Varane.

    Madrid president Florentino Perez ‘will not settle for the first offer, despite the fact that it has not disappointed him’, claims the Spanish publication.

    The chief will not accept that bid ‘no matter what’ and will demand more.

    And it is allegedly because Perez wants to take a ‘small revenge’ against the Premier League giants.

  • Joshua Mbu

    SILVA LINING

    Andre Silva has joined RB Leipzig after a fruitful season in front of goal for Frankfurt.

    The Portugal international will be replaced by Rafael Santos Borre, who joins Frankfurt for free.

    Silva was linked with a move to Premier League giants Arsenal.

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