Lionel Messi's father has 'spoken to Manchester City about a move from Barcelona' – Transfer news from Thursday's papers
Lionel Messi could make a sensational move to the Premier League after reports that his father has spoken to an English club.
The Sun claim Messi’s dad has been in contact with Manchester City about a move to the Etihad.
The paper claims Jorge Messi, Leo’s manager, had a meeting with the Blues’ director of football Txiki Begiristain, who used to work for the Catalans until 2012.
They would have to wait until next summer at the earliest but however much of a long shot it is, Messi has been stalling on a new deal…
Stories from Thursday’s Daily Mirror
Chelsea have launched a new £35million bid to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. They expect him to push to leave Arsenal and join them before the summer transfer window closes at 11pm next Thursday.
Liverpool are ready for Barcelona’s fourth offer Philippe Coutinho – and will reject the offer out of hand as soon as it reaches Merseyside.
Inter Milan have made a dramatic bid for Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi. The Italian giants want to take the Germany international on a season-long loan, with a view to a permanent £20million-plus deal.
If West Brom do sell Jonny Evans, they want Spurs’ Kevin Wimmer for their backline and maintain a strong interest in Middlesbrough centre-half Ben Gibson.
Benedikt Howedes may still leave Schalke before the end of the transfer window, despite the player’s continued declarations he is not looking to leave the club.
Nacer Chadli could go before the deadline next Thursday if West Brom’s £25m valuation is met, with Swansea leading the chase as they seek to replace Gylfi Sigurdsson after selling the midfielder to Everton for £45m.
Lazio are poised to make a move for West Ham striker Diafra Sakho, according to Italian media.
Burnley are ready to make a £5.5m move for Inter Milan’s Italy international defender Andrea Ranocchia, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Hull
Burnley are willing to listen to offers for striker Ashley Barnes following Chris Wood’s record-breaking signing. Newcastle, Huddersfield and Championship side Middlesbrough are all interested.
Huddersfield are close to landing Swiss right-back Florent Hadergjonaj from German second tier club Ingolstadt. Boss David Wagner has turned to Hadergjonaj after a £3million move for Barnsley’s Andy Yiadom collapsed.
Leeds are close to sealing the signing of striker Jay-Roy Grot for £1.5million from Holland’s NEC Nijmegen.
Chelsea insist Antonio Conte is going nowhere, despite speculation linking former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel with the manager’s job at Stamford Bridge.
Transfer news and gossip from other sites and papers
Cristiano Ronaldo could leave Real Madrid before the end of next week. (El Pais)
Former Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic, 27, has turned down the chance to join Brighton from Inter Milan. (TalkSport)
PSG are looking to sign Napoli and former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 34. (AS)
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