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Barcelona refuse Messi showdown talks

Barca get tough on Argentina star

Although Lionel Messi now wants to meet Barcelona to discuss his future, but the club are unwilling to enter discussions, according to El Periodico.

From the club’s perspective, either Messi enters talks to renew his deal or there is nothing to discuss.

Leo Messi

The clause in the Argentine’s deal allowing him to leave for free is void, so he will only depart for his €700 million (£624m/$833m) release clause.

 

Inter make big Kante move

Serie A switch for Chelsea ace?

Inter are not giving up on signing N’Golo Kante from Chelsea, Gazzetta dello Sport reports.

In need of extra energy at the heart of their midfield, they are targeting the France international but will need to spend €50 million (£45m/$60m) to get the Blues to part with him.

Tottenham‘s Tanguy Ndombele and Atletico Madrid‘s Thomas Partey are alternatives.

Barcelona-linked Depay opens door to Lyon transfer

Barcelona-linked forward Memphis Depay has opened the door to a potential transfer, admitting that he doesn’t know if he “will do the full season at Lyon“.

Depay has been a talismanic figure in Lyon’s squad since arriving at the Groupama Stadium from Manchester United in 2017.

The 26-year-old has hit 57 goals in 139 outings for the French outfit, including his latest treble which came in a 4-1 victory over Dijon on Friday night.

 

Immobile emerges on Barca’s list of targets

The Golden Shoe winner has been touted for a move to Camp Nou

Lazio striker Ciro Immobile has emerged on Barcelona‘s list of transfer targets, according to SPORT.

The Blaugrana see the 30-year-old as a potential replacement for Luis Suarez, who is expected to leave Camp Nou in the coming weeks.

Immobile won the European Golden Shoe last season, and is currently valued at around €50 million (£45m/$60m).

 

Juventus join race for Messi

The Italian giants are eager to bring in Barca superstar

Juventus have joined the race to sign Lionel Messi from Barcelona, according to L’Equipe.

Manchester City has been touted as the most likely destination for the Argentine, who submitted a transfer request at Camp Nou on Tuesday.

Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with Messi, however Juve are now prepared to offer the 33-year-old the chance to link up with Ballon d’Or rival Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin.

 

Leverkusen line up Havertz replacements as Chelsea move nears

Bayer Leverkusen are lining up Roma forward Patrik Schick and Sassuolo winger Jeremie Boga in a double deal as they await a £90 million ($118m) windfall from the sale of Kai Havertz to Chelsea.

Chelsea are close to sealing a deal for the 21-year-old having reached Leverkusen’s asking price in the latest round of talks, albeit with only £72m ($95m) coming up front and a further £18m ($24m) in instalments.

Schick looks destined for the BayArena as a direct replacement for Havertz, with Roma asking £26m ($34m) for the Czech forward.

About Ayeni Wale

Olawale Ayeni, is a Media and Communication Arts, Masters in view fellow, a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Abuja respectively, has been in journalism right from his school days. He was a sports broadcaster with Osun state Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC). He was Sports Editor, Daily Stream Newspaper before joining Leadership Newspaper as Sports Correspondent. A lover of grassroots sports development and golf. A strong support of Arsenal FC.

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