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Father: Lionel Messi Would Love Return To Barcelona

Jun 5, 2023 2:59 PM

Lionel Messi would love to return to Barcelona this summer, according to his father Jorge Messi.

Despite being caught on camera entering the home of Barcelona president Joan Laporta on Monday morning, Jorge Messi denied said meeting but told reporters: "Of course, he [Messi] would love to return to Barcelona. I would like it too. We will see."

Asked if he had spoken to Laporta about how Barca could finance Messi's return, Jorge Messi said: "We spoke the other day, but there's nothing concrete."

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Tags: Barcelona, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Liverpool Close To Transfer With Brighton For Alexis Mac Allister

Jun 5, 2023 2:29 PM

Liverpool are closing in on a deal with Brighton for Alexis Mac Allister.

Mac Allister was signed by Brighton from Argentinos Juniors in 2019, is available for a fee of around £50 million due to a release clause within the new contract he signed with the club in October 2022.

Liverpool have made the recruitment of at least two midfielders their priority this summer following the departures of Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Mark Ogden/ESPN

Tags: Brighton & Hove Albion, Liverpool, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Real Madrid To Pursue Harry Kane With Karim Benzene's Exit

Jun 5, 2023 2:02 PM

Real Madrid have identified Harry Kane as their preferred target to replace Karim Benzema. 

Real Madrid had planned to pursue Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe in 2024.

Roberto Firmino, who is available on a free transfer after his contract expired at Liverpool and Chelsea's Kai Havertz have both been linked to Madrid, but club sources admit that Kane is the only available forward who has consistently scored the requisite number of goals, year after year.

Madrid are aware that a fee of around €100 million would be required to land Kane.

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Tags: Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

United Considered Favorites To Sign Mason Mount

Jun 1, 2023 5:15 PM

Manchester United are considered the favorites to sign Mason Mount away from Chelsea. 

Mount's existing deal expires next summer and Chelsea would rather sell him now than lose him for nothing in 2024.

One source suggested Chelsea's asking price is as high as £60 million for Mount.

Liverpool and Manchester City have also been linked with Mount.

James Olley, Rob Dawson/ESPN

Tags: Chelsea, Manchester United, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Karim Benzema To Leave Real Madrid For Al Ittihad

Jun 1, 2023 1:41 PM

Karim Benzema will leave Real Madrid this summer to join Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia.

Benzema was offered a two-year deal worth €400 million to move to Saudi Arabia in January.

Benzema spent 14 seasons with Real Madrid, becoming the club's second-highest goal scorer and winning five Champions Leagues, four La Liga titles and the 2022 Ballon d'Or.

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Tags: Real Madrid, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

City Working On Signing Mateo Kovacic From Chelsea

May 31, 2023 10:11 PM

Manchester City are in talks to sign Mateo Kovacic from Chelsea. 

Kovacic has one season remaining on his contract with Chelsea and there have been no discussions on an extension. Chelsea are thought to be willing to sell for a fee in the region of £35 million.

Kovacic joined Chelsea from Real Madrid in 2018.

James Olley/ESPN

Tags: Chelsea, Manchester City, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Lionel Messi, Xavi In Contact On Potential Barcelona Reunion

May 30, 2023 11:26 AM

Lionel Messi and Xavi have been in contact about a potential return to Barcelona. Messi left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain two years ago and is now a free agent.

"In terms of what I am in charge of, the football side of things, there are no doubts that if Messi comes back he is going to help us," Xavi told Diario Sport when asked if Messi returning would make sense.

"I have made that clear to the president. I don't have a single doubt about that because he is still a difference-maker, he is still hungry, he's a winner and he is a leader.

"We don't have a team with the talent of 2010, for example, and what does Messi bring? He brings talent. He is capable of providing the final pass, taking free kicks, scoring goals. He is a differential player in the final third.

"For that reason, and for how I want to play, for me there is no doubt that he would add a lot. But it depends on him."

Messi has also received interest from Saudi Arabia and Inter Miami.

Sam Marsden, Moises Llorens/ESPN

Tags: Barcelona, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Juventus Emerges As Frontrunner To Sign Christian Pulisic

May 30, 2023 11:18 AM

Juventus have emerged as the frontrunner to sign Christian Pulisic away from Chelsea. 

Chelsea are looking for a £20 million transfer fee.

Pulisic, a £58 million signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2019, has 12 months remaining on his contract at Chelsea. 

Pulisic earns £13 million per year at Chelsea. Pulisic, 24, has endured an injury-hit time at Chelsea over the past two seasons. 

Mark Ogden/ESPN

Tags: Chelsea, Juventus, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

United Plan To Bid Early On Harry Kane

May 24, 2023 3:43 PM

Manchester United plan to bid early on Harry Kane in hopes of a smooth negotiation with Tottenham Hotspur.

Kane is atop Erik ten Hag's short list for a new striker.

Napoli’s Victor Osimhen and Rasmus Højlund of Atalanta are also on the list, but United have been quoted €150 million for Osimhen. 

Daniel Levy of Spurs is considered a tough negotiator and he could feel pressure to keep Kane. Ten Hag is said to be obsessed with Kane.

United is also interested in signing Mason Mount, who is increasingly likely to leave Chelsea. 

Jacob Steinberg/The Guardian

Tags: Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

PSG To Target French Players In Summer

May 24, 2023 3:41 PM

Paris Saint-Germain will have a monumental summer in which they will remake significant portions of their squad.

Lionel Messi will leave PSG on a free transfer, while Neymar and even Kylian Mbappe could also exit.

PSG is expected to target French players and specifically ones from Paris.

The likes of midfielders Manu Koné (Borussia Monchengladbach) and Kephren Thuram (Nice), forwards Randall Kolo Muani (Eintracht Frankfurt), Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen), playmaker Rayan Cherki (Lyon) or defender Evan N'Dicka (Frankfurt) are all on the list.

There are exceptions like Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), who is keen to join, and Victor Osimhen (Napoli) or Harry Kane (Tottenham), who will be more of a challenge considering the amount of interest in both.

Julien Laurens/ESPN

Tags: Paris Saint-Germain, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

Dortmund Has Yet To Receive Any Offers For Jude Bellingham

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Arsenal Working To Sign Ilkay Gundogan On Free Transfer

Nick Ames/The Guardian

Chelsea Offers Juventus $86M For Dusan Vlahovic


Chelsea Offers Juventus $86M For Dusan Vlahovic


Liverpool Confirms Roberto Firmino, Three Others Will Leave Club


Real Madrid Set For Germany Trip To Try To Sign Jude Bellingham

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Neymar, PSG Mutually Interested In Summer Exit

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Brighton Signs Joao Pedro From Watford For $38M

Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

Jurgen Klopp: I'm Not Angry Liverpool Can't Sign Jude Bellingham

Will Unwin/The Guardian

Chelsea Making Final Push To Extend Mason Mount

James Olley/ESPN

Liverpool, Chelsea, United Interested In Alexis Mac Allister

Fabrizio Romano/The Guardian

Liverpool Abandons Pursuit Of Jude Bellingham


Lionel Messi Increasingly Likely To Join Al Hilal In Saudi Arabia

Mark Ogden/ESPN

Lionel Messi Unlikely To Extend Contract With PSG

Julien Laurens/ESPN

Barcelona Confirms They'll Pursue Re-Signing Lionel Messi

Sam Marsden, Moises Llorens/ESPN

United To Increase Efforts To Sign Marcus Rashford To Extension

Rob Dawson/ESPN

Barcelona Agrees To Sign Inigo Martinez

Sam Marsden, Moises Llorens/ESPN

Real Madrid Monitoring Bernardo Silva

Rob Dawson, Rodrigo Faez/ESPN

City Confident They Can Sign Jude Bellingham From Dortmund

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Kylian Mbappe Noncommittal On PSG Future After UCL Exit