LIONEL MESSI is on the verge of joining PSG and has arrived at the airport in Barcelona to seal his historic move in Paris.

The French giants are closing in on the signature of the Argentine ace in a blockbuster free transfer this summer.

Elsewhere, Romelu Lukaku is nearing a return to Chelsea with the Blues closing in on a £100m-plus agreement with Inter Milan.

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  • Etienne Fermie

    'NEW ADVENTURE'

    Lionel Messi's wife Antonela Roccuzzo has posted a selfie of herself and her hubby on the plane to Paris as they depart for their 'new adventure'.

    Messi, 34, is set to sign a two-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain this afternoon.

    Credit: Instagram @antonelaroccuzzo
  • Etienne Fermie

    PS-GLEE

    Paris Saint-Germain fans have congregated at Parc des Princes in the hope of catching a glimpse of Lionel Messi.

    They'll have to wait a little longer, however, as he isn't due to touch down in the French capital until around 2pm.

    Excited PSG fans are awaiting Messi's arrivalCredit: AFP
  • Etienne Fermie

    PARIS CALLING

    Lionel Messi has arrived at Barcelona Airport alongside wife Antonela and their children to travel to Paris this afternoon.

    The Argentine is set to finalise his two-year, £650,000-a-week transfer to the French giants.

    It is expected that the deal will be officially confirmed tomorrow.

    Lionel Messi has arrived at Barcelona AirportCredit: Reuters
  • Etienne Fermie

    CITY OF LOVE

    PSG have agreed to sign Lionel Messi.

    And the Argentine has arrived at Barcelona Airport to fly to Paris.

    His father Jorge told La Sexta: "Yes, Leo’s gonna sign with Paris Saint-Germain today."

    It's really happening!

  • Etienne Fermie

    NO MESSING

    Lionel Messi has reportedly agreed a two-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain with the player to jet into France in the coming hours.

    The 34-year-old revealed on Sunday that a move to join Les Parisiens was a possibility when discussing his exit from Barcelona in a press conference.

    And now the transfer is on the verge of being announced with the Argentine legend offered an initial contract until 2023 worth £30million-a-year.

    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano tweeted: "Lionel Messi joins PSG… HERE WE GO!

    "Total agreement completed on a two-years contract. Option to extend until June 2024.

    "Salary around €35m [£30m] net per season add-ons included.

    "Messi has definitely accepted PSG contract proposal and will be in Paris in the next hours."

    French outlet L'Equipe have also confirmed the news, as they state that Messi is due to arrive in Paris on this afternoon.

  • Etienne Fermie

    CANAR-SPREE

    Norwich City have completed the signing of Werder Bremen striker Josh Sargent for £8million.

    The 21-year-old, penned a four-year contract with the Premier League new-boys last night, Sky Sports reported.

    His firepower will be welcomed at the club as he scored seven goals for Bremen last season in all competitions and snagged two in their opening game of this term, last weekend.

    Upon Sargent's arrival to the Carrow Road Stadium, which Norwich revealed on Twitter, he said that it's always been his dream to star in the Prem.

    While speaking to Canaries.co.uk, he said: "I've always wanted to play in the Premier League, so it's a very exciting opportunity for me.

    "I heard it's a good group of guys and I talked with the head coach already and I really like what they're trying to do here."

  • Etienne Fermie

    HERE WE GO

    Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain is a done deal, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    The Argentine has agreed a two-year contract, with the option to extend to a third season.

    He will now fly out to Paris to complete the deal.

  • Etienne Fermie

    A STONES THROW

    John Stones has penned a new five-year deal at Manchester City.

    The centre-back, 27, enjoyed a brilliant renaissance last season.

    Upon putting pen to paper, he told City's official website: "I couldn’t be happier. I love being part of this squad. There are so many quality players here and I know we can continue winning trophies, which is my main focus.

    "Working with the manager is a dream – he has taught me so much about the game and I feel like I learn something new every single day.

    "The success we’ve had in the last four years has been incredible. To be a part of it has been a dream come true and I just want to continue winning.

    "This is the best place for me to play my football and fulfil my ambitions."

  • Etienne Fermie

    ARMAN-DONE

    Southampton have completed their third raid on Chelsea’s academy this summer with the loan capture of whizkid Armando Broja.

    The Albania striker, 19, has been borrowed for the season as Saints beef up their attack following Danny Ings’ sale to Aston Villa.

    Blackburn forward Adam Armstrong looks set to join Broja at St Mary’s in the coming days.

    Armstrong will undergo his Saints medical today after personal terms were agreed last night.

    Broja follows the permanent signings of full-back Tino Livramento, 18, and centre-back Dynel Simeu, 19, from Stamford Bridge.

  • Etienne Fermie

    IN FOR KYL

    Kylian Mbappe's transfer to Real Madrid is 'closer than ever', according to reports.

    Paris Saint-Germain are on course to hand Lionel Messi a mammoth contract after his emotional Barcelona exit.

    And while that had fans dreaming of one of the greatest attacks ever alongside Neymar, they may not be so lucky.

    According to AS in Spain, there is no way the French giants can afford all three superstars at the same time.

    The report adds PSG need to make at least £152million in player sales this summer to balance the books for Financial Fair Play, even before Messi signs.

  • Etienne Fermie

    SON SHINING

    Tottenham superstar Son Heung-min has spoken of how 'grateful' he is to have been able to pen a new long-term contract this summer.

    He said: "I didn't expect the new contract so early because I had a couple years left. They showed how much they loved me.

    "It was an honour playing six years here already, but they have given me so much. I want to give something back.

    "I am so grateful to be here. It is an honour to play with this club. Now another five years, I hope we can achieve big things."

  • Etienne Fermie

    TRIPP UP

    Manchester United have ended their interest in Kieran Trippier, according to reports.

    And that could pave the way for Arsenal to make a transfer swoop.

    The Red Devils were linked with a £30million switch for the Atletico Madrid star throughout the summer as they looked to bolster their defence.

    But according to the Mirror, their interest has now cooled.

    Trippier, 30, would have provided competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back.

    But Atletico’s high £34m transfer fee demands and Diogo Dalot’s impressive form in pre-season mean Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is content with his summer business bringing in Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Tom Heaton.

  • Etienne Fermie


    MOUR PREM RAID

    Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has emerged as a transfer target for Jose Mourinho's Roma, according to reports.

    The 30-year-old has reportedly been highlighted as a replacement to Edin Dzeko who is closing to joining Inter to replace Lukaku.

    The Frenchman has just a year left on his contract, with the North Londoners said to be keen on cashing in this summer.

    But the main stumbling block is Lacazette's reported desire to play Champions League football.

    And with Roma set to compete in the new Uefa Conference League, the prospect isn't said to be an attractive one to the ex-Lyon man.

    Alexandre Lacazette has emerged as a target for Roma and Jose Mourinho
  • Etienne Fermie

    LAST TANGO IN PARIS

    Lionel Messi is NOT due to sign for Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, according to reports.

    The football world is eagerly anticipating the Argentine's next move after he left Barcelona.

    Upon announcing his exit from the Camp Nou, Messi admitted that PSG were just one of several potential destinations.

    But reports suggest negotiations with the Ligue 1 giants are progressing despite interest from the likes of Manchester United.

    More talks between the two camps are expected in the coming hours as Les Parisiens make their case.

    But a contract has not yet been agreed and PSG have no plans to present their prospective new signing on Tuesday, as reported by transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano.

    It has been claimed a two-year deal worth £650,000-a-week is on the table for Messi.

    Lionel Messi could seen be fighting for the Ligue 1 title
  • Etienne Fermie

    ROM COM

    Chelsea are reportedly set to announce the £97.5million signing of Romelu Lukaku imminently.

    The Inter Milan forward flew to Monaco on Monday to continue finalising the deal at the headquarters of his agent, Federico Pastorello.

    According to transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano, he will soon head to London to seal the deal.

    Chelsea have agreed a club-record £97.5m fee with Inter after Lukaku hit 30 goals and won the Serie A title last season.

    Medical tests began in Milan on Monday morning after swift negotiations over personal terms.

    The 28-year-old was then spotted by reporters boarding a flight out of the Italian city, while also clutching a Blues shirt.

    When asked about his future, he is quoted as saying: "I'll send a message to the Inter fans soon."

    Chelsea hope to register Lukaku before midnight on Tuesday to ensure he can play in the Uefa Super Cup clash against Villarreal.

    NINTCHDBPICT000672149052Credit: Reuters
  • Dylan Terry

    RUDIGER DISMISSES LEGENDARY STATUS

    Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has rejected claims he is a club legend after helping the club to Champions League glory last season.

    When asked if he can be called a 'legend' following the European triumph, he told The 5th Stand: "It was good, but 'legend', I wouldn’t say that.

    "We did it as a team, as a group, and a “legend” is for other people to decide. But for me it is just that we won the Champions League together as a group and it was good.

    "It was not only that challenge by me, it was Azpi’s challenge, it was also Reece’s challenge, Christensen’s challenge and Kai’s goal, Mason’s assist. It was a good team effort."

  • Dylan Terry

    LONDON CALLING

    North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are set to battle it out for the signature of Bordeaux man Yacine Adli.

    According to Foot Mercato journalist Santi Aouna, both clubs are preparing an opening offer for the 21-year-old midfielder.

    But they will have to get a move on if they want to get a deal over the line, with AC Milan said to have already submitted a bid for the French attacking midfielder.

    The Italian giants have reportedly made an offer in the region of £10million for Adli, with a 10-per-cent sell on fee included in the deal, but Bordeaux are holding out for a higher fee, giving the two North London rivals time to ready their bids.

    French Ligue 1 champions Lille are also interested in Adli as they look for a replacement for Renato Sanches should he leave the club.

  • Dylan Terry

    CURT-ISY CALL

    Liverpool were handed another injury blow as Curtis Jones was brought off injured against Osasuna.

    The midfielder, 20, was replaced by Ben Woodburn, 21, on the half hour mark after a collision.

    The injury didn't stop the Reds from winning their final game of pre-season ahead of the new campaign – which sees them face newly-promoted Norwich City on Saturday.

    Osasuna defender Jesus Blanco scored an own goal to get the Reds off the mark before Roberto Firmino scored twice before half-time in a 3-1 win.

    But Jones injury will only add to Jurgen Klopp's woes having seen left-back Andrew Robertson hobble off in their 1-1 pre-season draw against Athletic Bilbao.

    The defender underwent a scan and provided fans with an update online.

    Robertson, 27, tweeted: "Thanks to everyone for the kind messages and support. Scan suggests nothing too major but there’s some ligament damage which will need to mend.

    "I will be grafting every day so I can help the team again sooner rather than later. Good luck to the boys playing tonight."

  • Dylan Terry

    FINAL COUNTDOWN

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    Leicester beat Man City in the Community Shield on Saturday, giving football fans an early taster before the opening game of the season.

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  • Dylan Terry

    GREALLY UP FOR IT

    Manchester City's latest signing Jack Grealish says he loves being the first £100million man in English football.

    The 25-year-old said: “No it doesn’t put pressure on me whatsoever. I take that as a compliment. I actually like it, I think it is a good tag to have.

    “I think when you see a club paying that much for a player it means they trust and value you highly and see so much potential there to work with. I just see it as a good thing.

    “Now I just hope I can repay this whole football club by winning as many titles as possible and winning that trophy we all want.

    “The club were so close to winning it last year, they were one goal away from winning it.

    “That is exactly why I have come here, the manager said it to me when I spoke.

    “I look around the changing room and there is so much talent and depth and I fully believe we can win it this year.”

  • Dylan Terry

    PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES

    Here are the fixtures for the opening weekend of the Premier League season, which gets underway on Friday.

    Friday 13 August

    Brentford vs Arsenal

    Saturday 14 August

    • Manchester United vs Leeds United
    • Burnley vs Brighton and Hove Albion
    • Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
      Everton vs Southampton
    • Leicester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
    • Watford vs Aston Villa
    • Norwich City vs Liverpool

      Sunday 15 August

    • Newcastle United vs West Ham United
    • Tottenham vs Manchester City
    • Dylan Terry

      HARRY UP

      Manchester City are confident about their chances of signing Tottenham star Harry Kane, according to reports.

      Kane, 28, has signalled his intention to leave in order to win silverware, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is determined to keep him.

      Levy is demanding £150million for his star man and City are confident of striking a deal, even if they have to show a little patience, report the Evening Standard.

      City's hopes of landing the striker would have been boosted last week after Kane failed to show up for training.

      Kane may also have been buoyed by Pep Guardiola's admission that he is keen to sign the England captain.

      And Kane reportedly remains City's number one target, with a move for free agent Lionel Messi believed to be unlikely.

    • Dylan Terry

      BROJA CLOSURE

      Southampton have beaten Udinese to the signature of Chelsea wonderkid Armando Broja.

      The Blues up-and-coming striker, 19, is set to spend the 2021-22 season at St Mary’s, according to Italian football expert Fabrizio Romano.

      It is claimed the Slough-born forward completed his medical with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side today, after agreeing to a contract extension with the 2021 Champions League winners in July.

      And the starlet’s new five-year deal will see him remain a Chelsea player until June 2026.

      Broja, who spent last term on loan with Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem, is thought to have wowed Stamford Bridge and Saints officials with his performances in the Eredivisie.

      The player, who joined Chelsea’s Under-18s in July 2018, notched up 11 goals and three assists in 34 appearances across all competitions last term.

    • Dylan Terry

      FO NO

      Phil Foden is facing a month on the sidelines with a foot injury, according to reports.

      The Manchester City and England ace over flexed a foot during one of England’s final training sessions ahead of the Euro 2020 final against Italy on July 11.

      According to the Telegraph, the damage caused is unusual with City’s medical staff treating it cautiously.

      And the last thing Man City want to do is aggravate the foot injury.

      The month-long injury will keep Foden out of action until the next international break next month, meaning he will miss City’s first three Premier League matches.

      City take on Tottenham on Sunday in their league opener, followed by Norwich and then Arsenal.

      British transfer record holder Jack Grealish could be handed a start in Foden’s absence, giving the £100million man time to shine.

    • Dylan Terry

      STRONG CHANCE

      Southampton are set to sign Blackburn striker Adam Armstrong in a deal that could rise to £20m.

      Armstrong, 24, is due to have a medical with the Saints on Tuesday after a bid of £15m excluding add-ons was accepted.

      The Rovers forward scored 29 goals in all competitions last season, and will replace Danny Ings after his £25m switch to Aston Villa last week.

      Armstrong had 12 months left on his contract at Ewood Park, and attracted interest from other Premier League clubs Crystal Palace and Norwich as well.

      But Southampton – who had an initial bid rejected recently – have stolen the march having all but agreed personal terms.

      He has big boots to fill, with Ings scoring 41 goals in 91 games across three years at St Mary’s, as well as being the top scorer in each season.

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