LIONEL MESSI has confirmed talks with PSG, but Tottenham have made a shock late bid for the Barcelona legend.

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

While Man Utd have still not given up hope of landing him.

And Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo has confirmed he will hold "socially distanced" talks with Harry Kane today.

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


    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.

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  • 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.

    • Dylan Terry

      MESS-ING ME?

      Lionel Messi was back relaxing at his Barcelona home as he contemplates his next move.

      The six-time Ballon d'Or winner could not agree a new contract with the Catalans, with the club's finances in a sorry state.

      Paris Saint-Germain are the favourites to snap up the free agent.

      It will now be down to his father-agent Jorge to trash out terms as the 34-year-old starts a new adventure away from Barca.

      Football Daily shared a clip on Twitter showing the Argentine attacker in what appeared to be a pair of swimming shorts at his property.

    • Dylan Terry

      BACK IN A HARRY

      Harry Kane is expected to be available for Tottenham’s opening Premier League game of the season against Manchester City on Sunday, despite speculation surrounding his future.

      Kane, 28, has made it clear his desire to leave Spurs this summer and Man City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed his club’s interest in signing the England captain.

      But they have not been able to agree a price for the striker, which has led to no deal being done.

      Kane only returned to Tottenham on Saturday and is now quarantining for five days.

      But new Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo – who is due to hold crunch talks with Kane today – insists he is still in contention to play the game.

      He told Sky Sports: “All the players in the squad are available. It is up to us to consider who is the best options.”

      When pressed on whether that includes Kane, he added: “All the players in the squad that work here on a daily basis will be options for us. It is up to us to decide.”

    • 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

      OBIANG BLOW

      Pedro Obiang's Sassuolo stint has hit a stumbling block with the midfielder unable to train due to a breathing disorder.

      The former West Ham player, 29, is reportedly contending with bronchopulmonary problems, according to Football Italia.

      It is thought the Equatorial Guinea international had his symptoms diagnosed following tests at a hospital in Italy’s Modena province.

      Reports in Italy claim lung problems affecting the former Irons ace have been identified as a viral condition by doctors.

      And the midfielder is thought to be prohibited from playing for or training for the club who will play Verona in their first game of the Serie A season on August 21.

      And this comes days on from his club team-mate Gregoire Defrel testing positive for COVID-19.

      Obiang made 116 Hammers appearances, netting three goals across all competitions, before sealing a £6.1million switch to Sassuolo in July 2019.

    • Dylan Terry

      WHAT A MESS

      Lionel Messi could NOT play for Barcelona for free even if he wanted to due to Spanish law.

      The legendary attacker's contract at Barca expired in June, and the club spent the last few months trying to find a way to re-sign messi within the bounds of their salary cap.

      But as confirmed on Friday, the club were unsuccessful in their efforts to keep Messi at Barca despite the player being willing to take a 50 per cent wage cut.

      And now Messi is reportedly set to sign for Paris Saint-Germain.

      Some football fans questioned why Messi didn't just play for Barcelona for free.

      But European football expert Colin Millar explained why it wouldn't have been possible for Messi to do that.

      On Twitter, he explained the legal issues behind it: "It would have been legally impossible for Lionel Messi to play for free at Barcelona.

      "Any new contract is, by Spanish law, required to be a minimum of 50 percent of previous wage (this is in place to avoid financial manipulation)."

    • Dylan Terry

      RED RAID

      Manchester United are interested in making a shock free transfer swoop for Lionel Messi, according to reports.

      The Barcelona great, 34, made an emotional exit from the Nou Camp on Sunday.

      Despite agreeing a new contract at his boyhood club, LaLiga rules prevented the terms being signed.

      It means the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is now a free agent and open to offers.

      And according to Duncan Castles, United may put a contract on the table for Messi and his family to consider.

      It is thought the Red Devils are crunching the numbers to work out if they can afford a deal.

    • Dylan Terry

      AS LUK WOULD HAVE IT

      Former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is undergoing his Chelsea medical today, according to reports.

      The Blues are believed to have struck a deal to sign the Belgian forward from Inter Milan for around £97.5million.

      And with Lukaku himself excited to go back to Stamford Bridge, personal terms shouldn’t be an issue.

      According to Calcio Mercato, Lukaku has begun undergoing his Chelsea medical in Italy today.

      They claim that tests are taking place at the Columbus Clinic in Milan.

      Should everything proceed as planned, Lukaku will fly to London later this week to finalise the move.

    • Dylan Terry

      WEEPING LION

      Dani Alves has admitted Barcelona are a 'little less special' after club legend Lionel Messi left.

      The 38-year-old Sao Paulo defender told Spanish radio station Cadena SER: as translated by Mundo Deportivo: "I'm very sorry for Messi and for Barça, but sometimes in life there are cycles that have to be closed.

      "Messi will continue to be Messi and Barca will continue to be Barca, but a little less special.

      "Undoubtedly, because Messi is Messi a lot and he has shown it throughout his career.

      "He has left everything he could to Barca, as well as all of us who were part of that time.

      "I think we have been privileged to play in the best team that has ever existed in football.

      "I want to wish Barca and Messi the best, they know that I love them very much."

    • Dylan Terry

      SAN-WOAH

      Jadon Sancho trained with his Manchester United team-mates for the first time ahead of their Premier League opener against Rivals Leeds.

      The winger is in line to make his United debut against Leeds on Saturday, August 14 at Old Trafford.

      Sancho was afforded more time off after being part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad which made it to the Euro 2020 final.

      The winger joined Man Utd from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund on July 23 for a whopping £73million.

    • Dylan Terry

      TARGET TONY

      Manchester United are ready to offload forward Anthony Martial.

      And Inter Milan are leading a clutch of European heavyweights for his signature, according to bookmakers Betfair.

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      • Lille – 6/1
      • Borussia Dortmund – 8/1
      • Paris Saint-Germain – 12/1
      • AC Milan – 14/1
      • Tottenham – 16/1
      • Everton – 25/1
      • West Ham – 33/1
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      TAM'S UP

      Tammy Abraham is set to leave Chelsea with the club closing in on a deal for Romelu Lukaku.

      The Blues made Abraham available for transfer earlier this summer but so far no club has met their £40million asking price.

      Arsenal have been linked with a move for the striker, 23, and he was believed to be keen on joining the Gunners.

      Mikel Arteta’s side have maintained their interest in Abraham, as have West Ham, according to the Daily Mail.

      And they are reportedly joined by Southampton and Atalanta, which means Abraham could have a number of offers to choose from.

      Chelsea only want to let Abraham leave on a permanent basis.

      Abraham will drop further down the pecking order if Lukaku arrives so he could be keen on a Premier League switch or a move to Atalanta.

      Chelsea are believed to have offered Abraham to Borussia Dortmund as part of a deal to sign Erling Haaland, which fell flat.

      HOUSE OF FRASER

      Ryan Fraser reckons he will be like a new signing for Newcastle – as the Magpies close in on Joe Willock from Arsenal.

      The misfit winger has been attending summer school to try and force his way into boss Steve Bruce’s plans.

      Bruce is set to start the season with a 5-3-2 formation, leaving Fraser asking the Newcastle coaches to teach him a new midfield position.

      He said: “In a way, I do feel like a new signing. The fans will probably think I am!

      “I’ve never really played in midfield, but I’m trying to learn how to play (as a number) eight to try and get myself in the team, because obviously I’m a winger.

      “It’s just trying to fit into the team as much as I can, going in and asking the coaches, ‘look, if you see me playing as an eight in midfield, I need to be taught it’, so they’re trying to teach me at the minute.

      “I don’t really fit in the formation…so that’s why we kind of said to each other – ‘right, you see me playing here’, ‘right, let’s learn it’.

      “I might not start in the team but I want to be first choice.

      “If they want to play me ten, I’ve played ten before, but not a lot, and Allan Saint-Maximin’s going to play there.”

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