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Monday's Transfer Gossip: Gvardiol, Mount, Melo, Garnacho, Rashford, Guardiola, Dalot, Felix, Ramos

FOOTBALL TRANSFER GOSSIP:

  • Manchester United have joined the race to sign RB Leipzig‘s Croatia star Josko Gvardiol but will face huge competition for the 20-year-old’s signature.

 

  • Juventus could look to sign Chelsea and England midfielder Mason Mount, 23, and let 27-year-old France international Adrien Rabiot, 28-year-old Argentina midfielder Leandro Paredes and American Weston McKennie, 24, leave to raise funds for the move.

 

  • Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag says the club will exercise an option to extend the deals of Rashford and 23-year-old Portugal right-back Diogo Dalot until 2024 as they discuss contract extensions with the pair.
  • Liverpool’s injury-ravaged squad could get a boost with summer signing Arthur Melo reported to be two weeks ahead of schedule in his recovery from thigh surgery.

 

  • David de Gea has warned Real Madrid to remove Manchester United youngster Alejandro Garnacho from their transfer plans as “we won’t let him leave”.

 

  • Newcastle will allow 29-year-old English centre-back Jamaal Lascelles and Northern Ireland left-back Jamal Lewis, 24, as well as Scottish wingers winger Matt Ritchie, 33, and Ryan Fraser, 28, to leave in January if the receive suitable offers.

 

  • Mali midfielder Boubacar Traore, 21, is expected to meet the clauses in his loan move to Wolves from Metz to turn it into a permanent £9.5m switch during the second half of the season.

 

  • Paris St-Germain are willing to make England striker Marcus Rashford one of the football’s best-paid players as they put together a package to try to sign the 25-year-old, whose contract with Manchester United runs out in the summer.

 

  • The Brazilian Football Federation plans to contact Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola to find out if he would be interested in becoming the national team’s manager at the end of the season.

 

Read Also: Chelsea 0-1 Aston Villa Highlights (Download Video)

 

• Liverpool vs Lyon 1-3 [PEN4-5] Highlights (Download Video)

 

• Sunday’s Transger Gossip: Min-jae, Ronaldo, Rigg, Kante, Guerreiro, Ziyech, De Vrij, Berge, Smalling

 

  • Rangers flop Carlos Pena is set to retire from professional football after being released from his latest club in Honduras – CD Vida – after only five appearances.

 

  • Portugal striker Joao Felix‘s agent, who has already held initial talks with Chelsea and Manchester United, hopes to speak to Aston Villa and Newcastle United about their level of interest in the 23-year-old Atletico Madrid forward.

 

FOOTBALL TRANSFER GOSSIP

 

  • Benfica president Rui Costa says the club will not allow any of their key players, including 21-year-old Portugal striker Goncalo Ramos, to leave the club unless their buyout clauses are met. Ramos has been linked with Manchester United.
  • Newcastle are hoping to sign United States forward Christian Pulisic, with Arsenal and Manchester United also monitoring the 24-year-old’s situation at Chelsea.

 

  • Kyle Walker could be the first member of England’s World Cup squad to confirm his retirement from the international game.

 

  • Salomon Rondon‘s future at Everton is in some doubt and the striker could be forced to train with the club’s youngsters as Frank Lampard plans ahead without him.

Wednesday's Transfer Gossip: Ronaldo, Danilo, Saka, De Jong, Thuram, Guardiola, Tchouameni, Depay

FOOTBALL TRANSFER GOSSIP:

  • Chelsea are set to open talks over Ronaldo as co-owner Todd Boehly sees the appeal of signing him on a free transfer, although manager Graham Potter is less convinced.
  • Arsenal are considering a January move for Palmeiras’ 21-year-old Brazil forward Danilo.

 

  • Bukayo Saka is set to treble his wages and become one of Arsenal’s highest earners.

 

  • A Barcelona adviser has hit back at a suggestion from Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong that the club’s board leaked the contract details for the Netherlands midfielder, 25, last summer.

 

  • Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, is torn between moving to Newcastle United or Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr after leaving Manchester United by mutual consent.

 

Read Also: Argentina vs Saudi Arabia 1-2 Highlights (Download Video)

 

✓: ‘It Feels Like The Right Time For Me’_ Cristiano Ronaldo On Manchester United Action.

 

✓: France vs Australia 4-1 Highlights (Download Video)

 

✓: Tuesday’s Transfer Gossip: Bellingham, Asensio, Sane’s Rice, Pickford, Raya, Sanchez, Nkunku, Vlahovic, Ronaldo

 

  • Ronaldo’s goals during his second spell at Manchester United have cost the club £1.2m each.

 

  • AFC Crewe, who play in the 14th tier in the English football pyramid, have offered Ronaldo a club record £35 per week, which would make him the highest paid player at the club.

 

  • Manchester United have saved about £15.5m in wages after coming to a mutual agreement with Ronaldo to end his contract before it runs out in the summer.

 

  • Jude Bellingham has revealed he was so excited after his World Cup debut that he could not sleep.

 

  • Belgium star Jan Vertonghen believes players are scared to speak out about issues surrounding the Qatar World Cup because they are being “controlled”.

 

FOOTBALL TRANSFER GOSSIP

 

  • Manchester United‘s market valuation rose by 17% after owners the Glazer family said they are considering selling the club.

 

  • Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has agreed a two-year contract extension to 2025.

 

  • Monaco’s France midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, 22, says Liverpool made the first move for him but he was intent on moving to Real Madrid this summer.

 

  • Netherlands forward Memphis Depay, 28, says he is uncertain of his future at Barcelona, having emerged as a target for former club Manchester United in the summer.
  • Manchester United are leading the transfer race for PSV Eindhoven star Cody Gakpo, according to reports.

 

  • Newcastle United are willing to pay Borussia Monchengladbach £10m in January to sign 25-year-old France forward Marcus Thuram, whose contract expires next summer.

 

  • Borussia Dortmund striker Youssoufa Moukoko, 18, is in talks to remain with the club amid interest from Manchester United, Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

 

  • Argentine media have laid into Lionel Messi and head coach Lionel Scaloni after their shock World Cup defeat against Saudi Arabia.

Friday's Transfer Gossip: Guardiola, Haaland, Wylie, Musiala, Ronaldo, Kante

Football Transfer News: Summer transfer closed but, Clubs are still negotiating a possible move ahead of winter window .

  • Pep Guardiola believes the brilliance of Erling Haaland is allowing another attacking “weapon” in Julian Alvarez to settle quietly and effectively at Manchester City.

 

  • Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly not part of the leadership group that’s been forged at Manchester United.

 

  • Arsenal are leading the chase for Rangers youngster Jack Wylie, according to a report.
  • Liverpool are weighing up a move for Germany’s Bayern Munich midfielder Jamal Musiala.

 

Read Also: Arsenal 3-0 Bodo/Glimt Highlights (Download Video)

 

• Omonia Nicosia 2-3 Manchester United Highlights (Download Video)

 

• Kjetil Knutsen Bodo/Glimt Boss Explains How To Beat Arsenal

 

• Thursday’s Transfer Giossip: Musiala, Nelson, Rashford, Hasenhuttl, Bellingham, Rice, Rashford, Benitez

 

  • Bournemouth expect to announce that the club is to be sold to American investor Bill Foley for around £120 million, with the 77-year-old in Dorset on Thursday to watch the first team train ahead of an agreement with Russian-British businessman Maxim Demin.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo could be offered an exit route from Manchester United by Galatasaray, according to reports.

 

  • England will go into the World Cup without a win in their past six matches and facing what is officially the toughest group in the tournament.

 

  • Trevoh Chalobah believes Reece James might just be the world’s best right-back.

 

  • Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn has confirmed that his club held discussions over signing Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer – but opted against a move.

 

  • N’Golo Kante has reportedly been offered a shock switch to Arsenal or Tottenham.

 

  • Erling Haaland reportedly earns just shy of an eye-watering £900,000 per week at Manchester City.

 

  • Matt O’Riley insists Celtic must learn fast to get ruthless and go for the Champions League kill.

Friday's Transfer Gossip: Lewandowski, Kounde, de Jong, Calvert-Lewin, Pogba,  Sterling, Guardiola, Rice

  • Robert Lewandowski, 33, will not sign a new contract at Bayern Munich, and the Poland striker could be sold to Barcelona this summer before he enters the final year of his contract. (Goal)

 

  • Chelsea want to complete the signing of Sevilla and France defender Jules Kounde, 23, early in the summer window. (Give Me Sport)

 

  • Manchester United are monitoring Barcelona and Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong’s situation at the Nou Camp but Barca have put a £70m price tag on the 25-year-old, who favours a move to a side in the Champions League. (Mail)

 

  • If Barca do lose De Jong in the summer, manager Xavi would look to replace him with Manchester City’s Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva, 27. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

 

  • Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 28, wants to stay at Chelsea this summer despite an underwhelming time at Stamford Bridge since his move from Inter Milan last summer. (Give Me Sport)

 

Read Also: Real Madrid Vs Levante 6-0 Highlights (Download Video)

 

✓: Tottenham Vs Arsenal 3-0 Highlights (Download Video)

 

✓: Thursday’s Transfer Gossip: Richarlison, Rice, Pogba, Jesus, Coutinho, Gallagher, Carrick

 

  • Newcastle will make a summer bid for Everton and England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 25, as a priority target. The Magpies have held a prolonged interest in the player, as have Arsenal. (Telegraph – subscription required)

 

  • Bayern Munich have joined the race for Manchester United’s soon-to-be free agent Paul Pogba, with Juventus, Paris St-Germain, Real Madrid and Manchester City already in the hunt for the 29-year-old France midfielder’s signature. (Fichajes – in Spanish)

 

  • Manager Pep Guardiola will run down his contract at Manchester City, which expires in 2023, rather than signing an extension this summer. The Spaniard will make a “last-minute” decision on an extension. (Sky Sports, via Manchester Evening News)

 

  • Manchester City and England attacking midfielder Raheem Sterling, 27, expects to join one of Europe’s elite clubs if he leaves the Etihad in the summer, despite strong interest from Arsenal and Tottenham. (The Athletic – subscription required)

 

  • West Ham will not hold further talks with England midfielder Declan Rice until the summer transfer window has closed after the 23-year-old turned down an eight-year contract worth £83m. (Sky Sports)

 

  • Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson, 22, will hold talks with Mikel Arteta about his future after a year-long loan at Feyenoord. Other Premier League clubs are interested in the Englishman, but the Gunners remain his priority. (Fabrizio Romano)

 

  • Tottenham are preparing an opening bid for Portugal defensive midfielder Joao Palhinha, 26, with his club Sporting Lisbon valuing him at £25m. (Jornal de Noticias, via Sport Witness)

 

  • West Ham retain an interesting in signing Manchester United and England forward Jesse Lingard, 29, who spent a season on loan with the Hammers and is out of contract this summer. (90 Min)
  • Newly promoted Bournemouth are in talks with Liverpool over a permanent deal for English centre-back Nathaniel Phillips, 25. (Express)

 

  • Liverpool and England defender Joe Gomez, 24, is wanted by Aston Villa manger Steven Gerrard this summer. (Mirror)

 

  • Jurgen Klopp has given the green light for Liverpool to battle Leeds United to sign Aberdeen’s Scottish defender Calvin Ramsay, 18. (Mirror)
  • Aston Villa are lining up a move for Leeds and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, 26. (Football Insider)

 

  • But West Ham boss David Moyes wants to unite Phillips with his England central midfielder Rice at London Stadium. (Sun)

 

  • Newcastle are keeping tabs on Leicester and Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, 35. (Talksport)

Friday's Transfer Gossip: Guardiola, De jong, Osimhen, Mbappe, Danjuma, Traore, Nkunku

  • Manager Pep Guardiola will sign a new deal with Manchester City to keep him at the Etihad until 2025 after telling the club he is more determined than ever to win the Champions League. (Star)

 

  • Man City are considering a move for Barcelona’s Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 25, as they look to build their squad for next season. (Mail)

 

  • Napoli’s 23-year-old Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen says he would prefer to join Arsenal over Manchester United or Newcastle. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Express)

 

  • Arsenal and Manchester United target Paolo Dybala has had an offer to join Borussia Dortmund when the 28-year-old Argentina forward’s Juventus contract ends in the summer. (Corriere dello Sport – in Italian)

 

Read Also: You Can Say Whatever You Want – Casemiro Responds To Salah’s Revenge Wishes

 

✓: Thursday’s Transfer Gossip: Traore, Martinez, Ginter, Raphinha, Zaha, Sarr, Ramsay, Hamer

 

  • RB Leipzig want Manchester United target Christopher Nkunku, 24, to stay for one more season on an improved contract, with the Bundesliga club prepared to accept the France forward leaving in 2023. (Bild – in German)

 

  • Manchester United’s Ivory Coast centre-back Eric Bailly, 28, and English defender Phil Jones, 30, have both told teammates they will leave the club in the summer. (Manchester Evening News)

 

  • Kylian Mbappe is on the brink of signing a two-year contract extension with Paris St-Germain worth £42.5m a year, plus an £85m signing-on fee for the 23-year-old France forward. (Le Parisien – in French, subscription required)

 

  • However, Mbappe’s mother says her son is continuing talks about his future with PSG “in great serenity”. (Mirror)

 

  • Everton are prepared to sell Jordan Pickford, 28, to fund a summer rebuild. Tottenham and Newcastle are monitoring the England goalkeeper’s situation. (Talksport)

 

  • Tottenham officials watched two Villareal players in their Champions League semi-final defeat on Tuesday, the Spain centre-back Pau Torres, and Dutch winger, Arnaut Danjuma, both 25. (90 Min)

 

  • Tottenham and Leeds are interested in Wolves and Spain winger Adama Traore. The 26-year-old is currently on loan at Barcelona but the Spanish giants are not expected to sign him permanently. (Team Talk)

 

  • Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin, 27, will complete a permanent move to Real Betis for a fee of between £5m-£10m, after a successful loan spell and Copa del Rey victory with the Seville club. (Charles Watts)

 

  • West Ham have made a second approach to Leeds and Brazil winger Raphinha, 25, despite Barcelona being firm favourites to sign him. (Sport – in Spanish)

 

  • Contract talks between Leeds and their sought after pair of Raphinha and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, 26, are on hold until the Yorkshire club know their fate in their Premier League relegation battle. (90 Min)

 

  • Newcastle are ready to offer Atletico Madrid 25m euros (£21m) to acquire Brazil left-back Renan Lodi ahead of Juventus who are also tracking the 24-year-old. (Tutto Mercato – in Italian)

 

  • Marcus Alonso’s six-year stint with Chelsea will end this summer with the 31-year-old Spanish left-back prioritising a move to Spain, where Barcelona are interested. (Fabrizio Romano)

 

  • Italy centre-back Giorgio Chiellini, 37, will head to the MLS when he leaves Juventus at the end of the season. (Goal)

 

  • RedBird Capital Partners, which owns a minority stake in Fenway Sports Group, owners of Liverpool, is considering a purchase of AC Milan. (Sky News)

 

  • Leeds are targeting 25-year-old Eintracht Frankfurt and Japan midfielder Daichi Kamada. (Football Insider)

 

  • Sporting Lisbon have triggered the buy option for Manchester City’s on-loan Spanish right-back Pedro Porro, 22, who will complete a permanent deal with a buy-back clause for City. (Fabrizio Romano)

Sunday's Transfer Gossip: Ronaldo, Torres,  Guardiola, Haaland, James, De Jong, Dembele, Reguilon

  • Manchester United and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo could return to Real Madrid.The Spanish giants are keen on signing the 37-year-old, who played for Real from 2009 to 2018. (Sunday Mirror)

 

  • Manchester City and Manchester United are also competing to sign Spain centre-back Pau Torres, 25, from Villarreal. (Todofichajes – in Spanish)

 

  • Erik ten Hag, who will leave Ajax to take over as Manchester United manager at the end of the season, wants to sign Feyenoord and Netherlands left-back Tyrell Malacia, 22, for the Old Trafford club. (Sunday Mirror)

 

Read Also: Real Madrid 4-0 Espanyol Highlights (Download Video)

 

• Newcastle Vs Liverpool 0-1 Highlights (Download Video)

 

• 3 Records Ronaldo Managed To Break This Season

 

• Saturday’s Transfer Gossip: Lukaku, Mahrez, Dybala, Bellingham, Loftus-Cheek

 

  • Chelsea are concerned England midfielder Mason Mount will leave the club. Under current government sanctions, the Blues cannot offer the 23-year-old a new contract, with Manchester City and Liverpool thought to be interested in him. (Sun on Sunday)

 

  • Crystal Palace, Watford and Fulham are monitoring FC Koln’s 25-year-old German defender Timo Hubers, who has also been linked with Leeds United. (Football Insider)

 

  • Newcastle United have offered English midfielder Sean Longstaff a four-year contract, with the 24-year-old’s current deal running out in the summer. (Sunday Times – subscription required)

 

  • AC Milan have agreed a deal with Lille to sign Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches, 24, for about 20m euros (£16.8m) and add-ons worth up to 5m euros. (Football Italia)

 

  • Netherlands defender Sven Botman, 22, has been linked with Newcastle United and AC Milan and says he expects this season to be his last at Lille. (Get French Football News)

 

  • Manchester City believe manager Pep Guardiola will sign a new deal in the summer, with talks having taken place about extending the Spaniard’s stay until 2025. (Sunday Mirror)

 

  • Manchester City and Manchester United are interested in signing England midfielder James Ward-Prowse from Southampton, while Arsenal, Newcastle United and Tottenham are monitoring developments concerning the 27-year-old. (Daily Star on Sunday)

 

  • Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke says the club beat Manchester United to the signing of Erling Haaland in December 2019 because they were prepared to put a release clause into the 21-year-old Norway international’s contract. (Goal)

 

  • Chelsea will look to offer 22-year-old England right-back Reece James, who has been linked with Real Madrid, an improved contract once they have new owners in place. (90 Min)

 

  • Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong has been linked with Manchester United but Barcelona boss Xavi says the 24-year-old is “the present and the future” at the Spanish club. (Manchester Evening News)

 

  • France forward Ousmane Dembele, 24, has a more lucrative offer from Paris St-Germain than current club Barcelona, but his preference is to stay at the Nou Camp where his contract runs out in the summer. (Sport)

 

  • Crystal Palace are closing in on signing Lens and Mali midfielder Cheick Doucoure, 22. (Sun on Sunday)

 

  • Everton are interested in signing 29-year-old England centre-back James Tarkowski, whose contract at Burnley runs out in the summer, if the Goodison Park club avoid relegation from the Premier League. (Football Insider)

 

  • Real Madrid will take up a 40m euros (£33.5m) buyback option to sign Spain left-back Sergio Reguilon, 25, from Tottenham. (Todofichajes – in Spanish)

 

  • Wolves are open to selling 25-year-old Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, with the West Midlands club looking to bring in strikers and midfielders to add to their squad. (Sunday Times – subscription required)

Friday's Transfer Gossip: Lampard, Danjuma, Rice, Mbappe, Guardiola, Nunez

  • Everton boss Frank Lampard has the support of club owner Farhad Moshiri and the Goodison Park club’s board, despite the Toffees precariously sitting just one point above the Premier League relegation zone. (Mail)

 

  • Manchester United sent scouts to watch Villarreal winger Arnaut Danjuma against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, with the 25-year-old Dutch international also a target for Liverpool. (Mail)

 

  • Brazil are prepared to offer Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola a huge salary to become the country’s national team manager. (Marca)

 

  • Manchester United are prepared to break their transfer record to sign West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice, 23. (90 Min)

 

  • Manchester United are working on a deal to sign Leeds United and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, 26. (Manchester Evening News)

 

  • Spurs are keen to agree a deal to take Brentford and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 30, back to the club. (iNews)

 

  • Newcastle manager Eddie Howe says 25-year-old French winger Allan Saint-Maximin has a future at the club despite links with a move away. (90 Min)

 

Read Also: Frankfurt Vs Barcelona 1-1 Highlights (Download Video)

 

• Rio Ferdinand: Benzema’s Name Should Already Be Writing On The Ballon d’Or

 

• Thursday’s Transfer Gossip: Werner, Depay, Neves, Pogba, Rangnick, Danjuma, Gakpo, Lukaku

 

  • Newcastle have shown an interest in Juventus and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 28. (Corriere dello Sport – in Italian)

 

  • Fulham and Portugal U21 forward Fabio Carvalho, 19, has agreed a move to Liverpool. (Fabrizio Romano)

 

  • Barcelona and Wolves could agree a swap deal that would see 26-year-old winger Adama Traore make his loan with the Spanish club permanent, allowing on-loan Barca winger Francisco Trincao, 22, to do the same at Wolves. (Birmingham Mail)

 

  • Atletico Madrid and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, 35, is in talks with Turkish clubs Fenerbahce and Besiktas. (AS – in Spanish)

 

  • Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, 33, wants a three-year contract if he is to join Barcelona this summer. (Sport – in Spanish)

 

  • The Old Trafford club have told six players they can leave this summer. (Mirror)

 

  • Paris St-Germain have offered 23-year-old France striker Kylian Mbappe, whose contract with them runs out in the summer, 150m euros (£125m) for two seasons to stay with them. (Guillem Balague)

 

  • Newcastle and West Ham are keen to sign Union Berlin and Nigeria striker Taiwo Awoniyi, 24, this summer. (Sun)

 

  • Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham have been told it will cost them £67m if they want to sign Uruguay striker Darwin Nunez, 22, from Portuguese club Benfica. (Express)

 

  • Arsenal are keen on Aston Villa’s English defender Ezri Konsa, 24. (Football Insider)

 

  • Wolves have identified Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder Joao Palhinha, 26, as an ideal recruit should Ruben Neves leave this summer. (GiveMeSport)

 

  • Leeds United and Brighton are keen on signing Arsenal’s English forward Eddie Nketiah, 22. (Ekrem Konur – Fichajes)

 

  • RB Leipzig and Croatia defender Josko Gvardiol, 20, has emerged as a target for Tottenham. (Athletic)

 

  • Aston Villa have shown renewed interest in Brighton and Mali midfielder Yves Bissouma, 25. (Football Insider)

Guardiola: What Messi And Ronaldo Achieved Will Be Almost Impossible To Replicate

Former Barcelona head coach Pep Guardiola, speaking ahead of his side’s clash with Paris Saint-Germain, has said that we may not see the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo again.

The two players, both now well into their thirties, continue to dominate at the top level.

They also have broken countless records and filled many trophy cabinets between them.

Obviously Guardiola knows Messi well, but on Wednesday he will be part of the opposition.

While this season he has also come up against Ronaldo once again.

At his pre-match press conference in the build-up to the game at the Etihad, the Catalan coach was asked if he expects to see such a duopoly again.

 

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He replied:

“I don’t imagine [it will happen] as what these two guys have done will be almost impossible to imitate.”

“Maybe I will see it but I don’t think it’s going to happen – scoring this amount of goals, the amount of titles both had done.

“It is so difficult. I think it is unique in history to find two players like Cristiano and Messi do what they have done.”

 

Few people know Messi’s abilities as well as Guardiola, but that doesn’t mean he knows how to stop him, as he acknowledged.

“It’s so difficult and sometimes when he has the ball he doesn’t know what he’s going to do – so imagine you have to know what he is going to do.”

“I cannot tell the players what [Messi] will do, but hey, it happens with Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe, with [Angel] Di Maria, with all the players up front in this team.

Every player could be a complete star in any team around the world and all four are in the same team.

“But I am still glad and happy that [Messi] is still playing, at the level he plays and with the quality, so it will be nice to face him.”

Manchester City take on Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad on Wendesday November 24 at 21:00 (CET).

'Unstoppable' Lionel Messi Ended A Run Of 264 Minutes Without A Goal For His New Club

The Argentina forward Lionel Messi scored his first club goal of his entire career that had not been scored for Barcelona after sealed a 2-0 victory for PSG Against Pep Guardiola sides. 

 

That strike ended a run of 264 minutes without a goal for Messi since his summer move from Spain.

The last goal at club level was his final Barcelona game, a 2-1 defeat at Celta Vigo in May.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrated with a sense of jubilation.

Guardiola had seen Messi at close quarters enough to know it was as good as inevitable.

Messi himself was left with a huge sense of relief.

Read Also: Lionel Messi Scored His First Goal As Paris St-Germain Defeat Man City By 2-0 In Champions League Group Game.

 

Messi expressed his feelings after the match:

It’s true that I was getting desperate to score my first goal.”

“I hadn’t played much recently and I had only played once here at home but I am settling into the team little by little.

“The more us forwards play together, the better our relationship will be.

We all need to grow together and improve and keep giving our best.”

Former Barcelona legend had to Wait more than a month to play his first four games for his new club because of lack of fitness, international duty and then an injury.

He had failed to score in his first three fixtures for PSG.

Against Reims, Club Bruges and Lyon – after joining on a free transfer in the summer.

By his standards, that was a goal drought.

PSG boss Pochettino, Messi’s fellow Argentine, was delighted to see it ended.

Pochettino said:

Usually I don’t celebrate goals, I keep it to myself,” he said. “But today, for Messi, I did.

“I spent years watching Messi score goals from the opponent’s side – so this time, scoring for my team, that’s great.”

Lionel Messi glided forward from the halfway line late on against Manchester City at the Parc des Princes.

Played a one-two with Paris St-Germain team-mate Kylian Mbappe and left goalkeeper Ederson rooted to the spot with a shot beautifully placed into the top corner.

PSG’s much-hyped front three of Neymar, Mbappe and Messi.

The two most expensive players ever and the record six-time Ballon d’Or winner – showed some promising signs.

They played 44 passes between each other in total, almost 10% of PSG’s total.

Lionel Messi Is Close To Be Feature For Psg Against Pep Guardiola Sides In Champion League On Tuesday's

The former Barcelona Legend is yet to net for his new club despite been featured in three games.

He missed  their last two games through  knee injury he suffered against Lyon.

Messi has scored more Champions League goals against Guardiola than any other player.

Six goals in four meetings, including four goals in two games for Barcelona against City.

Mauricio Pochettino said:

He is in a very good way,”

“I think he will be in the squad but I haven’t decided on the starting XI.”

PSG have the option of playing a front three of the two most expensive players ever,

Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, and Messi, who has won a record six Ballons d’Or.

Read Also: Monday’sTransfer Gossip: De Ligt, Watkins, Tchouameni, Rudiger, Torres, Nkunku

 

Guardiola views on messi:

“I think this kind of player speaks for itself, we’re fortunate to see him for 16 years as a pro,”

“What he’s done is more than exceptional and hopefully tomorrow he can play for the benefit of the game.”

“With this amount of quality I don’t know how to stop them,”

“They’re so good. This amount of talent makes it so difficult.

“You have to defend well without the ball and let them run when we have the ball.

They are exceptional players, individually and they combine so good.

“The three players up front can do whatever they want.

Wide narrow, wide left, Messi can play right or middle, Mbappe wide or middle.

They combine so well, the talent cannot be stopped.”

Both PSG and City have enjoyed most of their success since big-money takeovers in the 2000s.

Abu Dhabi United Group took over City in 2008, with Qatar Sports Investments running PSG since 2011.

Seven of PSG‘s nine league titles, and five of City’s seven, have come since those takeovers.

But the big goal – the Champions League – has evaded both sides, with both sides losing the last two finals.

Pochettino said:

“It’s a fact, not an opinion, that we are a team in construction,”

City have been under the best coach in the world in my opinion, with Pep Guardiola.

“It’s a matter of time but also, let’s face it, of investment.”

Guardiola said:

“What happened last season was last season, they were fantastic, it was tight and now they have Messi.

“Since Qatar took over they’ve been exceptional, huge competitors.”

City winger Riyad Mahrez agrees they cannot read too much into last season’s semi-final win, with the English side winning 2-1 away and then 2-0 at home.

“It is a different match,” he said.

“Last season was a semi-final with no fans. Today is six months later, beginning of the season and the group stage.

“It will be another tight game and we will have to be focused like we were last season.

We don’t think that because we won last season we will win again.”

Both sides come into the game in good form. PSG are top of Ligue 1 with eight wins out of eight.

While Manchester City beat title rivals Chelsea on Saturday.

However, PSG have not won in four Champions League games now after drawing with Club Bruges in their first group game.

City beat RB Leipzig 6-3 at home in their opener.

They are unbeaten in their last 10 away games in the Champions League.