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Friday's Transfer Gossip: Mudryk, Bree, Danilo, Wright, Messi, Vlahovic, Trossard, Cancelo, Sarabia, Danjuma

FOOTBALL TRANSFER GOSSIP:

  • Arsenal  have reportedly come to an agreement on the fee for Shaktar Donetsk playmaker Mykhailo Mudryk with talks now entering the ‘final stage’.

 

  • Southampton could move for Luton Town‘s English right-back James Bree, 25, as they look to sign a full-back this month.
  • Chelsea could face the prospect of having to play at Wembley for five years as they look at plans to redevelop Stamford Bridge.

 

  • Nottingham Forest have agreed a fee of €20m (£17.8m) for Palmeiras midfielder Danilo – and he will arrive in England for a medical this weekend.

 

  • Brentford have made an offer to Antalyaspor to sign United States forward Haji Wright, 24.
  • Bournemouth are confident of re-signing the Netherlands midfielder Arnaut Danjuma, 25, from Villarreal amid reported interested from Everton.
  • Arsenal are back in for Juventus and Serbia striker Dusan Vlahovic, 22, who is valued at 110m euros (£97.7m)

 

  • Manchester United will block any request made by Nottingham Forest to play loanee Dean Henderson in their two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final.

 

  • Besiktas are interested in Wolves and Mexico striker Raul Jimenez, 31, as a replacement for outgoing Dutch forward Wout Weghorst, 30, who is set to join Manchester United.

 

  • Tottenham are interested in signing Belgium winger Leandro Trossard, 28, from Brighton.

 

Read Also: Real Betis vs Barcelona 2-2 [PEN 2-4] Highlights (Download Video)

 

• Fulham vs Chelsea 2-1 Highlights (Download Video)

 

• Thursday’s Transfer Gossip: Aubameyang, Felipe, Bakayoko, Felix, Thuram, Walker-Peters, Mendy, Rutter, Guendouzi

 

  • Clubs in Spain, France, Germany and Italy are monitoring the situation of Portugal full-back Joao Cancelo, 28, after he lost his regular place in the Manchester City side.
  • Chelsea’s new signing David Datro Fofana is at the centre of a court case involving his former clubMolde in Norway over the proceeds of his transfer.

 

  • Ilkay Gundogan accused his Manchester City team-mates of lacking hunger and desire before what he predicts will be one of the toughest derbies in years.

FOOTBALL TRANSFER GOSSIP

  • Wolves have activated the clause worth £44.4m to make 23-year-old Brazilian forward Matheus Cunha‘s loan deal from Atletico Madrid into a permanent move.
  • Tottenham are interested in signing Belgium winger Leandro Trossard, 28, from Brighton.

 

  • Chelsea are lining up a move for Brighton’s Moisés Caicedo after encountering frustration in attempts to bolster their midfield by signing Benfica’s Enzo Fernández.
  •  Al Nassr, are targeting 35-year-old Argentina and Paris St-Germain forward Lionel Messi in a $300m-per-year (£245.9m) deal.

 

  • Leeds’ deal for French Hoffenheim striker Georginio Rutter, 20, will be around £35m – a club record fee.

Lionel Messi Given Guard Of Honour By PSG Team-Mates

Lionel Messi was given a guard of honour by his teammates at the training ground, before being presented with a small trophy by PSG’s sporting director Luis Campos.

The former Barcelona legend was the star of the show in Qatar, scoring seven goals and winning the coveted Golden Ball award for a record second time.

Since then he has been back in his home country celebrating the success, though the team’s bus parade through the streets of

Buenos Aires had to be abandoned due to chaotic scenes after four million people turned out to greet the players.

Messi is now back in Paris as he looks to help the club finally lift the Champions League for the first time, and he received a warm welcome on his return to the training ground.

Read Also: Argentina vs France 3-3 [PEN 4-2]Highlights (Download Video)

 

Messi:

“I’m happy to be back,” “I’m grateful for the warm welcome from everyone at the club, my partners and the staff.

I’m happy and I’m going to get ready for what’s coming up.”

Kylian Mbappe, who scored a hat-trick in the final and his penalty in the shootout but still ended up on the losing side, has already played twice PSG since the World Cup.

He started, and scored, against Strasbourg just ten days after the Qatar final, in a match that Neymar was sent off in as he picked up a second yellow card for diving.

Messi is believed to clinch his eighth Balon d’Or award should he take PSG to their first Champions League victory later this year.

Thursday's Transfer Gossip:  Santos, Allister, Busquets, Messi, Mbappe, Felix, Martinez, Ronaldo,

FOOTBALL TRANSFER GOSSIP:

  • Chelsea are close to agreeing a deal for Vasco da Gama’s Brazilian midfielder Andrey Santos, 18.

 

  • Arsenal and Tottenham are both showing interest in Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister but appear to be prioritising positions other than midfield, which could leave Atletico Madrid in pole position to make their move.

 

  • Barcelona manager Xavi has convinced his captain, Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets, 34, to remain at the club until the summer, rather than push through a move to a Major League Soccer side in January.

 

  • Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has fuelled talk that Portugal striker Joao Felix, 23, is up for sale by saying “no-one is indispensable” at the club.

 

  • Leicester City would love to make a move for Angers and Morocco midfielder Azzedine Ounahi if their transfer budget will allow it, but his potential £39m price tag and their interest in also signing Sassuolo’s Jeremie Boga could make that tough.
  • Barcelona sporting director Jordi Cruyff now says midfielder Frenkie de Jong is one of the club’s “untouchables” ahead of the January transfer window.

 

Read Also: EFL CUP: Manchester United 2-0 Burnley Highlights (Download Video)

 

• Liverpool XI vs Manchester City: Team News Possible Lineup

 

• Antonio Conte Backed Harry Kane To Come Back Stronger.

 

• Wednesday’s Transfer Gossip: Zidane, Messi, Ochoa, Allister, Ronaldo, Martinelli, Gvardiol, Costa

 

  • Raphinha, who made five appearances for Brazil at the Qatar World Cup, has been tipped for a possible return to the Premier League as the 26-year-old has failed to make an impact in his first season at Barcelona.

FOOTBALL TRANSFER GOSSIP

  • Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says the “transfer window is an option” as he looks at ways of covering the loss of Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus, 25, to a knee injury.

 

  • Arsenal wanted Argentina defender Lisandro Martinez in the summer but the 24-year-old opted instead to reunite with former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag at Manchester United.

 

  • Thomas Tuchel has left the United Kingdom and is, according to reports in Germany, upping his knowledge of Spanish in preparation for taking on his next role.

 

  • Al-Nassr’s offer of a £160m contract to Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, is being backed by the Saudi Arabia government.

 

  • German club Eintracht Frankfurt have claimed they were offered the chance to sign Ronaldo by Manchester United before he left Old Trafford.
  • PSG will not let France forward Kylian Mbappe, 24, leave in January and only sell him in the summer at the right price.

 

  • Manchester United are interested in signing 30-year-old Aston Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez, who played a key role in helping Argentina win the World Cup.

 

  • Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has criticised Gianni Infantino‘s plans to reform the Club World Cup and expand the World Cup to 48 teams.

 

  • Gallagher Premiership clubs are at risk of “heading for disaster” with their collective net debt amassed over the last six years having reached £300m.

Lionel Messi Agrees One-Year Extension With PSG

Lionel Messi was widely reported to be set to move to the MLS with his deal in the French capital expiring at the end of this season.

But, there is a reporta that the Argentine star agreed a one-year extension with Paris Saint-Germain, in a move that would keep the forward in the French capital until 2024.

Messi, after so long and so many attempts, finally reached the zenith of his footballing career last weekend as Argentina lifted the World Cup at Qatar 2022.

And now it appears, with the 35-year-old seeming in as good as form as he has ever been, that he is set to stay in European

football’s elite until 2024, according to a report in Le Parisien, which states there is “an agreement in principle”.

The move would potentially see Messi have two more shots at winning another Champions League title, a competition he has not won since 2015.

 

Reaf Also: Wednesday’s Transfer Gossip: Zidane, Messi, Ochoa, Allister, Ronaldo, Martinelli, Gvardiol, Costa

 

The Champions League will also give Messi the chance to dethrone great rival Cristiano Ronaldo as all-time top scorer in the

competition, with the ex-Barcelona man needing just 11 goals to go ahead of the Portuguese, the latter being currently without a club.

Messi is currently in his native Argentina celebrating his country’s momentous World Cup win, but will be expected back in Paris shortly to help drive his club’s campaign for domestic and European honours under Christoph Galtier.

The report in Le Parisien states that the contract will be finalised upon Messi’s return from Argentina, with a meeting alongside PSG

president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi and sporting director Luis Campos set to be where the precise value and duration of the deal will be agreed upon.

 

Wednesday's Transfer Gossip: Zidane, Messi, Ochoa, Allister, Ronaldo, Martinelli, Gvardiol, Costa

FOOTBALL TRANSFER GOSSIP:

  • Zinedine Zidane will return to club football if Didier Deschamps stays on as head coach of the French national team, according to reports.

 

  • Paris St-Germain want to tie 35-year-old Argentina forward Lionel Messi to the club in the next few days. The World Cup winner’s contract runs out next summer and he is free to talk to clubs outside of France from 1 January.
  • Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, 37, is set to join Italian Serie A side Salernitana on a free transfer after his contract at Club America expired.

 

  • Arsenal are close to agreeing a new contract with Gabriel Martinelli that will see the Brazil international become one of the club’s top earners.
  • Tottenham Hotspur are prepared to hand Antonio Conte a £1m-a-year pay rise to sign a new contract and commit his future to the club.

 

  • Al Nassr expect Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, to complete his move there by the end of the year. The former Manchester United player will sign a two-and-a-half year deal worth 200 euros (£174m).
  • Brighton’s Argentine World Cup-winning midfielder Alexis Mac Allister, 23, is being targeted by Arsenal and Atletico Madrid. (AS – in Spanish)

 

  • Manchester United will have to pay Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa‘s £65m release clause if they want to sign the 23-year-old Portugal international at the end of the season.

 

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• The Entertaining Clásico Porteño

 

• Rivalry Continue As Olympique Marseille Eyeing On Cristiano Ronaldo Deal

 

• Tuesday’s Transfer Gossip: Martinez, Costa,Allister, Mbappe, Messi, Kante, Gordon, Juranovic

 

  • Croatia defender Josko Gvardiol, 20, is likely to stay at German side RB Leipzig this summer with a €110m (£96m) release clause will become active in his contract in 2024.

 

  • Emiliano Martinez‘s agent has hinted that his client’s future lies away from Aston Villa, amid rumoured interest from Bayern Munich.
  • Manchester United are in talks with David de Gea over a new short-term deal after triggering extensions for four other first-team players.

FOOTBALL TRANSFER GOSSIP

  • Blackburn and Chile forward Ben Brereton Diaz, 23, is likely to stay at Ewood Park this January and keep his options open for a free transfer move in the summer.

 

  • Enzo Fernandez‘s preference would reportedly be a move to Liverpool as clubs line up to sign the Benfica star.
  • Adidas have run out of Lionel Messi shirts in Argentina colours following the incredible World Cup triumph over France.

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  • Arsenal have shown interest in signing Ukraine winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, 21, during the January transfer window, according to the sporting director at his current club Shakhtar Donetsk.

 

  • Inter Milan have opened contract talks with Italy defender Alessandro Bastoni over a new deal, with Manchester City and Tottenham interested in the 23-year-old.

 

  • Argentina midfielder Rodrigo De Paul, 28, was close to joining Leeds from Udinese before moving to Atletico Madrid.
  • The Football Association will launch a major clampdown on referee abuse next year amid increasingly toxic behaviour at all levels of the game.

Tuesday's Transfer Gossip: Martinez, Costa,Allister, Mbappe, Messi, Kante, Gordon, Juranovic

FOOTBALL TRANSFER GOSSIP:

  • Bayern Munich reportedly eyeing a move for Emiliano Martinez as the galkeeper starring role as Argentina won the World Cup.

 

  • Southampton have been fined £10,000 and given a suspended six-month ban from recruiting academy players after the Premier League found them guilty of breaking rules when signing a player from another club’s academy.

 

  • Manchester United might have to pay Diogo Costa’s £65mi release clause to land the Porto keeper.
  • Erik ten Hag has brought mind coaches into Manchester United to help his players cope with any psychological issues.

 

Read Also: “We Need To Save Him A Spot,” Scaloni Rules Out 2026 WC Messi Hope.

 

• Lionel Messi Crown Sports Personality Of The Year Award.

 

• Monday’s Transfer Gossip: Amrabat, Kudus, Gakpo, De Jong, Wan-Bissaka, Caicedo, Moukoko, Gvardiol, Thuram

 

  • Brighton are confident that they will be able to keep hold of World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister after his spectacular performances for Argentina in Qatar.

 

  • FIFA are facing questions after celebrity chef Nusret Gokce – better known as Salt Bae – somehow gained access to the pitch at the Lusail Stadium after the World Cup final and was seen touching the iconic trophy.

 

  • Kylian Mbappe is considering his future at Paris Saint-Germain and may push for a summer exit, according to Sport.
  • Barcelona are reportedly in the hunt to sign Celtic right-back Josip Juranovic after his World Cup heroics with Croatia.

 

FOOTBALL TRANSFER GOSSIP

  • Everton winger Anthony Gordon is close to pledging his immediate future to Goodison Park by signing a new long-term contract.

 

  • Paris Saint-Germain are confident that Lionel Messi will agree to sign a contract extension in the French capital, despite rumours of a summer move to the MLS.
  • Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag using drone to study squad training sessions in bid to transform club’s fortunes.

 

  • N’Golo Kante wants a pre-contract deal with Barcelona in January as he eyes a free transfer in summer, reports in Spain say.

 

  • FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants to hold the World Cup every three years as part of a long-term plan to revolutionise international football.

“We Need To Save Him A Spot,” Scaloni Rules Out 2026 WC Messi Hope.

Lionel Messi has finally done it by winning a World Cup – but will it be the last one?

Last time out in Russia, there were rumours that it could be Messi’s last World Cup.

Messi confirmed after Argentina beat France that he does not intend to retire from international football, and Argentina coach

Lionel Scaloni said he held out hope of him playing in the United States, Canada and Mexico in four years’ time.

Scloni:

“We need to save him a spot,” “If he wants to keep playing, he’ll be with us.”

But Messi will be 39 in 2026 and has confirmed Sunday’s dramatic final against France will be his last World Cup match.

Asked if he thought this was his last World Cup match, the 35-year-old said: “As I’ve said before, it is.

 

Read Also: Lionel Messi Crown Sports Personality Of The Year Award.

 

“They (the fans in Argentina) should wait for us. We’re coming home to celebrate with them.

“We’ve done it. We couldn’t have asked for more.

I thank God for everything he gave me, for this outcome, for this trophy that I dreamt of, my team-mates and Argentina too. What can I say…we are world champions.”

Messi emulates Diego Maradona by leading Argentina to World Cup glory for the first time since 1986.

“I’m not going to analyse the match now, there’s no need,” he continued. “We were destined to be world champions and we are.

“The game developed as it did, but this is not the time for analysis, but for celebration.”

Lionel Messi Crown Sports Personality Of The Year Award.

Messi was the hero as he scored twice and converted his penalty in a dramatic shoot-out win over France after a 3-3 draw at the Lusail Stadium.

The PSG star has been named the World Sports Star of 2022 by the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.

Sunday’s World Cup final saw the Argentine star, 35, cap a fine tournament in which he scored seven goals and finally won the globe’s top sporting crown for the first time.

Messi, who also won the Ligue 1 title with Paris Saint-Germain, is set to celebrate his country’s triumph in a parade across Buenos Aires on Tuesday afternoon.

 

Read Also: Argentina vs France 3-3 [PEN 4-2]Highlights (Download Video)

 

Ahead of lifting the trophy in Qatar, the forward won his second Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup having also taken the accolade in 2014, when Argentina lost in the final.

Previous recipients of the World Sports Star award include Roger Federer, who has won it four times, Shane Warne and Tiger Woods.

Usain Bolt, a three-time recipient of the gong, has already been announced as the winner of the Lifetime Achievement award for 2022.

The BBC will announce the shortlist for the main Sports Personality of the Year award on Tuesday ahead of this week’s ceremony.

"No Doubt Messi Is The Greatest Of All Time"_ Says Lionel Scaloni

Lionel Scaloni Argentina boss has revealed he has “no doubt” Lionel Messi is the greatest player of all time.

Messi some magician that inspired his side to a 3-0 win over Croatia in the World Cup semi-final.

Messi opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Julian Alvarez was fouled by Croatian goalkeeper Dominik Livaković and set up Argentina’s third goal for the Manchester City forward with a stunning run and cross.

In between, Alvarez scored a fine solo effort as Argentina set up a return to Lusail Stadium to face France or Morocco in Sunday’s World Cup Final.

Scaloni:

“Sometimes as Argentinians, it could look like of course we say [Messi is the greatest of all time] because we are Argentinians.”

“And maybe we are selfish, maybe it’s something that you say as an Argentinian.

“But I don’t have any doubt. I’ve been saying this for a long time, together with my technical stuff.

And I have the whole privilege — I am honoured to be able to train him, to see him playing.

And it is something exciting, because every time you see him play, it’s a huge source of motivation for his teammates, for the people of Argentina, and for the whole world.

 

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So there is nothing left to say about Messi, it is a privilege to have him in this squad.”

Messi, who was named player of the match, afterwards hailed Argentina’s “intelligence” and preparation, saying they knew Croatia would keep the ball but could be exploited on the counter-attack.

“This is a very wise squad,” he said. “We know what to do in every second of the game.

We knew the Croatians would have the ball possession but we knew this could be our strength.

Sometimes they are disordered when they lose the ball and they left many spaces.

“The previous match was a big sacrifice and we went into extra-time. That wasn’t easy.

“Today we were tired but we pulled our strengths to be as strong [as possible] and to earn this victory.

“We played very well. We knew that we would play this way.

We prepared this a lot because we knew they wouldn’t have the ball because we would need to run in this match and then take our chances.

So, as I say, I think we prepared this match in a very good way, as we always do.

“And, personally, I can say that I feel very happy in this whole World Cup.

I am enjoying it a lot and luckily enough I am able to help my whole squad to make things happen.”

Wednesday's Transfer Gossip: Fernandez, Messi, Ronaldo, Livacovic, Bellingham, Benzema, Haaland, Mourinho

FOOTBALL TRANSFER GOSSIP:

  • Liverpool are reportedly prepared to match any offer from another club for midfield target Enzo Fernandez, with a ‘pre-agreement’ said to be in place.

 

  • Barcelona have not yet held any negotiations with Lionel Messi about the Argentina forward, 35, returning to the club when his contract with Paris St-Germain ends in the summer.
  • Ronaldo will not retire from international football after Portugal’s World Cup exit, even if Fernando Santos remains as coach.

 

  • Bayern Munich held talks with Dinamo Zagreb about Croatia’s World Cup goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic, 27, but have decided to look elsewhere for a replacement for Manuel Neuer, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

 

  • Rangers have agreed a new four-year contract with Leon King after the Scottish centre-back, 18, received multiple offers from Premier League clubs including Leeds United.

 

  • Leeds United are closing in on the signing of English midfielder George Hall, 18, from Birmingham City in January.

 

  • Karim Benzema looks set to be available for the return of La Liga games after being spotted at Real Madrid‘s training session on Tuesday, one day before his France team-mates attempt to reach the World Cup final without him.
  • Borussia Dortmund‘s England midfielder Jude Bellingham, 19, is a long-term target for Liverpool but they are also planning a January move for a lower-profile midfielder with the potential to become a first-team regular.

 

FOOTBALL TRANSFER GOSSIP

 

  • Tension is growing between Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, and his agent Jorge Mendes as the uncertainty over the Portugal forward’s future continues after his departure from Manchester United.

 

  • Al Nassr coach Rudi Garcia would welcome the chance to work with Ronaldo after the Saudi Arabian club’s reported interest in signing him, and the Spaniard says he was “very close” to succeeding Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United last year.
  • Jack Wilshere says the Football Association should go all out for Newcastle boss Eddie Howe if Gareth Southgate decides to step down before Euro 2024.

 

Read Also: France Vs Morocco XI: Team News, Possible Lineup

 

• Arsenal vs Ac Milan 2-1 [PEN 4-3]Highlights (Download Video)

 

• Argentina vs Croatia 3-0 Highlights (Download Video)

 

• Tuesday’s Transfer Gossip: Kane, Zaha, Isco, Felix, Mudryk, Fernandez, Bellingham, Tielemans, Moukoko

 

  • Roma coach Jose Mourinho is at the top of Portugal’s list of candidates to succeed Santos as national team coach.

 

  • Tottenham are interested in signing Wilfried Zaha, 30, on a free transfer when the Ivory Coast forward’s contract expires at Crystal Palace in the summer.
  • Chelsea are prepared to sign a new striker in January and discussed the possibility even before their Albania striker Armando Broja, 21, suffered a serious knee injury.

 

  • Manchester United are yet to follow Chelsea in registering any interest with AC Milan in their Portugal forward Rafael Leao, 23.

 

  • Morocco boss Walid Regragui was listening in to a tactics seminar run by Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta just 12 months ago as he now prepares his own team for a World Cup semi-final.

 

  • Manchester City‘s Norway striker Erling Haaland, 22, is no longer on Real Madrid‘s list of future targets with Brazilian forward Endrick, 16, having agreed to join them from Palmeiras in 2024.

 

  • Leicester City are ready to make an offer which could be more than £40m for Morocco midfielder Azzedine Ounahi, who currently plays in France for Angers and has been linked with Barcelona.
  • Centre-back Luizao has arrived in England for a medical with West Ham but he is not the only 20-year-old Brazilian the Hammers hope to sign from Sao Paulo as they have also begun talks over a deal for defensive midfielder Pablo Maia.

 

  • Fulham have shown interest in signing Netherlands right-back Rick Karsdorp, 27, on loan from Roma with an obligation to buy upon reaching certain conditions.
  • Barcelona see Boca Juniors‘ Argentine midfielder Alan Varela, 21, as a potential replacement for long-serving captain Sergio Busquets, 34.

 

  • Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis could be offered a life-changing move to Saudi Arabia after contract talks stalled.
  • Emmanuel Petit says Arsenal should target one of Wilfried Zaha, Allan Saint-Maximin or Christian Pulisic in January as they look to replace injured Gabriel Jesus.