Tuesday’s Transfer Gossip: Messi, Azpilicueta, Dembele, De Jong, Mee, Ibrahimovic

Tuesday's Transfer Gossip: Messi, Azpilicueta, Dembele, De Jong, Mee, Ibrahimovic

  • Lionel Messi has begun to question whether Mauricio Pochettino is up to the task of being Paris St-Germain manager after the 34-year-old Argentina forward registered concerns over his tactics and ability to control the dressing room. (L’Equipe, via Mirror)


  • Chelsea’s Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta, 32, is in advanced talks with Barcelona over a move this summer. (El Nacional, via Daily Mail)


  • Manchester United have joined Premier League strugglers Newcastle United in the race to sign Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, with the 24-year-old France international having made a decision over his future. (Mundo Deportivo, via Express)


  • Newcastle boss Eddie Howe is lining up Stoke’s 21-year-old English striker Tyrese Campbell as the first signing of the Saudi era at St James’ Park. (Sun)


  • Newcastle are also prepared to double the salaries of Burnley’s English defenders Ben Mee, 32, and 29-year-old James Tarkowski to tempt them to quit the Clarets. (Mirror)


  • Newcastle boss Eddie Howe is ready to offer £20m to make Stoke hotshot Tyrese Campbell the first signing of the Saudi era at St James’ Park.(The sun)


  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told fans ‘I tried my best’ after a chance encounter with a group of supporters at a sushi takeaway.(The sun)


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  • Joey Barton could still face an FA ban – despite being cleared of attacking a rival boss.(The sun)


  • Joe Root will warn his England team to brace themselves for pure hatred when the Ashes battle begins.(The sun)


  • New Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick is eyeing up a move for Barcelona’s Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 24, as he looks to begin the rebuilding process at Old Trafford. (El Nacional, via Daily Star)


  • Chelsea’s move for Fenerbahce’s 23-year-old defender Attila Szalai is a “done deal”, according to his Hungary boss Marco Rossi. (Mirror)


  • Norwegian winger and Arsenal transfer target Mohamed Elyounoussi, 27, has insisted he and his family are happy with life at Southampton. (Sun)


  • Leicester City scouts were in attendance for Juventus’ 2-0 win over Genoa at the weekend to watch French midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 26, and 27-year-old Italian international Federico Bernardeschi. (CalcioMercato, via Leicester Mercury)


  • Manchester United are exploring the possibility of hiring former United States international midfielder and two-time Major League Soccer head coach Chris Armas, 49, as part of Ralf Rangnick’s staff. (ESPN)


  • AC Milan’s Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 40, has expressed his ambition to remain with the Serie A club for the rest of his playing career. (Star)


  • Leeds are being investigated by the FA after Brentford’s Sergi Canos appeared to be struck by an object thrown from the crowd at Elland Road on Sunday.(Daily mail)


  • Scottish clubs have been handed a “hugely significant” boost after a plan to hammer potential foreign transfers was halted.(The scottish)


  • Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot, 22, has delivered a defiant message and insists he is ready to “give everything” at Manchester United in a blow to potential suitors. (Daily Mail)


  • Arsenal look set to sanction a January loan exit for 20-year-old England youth international forward Folarin Balogun – despite facing the prospect of losing 32-year-old Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for up to a month during the Africa Cup of Nations. (Express)


  • Championship side Bournemouth are one of a number of clubs linked with a possible January move for Balogun. (Bournemouth Echo)


  • Yorkshire could be relegated from Division One of the County Championship and up to eight individuals may be banned from all involvement in cricket as part of the ECB’s investigations into racism at the club.(The times)


  • Chris Armas, the former head coach of New York Red Bulls, is set to become the first addition to Ralf Rangnick’s backroom staff at Manchester United.(The times)


  • Thomas Tuchel has been given a boost by Mateo Kovacic returning to his injury-hit Chelsea squad, with the midfielder set to be available for selection this weekend.(The times)

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