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31/08/2020

What the papers say Liverpool have dampened their interest in signing Wolves’ Adama Traore, the Daily Mirror says. Traore starred at Molineux last season, but Jurgen Klopp has instead turned his attention to Ismaila Sarr, who is currently on the books at Watford.

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28/08/2020

What the papers say The Lionel Messi speculation continues at fever pitch, with Manchester City said to be ready to part with as many as four players to secure the 33-year-old. The Manchester Evening News says if City cannot secure Messi on a free transfer – a contractual matter still in dispute at Barcelona – they would offer Spanish defender Eric Garcia, 19, and Angelino, 23, to lower a transfer fee tipped to be around £200million. Spanish website Sport says City are prepared to offer £89.5m, plus Garcia, midfielder Bernardo Silva, 26, and forward Gabriel Jesus, 23. The Times says Messi phoned City manager Pep Guardiola last week to tell him he wants to leave Barcelona.

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26/08/2020

What the papers say Europe’s biggest clubs are circling for Lionel Messi after he faxed Barcelona demanding a transfer this summer, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Paris St Germain reportedly heading the race to sign him. The Daily Mail says the Argentinian superstar made the request after crunch talks with new manager Ronald Koeman. The report said Messi is ready to use a disputed clause in his contract which allows him to move for free. City have been considered strong contenders to sign the 33-year-old, with manager Pep Guardiola having led him through several glorious seasons at Barca.

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25/08/2020

What the papers say Chelsea are on the cusp of completing two major transfers, having agreed deals to sign Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz and Paris St Germain defender Thiago Silva, according to The Times. The Blues are set to spend more in this transfer window than any other. With Havertz all but secured on a deal that could rise to £90million, Ben Chilwell poised to join Chelsea from Leicester for around £50m, those two players and Silva are reportedly set to cost the Londoners more than £200m. Thiago is expected to decide his future early this week, the Evening Standard reports.

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24/08/2020

What the papers say Barcelona’s shake-up is causing ripples throughout Europe, with new manager Ronald Koeman eager to sign a host of players including Manchester City’s 19-year-old centre-back Eric Garcia, Spanish website Sport reports. Koeman may also cause disappointment in England in seeking to keep Philippe Coutinho, who has been on loan at Bayern Munich and linked to Premier League sides including Arsenal, Tottenham and Leicester, according to Mundo Deportivo. Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez and Valencia and Spain full-back Jose Gaya are also said to be on Koeman’s wish list.

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21/08/2020

What the papers say New Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has marked Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum as a prime target for the Spanish giants. Citing a report in Algemeen Dagblad, the Daily Express says Koeman has a strong relationship with the 29-year-old from their time together with the Dutch national team and has asked Wijnaldum not to sign a new deal with the Reds.

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17/08/2020

What the papers say One of the biggest transfers of recent years could be about to happen, with Manchester City the front-runners to sign Lionel Messi. Spain’s Esporte Interativo reports Messi has demanded an immediate exit from beleaguered Barcelona after Friday’s 8-2 Champions League embarrassment against Bayern Munich, which he felt was the result of a long-term lack of planning at the Catalan club. City, one of only a small list of clubs that could accommodate Messi’s wage demands, are first in line to sign the 33-year-old, a move which would reunite him with one of Barca’s most successful managers, Pep Guardiola.