Transfer news LIVE: Lionel Messi faces Barcelona stay, Juventus target Suarez, Leicester sign Castagne – The Sun

LIONEL MESSI could be staying at Barcelona after all, with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain unlikely to pursue the Argentine aggressively.

A pact between top clubs around Europe means that the wealthy duo could miss out on Messi, as his future remains up in the air.

But his Barca team-mate Luis Suarez is expected to join Juventus, where he will play alongside Giorgio Chiellini – the victim of the Uruguayan's bite attack during the 2014 World Cup.

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  • SANCH AND GOODBYE

    Man Utd flop Alexis Sanchez has revealed he wanted to leave and return to Arsenal after his FIRST training session.

    The Chilean striker moved to Old Trafford in January 2018, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way.

    Big things were expected of Sanchez when he signed his £505,000-a-week contract for United.

    But that saw a miserable return of just five goals in 45 appearances in all competitions before he was shipped off on loan to Inter Milan.

    Now, speaking to Pelotoros TV, the 31-year-old has revealed he felt instant regret after joining United.

    He said: “After the first training session I had at Manchester United I realized many things.

    “And when I got back home I told my agent if I could cancel the contract and go back to Arsenal.”

  • GOOD MORNING FOOTY TRANSFER FANS

    Joshua King has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    The Bournemouth star said: “I will not lie, because I really wanted to go there in January, but what happened, happened.

    “I know why things happened. We’ll just have to wait and see. There is a lot that is open.

    “I have a dream to play in the Champions League.

    “Whether it will happen this season or in two years, I do not know. But I have a dream about it that all boys have.

    “What if United are still interested? That would be amazing. I was at United for five years and I learned a lot there.”

    Meanwhile, Chelsea turned down the chance to sign Miralem Pjanic in a swap deal for Jorginho.

    The Italian’s agent Joao Santos said: “Juventus had offered a swap deal including Miralem Pjanic, but the English side didn't take it into consideration.

    “[Juve sporting director Fabio] Paratici never called me. Would he have moved to Juventus with Sarri? I think so.”

    Finally, Lionel Messi could be left in limbo because of a 'superclub pact' to avoid aggressive tactics over transfers.

    Manchester City are the favourites to sign the wantaway Barcelona star.

    French champs Paris Saint-Germain are also in the hunt for the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

    But according to Marca, Europe's top clubs have 'an agreement to avoid aggressive tactics'.

    And with City and PSG having both been investigated by the Court of Arbitration for Sport over Financial Fair Play in the past, it could mean Messi is out in the cold.

  • TIMO TIME

    Timothy Castagne claims it won’t take him long to settle in at Leicester City as he has two ready-made Belgian buddies willing to show him the ropes.

    The new £18million signing from Atalanta said: “Having teammates at the club can only help me. It has always been my dream to play in the Premier League. It was my priority league over other offers.

    “From what I’ve seen and from what Dennis (Praet) and Youri (Tielemans) have told me, Leicester's style of play should suit me.”

  • SUAR BLIMEY

    Luis Suarez can help Juventus win the Champions League.

    That’s according to Rivaldo, who believes the unwanted Barcelona man would be a great signing for Andrea Pirlo.

    He told Betfair: “Luís Suárez is reportedly negotiating to join Juventus where he could be part of an important trio with Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala which would certainly generate lots of goals for La Vecchia Signora.

    “If that transfer happens, Juventus will have made an excellent signing for next season and give them a better chance of winning the Champions League.”

  • JOSHUA PLEA

    Joshua King has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    The Bournemouth star said: “I will not lie, because I really wanted to go there in January, but what happened, happened.

    “I know why things happened. We’ll just have to wait and see. There is a lot that is open.

    “I have a dream to play in the Champions League.

    “Whether it will happen this season or in two years, I do not know. But I have a dream about it that all boys have.

    “What if United are still interested? That would be amazing. I was at United for five years and I learned lot there.”

  • TOR OF DUTY

    Arsenal will let Lucas Torreira leave for Fiorentina once Dani Ceballos' loan is finalised, according to reports.

    According to Labaro Viola, Fiorentina are ready to take advantage by taking Torreira on a season-long loan worth £8m.

    They will then pay another £16m fee to make it permanent next summer.

    Meanwhile, Ceballos is on the verge of extending his loan from Real Madrid for a second season.

  • OUT ON A LEM

    Chelsea turned down the chance to sign Miralem Pjanic in a swap deal for Jorginho.

    The Italian’s agent Joao Santos said: “Juventus had offered a swap deal including Miralem Pjanic, but the English side didn't take it into consideration.

    “[Juve sporting director Fabio] Paratici never called me. Would he have moved to Juventus with Sarri? I think so.”

  • FROM SUNSPORT’S TOM BARCLAY

    Aaron Lennon is joining Turkish outfit Kayserispor.

    The former England winger, 33, has agreed a two-year contract with the Super Lig outfit.

    Lennon was a free agent following his release from Burnley back in June.

  • ENTER SANMAN

    Man United will finalise the salary and fees of Jadon Sancho's agent before preparing an official bid, according to reports.

    The Borussia Dortmund star remains Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's top transfer target despite the acquisition of Donny van de Beek.

    And Old Trafford chiefs are still chasing a deal even though the Bundesliga side insist on a £108million fee.

    Dortmund chief Michael Zorc said last month the 20-year-old's move looked off because United had missed the deadline to sign him.

    But the Daily Mail claim the Red Devils will go back in for Sancho.

    First, though, they will “sort out the salary and fees of intermediaries” before presenting an official bid.

  • HOT ROD

    Brazil legend Rivaldo reckons Everton are punching above their weight with James Rodriguez.

    He told Betfair: “James Rodriguez is being linked with a move to Everton, but with all the respect to them, I still think he's a big club player and, if he stays at Real Madrid, for another season he might well regain his place in the team.

    “I really admire him and honestly still think he could regain his place in Madrid's starting 11, so I don't think a move to Everton would be positive for him in this phase of his career.”

  • EXCLUSIVE BY ALAN NIXON

    Burnley are moving out 'striking' centre half Ben Gibson to Norwich City in a shock deal.

    The Clarets have accepted Gibson's time is up after he spent months away from the club following a row with boss Sean Dyche.

    And the Canaries have come up with a surprise offer to take on his wages after failing with lower offers earlier in the window.

    Gibson was also in talks with former club Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest, but both wanted to take him on lesser terms – while Norwich's approach is permanent.

    Dyche will spend the cash on recruitments of his own and may also increase an offer for Forest's Joe Worrall after previous bids fell short.

  • WHAT A MESS

    Lionel Messi could be left in limbo because of a 'superclub pact' to avoid aggressive tactics over transfers.

    Manchester City are the favourites to sign the wantaway Barcelona star, which would see a reunion with former boss Pep Guardiola.

    French champs Paris Saint-Germain are also in the hunt for the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

    But according to Marca, Europe's top clubs have 'an agreement to avoid aggressive tactics'.

    And with City and PSG having both been investigated by the Court of Arbitration for Sport over Financial Fair Play in the past, it could mean Messi is out in the cold.

  • HAVE A GUESS

    Kai Havertz is only joining Chelsea because coronavirus scuppered a move to Real Madrid.

    That’s according to Marca, who claim the German was set to link up with Zinedine Zidane before Covid-19 ended any chance of a £90million switch.

    It’s reckoned Havertz is now on the verge of sealing his Stamford Bridge move.

    But fans will be left wondering if he really wanted to be heading to London this summer.

  • JUVE GOT THIS

    Juventus will look to seal a deal for Luis Suarez by paying Barcelona performance-related bonuses, reports claim.

    The former Liverpool striker has been told by Nou Camp boss Ronald Koeman he can find a new club.

    Gianluca Di Marzio reports that talks are ongoing between Serie A champs Juve and Barcelona.

    It is claimed Suarez is seeking a severance package from Barca chiefs.

    And the good relationship between the two clubs is likely to lead to a deal being completed without too many hitches.

  • TONE DEAF

    Man United missed out on Sandro Tonali because the midfield starlet is “in love” with AC Milan.

    Brescia chief Massimo Tollino said: “I know that [Inter chief] Beppe Marotta really wanted Tonali, and that Antonio Conte appreciated him, so I think his agent had agreed terms with Inter.

    “As soon as AC Milan showed real interest, he did not want to listen to any other options.

    “We also had interest from Barcelona and Manchester United, but the lad is in love with Milan and went crazy once he heard of their offer, because he supports them.”

  • SOK IT TO ME

    Arsenal outcast Sokratis is doing everything he can to leave the club, according to reports.

    The Greek defender is reportedly set to sign for Napoli in a £3.5million deal.

    And he is desperate for the move to go through, according to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport.

    Sokratis is said to be keen to link up with his old friends – manager Gennaro Gattuso and defender Kostas Manolas.

  • DONE DEAL

    Leicester have completed an £18million move for versatile Atalanta full-back Timothy Castagne.

    The Belgian can play either side of the defence and arrives as a replacement for Ben Chilwell, who left for Chelsea last week in a £50m switch.

  • BEN AND GONE

    Arsenal starlet Ben Sheaf is joining Championship new boys Coventry on loan – with a view to a £750,00 permanent move.

    The 22-year-old midfielder was borrowed by League One Doncaster last season – before publicly stating he was targeting a breakthrough with the Gunners this term.

    But instead the Emirates academy product is on the move for the third time in two years, having first played senior football in a temporary spell with Stevenage.

  • RIVALS RED-FACED

    Man Utd reportedly stand a strong chance of hijacking Liverpool’s move for Thiago Alcantara.

    Bild claims United can offer the Bayern Munich star a more important place in their side.

    There will be nobody to challenge Thiago for his place as the team’s deep-lying playmaker.

    And the promise of starting every game could tempt the Spanish to snub Anfield for Old Trafford.

  • ATLETI-GO

    Thomas Lemar has snubbed an offer from Porto as he dreams of a Premier League switch.

    AS claims the Atletico Madrid winger is holding out for approaches from interested parties Everton and Wolves.

    Lemar was once linked with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd after a £62million move to Spain in 2018.

    But he failed to score a single goal last season and his stock has fallen as a result.

  • APPIE’S TEARS OF JOY

    This is the most moving thing you’ll read all day.

    Appie Nouri shed “tears of joy” when he heard that pal Donny van de Beek was taking No34 at Manchester United – as a tribute to him.

    Nouri’s father, Mohammed, told De Telegraaf: “Appie’s eyes looked very sharp suddenly, he had tears of joy on his cheeks and was clearly moved when he heard Donny’s voice. Donny is like a son to us.

    “Everyone at our house was very emotional, happy with Donny’s wonderful transfer. It was a special day.”

    Van de Beek’s pal Nouri suffered a heart attack in July 2017, but sadly suffered severe brain damage as a result and is dependent on his family for day-to-day support.

  • MESSI LATEST

    Lionel Messi and Jorge Messi have had their meeting at the Barcelona star's house.

    Jorge has also had his chat with the club's board, after Messi expressed his desire to leave the Nou Camp.

    But it is likely the player will be forced to stay on at Barca for one more season.

    Keep your eyes peeled on this developing story right here…

  • DONN-IED

    Arsenal reportedly rejected the chance to sign Donny van de Beek as he was not seen as good “value for money”.

    The 23-year-old completed his £39million transfer from Ajax to Manchester United this week.

    According to journalist Patrick Juan, the Gunners could have signed Van de Beek ahead of the Red Devils.

    But Arsenal rejected the opportunity as they did not think his £39m valuation was accurate.

    The Dutchman's agent, Sjaak Swart, confirmed Arsenal wanted to sign him this summer.

    He said: “They really wanted him, but they couldn't get the money for the transfer. Even the biggest clubs struggle.

    “Arsenal is a great club, but Manchester United will certainly be an interesting adventure.”

  • THEY’RE TAKING THE PP

    Fuming Premier League chiefs have announced they has cancelled its broadcast contract in China.

    It has been reported that the television deal with Chinese broadcaster PPTV has been terminated due to an unpaid fee of £160million.

    A Premier League statement read: “The Premier League confirms that it has today terminated its agreements for Premier League coverage in China with its licensee in that territory.”

    In November 2016, the Premier League signed its biggest TV deal outside the UK when Suning Holdings paid £564m to broadcast matches for three years, from 2019-2022, via its digital channel PPTV.

    The loss of income for the Premier League will be significant and could have an impact on clubs' finances.

    Suning's failure to pay coincided with the coronavirus pandemic, which forced a worldwide sporting shutdown.

    Premier League clubs considered negotiating a new payment plan with Suning or terminating the deal last month and have voted for the latter at Thursday's shareholder's meeting.

  • THIA-GO-GO?

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has talked to Thiago Alcantara in person and told him to lower his salary demands, according to reports in Norway.

    The United boss is hoping the Red Devils are able to muscle in on Liverpool's bid for the Bayern Munich midfielder, but the Spaniard's wage demands are reportedly “too high.”

    TV 2 reporter Frederik A N Filtvedt tweeted:“Solskjaer has talked to Thiago in person. But so far the wage demand is too high. Too loud.

    “Solskjaer is interested in signings such as play for United for the “right reasons” and not because of money.”

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