Lionel Messi now a FREE agent, Nuno Santo to Spurs CONFIRMED, Chelsea Haaland transfer LATEST – transfer news live

Lionel Messi now a FREE agent, Nuno Santo to Spurs CONFIRMED, Chelsea Haaland transfer LATEST – transfer news live

LIONEL MESSI is now a FREE agent, with today being the day his contract at Barcelona has expired.

On the managerial front, Nuno Espirito Santo has been named the new manager of Tottenham, while Rafa Benitez has taken over at Everton.

The Spaniard’s appointment at Goodison will cause fury amongst large sections of the Toffees’ support who can’t forget his “small club” insult.

Meanwhile, Jack Grealish looks set for a £100m move to Man City, SunSport has exclusively revealed.

But one man who is set to commit to the French side is Chelsea target Achraf Hakimi.

The Inter full-back is flying out to Paris to sign with the Mauricio Pochettino's men in the next 36 hours.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    LOC IT IN

    Arsenal are making some serious moves in the transfer market this summer.

    And they've turned their attention towards Italy and Sassuolo star Manuel Locatelli.

    And Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali confirmed to Sky Italy that the Gunners have submitted an offer for the midfielder.

    He said: "Arsenal have made an official bid for Locatelli. They’re pushing hard to sign Manuel and it’s an important bid… we will see.

    "Also Juventus want Locatelli and we’ve a special relationship with them. We’ve a new meeting scheduled with Juve."

  • Joshua Mbu

    PS-GEE WHIZ

    Paris Saint-Germain could have Europe's top defenders quaking in their boots next season, writes RICHARD FORRESTER.

    The French giants have already wasted little time in improving their squad this summer with some bargain additions.

    Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is set to improve their goalkeeping situation by signing on a free transfer from AC Milan. 

    The 22-year-old has already played 251 times for the Italian side and earned 30 caps for his country. 

    He will be joined by Inter Milan right-back Achraf Hakimi who reportedly turned down Chelsea to join PSG.

    Mauricio Pochettino's side forked out a whopping £59.8million for his signature after missing out on the title last season.

    Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe are likely to remain the rocks at the back with Layvin Kurzawa filling the left-back spot. 

    PSG could also welcome a new-look midfield of Paul Pogba and Georginio Wijnaldum. 

    Dutch international Wijnaldum has already signed on a free transfer from Liverpool while PSG are eager to press ahead with plans to sign Pogba. 

    According to Foot Mercato, PSG have opened talks with the player's agent over his potential salary and will need to convince Manchester United to cash in.

  • Joshua Mbu

    HOTTEST FREE AGENT

    Lionel Messi is officially the hottest free agent in world football after his contract expired today.

    The Argentine was expected to sign a new deal at Barcelona this week.

    But there are 'several issues' that need to be sorted out before the new deal can be signed.

    However, all parties are confident an agreement for an extension will be finalised imminently.

  • Joshua Mbu

    NUNO'S MAGIC

    Nuno was announced as Tottenham boss last night!

    Nuno's record as a manager
  • Joshua Jones

    MORNING TRANSFER NEWS

    Tottenham finally have confirmed a new manager after appointing Nuno Espirito Santo.

    The ex-Wolves gaffer has penned a two-year deal in North London.

    Santo has been urged to bring exciting football back to the club by Spurs owner Daniel Levy.

    In other news, Manchester United are close to completing the signing of Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.

    It is understood that the Red Devils have agreed a £73m fee with the Bundesliga side plus add-ons.

    The England international is believed to have agreed on a contract until 2026 at Old Trafford.

    Meanwhile, Rafa Benitez has been appointed as Everton's new boss, much to the dismay of Toffees supporters.

    His controversial appointment has caused a huge social backlash with supporters due to his history with arch rivals Liverpool.

    And finally, Leicester have completed the signing of highly-rated striker Patson Daka.

    The 22-year-old Zambian international has penned a five-year deal.

    And the initial fee is believed to be around the £23m mark.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SILVA LINING

    EXCLUSIVE – Marco Silva is in advanced talks to replace Scott Parker at Fulham.

    The Portuguese coach has been in discussions with the club over the past few days and is close to agreeing a deal.

    SunSport understands that Silva is Fulham's No.1 target to fill the void left by Parker who recently left to join Bournemouth.

    Silva has been out of work since being sacked by Everton in December 2019 – and has been patiently waiting for the right role to come up.

    COVID-19 has disrupted his plans to get straight back into management but it seems he is finally set to make his long-awaited return.

    Silva has also managed Hull City and Watford in the Premier League, but arriving at Craven Cottage would be his first taste of Championship football.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ERLI MOVE

    Erling Haaland reportedly 'expects' to complete a blockbuster move to Chelsea this summer – but his agent Mino Raiola is said to want a 'get-out clause' placed in his contract with the Blues.

    SunSport understands the Borussia Dortmund hitman is one of a number of strikers last season's Champions League winners are interested in signing this summer.

    Transfer guru Ian McGarry said: "His agent, Mino Raiola, is keen to insert a get-out clause into Haaland's contract in order that he move – his next move that is after he moves from Dortmund is smooth and is also concrete with regards to the payment and also the structure.

    "And of course in Mino's case, the commission. Chelsea are not particularly keen on any get-out clause for any of their players.

    "This is something that is obviously common in Spain, in La Liga, and also in Serie A and sometimes in the Bundesliga as well.

    "Because, of course, Haaland is coming from Borussia Dortmund and expects to be joining Chelsea before the new season begins.

    "This is something that has to be ironed out between Raiola and Chelsea if this deal is going to be signed in terms of both Dortmund and the player himself."

  • Jake Lambourne

    LIKE FER LIKE

    Duncan Ferguson's son Cameron has joined Newcastle – after scoring against big rivals Sunderland on trial.

    Ex-Everton schoolboy striker Cameron, 18, bounced back from Tranmere releasing him with a dream move – 21 years after his dad's Toon spell.

    He said: "The coaches have been excellent with me so far and everyone's been helping me so much, so I can't wait to get started. 

    "Hopefully I can make an impact. The club have put a lot of belief in me and I want to work my hardest and do my best for the team and the club.

    "My dad is made up too – he speaks very highly of the club, its fan base and the lovely stadium. 

    "When the call came through that I was going to sign, he was so excited and so are the whole family. To come to a club like Newcastle is fantastic and I'm over the moon."

    Newcastle new-boy Cameron Ferguson looks like dad Duncan, and must hope he had emulate the latter's top-flight success
  • Jake Lambourne

    PRICEY PLAYERS

    Jadon Sancho is set to become the third most expensive Premier League player of all time.

    But who else makes the list?

    Look at the list below…

  • Jake Lambourne

    SANTO CLAUSE

    Daniel Levy is hoping Nuno Espirito Santo brings attacking football back to Tottenham.

    Discussing his appointment, the Spurs owner said: "First of all, I’d like to welcome Nuno to the Club.

    "We should like to thank our supporters for all their patience throughout this process.

    "I’ve spoken already about the need to revert back to our core DNA of playing attacking, entertaining football.

    "And Fabio [Paratici] and I believe Nuno is the man who can take our talented group of players, embrace our young players coming through and build something special.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    RED CARPET

    Emile Smith Rowe looks set to stay at Arsenal with a ‘verbal agreement’ in place to sign a new deal, according to reports.

    The highly-rated youngster has been the subject of two bids from Premier League rivals Aston Villa.

    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claims Smith Rowe will sign a new contract at Arsenal and end speculation over his future.

    Romano said: “Before Emile was going to holiday this summer, he had like a verbal agreement ready with Arsenal, this is what I know.

    “So he’s waiting to come back from holiday and then to meet with Arsenal, complete some details and then sign the new contract with Arsenal.

    “So from Smith Rowe’s side, he wants to stay at Arsenal, many times he said about he’s living his dream playing for Arsenal, he wants to stay and Arsenal are so happy with him.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    PS-GEE WHIZ

    PSG could have Europe's top defenders quaking in their boots next season.

    Italian shot-stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma is set to improve their goalkeeping situation by signing on a free transfer from AC Milan.

    He will be joined by Inter Milan right-back Achraf Hakimi who has reportedly turned down Chelsea to join PSG.

    Former Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum could be partnered alongside Man Utd star Paul Pogba with the Frenchman facing an uncertain future.

    And Red Devils legend Cristiano Ronaldo has also been linked with the Juventus ace having just one year left on his deal.

    Here is how Les Parisiens could start next term.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SPURRED ON

    Tottenham have confirmed the appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo.

    The Portuguese gaffer has joined Spurs on a two-year deal.

    Speaking of his switch, Nuno said: "When you have a squad with quality and talent, we want to make the fans proud and enjoy.

    "It’s an enormous pleasure and honour (to be here), there’s joy and I’m happy and looking forward to starting work.

    "We don’t have any days to lose and we must start working immediately as pre-season starts in a few days.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    PAT ON THE BACK

    New Leicester striker Patson Daka has spoken of his delight at completing his move from Red Bull Salzburg.

    Take a look below at what the Zambia international, 22, had to say in his first Foxes interview.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SAN STORM

    Man Utd have reportedly agreed a fee with Borussia Dortmund to sign Jadon Sancho!

    Having failed to sign the England international last year, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made landing the winger his priority this summer.

    And according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Sancho, a fee of £77million plus add-ons has been agreed.

    He tweeted: "Jadon Sancho to Manchester United… HERE WE GO! Done deal confirmed.

    "Agreement reached between Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund. €90m with add ons. Agents fee and personal terms agreed, contract until 2026. Medicals pending – then it’ll be official."

  • Jake Lambourne

    SUMMER LOVIN'

    A number of players are expected to change clubs this summer in big-money moves.

    The likes of Jadon Sancho, Achraf Hakimi and Erling Haaland couldall be switching teams.

    Take a look below at the biggest transfers off all time.

     

  • Jake Lambourne

    CRAVEN CHRIS

    Chris Wilder is talking to Fulham over succeeding Scott Parker as boss.

    That's according to talkSPORT'S Alex Crook after ex-Sheffield United manager Wilder was also linked to West Brom.

    Parker took over Fulham's Championship rivals Bournemouth on a three-year deal this week, just after exiting Craven Cottage by mutual consent.

    Wilder was thought to be keen on finding a new Premier League job.

    But Fulham have the resources to challenge seriously for promotion.

    And it would be a fresh start for the boyhood Sheffield United fan.

    He guided the Blades to the top flight and ninth place in their first Prem season, but quit in March this year with bottom-placed United doomed for the drop.

  • Jake Lambourne

    NU RECRUIT

    Arsenal should complete a £7million move from Benfica today as the first arrival in Arsenal’s summer shake-up.

    The Portugal Under-21 star is tipped to end the Gunners’ search for left-back cover, with paperwork confirming the “done deal” expected to be signed within hours.

    Scotland ace Kieran Tierney has just penned a new long-term deal to reward his outstanding 2020-21 Premier League season.

    But Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been chasing defensive back-up down that flank, as England’s Euro 2020 hero Bukayo Saka is being used further forward and Ainsley Maitland-Miles is also more attack-minded.

    And for a fee of 8million euros plus add-ons, 21-year-old Tavares would be the type of investment Arteta prefers as he builds for the future.

    Respected Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano tweeted on Wednesday the move was a “done deal”.

    He added: “Paperwork to be signed today between #AFC and Benfica board.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    VARCICAL

    Premier League chiefs will not copy the way Euro 2020 has deployed VAR next term – because they simply haven’t got enough officials.

    Uefa’s system sees three VAR officials on duty for each match, with one delegated to only deal with offside decisions.

    That has sped up the process, with the average overturned decisions taking just 63 seconds in the group phase.

    But to mirror that set-up, the VAR hubs at Stockley Park would have to be reconfigured for extra seats, when there simply is not enough space at the moment.

    It would also require more officials to work at Stockley Park, taking them off EFL duty – as VAR teams can only be current recently-retired refs and assistants.

    And with up to six matches played simultaneously most weekends, with the return of the Saturday 3pm slot, it is felt to be impossible to replicate the Uefa process.

  • Jake Lambourne

    MO-LYMPICS

    Mohamed Salah is set to skip the Tokyo Olympics after Liverpool won the Club v Country row.

    Egypt wanted their star striker to take part in the Games and play in the opening group match against Spain on July 22 in Sapporo.

    However SunSport understands Salah will remain with his club for pre-season rather than travel to Japan for the three-week event.

    Pharaohs’ chiefs are understandably unhappy with the decision by the Anfield club.

    But given the Africa Cup of Nations is scheduled for next January and February in Cameroon this is at least a compromise on his international playing availability as Jurgen Klopp’s men look to mount a title challenge.

    Salah, 29, scored 22 Premier League last season as Liverpool qualified for next season's Champions League on the last day of the Covid-hit campaign.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TOFF LUCK

    New Everton boss Rafa Benitez has delivered a message to the club's supporters after making the move to Goodison Park.

    The Spanish gaffer said: "It is a privilege to have been given the opportunity to manage Everton.

    "Having called Merseyside my home for the last 17 years, I have a very clear understanding of what makes this club so special.

    "This club is always striving to be the best. Simply competing in the top league is not enough.

    "That ambition and determination to succeed is something I share. I never want to just compete – at every club I have managed I have fought to win.

    "My focus is always on one thing – fighting for the team I am managing. And I will do that for Everton. The hard work starts now. It is a challenge I am relishing."

  • Jake Lambourne

    BAUMGARTNER OUTLINES FUTURE

    Austria and Hoffenheim midfielder Christoph Baumgartner has dealt a blow to Man Utd and Liverpool.

    The 21-year-old has outlined his intention to stay at the Bundesliga club for the upcoming season.

    In an interview with Bild, he said: “My clear plan is to play for Hoffenheim next season.

    “I definitely extended my contract in March with the intention to play here next season.

    “I believe I have the biggest opportunity to develop further here.

    “For me, that means playing consistently at a high level with more room for improvement.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    FRENCH WHINE

    France's fallout from their stunning Euro 2020 exit was in the pipeline before being KO'd by Switzerland.

    French publication L'Equipe has exposed the dramatic disharmony among the group of star-studded names as players argued amongst each other.

    Before the tournament even started, Mbappe and Olivier Giroud were involved in a training ground spat – sparked following a friendly against Bulgaria.

    Giroud was adjudged to have criticised Mbappe for not picking out his runs with the rapid winger refusing to accept the Chelsea striker's apology.

    It was then claimed that senior France players were fed up with Mbappe's 'sulking' attitude around the Euro camp.

    According to French Football News, a number of players were at loggerheads during the Switzerland clash.

    They write how Adrien Rabiot, Benjamin Pavard and Raphael Varane were left furious with Paul Pogba's defensive efforts with the pair 'insulting each other.'

  • Jake Lambourne

    RAM RAID

    Chelsea have reportedly made an offer to Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.

    The centre-half recently confirmed he will leave the Spanish giants at the end of the season as a free agent.

    Paris Saint-Germain are believed to be the frontrunners for his signature.

    But according to El Chiringuito, Chelsea are one of four clubs to have offered the 35-year-old terms.

    The others in the race are Manchester City, Bayern Munich and PSG.

    ESPN claim the veteran defender is going through the pros and cons of each potential move.

  • Jake Lambourne

    OLD LEM-ON

    Newcastle will NOT sign Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina this summer, according to reports.

    It is believed owner Mike Ashley has turned down a £4million deal to sign the player because he doesn't want to invest in a 27-year-old.

    According to the Daily Mail, Ashley is reluctant to pay a fee for Lemina – who turns 28 in September – due to his age.

    The ex-Juventus star is out of contract in 12 months' time and the Saints will reportedly sell him for just £4m this summer.

    Ashley is believed to be willing to sign Lemina in a swap deal – but Southampton are not interested in signing one of Newcastle's player

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