Transfer news LIVE: Lionel Messi to Inter Milan – Liverpool, Tottenham, Man City, Leeds, Everton, Aston Villa updates – The Sun

Transfer news LIVE: Lionel Messi to Inter Milan – Liverpool, Tottenham, Man City, Leeds, Everton, Aston Villa updates – The Sun

TOTTENHAM are set to sign Southampton's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in a deal worth around £20m.

And Atletico Madrid could be making one of the biggest name signings of this close season, luring James Rodriguez from rivals Real for a fee of just £13.5m.

Follow all the latest gossip and updates with our live blog below…

  • LION IN WAIT

    Inter Milan are reportedly studying Cristiano Ronaldo's impact at Juventus as they line up their sensational move for Lionel Messi.

    Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juve in the summer of 2018 for £88million.

    And while his form on the pitch has been unsurprisingly brilliant, the publicity and economic boost the move brought has also provided a massive boost to the club.

    Now, according to Italian newspaper Gazetta, Inter's Chinese owners Suning Holdings are weighing up the financial benefits of making a move for Messi.

    And they are using Ronaldo's time at Juventus as the blueprint for any move.

    And with reports that Messi's dad and agent has recently bought a property in Milan, it will only raise hops among Inter fans that they could pull off the most sensational of transfers.

    Inter are reportedly ready to offer Lionel Messi a staggering £235MILLION to join them.

  • SILVA LINING

    David Silva's dad confirmed the Manchester City icon wants to play in Italy and could play on until he's 40.

    It comes following speculation Silva – who is leaving the Etihad after ten years – has been offered a lucrative contract by Lazio.

    The Spaniard has attracted attention from across Europe and America, but fancies a crack at Serie A.

    Silva's dad Fernando told Spanish radio programme El Transistor: “One day he tells me one thing and the next he tells me another.

    “Personally I would like him to remain in Europe and until the transfer window shuts, I can't rule out anything.

    “I can confirm that he likes the Italian league and would really enjoy playing in Italy. He told me he could play there until he's 40 years old.

    “At the moment, there are many offers and he has to decide, but I'd love it if he signed for Lazio, because even if Rome is quite far away, it'd be a huge opportunity for him.

    “I know it's unlikely he'll come back to Spain, as he always tells me to rule out the idea of a return to Valencia.”

  • CRIS GOODBYE

    PSG look set to turn their backs on a stunning summer bid for Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. 

    The Ligue 1 champions, who have been after the 35-year-old’s signature for almost a decade, are rumoured to have been pondering a move to bring the Portugal skipper to France.

    However, ESPN claim the club are reportedly leaning towards extending the contracts of Kylian Mbappe, and the world’s most expensive footballer Neymar instead.

    Both players have deals to keep them at the club until at least 2022. 

    And reports suggest PSG officials have prioritised efforts to seal extensions on their star attackers’ contracts before turning their attention towards new transfers. 

    Earlier this week incredible claims in French media suggested Ronaldo had come close to joining PSG before the Covid-19 lockdown.

    The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in a £88million 2018 move, had dreams of playing alongside Brazil star Neymar and France striker Mbappe, according to ESPN. 

  • ED OVER

    Edinson Cavani could be on his way to Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro on a free transfer, according to reports.

    The Uruguay icon, 33, was released by Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the 2019-20 season.

    Premier League new-boys Leeds had emerged as the favourites to sign Cavani.

    Elland Road owner Andrea Radrizzani has publicly spoken about the possibility of signing the PSG icon to lead the line next season.

    But now Globo Esporte have claimed that the veteran striker could be heading to Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro in a blow to Marco Bielsa's side.

    The Uruguayan front man is said to be keen on a move back to South America and that a deal could be hashed out in the coming weeks.

  • OUT OF LUC

    AC Milan are reportedly keen on bringing Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira back to Serie A after two years spent in England.

    According to the Telegraph, the Italian club are battling Fiorentina for the Uruguayan's signature.

    However they state that a move to join Milan is the most likely destination.

    Torreira lost his place in the starting XI when football returned in June, with Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos the preferred pairing under Mikel Arteta.

  • WUNDER-BAR

    Borussia Dortmund are looking at the drama surrounding Jadon Sancho's move to Manchester United as a “win-win” situation.

    The England star, 20, has reportedly agreed to personal terms with United after being offered a five-year deal worth £350,000 a week.

    The German side are hoping to command a £108million fee, with United unwilling to splash that sum in one transaction.

    Old Trafford chiefs are said to have offered closer to £60m – with the remaining £48m to be spread across a number of instalments.

    But Dortmund – who have set a deadline of August 10 for a deal to be concluded – are standing firm, and German publication Bild say Dortmund view the whole prolonged saga as a “win-win”.

    The way they see it, Man Utd either splurge £108m NOW or Sancho stays at the club for another season as they challenge for the Bundesliga title. In both scenarios, Borussia Dortmund leave happy.

    They either rake in £108m to help combat the financial repercussions of the coronavirus lockdown and sign an elite replacement OR they keep their best player and look to break their near-decade-long title drought in 2020-21.

  • FIK OF THE BUNCH

    Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori is being targeted by French side Rennes, according to reports.

    L'Equipe says the Ligue 1 outfit have contacted Chelsea to begin talks over a potential deal for the 22-year-old.

    The report from France suggests the nature of a deal remains unclear, but a loan move would be more likely.

    Lampard rates Tomori after managing him the last two years and although he may not be in his immediate plans he would be hard-pushed to sell the centre-back.

    The Athletic previously reported a permanent deal is not in The Blues' vision.

    Tomori was last month linked with a loan move across London to West Ham to help Lampard swoop for Declan Rice – with talk he sees the Hammers man as a future John Terry figure.

  • WHERE THERE'S A WIL

    Leeds are eyeing up a £15million move for Liverpool winger Harry Wilson – but face competition from Aston Villa and Newcastle United.

    The 23-year-old has returned to Anfield after a season’s loan at Bournemouth but faces a fight to break into Jurgen Klopp’s title-winning team, despite finishing the season as the Cherries’ second top scorer.

    eeds boss Marcelo Bielsa wants the Kop kid to show he is capable of more and wants him to strengthen Leeds squad now they are back in the big time.

    Liverpool hold all the aces but know they will struggle to find a buyer at the £30m they were asking for Wilson last summer, following brilliant loan spells with Hull City and Derby County.

    Leeds could chance their luck with an offer around half that but with Wilson contracted to the Anfield club until 2023, Klopp may decide to see how the winger fares on loan again.

  • BEING FRANK

    Frank Lampard has been told to sign Jan Oblak to help Chelsea compete with Liverpool and Man City.

    Former Blues defender Frank Sinclair said: “It's not a secret that Frank lost this trust in Kepa.

    “In previous games he's made some vital mistakes.

    “However, you have to remember that he’s a really young goalkeeper, the £71m price tag shadows the fact that he's a young goalkeeper, fairly inexperienced in playing senior football and the standards are set very high for him.

    “At the same time, if you get the opportunity to bring in Jan Oblak then I think if you want to compete with Liverpool and Manchester City, Chelsea need a goalkeeper of the same standard and certainly Jan Oblak would produce that.”

  • SAN OF THE TIMES

    Man Utd paid flop Alexis Sanchez £9million just to LEAVE the club for Inter Milan.

    The Red Devils stumped up the eye-watering sum to rid the Chilean's £505,000-a-week wages from their bill.

    The Mail reports United waived a transfer fee on top of dishing out the handsome payoff to help seal a permanent move to the San Siro for Sanchez.

    United were believed to be happy with their piece of business with Sanchez set to have earned around £50m from the remainder of his contract – which had nearly two years left to run.

    Sanchez arrived in Serie A last summer on a season-long loan but has now made the move permanent.

    The former Arsenal star has penned a three-year deal on £130k a week with Antonio Conte's side.

  • WILL POWER

    Arsenal's move to sign Willian on a free transfer is reportedly close to being announced.

    The Brazilian winger, 31, rejected Chelsea's latest two-year contract extension offer – demanding three years or no deal.

    The Blues have a long-standing policy of not offering players aged 30 or over any more than one-year extensions.

    And Arsenal have taken advantage of the West London stand-off by handing Willian a three-year contract worth £100,000 per week, say ESPN.

    Romano confirmed the deal was on the brink of going through, too – with Arteta fully on board.

    His tweet continued: “Willian approved also by Arteta.

    “Just a matter of time and he'll until 2023 – confirmed.”

  • FOX CHASED

    Barcelona are reportedly planning a £36million bid for Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu.

    According to Turkish website NTV Spor, Soyuncu is attracting the attention of La Liga giants Barcelona.

    It reports that contact was made with Leicester “a while ago” and that a five-year contract will be offered.

    He would become only the third ever Turkish footballer to play for Barca, following in the footsteps of goalkeeper Rustu Recber and midfielder Arda Turan.

  • RED RISING

    Norwich left-back Jamal Lewis is 'determined' to complete a move to Premier League champions Liverpool this summer.

    The Reds have had a £10m bid rejected for the 22-year-old.

    Lewis is under contract until 2023, but the Canaries could sell having been relegated.

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp sees the Northern Ireland international as ideal cover for Andy Robertson.

    But Norwich want £20m for their youngster.

  • GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is set to get his dream move to Tottenham at last – after the North Londoners upped their bid.

    Saints are understood to have accepted a fee of around £20million plus add-ons for the wantaway Dane.

    While the South-Coast club have also agreed a £12m deal to bring full-back Kyle Walker-Peters the other way.

    Pep Guardiola has revealed young defender Eric Garcia has turned down a new contract at Manchester City amid interest from Barcelona.

    The Etihad giants have been keen to tie down the 19-year-old centre back to a new improved deal – with his existing one due to expire next summer.

    But he appears to have his head turned by the interest from his boyhood club Barcelona – and City may now be forced to sell him in the current transfer window.

    Asked about Garcia’s future, Pep said: “He announced to us that he doesn’t want to extend his contract with Manchester City.

    “He has one more year and after that, yeah. We want it but he doesn’t want to extend it – so I imagine he wants to play in another place.”

    And Norwich City have rejected a £10million bid from Liverpool for left-back Jamal Lewis.

    BBC Sport claim the Canaries value the Northern Ireland international significantly higher, as he is under contract until 2023.

    The 22-year-old also qualifies as a homegrown player and it is believed Norwich instantly turned down Liverpool's offer.

    Jurgen Klopp wants Lewis, who is thought to be keen on a move to Anfield, as cover for Andy Robertson.

  • LEON IN WAIT

    Everton scouts were in attendance to watch Leon Bailey as Bayer Leverkusen defeated Rangers 1-0, according to the Liverpool Echo.

    Bailey came on as a 68th minute substitute as the Germans wrapped up a 4-1 aggregate win.

    The Toffees may also have been looking at Rangers' Alfredo Morelos, who they've been linked with throughout the summer.

  • RICE RICE BABY

    Chelsea are reportedly willing to listen to offers for Jorginho to fund their move for Declan Rice.

    The 28-year-old is one of ten first-team stars that Frank Lampard could offload this summer.

    According to The Telegraph, Chelsea will use Jorginho's fee to boost their bid for Rice.

    The England star is also thought to be keen on a move back to Stamford Bridge, although he is unlikely to to force his way out of West Ham.

  • ON THE HORN

    Exclusive by Stephen Moyes: Watford face more shame after a player was accused of sharing a sex party video.

    The doomed Hornets were stung by the explicit footage – which was allegedly shared by centre forward Adalberto Penaranda.

    Club insiders vowed the 23-year-old would be leaving the club after the sordid film was shared online.

  • PAUL TO PLAY FOR

    Manchester United star Paul Pogba will reportedly stay at the club beyond the current summer.

    Journalist Fabrizio Romano told the United Stand: “Paul is absolutely happy. He wants to stay. So soon they will talk with Mino Raiola to find a new contract. Because Paul wants to stay.”

  • RED ALERT

    Norwich City have rejected a £10million bid from Liverpool for left-back Jamal Lewis.

    BBC Sport claim the Canaries value the Northern Ireland international significantly higher, as he is under contract until 2023.

    The 22-year-old also qualifies as a homegrown player and it is believed Norwich instantly turned down Liverpool's offer.

    Jurgen Klopp wants Lewis, who is thought to be keen on a move to Anfield, as cover for Andy Robertson.

  • HEART-AKE

    Manchester United were interested in signing Nathan Ake before he joined rivals Manchester City.

    Sky Sports claim the Red Devils are in the market for a new centre back, and the Dutchman suited their profile as a primarily left-sided defender.

    Yet the bulk of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's transfer budget is devoted to Jadon Sancho and United needed to raise more funds before matching City's £41million offer for Ake.

  • SEE YA, MAIT

    SunSport's Duncan Wright has revealed Arsenal have put Ainsley Maitland-Niles up for sale in a desperate bid to raise money – just days after he helped win them the FA Cup.

    Maitland-Niles has become the first high-profile casualty of the club's post-Covid-19 cost-cutting exercise, which has already seen them make 55 staff members redundant.

    The Gunners are looking for bids of around £30million for the versatile midfielder as they scramble around for funds to finance a rebuilding programme under boss Mikel Arteta.

    The decision will come as a shock to many who saw the 22-year-old academy product as an important figure in the club's future going forward.

  • BRIDGES BERN-ED

    Gareth Bale and his Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane will “not even look at each other” as their relationship reaches breaking point.

    Wales legend Bale was left out of the 24-man squad for Friday night's Champions League return leg at Manchester City.

    And while Real were winning ten straight games to overhaul Barcelona for the LaLiga crown, the 31-year-old was pranking around in the stands.

    Spanish outlet Marca say Bale's situation with Zidane has gone from “bad to worse” – as they ignore each other and do not speak.

  • LILLE PROBLEM

    Arsenal, Manchester United and Leeds have been dealt a bitter blow after Gent striker Jonathan David reportedly agreed a £27m move to Lille.

    The highly-rated Canadian forward, 20, had been targeted by Mikel Arteta to replace wantaway skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer.

    As reported by Goal, the whizkid looks set to replace Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen at Lille after he joined Napoli for £45m last week.

    It is understood that David will pen a five-year contract at the Stade Pierre Mauroy.

    United had also enquired about the Canadian hotshot and the club had sent scouts to keep tabs on him.

  • SANCH-GO

    Manchester United will reportedly make their first bid for Jadon Sancho within the coming day.

    Borussia Dortmund arestill refusing to budge from their £108million valuation of the England star.

    Yet, German publication Kicker claim an offer is expected to be tabled by United 'in the next few days'.

  • ED AND SHOULDERS ABOVE

    Antonio Rudiger compared Willian to Chelsea legend Eden Hazard, who left for Real Madrid last summer.

    He told the Mail: “He does his thing on the pitch, just like Eden Hazard. By playing, he shows what he is about.

    “He is a guy who dictates the game and not many players in the world have this type of quality.

    “He is always training [hard] and practicing free-kicks after. He is someone who always wants to improve.”

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