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TOP STORY: Beckham wants Messi in Miami
Beckham’s new club launches in March 2020, and Messi reportedly is available to leave the Spanish champions for nothing this summer, thanks to a contract that allows him to join a club outside of Europe for free at the end of each season.
Beckham has admitted he’s searching the world for elite-level players, which is why the Inter Miami owner is starting at the top of the tree. He has also admitted he’s keen on approaching Cristiano Ronaldo, and Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani both have been linked with moves to South Beach.
Barcelona Radio’s Xavi Campos is reporting that this potentially “huge” deal “interests” the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. However, Barca chief Josep Maria Bartomeu insists the club are keen to keep their star man until 2022 at the very least. Catalan outlet Mundo Deportivo recently suggested Barca were ready to offer Messi a lifetime contract, which would keep him at Camp Nou until the end of his career.
08.56 BST: Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne hopes to play under former teammate Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht one day, though it may not be for as many as seven years.
Kompany returns to Manchester this evening for his testimonial, having spent 11 years at City and lifted the Premier League trophy four times as club captain.
The 33-year-old is now player-coach at Anderlecht in his native Belgium, and compatriot De Bruyne told The Sun that he is eyeing a reunion at the Brussels club.
“I hope his career will be just as amazing at as it was at City,’ he said. “I’ve told him to keep a place in his team for me in a year, or seven, when I’m finished here.
“If he does do that for me I will already have my next destination lined up; my next job. I will definitely miss him being around City.”
08.34 BST: Liverpool forward Sadio Mane insists he is “really happy” with life at Anfield amid regular links with Real Madrid.
“To be honest, I’m really happy to be a part of the club, the family here,” he told Complex in an interview published this week. “We have the best fans in the world here, so I’m always so thankful for the support.
“It’s not just great for me too — it gives the whole squad more motivation to perform. “It keeps us hungry to get better and better together — I really struggle to describe how happy I am to be here!”
08.00 BST: A meeting took place last season between Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund over the potential sale of Jadon Sancho, the Bundesliga club’s sporting director confirmed.
Sancho was linked with a move to Old Trafford for much of his breakout season in Germany last term, in which he scored 13 goals and made his senior debut for the England national team.
In an episode of Amazon Prime’s latest “All Or Nothing” series, which goes behind the scenes at Dortmund, Michael Zorc discusses with colleagues in a meeting that United expressed an interest in Sancho in March, but were flatly told there was no chance of a sale in the summer transfer window.
“A hot topic right now is Sancho and Manchester United,” Zorc told fellow club chiefs Matthias Sammer, Sebastian Kehl and chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke, according to the Daily Mirror. “Both his discussions with the club and mine with the consultants.
“A meeting did take place. Manchester United invited the consultant. But according to what I know, the consultant told the club that no matter how much money they offer, we won’t let him go this summer. But the player also has no intention of taking that step this summer.”
PAPER TALK (by Nick Judd): Spurs, PSG to fight for Dybala in January
Tottenham were linked with a sensational move for Paulo Dybala in the summer, and Football Italia cites Italian title Tuttosport as reporting that Mauricio Pochettino is prepared to reignite his interest and battle French champions Paris Saint-Germain for the Argentina international’s signature.
Spurs were unable to agree terms with the player in August, while PSG failed to get a deal over the line as the English and French clubs looked to take the player off Juve’s hands. Dybala was surplus to requirements last season and has only played 14 minutes of the 2019-20 campaign so far, and Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici has admitted that the club are still interested in offloading the attacking talent.
Manchester United also made a late move for Dyabala and, like Spurs, were unable to agree personal terms.
An interesting January awaits.
Chelsea eye Atal in January
Chelsea are looking to reinforce their defence in January if their two-transfer-window ban is lifted, and Nice defender Youcef Atal is top of the list, according to the Mail, which cites unnamed reports.
The Blues have won one game, lost one and drawn twice from their opening four contests, which has left them 11th in the Premier League table.
Boss Frank Lampard has been concerned about the fragility of his side’s defence. His team have conceded nine goals in 360 minutes, which is why he is keen to land Atal, who’s starring under the tutelage of Patrick Vieira. As it stands, Lampard will have to wait until next summer unless Chelsea can reduce their ban and buy the defender in January. The club have contested the punishment and remain hopeful that the ban will be overturned.
– PSG will put Neymar up for sale on January 1, Catalan outlet Sport cites Tuttosport as reporting, with sporting director Leonardo wanting his compatriot out of the Parisian club as soon as possible. The Brazil international’s future was one of the summer’s ongoing sagas, and while he wasn’t able to leave the French capital as he desired, he could still make a move when the next transfer window opens. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus were all keen to secure his services, while the French champions are seemingly on board with letting him go.