Chelsea target Hakimi joins PSG, Messi contract LATEST, Tottenham 'battle Barcelona for Insigne', Spurs transfer news

LIONEL MESSI helped Argentina reach the semi-finals of the Copa America – but is still a free agent as his Barcelona contract situation drags on.

And Chelsea have missed out on a key target with Achraf Hakimi joining PSG.

Meanwhile Spurs are also set to battle Barcelona for the signing of Lorenzo Insigne, according to reports.

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  • Dylan Terry

    CLUB MATES

    Paul Pogba and Ronaldinho took their silky skills to the dancefloor as they hung out in an exclusive Miami club.

    The pair embraced and posed for photos while enjoying a summer break in the States.

    UFC champion Kamaru Usman, footballers Paulo Dybala and Blaise Matuidi, plus musicians Burna Boy and Zoey Dollaz joined in on the fun.

    Pogba's wife, Zulay, also met the 41-year-old at LIV Nightclub, with the snaps posted to his 56.1 million Instagram followers.

    Pogba, 28, has been hanging out with old Juventus pal Dybala, 27, in Miami following France's early exit from Euro 2020.

    Manchester United star Pogba has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain ahead of the new season.

  • Etienne Fermie

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Barcelona legend Lionel Messi's future has been thrown into further doubt because the Blaugrana cannot register new signings after already exceeding their wage cap, according to reports.

    Messi is currently a free agent after his contract with Barca expired on June 30.

    And although many expect him to pen a two-year extension at the Nou Camp, that is now reportedly under threat.

    Barca are currently in financial disarray as a result of the pandemic, with debt standing at £1billion, and have been told by LaLiga to cut their annual salary to £300million from £331m.

    According to Goal, the Catalan giants are operating beyond that figure – even without the Argentina captain signing on again.

    The 34-year-old's latest contract was worth a whopping £2.4m per week – or £123m per year.

    But the report also adds Barcelona are not allowed to add new signings to their squad until they have made the necessary savings.

    Paris Saint-Germain have tried to capitalise on the situation by offering Messi a lucrative contract, according to AS.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea have joined the bidding war for Rennes star Eduardo Camavinga, who is also targeted by Arsenal and Manchester United.

    The Ligue 1 side are expected to cash in on Camavinga this summer as his deal expires next year.

    The Red Devils and the Gunners are reportedly eyeing up an offer for the young midfielder, with Fabrizio Romano claiming he could be available for as little as £26million.

    But according to Get French Football News, the France international’s wish is to join PSG, although Mauricio Pochettino's side are yet to make a formal bid.

    They also state that Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is pushing for a move, with the west Londoners in talks with the 18-year-old's agent Jonathan Barnett.

    And finally, Tottenham as well as Barcelona are interested in signing Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne, according to Corriere dello Sport.

    The same goes for Liverpool and Atletico Madrid as Insigne's deal with the Partenopei expires next year.

    Fabio Santini told Area Napoli: "To make the situation even more complicated is the intense competition for the player.

    "I know for sure that there is a strong interest from Liverpool and Atletico Madrid on Lorenzo Insigne.”

  • Kostas Lianos

    ITARY ARE IN THE FINAL

    Italy beat Spain on penalties to make it to the Euro 2020 Final!

    The Azzurri opened the scoring with a fine effort by Federico Chiesa in the hour-mark.

    But Juventus star Alvaro Morata equalised for the Furia Roja 10 minutes before full-time with a stunning run.

    However, Morata then missed Spain's most crucial penalty before Chelsea star Jorginho beat Unai Simon and sent his country to the final.

    The winner of tomorrow's semi-final between England and Denmark will face Italy on Sunday at Wembley

  • Kostas Lianos

    MORATA SCORES

    Here's how Alvaro Morata equalised for Spain and took the game to extra-time.

    What an incredible match we are seeing at Wembley!

    Check it out:

  • Kostas Lianos

    CHIESA SCORES

    Here's how Italy opened the scoring with Juventus star Federico Chiesa.

    Spain had been dominating possession and tempo but a smashing counter-attack gave the Azzurri the lead.

    Chiesa has put Roberto Mancini's men ahead with this beautiful finish.

    Check it out:

  • Kostas Lianos

    HERE WE LO

    Arsenal are close to landing Anderlecht ace Albert Sambi Lokonga.

    That is according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, who claims the final details will be sorted soon.

    Negotiations are at a final stage, which means that a medical has not been scheduled at the moment.

    More below:

  • Kostas Lianos

    SIGN IN

    As mentioned earlier, Tottenham and Barcelona are interested in signing Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne.

    The same goes for Liverpool and Atletico Madrid as Insigne's deal with the Partenopei expires next year.

    Fabio Santini told Area Napoli: "To make the situation even more complicated is the intense competition for the player.

    "I know for sure that there is a strong interest from Liverpool and Atletico Madrid on Lorenzo Insigne”

  • Kostas Lianos

    TRIPPIER REACTS

    Atletico Madrid star and Manchester United target Kieran Trippier insists he is not paying attention to any transfer speculation and is only focused on England during Euro 2020.

    Trippier told The Guardian: “I’ve just enjoyed the season [at Atlético] and we’ve won the title.

    “I’m away with England, we’re playing Denmark and I’m not focusing on my club or what is going on.

    “I’m just focused on England and doing as best as I can if I play. If I don’t play, I still give 100 per cent”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    VARANE BID

    Manchester United are prepared to splash €50million (£42.9m) for Raphael Varane, according to Ian McGarry.

    McGarry said on the Transfer Window Podcast: “He’s a player who has won literally everything.

    “He is someone who is out of contract next year so therefore available at a very reasonable price when you consider what good defenders are going for in the current market.

    “It’s our understanding that Manchester United are prepared to pay €50m for Varane.

    “Real Madrid do not want to lose for free in a year’s time.”

  • Kostas Lianos

    MAD THING

    Arsenal are looking to raise funds in the summer in order to make a move for Leicester star James Maddison.

    According to Football London, the Gunners could gather up to £72million through the sales of four players.

    Those could be Joe Willock, Lucas Torreira, Ainsley Maitland-Niles as well as Alexandre Lacazette.

    Manager Mikel Arteta is determined to sign a top player to team up with Thomas Partey in the middle of the park

  • Kostas Lianos

    TEAM SHEETS ARE IN!!!

    Spain: Simon, Azpilicueta, Garcia, Laporte, Alba, Koke, Busquets, Pedri, F Torres, Oyarzabal, Olmo.

    Subs: De Gea, Diego Llorente, P Torres, Marcos Llorente, Morata, Gerard, Thiago, Sanchez, Gaya, Rodri, Fabian, Traore.

    Italy: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson, Barella, Jorginho, Verratti, Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne.

    Subs: Sirigu, Locatelli, Belotti, Berardi, Pessina, Acerbi, Cristante, Bernardeschi, Bastoni, Florenzi, Toloi, Meret.

  • Kostas Lianos

    INJURY NEWS

    Italy and Spain are set to lock horns tonight at Wembley Stadium in the Euro 2020 semi-finals.

    Of course the Azzurri are going to be without Leonardo Spinazzola, who has been ruled out of the rest of the competition after suffering an Achilles injury against Belgium.

    Spinazzola is set to be replaced by Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri at left-back.

    The Furia Roja, on the other hand, may be without Pablo Sarabia who suffered a thigh knock against Switzerland.

    Manchester City ace Aymeric Laporte also missed a training session but that is understood to have been amatter of recuperation

  • Kostas Lianos

    MBAPPE ADVICE

    Former Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool ace Nicolas Anelka insists Kylian Mbappe should move to the Premier League if he wants to make a real global impact.

    Anelka wrote in his column at The Athletic: “So, if you want to be one of the best, then do what you do in Paris but with Chelsea or [Manchester] United or Arsenal or [Manchester] City or Liverpool.

    “Or go to Spain to Madrid or Barcelona. Or maybe Italy.

    “Then we can speak about a more global impact”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    VARANE PLAN

    Manchester United are reportedly ready to spend a total of £75million in total to sign Raphael Varane and Eduardo Camavinga.

    According to Marca, United plan to allocate £50m to get Real Madrid star Varane and the other £25m to secure Rennes ace Camavinga’s services next season.

    It’s been reported that the Real centre-back has already verbally agreed to join the Red Devils this summer.

    But their rivals Chelsea plan to upstage them in signing Camavinga with a last-gasp bid for the talented midfielder

  • Kostas Lianos

    BIDDING WAR

    Arsenal appear to have joined the bidding war for former Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.

    That is according to Goal, who claim the Gunners are weighing up a potential move for Ramos, who is now a free agent.

    The Real legend appears close to signing with Paris Saint-Germain but he is still open to the prospect of moving to the Premier League.

    Manchester United and Chelsea have also expressed interest for the Spain international

  • Kostas Lianos

    PAUL-ING AWAY?

    Paris Saint-Germain have contacted Paul Pogba’s representatives over a potential blockbuster summer deal.

    That is according to RMC, who claim Pogba is ‘more than open’ to the prospect of leaving United for PSG.

    The Ligue 1 giants are confident in their bid to land the star midfielder as his contract runs out next year.

    Therefore, the Red Devils could be forced to cash in this summer or risk losing the France international for nothing in 2022

  • Kostas Lianos

    SIGN-E HIM

    Tottenham and Barcelona are interested in signing Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne.

    That is according to Corriere dello Sport, who claim that Spurs and Barca are believed to have contacted Insigne's agent as he's yet to agree a long-term deal at the Serie A club.

    Partenopei president Aurelio De Laurentiis is struggling to persuade the winger to commit his future to the club.

    The 30-year-old has put together a series of stunning performances at Euro 2020 as he has played a huge role in Italy's campaign to semi-finals

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  • Kostas Lianos

    MESSI FUTURE

    Paris Saint-Germain have offered Lionel Messi a lucrative contract after his contract with Barcelona expired.

    That is according to AS, who claim PSG are looking to capitalise after Messi became a free agent.

    The star forward is currently focused on the Copa America as he led Argentina to the semi-finals and is looking for his first ever international trophy.

    Rumours suggested that the 34-year-old legend agreed to sign a new two-year contract with Barca.

    But the Balugrana would have to free up £170m in wages if the Argentina captain stayed at the Nou Camp

  • Kostas Lianos

    CAM AND GET HIM

    Chelsea have joined the bidding war for Rennes star Eduardo Camavinga, who is also targeted by Arsenal and Manchester United.

    The Ligue 1 side are expected to cash in on Camavinga this summer as his deal expires next year.

    The Red Devils and the Gunners are reportedly eyeing up an offer for the young midfielder, with Fabrizio Romano claiming he could be available for as little as £26million.

    But according to Get French Football News, the France international’s wish is to join Paris Saint-Germain, although Mauricio Pochettino's side are yet to make a formal bid.

    They also state that Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is pushing for a move, with the west Londoners in talks with the 18-year-old's agent Jonathan Barnett

  • Kostas Lianos

    GETTING MESSI

    Barcelona legend Lionel Messi's future has been thrown into further doubt because the Blaugrana cannot register new signings after already exceeding their wage cap, according to reports.

    Messi is currently a free agent after his contract with Barca expired on June 30.

    And although many expect him to pen a two-year extension at the Nou Camp, that is now reportedly under threat.

    Barca are currently in financial disarray as a result of the pandemic, with debt standing at £1billion, and have been told by LaLiga to cut their annual salary to £300million from £331m.

    According to Goal, the Catalan giants are operating beyond that figure – even without the Argentina captain signing on again.

    The 34-year-old's latest contract was worth a whopping £2.4m per week – or £123m per year.

    But the report also adds Barcelona are not allowed to add new signings to their squad until they have made the necessary savings.

    That means free signings Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia as well as £6m addition Emerson Royal will allegedly not be officially registered with LaLiga just yet

  • Kostas Lianos

    EUROS RETURN

    Euro 2020 action returns tonight as we reach the semi-final stage.

    Italy are going to square off against Spain at Wembley in what poses as the most exciting match of this round.

    The winner will go on to face either England or Denmark in the esteemed ground on Sunday.

    The Three Lions will be in action tomorrow

  • Etienne Fermie

    KEEP CALM AND HARRY ON

    Two-thirds of England fans think football's finally coming home this summer ahead of the Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark.

    The Three Lions are two wins away from immortality but boss Gareth Southgate has warned the nation against getting carried away.

    Almost 60 per cent of 8,595 fans polled backed England to beat Denmark on Wednesday before triumphing past either Italy or Spain in the final.

    A more modest 26.7 per cent felt the country would just fall short while a timid 1156 supporters chose to sit on the fence.

    SunSport says Keep Calm and Harry On
    Our readers are backing the Three Lions
  • Etienne Fermie

    BALE OUT

    Gareth Bale is planning to RETIRE from club football after next season, according to reports.

    But the Welshman COULD play for his country at the 2022 World Cup, should they make it.

    The Mirror claim that Bale, 32, will see out the last year of his contract at Real Madrid, now that Carlo Ancelotti has replaced Zinedine Zidane.

    But they also reckon that he has no intention of siging for another club.

    Fans could see the back of Bale in 12 months timeCredit: Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    GRIEZE TO LEAVE

    Barcelona are reportedly set to offload Antoine Griezmann in a bid to partially recoup his hefty £108million transfer fee.

    The Spanish giants signed the Frenchman in 2019 for the monstrous amount in better times before the Covid pandemic hit a year later.

    Since then, they've found themselves in dire financial straits and see the sale of the 30-year-old as part of the solution, according to Football.London.

    Ronald Koeman's side find themselves in the precarious position of being unable to register new signings Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay ahead of the new season.

    They've already exceeded the La Liga's strict salary cap ruling by more than 40 per cent, and Griezmann's departure could help change that.

    What makes things easier for Barca is that the World Cup winner, whose contract ends in 2024, is reportedly open to a move away from the Nou Camp.

    The ex-Atletico Madrid ace is reportedly Pep Guardiola's Plan B if his proposed £100m move for Tottenham's Harry Kane falls through.

    Griezmann could be sold to alleviate some of Barca's financial woes
  • Etienne Fermie

    AOUAR-TOPILOT

    Houssem Aouar has reportedly skipped Lyon pre-season training amid transfer interest from Man Utd and Arsenal.

    The 23-year-old has allegedly been AWOL for five days and looking to force through a move away from the club.

    Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool have all been linked with the French midfielder.

    And Get French Football News claim he hasn't been seen for days despite Lyon saying he is not sick.

    The report adds that Aouar is unhappy that Memphis Depay left on a free to join Barcelona.

    Houssem Aouar has reportedly skipped Lyon training

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