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BARCELONA are interested in signing Bernardo Silva from Manchester City, according to reports.

Laporta is also said to be desperate to bring back Argentine legend Lionel Messi back to Barcelona claiming that the story 'is not over' just yet.

Meanwhile, Marc Cucurella has reportedly handed in a transfer request at Brighton to force his dream move to Manchester City.

City have been heavily linked with the Spanish full-back but have failed to agree a deal with Brighton.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    Leeds in for Che

    EXCLUSIVE: Leeds are lining up a surprise move for Southampton striker Che Adams, writes ALAN NIXON.

    The Elland Road side are still light in attack and keen on the versatile and hard-running Scotland international, who could be available.

    Saints have now squeezed Adams a place further down their pecking order and Leeds may have a chance of successfully bidding for him.

    Adams started his career at Sheffield United and could fancy a return to Yorkshire if it means he gets more game time.

    The Whites would like to do business at around £10million for the 26-year-old.

    Saints are looking for more but there is optimism that a compromise figure can be reached.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Gilmour, Kenedy and Ampadu future uncertain

    The number could be up for Chelsea trio Billy Gilmour, Kenedy and Ethan Ampadu.

    That’s the suspicion this weekend after manager Thomas Tuchel didn’t give them squad numbers.

    Scotland midfielder Gilmour has already been linked with Everton.

    Brazilian winger Kenedy and versatile Wales ace Ampadu also face uncertain futures.

    And it’s claimed up to seven Blues could depart this summer.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Cottagers hunt Foxes' defender Jannik

    EXCLUSIVE: Fulham want Leicester’s Danish centre-half Jannik Vestergaard to bolster their defence, writes ALAN NIXON.

    Marco Silva is looking for more power and presence at the back — and 6ft 4in Vestergaard is available as Brendan Rodgers looks to shake up his Foxes squad.

    Fulham fancy a loan deal but Leicester will be looking for up to £12million for the former Southampton defender, 29.

    Silva has also looked at West Ham’s Issa Diop, 25, but Vestergaard may yet be the answer.

    The Denmark international came to our shores in 2018, when he signed for the Saints in 2018 in a £22million deal from Borussia Monchengladbach.

    He soon became a fans' favourite – appearing 79 times across three seasons for the South Coast club.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Umtiti 'blow for Gunners'

    Barcelona chiefs are reportedly set to meet Olympiacos officials on Monday to discuss a potential deal for 'Arsenal target' Samuel Umtiti, writes KOSTAS LIANOS.

    Umtiti has fallen out of favour at Barca, who are full at centre-back as they have Jules Kounde, Ronald Araujo, Andreas Christensen, Eric Garcia and Gerard Pique, who has also been linked with a departure.

    The Blaugrana have been trying to offload the France international, who has been a long-term Gunners target, ever since last year but his injury history as well as his wages have posed as a stumbling block.

    According to ESPN's Moil Lorens, the Catalan giants will hold talks with Olympiacos early next week to discuss a potential deal that would see the 28-year-old moving away from the Nou Camp.

    However, the Greek champions are interested in a season-long loan for Umtiti, whose Barcelona deal runs out in 2026.

    The Frenchman's salary will also be a hot topic, even though his contract renewal last January has seen his wages being spread over more years and making him more affordable.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Palace 'back in for Ruben'

    Crystal Palace are to make a shock move to re-sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan.

    The Chelsea midfielder had a hugely successful spell with the Eagles in the 2017-18 season that shot him into the England squad.

    He followed that up with a less successful move to Fulham, who he played 32 times for in 2020-21.

    But last season, despite making 24 appearances for the Blues, he struggled to hold down a first team spot.Palace have switched to Loftus-Cheek, 26, while they grow impatient with Wolves on their move for Morgan Gibbs-White.

    The attacking midfielder has been their first choice and they would pay about £20million.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Gunners have 'real' interest in Paqueta

    Arsenal have a serious interest in Lyon's £55million-rated attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta.

    That's the claim of CBS's Ben Jacobs, who also told Givemesport that Gunners technical director Edu has baulked at that sum.

    Edu is reluctant to enter a bidding war with clubs like Newcastle and Roma.

    Jacobs said: “Paqueta’s still an interesting one; Arsenal’s interest is real. They admire the player, but they haven’t really moved.

    “They’ve never placed an offer, so when Jean-Michel Aulas spoke of lots of offers, I think I was one of the first to report that Arsenal and Newcastle were not teams that had ever gone to Lyon, they’d simply explored the option with the agent.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Red Devils 'up Antony offer'

    Manchester United have upped their original £50million offer for Ajax winger Antony, according to Goal.

    But the Dutch champions are said to be standing firm with their £67m valuation of the Brazil star.

    Ajax are reluctant to lose more top-class players after Argentina centre-back Lisandro Martinez followed manager Erik ten Hag to Old Trafford.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Laporta admits Cesar & Alonso interest

    Barcelona president Joan Laporta admits manager Xavi is a big fan of Chelsea wing-backs Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.

    Barca have already signed Blues' centre-back Andreas Christensen and beaten Chelsea to Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.

    And it was an open secret that Spaniards Azpilicueta and Alonso are admired by Laporta.

    Now it seems even more likely that Barcelona will make a firm move for at least one of them.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Gilmour, Kenedy and Ampadu future uncertain

    The number could be up forChelsea trio Billy Gilmour, Kenedy and Ethan Ampadu.

    That's the suspicion this weekend after manager Thomas Tuchel didn't give them squad numbers.

    Scotland midfielder Gilmour has already been linked with Everton.

    Brazilian winger Kenedy and versatile Wales ace Ampadu also face uncertain futures.

    And it's claimed up to seven Blues could depart this summer.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Erik: Ron will play vs Vallecano

    Erik ten Hag has confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo will play against Rayo Vallecano in a pre-season friendly, writes JON BOON.

    The 37-year-old Portuguese superstar has yet to feature for the Red Devils in pre-season after missing the tour to Thailand and Australia.

    His return to action will give fans hope that the forward intends to stay at Old Trafford and see out his contract.

    The Portuguese ace returned to Carrington on Tuesday to hold crunch talks with the club about his future.

    United remain insistent that Ronaldo is not for sale – while the striker himself has reiterated his desire to leave.

    And ten Hag has confirmed that he will be in squad tomorrow for a game which will mostly feature youth stars.

    "Cristiano Ronaldo will play against Rayo Vallecano. Yes, he will be in the squad tomorrow. We’ll see how long he can play," ten Hag said, as per Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.

    It comes after Ronaldo, himself, revealed he would feature against Vallecano.

    Replying to a post on Instagram about him missing the weekend's games, he wrote in Portuguese: "Domino o rei joga." The phrase translates in English to: "Sunday the king plays."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Less chance of Man Ru

    Manchester United have been handed a transfer blow as Real Madrid are eyeing Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz, reports suggest, writes KOSTAS LIANOS.

    United have reportedly approached Ruiz's representatives as they are attempting to complete a cut-price deal this summer.

    According to Fabrizio Romano, however, Real have joined the bidding war as manager Carlo Ancelotti is keen on a reunion with the midfielder.

    Los Blancos, though, are looking for a deal ahead of next summer when the Spain international becomes a free agent.

    Romano tweeted: "Real Madrid are interested in signing Fabian Ruiz as free agent in summer 2023.

    "Of course, deal depends on what happens with Napoli in August.

    "Ancelotti remains big fan of Fabian as he signed him at Napoli. Spanish, talented – Real will be exploring this idea."

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Toon only outsiders to sign Werner'

    Timo Werner would prefer old club RB Leipzig or Arsenal over Newcastle if he leaves Chelsea, reports say.

    Sky Germany suggest the striker is more interested in winning honours than earning big bucks.

    And they claim that means Newcastle are only "outsiders" – should Chelsea decide to loan him out or sell.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Martinez partner is Laut of this world

    Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez's amazing model Wag shared 12 incredible bikini pictures on Instagram – showing off a sizzling summer, writes KIRO EVANS.

    Argentine stunner Agustina Gandolfo, 26, who has caught attention of fans for her glamorous snaps in the past, hasn't been shy in showing off her stunning bod and a brilliant last month of her life.

    The Instagram influencer has amassed 842,000 followers on social media – and judging by these pics it's easy to see why.

    While her partner Martinez was off enjoying pre-season with Inter, Agustina has been giving fans a glimpse of what he was missing with a series of sexy snaps of her summer so far.

    Twelve pictures made the cut – worthy of any calendar model.

    Pics included glam shots of her poolside and on a sandy beach in a majestic pose.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Tuchel hails form of new boys Sterling and Kalidou

    Thomas Tuchel insists he was "happy" with new boys Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling in Chelsea's 3-1 friendly win over Udinese.

    Boss Tuchel has suggested his Blues "aren't yet ready" for next week's Premier League kick-off.

    And only half of the reported £200million made available for transfers by new club owner Todd Boehly has been spent.

    But Tuchel said of centre-back Koulibaly: "He is a very, very good signing. A strong personality, a strong player.

    "I am happy that he could play 70 minutes now. He’s getting fitter and fitter which is very important for us for the start of the season,"

    And he was content with Sterling's busy role.

    Tuchel said of the ex-Manchester City frontman: "He had chances, very heavily involved in other chances, it was a good performance."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Chelsea linked to Cesare

    Inter Milan are fighting to keep teen midfielder Cesare Casadei amid links to Chelsea.

    But Inter Sporting Director Piero Ausilio would reluctantly consider loaning out the 19-year-old – or selling him IF a buy-out clause is inserted.

    The Azzurri Under-19 star is also thought to be interesting Torino.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Laporta reveals why stars snub Chelsea for Barca

    Barcelona president Joan Laporta has revealed players have rejected Chelsea in favour of the Nou Camp due to their project and boss Xavi.

    The Blaugrana have pipped the Blues to a number of their main targets this summer – much to new owner Todd Boehly’s frustration.

    Chelsea had agreed a deal with Leeds for winger Raphinha, only for the Brazilian to snub a switch to Stamford Bridge for the Catalan club.

    And it was the same case with centre-back Jules Kounde, who held out for a move to Barca instead of Chelsea.

    The West London outfit were even interested in Robert Lewandowski, but the Bayern Munch legend only had eyes for the Spanish side.

    French forward Ousmane Dembele also looked set to link up with Chelsea on a free transfer, only to extend his stay at Barcelona.

    And things could be even worse for Chelsea with Barcelona looking to prise Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso away from England.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Werner would 'halve pay to rejoin Leipzig'

    The latest speculation over Chelsea's frustrated frontman Timo Werner is that he'd halve his pay to rejoin RB Leipzig.

    Newcastle have also been linked with the Germany star.

    And Werner could be unsettled more if he fails to regain a regular start once the Premier League kicks off next week.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Arteta 'still hoping' for more signings

    Mikel Arteta admits he wants more signings despite a 6-0 romp over Sevilla continuing Arsenal's brilliant pre-season.

    The Gunners boss told Sky: “We are still hoping to do something else if the market allows us to do that.

    "You have seen some movement in the few days as well.

    “We want to get the perfect balance and the plan we wanted from the beginning.

    "Whether we accomplish that or not is another story.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Real Madrid in for 'Red Devils target' Ruiz

    Rumoured Manchester United target Fabian Ruiz is wanted by Real Madrid, reports say.

    Bernabeu chief Carlo Ancelotti is keen to reunite with the Napoli midfielder, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    Ruiz, 26, who has 15 Spain caps, has failed to agree a new deal with the Serie A giants.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Zan could be the man for Spurs

    Spurs have reportedly made Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo their top target.

    Antonio Conte has already been splashing the cash on several big signings this summer.

    But Tuttosport claims he wants to complete his business with a deal for Roma’s versatile attacker.

    The Italians have already landed a potential replacement in Paulo Dybala and could be open to selling Zaniolo for £40million.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Toon's Maddison bid rejected

    Newcastle failed with a shock £40million bid for James Maddison, according to reports.

    Leicester are said to have instantly rejected the offer for their once-cap England midfielder.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Everton and Villa linked to Barkley

    Aston Villa have reportedly joined Everton in chasing forgotten Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley.

    The 33-cap Englishman, 28, launched his career with the Toffees, then tried to revive his Stamford Bridge career with a loan spell at Villa two seasons ago.

    The Daily Mail suggest Villa chief Steven Gerrard is considering making an offer for Barkley.

    But there are also claims Everton's interest is waning.

    It's thought Chelsea would be delighted to offload Barkley after four unhappy years at Stamford Bridge.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Transfer watch: Zaha to Chelsea?

    Reports emerged this week that Thomas Tuchel was interested in bringing Wilfried Zaha to Stamford Bridge.

    It seems unlikely that Crystal Palace would consider doing business with a London rival, despite only a year remaining on their talisman’s contract.

    But Todd Boehly does have the resources to tempt the Eagles to cash in.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Barca refuse to deny Ron link

    Barcelona's president wouldn't deny reports linking them with Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Ronaldo wants to leave Manchester United after a dismal performance last season saw the club endure its worst ever Premier League campaign.

    While a number of clubs have been linked to the legendary forward, a move has thus far failed to materialise.

    However, reports had indicated Barcelona were in line for a shock transfer for Ronaldo prior to them signing Robert Lewandowski.

    And club chief Joan Laporta failed to deny the rumours of talks between himself and Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes.

    He told CBS Sports: "This type of story is all within the process of the summer window. There always appears a lot of news. But in the end the truth is we wanted Lewandowski.

    "We have a very good relationship with Jorge Mendes. I have known him for a long time. He is one of the best player agents.

    "He knows how to do his job and I respect him. In this case, we decided to go for Lewandowski and knew he was crucial to our success. So we went to Bayern (Munich) instead. This is the reality.

    "The other (Ronaldo) topic is just part of the "little history" of football. It's a very nice story, but you will always hear lots of contradictory news about it."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Napoli seek 'urgent Kepa deal'

    Napoli are keen on signing Kepa Arrizabalaga on loan as soon as possible.

    Ex-Arsenal stopper David Ospina's departure to Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr leaves the Serie A giants needing a quick replacement.

    And Gianluca Di Marzio claim Napoli have agreed to borrow Kepa by paying 25% of his salary, compared to Chelsea forking out 75%.

    The stumbling block is thought to be add-ons, with the Londoners reportedly wanting more than £1million.

    Napoli's current keeper Alex Meret is thought to have agreed a five-year contract extension, but he is waiting to see if he will be first-choice.

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