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Transfer news LIVE: Luis Suarez may be ‘RELEASED by Barcelona’, Messi may join PSG, Man City ‘agree Koulibaly deal’

LUIS SUAREZ has been told by Ronald Koeman that he has no future at Barcelona and could even have his contract terminated, according to reports.

Meanwhile Thomas Tuchel has confirmed PSG would be interested in Lionel Messi if he becomes available, but the German added he expected him to stay at Barca.

Follow ALL of the latest transfer gossip, news and updates below…

 

JUVE SEEN DOUBLE

Juventus are reportedly lining up a double transfer swoop for Edin Dzeko and Moise Kean to join forces with Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Italian giants are determined to land at least one new striker this summer.

Gonzalo Higuain is set to have his contract terminated at the Allianz Stadium while Paulo Dybala continues to be linked with a departure.

And according to Tuttosport, the Old Lady want Dzeko and Kean to both come in.

Former Juve man Mario Mandzukic could be on his way to Roma as he looks to resurrect his career following a spell in Qatar, paving

Dzeko has also been linked with Inter Milan as well with reports suggesting Roma would be willing to listen to offers of £14million for their 34-year-old who scored 19 goals last season.

GIFT OF THE GAB

Arsenal target Gabriel Magaelhaes has reportedly completed his medical ahead of a five-year deal at the Emirates.

Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano tweeted: “Gabriel Magalhães has completed his medicals with Arsenal today in London.

“He’s with his agents now ready to sign his contract until June 2025 and finally going to be announced as new Arsenal player.

“Here-we-go confirmed.”

BLUE IS THE COLOUR

Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Chelsea are closing in on the signings of Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz, with Fikayo Tomori to potentially be loaned out.

He tweeted: “Thiago Silva to Chelsea, here we go! The Brazilian CB today has accepted Chelsea bid until June 2022.

“He’s gonna leave PSG and sign for next two years. No chances for Fiorentina. Deal to be completed on next days.

“After Thiago signing, Chelsea will consider to loan Tomori (Ligue1 chances – many clubs interested) and Bakayoko to AC Milan (advanced talks) then Emerson Palmieri, so they’ll complete Ben Chilwell deal with Leicester.

“Havertz agreed and in paperworks time.”

KOL ON ME

Arsenal left-back Sead Kolasinac is reportedly in talks about a move back to Schalke.

According to Sky Deutschland, a loan deal could be in the offing.

However wages are proving to be a stumbling block.

Kolasinac, 27, joined the Gunners on a free transfer from Schalke in 2017.

JON THE CLUB

Chelsea have been joined by Leicester in the battle for highly rated Jonathan Ikone, according to reports.

Ligue 1 side Lille are braced to lose their midfielder with two Premier League heavyweights circling.

The French club have already lost Victor Osimhen to Napoli and appear on the brink of seeing Gabriel Magalhaes join Arsenal.

Now Ikone could be the latest player to depart.

Le10 Sport say Lille will not force Ikone’s hand though and instead listen to what the player wants to do.

His options are to either leave now or stay for another year.

MADD TO GO

James Maddison has signed a bumper new contract at Leicester to put to bed any rumours of a Manchester United transfer.

The England playmaker, 23, finally put pen to paper on the deal which ties him down at the King Power until 2024.

And that will come as a hammer blow to any remaining hopes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had of signing the former Coventry and Norwich star.

Speaking to LCFC.com, Maddison said: “I’m so happy to sign a new contract for this football club.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time to be a Leicester City player with so many positive things happening on and off the pitch and I’m delighted to be part of that.

“What we’ve achieved as a club this season is a huge step forward for us and I know there’s so much more to come from this team. I’ve enjoyed every moment since joining Leicester City.

“The supporters have been incredible to me and we’ve a fantastic set of players in that dressing room who are determined to show what we’re capable of doing together in both Europe and the Premier League next season.”

THE MAIT IS OVER

Wolves look set to beat Newcastle and Tottenham to the signing of Arsenal ace Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

The 22-year-old is on the brink of a move to Molineux, say The Athletic.

The versatile midfielder is now expected to move to Wolves as early as THIS WEEK.

David Ornstein tweeted: “Agreements still need to be finalised on fee and personal terms.

“But Wolves are closing in on the signing of Ainsley Maitland-Niles from Arsenal.

“It’s on course to be completed this week.”

HEN DO

Newcastle have announced the signing of Jeff Hendrick on a free transfer.

The Irish international has penned a four-year deal at St James’ Park after running his contract down at Burnley.

Hendrick told NUFC TV: “It’s a massive club and playing over the years, going to the stadium, it’s one of the best stadiums to play in, so I just want to get playing there.

“I’ve had over 100 games in the Premier League but I want to keep going and keep improving with a different team.

“It’s going to be different for me, the demands with the bigger stadium, the crowd, how big the club is, so I’ve got to take that on and keep pushing myself and striving to get better.

“I’m looking forward to it – I can’t wait.”

Love to see fans from different clubs have civilised convos on Twitter I find it very rare to find these day lol , best of luck next season Ash

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CITY SLICKERS

Man City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak hopes to avoid signing golden oldies in the transfer market.

Al Mubarak said: “We don’t take a one year view, we take a three-and-half, 10-year view and when we look at what changes or improvements we have to make for this squad. We’ll be sensible and pragmatic about it but we will do what it takes.

“I think you’ve seen when it comes to the two acquisitions we have made, Ake and Ferran Torres. We moved quickly, we knew the players clearly, these were our targets and when the opportunity came, we were able to come in very quickly and swiftly and do that business.

“There are additional players we will be bringing in and we will stick to the plan obviously within the realities of the market that we live in today.

 “If you look at the acquisitions we have made over the past couple of years, there’s a consistency in the type of player we have targeted in terms of age and quality. So we will continue down that road.

“The age bracket – we are always looking at it as a priority for the first team, in that 20-25 year old category, that’s kind of the spot  that we like.”

PALLY’S HEART AKE

Gary Pallister reckons United missed out on a top potential centre-back in Nathan Ake.

Pallister told Compare.bet: “I quite like the look of Ake but obviously City have signed him, because he looked like a real athletic centre-half who was comfortable on the ball and always looking to break out of the back four and get forward, I would like to see someone like him come into the squad.

“But I think it’s a position that Ole will be looking at, you know, we’ve got a few people coming back.

“Chris Smalling is coming back, Rojo’s coming back, Phil Jones is there, Bailly, Lindelof, you can’t keep all them happy so there’ll be some of them leaving and Ole’s just got to decide which.

“On top of that, I think he will try and bring in another centre-half.”

FIND A NOU CLUB

Ronald Koeman’s brutal talent cull is continuing at Barcelona.

The former Everton boss has reportedly told Arturo Vidal he can find a new club.

QUESTION & ANSU

Manchester United are willing to splurge £153MILLION on Ansu Fati before Barcelona hand him a new contract which includes a £360m buyout clause, according to reports.

The Red Devils infamously refused to meet Borussia Dortmund’s £108m valuation of Jadon Sancho.

Instead, club chiefs offered around £60m to £70m up front, with the remainder paid in instalments.

But Man Utd are rumoured to be willing to pay £45m MORE on Fati, claim Mundo Deportivo.

Still aged just 17, Fati’s stock will only continue to rise after his breakout season at the Nou Camp.

The young winger was quickly placed on Barcelona’s “untouchables” list, along with fellow youngster Riqui Puig.

BORO’S A ‘GOGO

Yaya Sanogo is close to signing for Middlesbrough after leaving Toulouse.

Neil Warnock is keen for a new striker and wanted former Wigan front man Kieffer Moore.

Sanogo, 27, scored three goals in 15 games last season.

WOLVES AT THE DOOR

Wolves are interested in signing Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles, according to reports.

The Englishman may have played his last game for the Gunners by winning the FA Cup final.

And Nuno Espirito Santo has a very clear tactical structure with his 3-4-3 formation, meaning he will always need wing-backs.

Maitland-Niles, 22, excelled as a wing-back towards the end of last season and could become a regular first-choice player under Nuno.

BREAKING

Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares have been signed for Arsenal – both on permanent deals.

A club statement said: “We have reached agreement with both Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares to join the club on permanent deals.

“Both players joined us initially on loan in January, and after impressing on and off the pitch over the past eight months, all parties have agreed to make their moves permanent.”

ON THE RAK

Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti have been told they do NOT have futures at Barcelona.

The pair, along with Luis Suarez, are surplus to requirements, in the view of new boss Ronald Koeman.

Umtiti has been beset with injury problems, while Rakitic turns 33 next year.

BOULD PREDICTION

Jonathan Dinzeyi is looking forward to getting started with Arsenal after signing from Tottenham on a free transfer.

The defender is looking forward to learning from Under-23 manager Steve Bould.

He told Arsenal.com: “Knowing that Steve Bould is the head coach was a big factor for me.

“He’s a legend at the club and he’s played in my position, so I’m really hoping I can learn from him to develop my game.

“Seeing the likes of Nelson, Saka, Nketiah and Willock getting chances was a big thing for me too.

“That was another reason why I wanted to come here because I believe if you train hard then you’ll play well and the manager will give you the opportunity for you to show what you’re about.

“I’m really glad I’ve been given this opportunity.”

DOMINATE FOR GERMANY

Kai Havertz could occupy the No10 position for Germany for the next decade, according to German football expert Raphael Honigstein.

He told the Transfer Talk podcast: “He has work to do and has things to prove because he’s only just turned 21, but he’s an outstanding talent, there’s absolutely no doubt about that.

“He’s in a position where he could dominate the German national team over the next decade, depending on his position.

“Will he play in the No 10 role and become the new Mesut Ozil or will he settle a bit deeper and become the new Toni Kroos?

“He’s got the ability to play almost anywhere in front of the defence.”

SUAR SUBJECT

Ronald Koeman has told Luis Suarez that he he no longer wanted by Barcelona and his contract could be TERMINATED.

The Dutchman has delivered the bombshell news to the fuming Uruguayan after the Catalan giants’ humiliating Champions League thumping at the hands of Bayern Munich.

The former Liverpool striker, 33, has been anxiously waiting for news of his future, with Ajax among the clubs interested in taking him on.

Suarez has been desperate to prove himself as one of the world’s top strikers once again, after winning the Champions League at the Nou Camp in 2015.

But Barca have been on the slide ever since and Koeman clearly recognises the need for a sea change.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Koeman informed Suarez that he is no longer part of his plans via a phonecall.

MADD MONEY

James Maddison is set to be offered a new Leicester City contract.

According to the Telegraph, the England international, 23, who has been tracked by Manchester United, in line for fresh terms.

The Foxes want to tie him down to a long-term, big-money deal after Maddison impressed last season in the Premier League.

Leicester are desperate not to portray themselves as a selling club, but face a battle to keep Ben Chilwell, who is wanted by Chelsea.

Maddison scored nine goals with three assists last season as Brendan Rodgers’ side narrowly missed out on Champions League football.

CO-WORKER

Arsenal “really tried” to sign Kingsley Coman before the Bayern Munich hero joined Juventus, according to former boss Arsene Wenger.

The France winger, 24, scored the winner as the Bundesliga giants won their sixth Champions League title on Sunday, completing a famous treble.

Coman has now won 20 trophies in just 193 games – and has even won a league title in EVERY season he’s played.

And for Arsenal fans it will feel like a case of what might have been.

In 2015, Wenger admitted he tried to sign Coman on a free transfer a year earlier – when he left Paris Saint-Germain.

Instead, Coman opted to head to Italy, where he enjoyed great success at Juventus.

MORE ON HAVERTZ

Chelsea are finally set to sign Kai Havertz after agreeing to Bayer Leverkusen’s £90million transfer fee, according to reports.

The Blues have been chasing the German hotshot, 21, all summer.

And after Roman Abramovich gave the green light to a £150m splurge, Chelsea have convinced Bayer Leverkusen to sell.

According to reports in Germany, the deal is worth £90m plus add-ons – easily the club’s record buy, beating Kepa Arrizabalaga’s £71.6m move from Athletic Bilbao.

Havertz will sign a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge, according to Bild expert Christian Falk.

Falk tweeted: “Leverkusen will soon accept Chelsea’s offer for @kaihavertz29.

“The transfer is perfect. 5 years contract for Havertz. Total Transfer fee 100 Mio Euro including adds on.”

BREAKING

Kai Havertz is set to join Chelsea for £72million, with £18m in add-ons, according to reports.

It appears the Blues and Leverkusen have finally agreed a deal on the German, 21.

COU: NOU OR DIE

Arsenal target Philippe Coutinho has not ruled out STAYING at Barcelona.

The £145million Brazilian winger came off the bench during Bayern Munich’s 1-0 Champions League final win against Paris Saint-Germain.

But speaking after lifting Champions League silverware, the 28-year-old refused to rule anything out.

He said: “Of course, I have to go back to Barcelona and then we’ll see what happens.

“I haven’t really thought about it much, I’ve only been focused on the final.

“What I can say is that I really want to work hard to have a great year, but let’s see what happens.”

CAPTAIN, LIKER, LEGEND

John Terry has given his thumbs up to Thiago Silva signing for Chelsea.

The Blues legend, now a coach at Aston Villa, liked an Instagram post by social channel 433.

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