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Transfer news LIVE: Messi will ‘NEVER LEAVE’ Barcelona, Spurs confirm Joe Hart, Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool – updates

BARCELONA president Josep Bartomeu says Lionel Messi is going NOWHERE this summer and will end his career at the Nou Camp.

And Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with clubs such as PSG as reports claim he is no longer indispensable to Juventus.

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

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Manchester United are reportedly lining up a double swoop for Douglas Costa AND Alex Sandro.

CalcioMercato reports the Red Devils are considering a move for both the Juventus stars.

And it could set Ole Gunnar Solskjaer back around £72million.

Costa could be an alternative to Jadon Sancho as the transfer saga around the Borussia Dortmund ace rumbles on.

The report states Juve are ready to cash in on Costa after he failed to hit the heights expected of him.

United have also reportedly gone back in for 29-year-old Brazilian left-back Sandro as they look to strengthen their squad.

THREE’S A CROWD

Antonio Conte is reportedly lining up a triple raid on the Premier League.

The Inter Milan manager is eyeing up N’Golo Kante and Emerson Palmieri from old club Chelsea.

And wants yet another Manchester United player in Chris Smalling.

Gazetta reports the Italian boss believes Smalling has the experience needed to transform Inter into Serie A title contenders.

CAUGHT NAP-PING?

Arsenal have agreed a £22million deal for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes BUT still face competition from Napoli for his signature, according to The Guardian.

The Brazilian defender has been linked with a number of clubs in recent weeks but the Gunners have had an offer accepted.

The 22-year-old is highly-rated and a Brazil Under-20 international and could fix Mikel Arteta’s defensive woes.

YOU CAN CALL ME, AL

Manchester United target David Alaba could join a Premier League side in the next two weeks.

The Austria defender has rejected Bayern Munich’s initial offer to extend his contract.

And Sky Sports reports he could be on the move by the end of August.

Neighbours Man City and Chelsea are also reportedly interested in the converted centre-back.

DAVID DE STAYER

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskajer has reportedly backed David De Gea as his No1 for next season.

And the Norwegian boss will ship Dean Henderson out on loan again.

De Gea’s form has been under the microscope after a number of high-profile howlers, notably in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.

But The Mirror reports De Gea will be given at least another season as United’s first-choice between the sticks.

Henderson excelled on loan at Sheffield United and has been linked with a move to Chelsea, but his future remains uncertain for now, with Sergio Romero also set to remain at Old Trafford as No2.

PUT A SOK IN IT

Arsenal’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos is reportedly wanted by Napoli.

Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla reports the Serie A side want TWO centre-backs and Sokratis is on their list.

The news comes despite the two clubs battling it out for Lille’s Gabriel.

Sokratis is not in Mikel Arteta’s plans and has one year left on his Emirates contract.

BAK AND FORTH

Tiemoue Bakayoko could be heading back to AC Milan from Chelsea.

The midfielder returned to the Blues from a loan spell at old side Monaco earlier this year.

Reports from MilanNews.It suggest personal terms with Milan have been agreed over a summer move but the price and type of deal are still up in the air.

There is also talk of other clubs coming in for the 26-year-old – who spent 2018-19 on loan in Serie A.

Champions League semi-finalists Lyon are interested and have made contact with Chelsea and Bakayoko’s agent, according to Telefoot.

DEAN DEAL

Sheffield United are reportedly preparing another loan offer for Manchester United keeper Dean Henderson.

Henderson spent the 2019-20 season on loan with the Blades and impressed with his showings between the sticks.

And despite having agreed a fee of £18.5million with relegated Bournemouth for shot-stopper Aaron Ramsdale, ESPN reports Sheffield United are weighing up submitting a loan offer.

The report states talks are ongoing.

YOUNG GUN

Arsenal have signed youngster George Lewis from Norwegian club Tromso IL.

The 20-year-old winger will join the Under-23s squad ahead of next season.

The Rwanda-born ace is said to have penned a two-year deal.

And he is renowned for his pace and trickery in the wide areas.

@lewigaba signerte proffkontrakt i dag 🔥🔥🔥

A post shared by TUIL Tromsdalen fotball (@tuilfotball) on Jun 23, 2018 at 10:24am PDT

DIOP IN THE OCEAN

Manchester United have been boosted by the news West Ham are reportedly ready to sell Issa Diop.

The Red Devils want a new centre-back and have been linked with a move for the 23-year-old Hammer.

And Sky Sports reports David Moyes’ side are ready to cash in on their French star.

The report suggests the East London side are “willing to listen to offers of £45million”.

TREV YOUR ENGINES

Chelsea prospect Trevoh Chalobah has signed a new deal at Stamford Bridge.

But the 21-year-old is immediately off on loan again with a deal to join FC Lorient for next season.

The defender-cum-midfielder will spend 2020-21 in Ligue 1 after playing at Huddersfield last year.

He is the younger brother of former Chelsea ace Nathaniel Chalobah who now stars for Watford.

TAKE ZLAT

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is likely to extend his time at AC Milan.

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano suggest the famous Swede is in talks to sign a one-year extension in Milan.

The 38-year-old’s agent is managing talks which are believed to be going well.

And the news of a new deal is expected in the coming days.

CAST THE NET

Leicester are reportedly on the hunt for Atalanta full-back Timothy Castagne.

The Foxes are wary of Ben Chilwell leaving and although the Belgium ace is mainly a right-back he can cover the left.

Calciomercato reports Brendan Rodgers’ side are interested in the 24-year-old.

He is likely to cost in the region of £20million but PSG are also interested in securing his services.

REV-AMP

Ethan Ampadu is hoping to impress Frank Lampard enough to be involved in the Chelsea first team next season, according to reports.

The Blues boss likes what he has seen from the young Welshman.

And the 19-year-old wants to put another loan move on hold by forcing his way into the senior set-up.

Ampadu spent last season with Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.

But it did not work out as planned for the versatile teenager, who can play in midfield or defence.

A “frustrated” Ampadu made just seven appearances across all competitions under Julian Nagelsmann.

OLD LADY ON TOUR

Juventus transfer chief Fabio Paratici is reportedly jetting into London in a bid to sign Alexandre Lacazette or Raul Jimenez.

Bolstering their frontline is thought to be a key area for the Old Lady this summer with the chief football officer heading to England with goals on his mind.

According to La Stampa, via TuttoMercatoWeb, Lacazette is the primary target for Juventus.

The 29-year-old has emerged as a candidate for the Serie A champions across the Italian media with certain outlets detailing a potential swap deal.

Gonzalo Higuain, Douglas Costa or Cristian Romero are all reportedly on the table should Arsenal be content with an exchange proposal.

A price tag of around £30million is thought to be placed on the Frenchman’s head after 12 goals last season.

HAVERTZ LATEST

Kai Havertz has told Bayer Leverkusen he wants to LEAVE, according to reports.

Several outlets in Germany claim that the attacking midfielder has informed the Bundesliga club he wants out.

Chelsea have reached impasse as the two clubs wrangle over an acceptable fee.

According to Bild, the club are braced for Chelsea to make a formal written offer.

STORM BREWING

Aston Villa and Newcastle are reportedly among SIX Premier League clubs hoping to land Liverpool star Rhian Brewster.

The 20-year-old impressed after temporarily moving to Swansea in January – helping the Welsh side reach the Championship play-off semi-finals.

Goal claim Liverpool have been encouraged by the striker’s progress and believe a loan to a Premier League side would be the ideal next step.

Aston Villa are thought to be among the England starlet’s options following failed big-money moves for Wesley and Mbwana Samatta.

Newcastle, Burnley, Brighton and Crystal Palace have all contacted Liverpool over Brewster, as have newly-promoted Fulham.

While SunSport previously Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder wants to take him to Bramall Lane to add fresh legs and threat to his forward line.

STAY ANOTHER DAY

Lucien Favre has told Jadon Sancho he wants the winger to stay at the club next season.

Sancho is United’s top transfer target this season and has begun training with the Bundesliga club ahead of their season’s resumption on September 19.

The Dortmund boss told Der Westen: “It is important that he stays with us.

“That is of course also important for the team.”

NON COMPLIANT

Four Marseille players have tested positive for coronavirus – leading to the opening match of the Ligue 1 season on Friday being POSTPONED.

Marseille were due to welcome St Etienne to the Stade Velodrome in three days’ time, but that match is now off.

It is likely to be played in mid-September, but will surely serve as a warning shot to Premier League clubs that the same could happen to them – even if it has not already.

Former Aston Villa defender Jordan Amavi is among the players who tested positive last week.

GIFT OF THE GAB

Arsenal have beaten Manchester United and Napoli to the signing Gabriel Magalhaes, after AGREEING a £22million fee with Lille, according to reports.

The Mail reports that a deal has been struck with the Ligue 1 side for the Brazilian centre-back, 22.

The news will be music to the ears of Gunners fans, who are hoping to see him alongside William Saliba next season.

But it is also a vote of confidence in manager Mikel Arteta, who has started turning the club around since taking over in December.

It appears the Gunners have managed to convince Gabriel to move to North London over their illustrious rivals.

LAZ TO FIND OUT

Lazio chief Igli Tare has revealed that he does not “respect” David Silva “as a man” after the Spaniard snubbed his side for Real Sociedad.

The Manchester City legend was due to travel to Rome to undergo a medical with the Serie A side after agreeing a three-year deal.

But having blanked Lazio’s calls last week, Silva found himself the subject of strong interest from Real Sociedad.

The LaLiga outfit sensationally hijacked the deal, agreeing a two-year contract with the 34-year-old.

And Tare, 47, gave a furious, albeit brief response to the situation via Lazio’s official website:

He wrote: “I learn about David Silva’s transfer to Real Sociedad. I have great respect for the player, but not for the man.”

GOING GONZ

Gonzalo Higuain has opened the door on a move to the MLS once his contract at Juventus expires in a year’s time.

Higuain, 32, was still an important figure under Maurizio Sarri last season scoring eight goals in 32 league appearances.

But he has accepted the arrival of Andrea Pirlo is likely to see the club move in a different direction and is plotting the next chapter in his career.

Speaking to Fox Sports, he said: “For now I’m fine, I’ll rest and think.

“On the 24th I go back to training, I still have one year on my contract in Italy.

“Many players go there (the MLS), and it would be nice, yes. But now I’m here. Let’s see…”.

TWO-YEAR DEAL

The former England keeper Hart, 33, has signed at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the next two seasons.

A brief Sprurs statement says: “We are delighted to announce the signing of Joe Hart on a contract until 2022.”

HART’S IN RIGHT PLACE

Joe Hart has officially joined Tottenham.

We are delighted to announce the signing of Joe Hart on a contract until 2022! 🙌 #THFC ⚪️ #COYS

— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 18, 2020

BRAVO BUT NO ENCORE

Manchester City have confirmed Claudio Bravo has left the club.

Thank you, @C1audioBravo 💙

🔵 #ManCity | https://t.co/axa0klD5re pic.twitter.com/id3A8LEnij

— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 18, 2020

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