Man City ready to swoop for Messi
Solskjaer urges Man Utd to spend money on better players
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City are “too far ahead” as he called on the club to spend money on better players.
While Solskjaer’s side finished the season strongly to secure third-place in the Premier League, they ended up being 15 points behind City and 33 points shy of the Reds.
The Red Devils haven’t won the league since 2013, with their last piece of silverware now dating back to 2017.
Emmanuel Boateng joins Columbus Crew from DC United
Columbus Crew have announced the signing of Emmanuel Boateng in a trade with Major League Soccer Eastern Conference rivals DC United, with Axel Sjoberg going in the opposite direction.
Boateng had moved to the American capital outfit in the summer of 2019 but failed to nail a regular place in the starting XI, making a total of four appearances.
Lens line up deal for Udinese’s Fofana
Lens have agreed a €10 million deal with Udinese to sign midfielder Seko Fofana, reports L’Equipe.
Fofana is expected to undergo a medical on Monday before signing a four-year contract.
Man Utd’s Traore set for loan move
Manchester United midfielder Aliou Traore will join French side Caen on loan next season, Goal understands.
The 19-year-old has agreed to terms with the Ligue 2 outfit and will wear the number 15 shirt as he looks to secure more senior game time.
Caen finished 13th in France’s second division last season after being relegated from Ligue 1 in 2019.
James walks out on Perth Glory
Perth Glory midfielder Thomas James has left the club over a lack of playing time, claims The Far Post Perth.
The 27-year-old was signed a player replacement this season but hasn’t featured for Glory to date.
Barca-linked Garcia refuses to discuss Man City future
Manchester City defender Eric Garcia affirmed that he “could not comment” on speculation concerning his future at the Etihad Stadium after seeing the club eliminated from the Champions League at the hands of Lyon.
Two goals from Moussa Dembele late in the second half inspired the French side to a 3-1 victory over City, who were hot favourites to advance from the quarter-finals prior to kick-off on Saturday.
Kevin De Bruyne scored the Premier League side’s sole strike over a disappointing 90 minutes, although Raheem Sterling was guilty of spurning a golden chance to level at 2-2 moments before Dembele put the result beyond doubt.
Newcastle targeting Oxford skipper
Oxford captain Rob Dickie is a target for Newcastle, claims The Sun.
The 24-year-old defender impressed in League One this season and would only cost £2 million as Steve Bruce looks to strengthen defensively.
Leicester identify Schmeichel replacement
Leicester City are preparing for the possible departure of Kasper Schmeichel and are targeting Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico, reports the Mirror.
Schmeichel has been linked with interest from Chelsea and Manchester United with the Foxes readying themselves for a possible exit.
Rico has spent this season on loan at Paris Saint-Germain and is expected to cost less than £8 million.
Pochettino favourite to land Barca job
Mauricio Pochettino is the leading candidate to become Barcelona manager, according to the Daily Star.
Xavi and Ronald Koeman are also in contention, but it is the former Tottenham coach who is the early favourite to replace Quique Setien if and when he’s shown the door at Camp Nou.
Man City ready to swoop for Messi
The Argentine has once again been linked with a Camp Nou exit Manchester City are ready to pay whatever it takes to sign Lionel Messi from Barcelona, claims the Mirror.
The 32-year-old may be ready to farewell Camp Nou after seeing his side crushed 8-2 by Bayern Munich on Friday night, with City adamant they are in pole position to land Messi should he decide to move on.
Messi’s current buy-out clause is a mammoth £635 million (€701m/$831m) but Barcelona’s poor financial state could reportedly see them settle for much less.
Matty Longstaff at Newcastle crossroads
Newcastle United are hopeful Matty Longstaff could still re-sign with the club despite becoming a free agent last month.
The Sun states a £20,000-a-week deal remains on the table for Longstaff at Newcastle, with Udinese and Leeds United also in talks for the 20-year-old.
Chelsea and Everton circling for Foster
Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has emerged as a surprise target for Chelsea and Everton, reports The Sun.
The 37-year-old is viewed as an ideal back-up option for both clubs as they look strengthen in goal over the off-season.