Lionel Messi FREE AGENT as PSG offer on table, Tottenham 'battle Barcelona for Insigne transfer', Chelsea news

Lionel Messi FREE AGENT as PSG offer on table, Tottenham 'battle Barcelona for Insigne transfer', Chelsea 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.

Elsewhere, Toby Alderweireld is set to leave Tottenham and Erling Haaland remains a summer transfer target for Chelsea.

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

JOIN SUN VEGAS: GET A FREE £10 BONUS WITH 100s OF GAMES TO PLAY AND NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED

Follow ALL of the latest news and updates below…

  • Etienne Fermie

    WEMBLEY AWAITS

    England star Mason Mount can't wait to play in front of 60,000 fans at Wembley against Denmark tomorrow night.

    The midfielder said: "This is going to be next level.

    "Those little moments just get you even more hyped-up for the game and, as Dec said, we are ready to perform."

    Mason Mount can't wait to be back at Wembley
  • Etienne Fermie

    COLD AS RICE

    England star Declan Rice is confident that the Three Lions are going to 'thrive' on the occasion when they face Denmark at Wembley tomorrow night.

    The midfielder said: "Denmark is a massive chance to create history — the first England team since 1966 to play in a final if we get there.

    “To get one step beyond would be unbelievable and I’ve never seen a group of lads so focused on the job.

    “We’re going to thrive on it and go out there and do the business."

  • Justin Lawrence

    GOOD KOMPANY

    Mikel Arteta’s relationship with Vincent Kompany allegedly helped Arsenal seal Albert Sambi Lokonga’s proposed transfer.

    The Gunners are on the verge of signing Lokonga from Anderlecht, who Kompany is the boss of.

    Kompany worked with Arteta when the Gunners boss was Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City.

    It was here where the pair built there bond, which has helped Lokonga’s deal go through, The Mirror report.

    The midfielder is on course to complete his move to North London after the sides reportedly agreed a £17million deal.

    COMPETITION: WIN A MERCEDES AMG A45S WORTH £51,000 PLUS UP TO £50k IN CASH

  • Justin Lawrence

    NOT A JOK

    Slaviša Jokanović has revealed that although he understands Arsenal’s interest in Sander Berge, he would like to manage him next season.

    The Sheffield United boss joined the club this summer and wants Berge alongside him in future.

    He’s aware of the 23-year-old’s value and gets why the Gunners would like him at The Emirates.

    And the Serbian would also understand if the Blades decide to sell their star.

    In an interview with their YouTube channel, he said: “I have some information from the club side about Sander Berge.

    “I can accept this guy is a very good player and a very expensive player. And I want to coach him.

    “We will see what will happen – From the other side, I can understand all the movements of the different clubs.

    “I can understand some movement of Sheffield United.”

    COMPETITION: WIN A MERCEDES AMG A45S WORTH £51,000 PLUS UP TO £50k IN CASH

  • Justin Lawrence

    FERDY TEXT

    Rio Ferdinand has claimed that he texted Real Madrid ace Raphael Varane in a bid to get him to join Manchester United.

    The ex-United defender was Varane’s idol when he was growing up.

    And in an Instagram Q&A with Ferdinand, a fan asked him if he could use that to sway Varane United’s way.

    To which Ferdinand replied: “Already have done. Agent Ferdy.”

    The Red Devils are said to be tabling a £50million bid for the centre-back who has allegedly verbally agreed to join the club.

    COMPETITION: WIN A MERCEDES AMG A45S WORTH £51,000 PLUS UP TO £50k IN CASH

    Ferdinand said he's already texted Varane to help United sign himCredit: pixel8000
  • Justin Lawrence

    FERDY TEXT

    Rio Ferdinand has claimed that he texted Real Madrid ace Raphael Varane in a bid to get him to join Manchester United.

    The ex-United defender was Varane’s idol when he was growing up.

    And in an Instagram Q&A with Ferdinand, a fan asked him if he could use that to sway Varane United’s way.

    To which Ferdinand replied: “Already have done. Agent Ferdy.”

    The Red Devils are said to be tabling a £50million bid for the centre-back who has allegedly verbally agreed to join the club.

    COMPETITION: WIN A MERCEDES AMG A45S WORTH £51,000 PLUS UP TO £50k IN CASH

  • Justin Lawrence

    THE LOKONG WAY

    Sambi Lokonga is reportedly set to complete his proposed £18million move to Arsenal this week.

    The Anderlecht midfielder is said to be closer than ever to signing for Mikel Arteta’s side after agreeing personal terms, according to Arsenalfever.

    They claim the deal is imminent and the 21-year-old ace is waiting to be given the green light to go to London.

    Lokonga could be one of many new additions at the Emirates this summer.

    Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares is another major target with progress reportedly being made on a £15m deal.

    COMPETITION: WIN A MERCEDES AMG A45S WORTH £51,000 PLUS UP TO £50k IN CASH

    Lokonga's proposed move to Arsenal could be completed this weekCredit: Getty
  • Justin Lawrence

    VARANE PLAN

    Manchester United are reportedly set to offer £75million in total to sign Raphael Varane and Eduardo Camavinga.

    The Red Devils plan to allocate £50m of that to get Varane and the other £25m to secure Camavinga’s services next season, according to Marca.

    It’s been claimed that Real Madrid ace Varane has already verbally agreed to join United this summer.

    But their rivals Chelsea plan to upstage them in signing Eduardo Camavinga from Rennes with a last-gasp bid for the star.

    COMPETITION: WIN A MERCEDES AMG A45S WORTH £51,000 PLUS UP TO £50k IN CASH

  • Justin Lawrence

    DAN YOU BELIEVE IT

    Danny Mills is baffled as to why Arsenal are interested in signing Sheffield United keeper Aaron Ramsdale.

    The ex-Leeds United defender insisted that the Gunners don't need a new keeper going into the new Premier League season.

    It's been reported that The Blades want £40million for their No.1 shot-stopper.

    And Mills reckons that's way too steep for a second-choice goalkeeper.

    If the Gunners were to sign another goalie, it should be one in his 30's like Manchester United's newbie Tom Heaton as they won't crave first-team football on a regular basis.

    While speaking to Football.London, he said: "With Ramsdale, that’s an awful lot for a back-up keeper.

    "You can often pick up a back-up keeper, like Tom Heaton who’s a very capable goalkeeper in his mid-30s.

    "They’re not happy but they understand their role is to sit on the bench. You can find someone like that for not a lot of money.

    “It seems a lot of money to pay for a second-choice goalkeeper."

    COMPETITION: WIN A MERCEDES AMG A45S WORTH £51,000 PLUS UP TO £50k IN CASH

  • Justin Lawrence

    NOT HAPPE-LING

    Jesse Lingard doesn’t want to be used as a make-weight in Declan Rice’s proposed move to Manchester United from West Ham.

    There have been reports that United planned to entice the Hammers with Lingard who spent last season on loan in East London.

    But Lingard reportedly isn’t interested in being used in the deal, according to ESPN.

    And the Hammers previously warned the Red Devils that they only want to do a seperate cash deal for Lingard.

    COMPETITION: WIN A MERCEDES AMG A45S WORTH £51,000 PLUS UP TO £50k IN CASH

  • Justin Lawrence

    SSOUMA PROGRESS

    Arsenal have reportedly been given a boost in their pursuit of Brighton defender Yves Bissouma.

    Brighton have allegedly been eyeing a move for RB Salzburg midfielder Enock Mwepu, who could fit right into their team as a replacement for Bissouma, according to The Express.

    If this is the case, it opens up the door for the 24-year-old to complete a switch to the Emirates.

    The Gunners have been linked with Bissouma for much of the summer.

    They face competition from Liverpool but it’s claimed that the Mali international would prefer a move to London.

    COMPETITION: WIN A MERCEDES AMG A45S WORTH £51,000 PLUS UP TO £50k IN CASH

    Bissouma could be on his way to ArsenalCredit: Getty
  • Justin Lawrence

    GUNNER GO

    Arsenal are reportedly willing to sell Alexandre Lacazette, Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles to fund the transfers of Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Mendes.

    Mikel Arteta wants to freshen up his squad ahead of the new season and is willing to sacrifice the trio in order to do so, according to The Express.

    Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga is believed to have agreed personal terms with the Gunners ahead of a £17million move.

    While the acquisition of Benfica ace Nuno Mendes is also thought to be close after he travelled to London last week to seal the deal.

    COMPETITION: WIN A MERCEDES AMG A45S WORTH £51,000 PLUS UP TO £50k IN CASH

    Arteta wants to reportedly shake things up at Arsenal next seasonCredit: EPA
  • Justin Lawrence

    KOUND DEAL

    Manchester United are reportedly considering a transfer deal for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde as an alternative to Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane.

    With Varane’s Madrid future up in the air, Kounde could be the ideal Plan B for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to Caught Offside.

    The Red Devils were given a boost by Varane who allegedly told the club he wants to join them this summer.

    According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Varane’s eager to join United in a bid to try something new.

    They also claim that his Real Madrid departure this summer is ‘inevitable’.

    COMPETITION: WIN A MERCEDES AMG A45S WORTH £51,000 PLUS UP TO £50k IN CASH

  • Justin Lawrence

    ED'S UP

    Chelsea have reportedly joined Manchester United in the race to prise French starlet Eduardo Camavinga away from Rennes.

    With the midfielder having just one year left on his deal at Roazhon Park, the Ligue 1 side are expected to cash in on the 18-year-old.

    The Red Devils are understood to be eyeing up an offer for the Les Bleus international, with transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claiming he could be available for as little as £26million.

    It has been stated that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were making progress in their quest to lure the teenager to Old Trafford.

    But according to Get French Football News, the player's priority is to join Paris Saint-Germain, though they are yet to make a formal bid.

     

  • William Pugh

    NUN THE WISER

    Nuno Espirito Santo has been appointed as Tottenham’s new manager but it could be all change at the club next season.

    Harry Kane wants to leave and Spurs could look a very different team heading into the new campaign.

    Talks over Kane’s future will not be held until England complete their Euro 2020 bid but Spurs face an uphill battle to hold on to their star striker with Manchester City lining up a deal.

    Tottenham are reportedly lining up Benfica star Haris Seferovic as a potential replacement with the striker valued at around £25million. Seferovic scored three times for Switzerland during their run to the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 and helped them stun world champions France in the last-16.

    Spurs are also reportedly in the running to sign Italy star Lorenzo Insigne. The attacker scored a stunning goal during Italy’s win over Belgium which sent them into a semi-final against Spain.

    Insigne has yet to commit to a long-term deal with Napoli and this has alerted Spurs and Barcelona. If Tottenham can bring in Insigne it will enhance their attacking options alongside Son Heung-min.

  • William Pugh

    GERS SWOOP

    Rangers have completed the signing of John Lundstram on a free transfer.

    The former Sheffield United star has joined on a three-year deal. Lundstram played 62 times in the English Premier League in the last two seasons at the Blades before leaving at the end of his contract.

    On his switch to Rangers, he told the club’s official website: “I spoke with the manager and he sold the club to me, and I was just taken aback by his ambition, vision and drive.

    “I know Glasgow is like Liverpool – a proper football city with proper football fans, and I know the people are very similar and I am buzzing to be a part of the atmosphere I am moving into.

    “The chance to work with Steven Gerrard and Gary McAllister, as well as Michael Beale, was a huge draw. The manager is from the same area as me, and I want to learn from those coaches and become a better version of myself and continue to develop under them.

    “As an outsider looking in, the scenes last season were unbelievable when the club won the league, and when I saw that, I knew I wanted to be a part of it and be a part of a club which wins more trophies for Rangers."

    Credit: PA
  • William Pugh

    HOT AIR BALLON

    Nicolas Anelka is urging Kylian Mbappe to consider taking his red-hot striking skills to one of England’s or Spain’s football giants.

    In a letter published by the Athletic, Anelka, 42, wrote: “The French league is not easy, don’t get me wrong, but I think the toughest league is in England. So, if you want to be one of the best, then do what you do in Paris but with Chelsea or United or Arsenal or Manchester City or Liverpool.

    “Or go to Spain to Madrid or Barcelona. Or maybe Italy. You have done so well since coming through at Monaco and taking it to a new level at Paris-Saint Germain.

    “It seems you will stay for another year, then there is a big choice to make. You have at least two choices — stay in Paris or move to Real Madrid. Both of them can win the Champions League these days.

    “When I was at PSG, that wasn’t the case. That choice depends on what you want to achieve in football. If you want the biggest accolades, you will have to move from PSG at some point. The best leagues are in England and Spain, so you didn’t compete with the best players in the best league.

    “You will have to decide. If you want to win the Ballon d’Or, which is what you should be looking at to echo Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, you will have to compete with the best. You can’t say you compete with the best all the time when you are at PSG.”

    Credit: Reuters
  • William Pugh

    RON HOLIDAY

    Brazil legend Ronaldo was spotted relaxing on a yacht off the coast of Ibiza with girlfriend Celina – before bumping into Zlatan Ibrahimovic on holiday.

    El Fenomeno, 44, appeared to be enjoying his summer break as he splashed around in the ocean.

    Ronaldo is now the majority owner of Spanish second-tier side Real Valladolid having bought a 51 per cent stake for £27million in September 2018.

    The club were relegated from LaLiga at the end of last season after finishing 19th with just 34 points. And now Ronaldo is preparing himself for the gruelling, 42-game season ahead with a holiday in Ibiza.

    The former Inter Milan, AC Milan, Barcelona and Real Madrid legend took a dip in his long, black Nike swimming shorts.

    Partner of six years Celina, meanwhile, wore an olive green bikini as she watched on from the safety of the yacht, before later enjoying a quick swim herself. Later in the day, Ibrahimovic – also holidaying in Ibiza – sent fans wild after sharing a picture of himself with Ronaldo.

  • William Pugh

    TIME TO CELEBRATE

    UK sports are set to welcome back full crowds this summer WITHOUT the need for vaccine passports, according to reports.

    The PM will announce plans to end lockdown restrictions on July 19 in a press conference this evening. And part of that is expected to permit capacity crowds inside stadiums from that date onwards.

    However, unlike in recent pilot events, The Times reports spectators will NOT need to show evidence of a double Covid-19 vaccination – unless the pandemic problems significantly worsen.

    The British Grand Prix, on July 18, has already been confirmed as another test so will have 140,000 people at Silverstone on race day.

    But other fixtures such as the Goodwood races at the end of July and England’s Test cricket series against India which starts on August 4 should see full stands.

    And football clubs across the pyramid, including in the Premier League and EFL, will follow suit when the new 2021-22 season gets underway next month. However, should England win Euro 2020, a public celebration or parade would not take place until after July 19.

    Credit: Reuters
  • William Pugh

    RAF AND READY

    Rafa Bentiez has taken charge of his first day of training at Everton as a number of stars reported for pre-season duty.

    The 61-year-old was unveiled as the Toffees boss last week on a three-year deal – much to the dismay of fans due to his history with rivals Liverpool.

    Having previously called Everton a ‘small club’ during his six-year spell at Anfield, supporters failed to hide their anger at the Spaniard on social media.

    Ahead of his appointment, a disgraceful threatening banner was placed in the Wirral area with the message ‘We know where you live. Don’t sign.’

    But Benitez was all smiles at Finch Farm on Monday as the Everton squad took part in a series of physical tests ahead of their participation in the Florida Cup later this month.

    There were a number of notable absentees, with English pair Jordan Pickford and Dominic Calvert-Lewin part of the Three Lions squad at Euro 2020. Meanwhile Richarlison and Yerry Mina are still involved in the Copa America with Brazil and Colombia respectively.

    Credit: Getty
  • William Pugh

    ROME ROW – EXCLUSIVE

    Sol Campbell confronted a coward who called him a 'Judas c***' in Rome before England's win over Ukraine.

    The spineless yob was filming the former Arsenal and Tottenham centre-back as he left a restaurant on Saturday lunch time and also yelled: "Jelly and ice cream when you go."

    The video was posted on Twitter but what can't be seen in the footage is the female companion sitting with the abuser who SunSport understands looked 'mortified' by his actions.

    SunSport also understands the man – believed to be in his early 30s – who shouted the abuse broke Covid rules by travelling from England to be in the Italian capital for the Three Lions' 4-0 win.

    He was also heard bragging about his intention to ignore quarantine requirements when he returned to the UK. The clip shows him pointing the camera at the 46-year-old former Southend and Macclesfield manager and heard shouting: "Here he is, Sol Campbell."

    Campbell looks over but proceeds to walk out the restaurant when the abuser goads him again. Unprovoked, he says: "Judas… C***!" It's at this point Campbell turns back and walks towards the man. As the England legend approaches, the man adds: "Jelly and ice cream when you go mate."

    WATCH THE GRIM VIDEO AND READ THE FULL STORY HERE!

  • William Pugh

    BALO IS BACK

    Mario Balotelli is poised to join Adana Demirspor – with the Turkish minnows vowing they can tame the madcap Italian.

    Former Manchester City and Liverpool striker Balo is a free agent after leaving Serie B club Monza. Adana want the 30-year-old maverick after winning promotion to the Super Lig.

    Adana president Murat Sancak said: "Negotiations with Mario Balotelli are 85 per cent complete, and he will come to Turkey in the next week.

    "Some say that Balotelli is crazy, but nobody needs to worry. We are from Adana, and we will know how to handle him. His salary won't be a problem, as our sponsors will pay half of it.

    "Our captain [Inler] has been in contact with him, and he said he wants to join us. We have virtually reached an agreement with him. Once we do he will wear our shirt next season.

    "He wants to be successful with us, so he can go to the World Cup in Qatar with Italy next year."

  • William Pugh

    DEL ME IN

    Former Manchester United target Dele Alli has blamed himself for his Tottenham exile instead of criticising former manager Jose Mourinho.

    The 25-year-old started just twice under the Special One in the Premier League during the 2020-21 campaign. In the 32 top-flight outings Mourinho was in charge for prior to his dismissal, Dele played just 233 minutes of football.

    That is a stark contrast to his game time under interim head coach Ryan Mason, where he featured in 385 minutes having started the final five games of the season.

    But despite not getting a look in under the Portuguese gaffer, Dele has refused to blame Mourinho as he insisted he enjoyed working with him.

    He told Goal: “The only person I blame is myself. I should be performing at a level where it is difficult to not put me in the team or not play me.

    “I don’t blame anyone but myself. Working with Mourinho was a great experience and one I learned a lot from.”

    Credit: EPA
  • William Pugh

    MAD FOR IT

    James Maddison is making the most of his well-earned summer holiday by partying in Ibiza.

    The Leicester ace, 24, was missed out on Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020.

    And he has taken advantage of some time off to soak up the sun before returning to the East Midlands for pre-season.

    Maddison was pictured enjoying himself in a pair of black swimming trunks at the Blue Marlin beach club. The tattooed ex-Norwich star laughed with and hugged friends with a drink in his hand and dived into the water on the Spanish island.

    Maddison endured an injury-hit season with Leicester but racked up 11 goals and ten assists in 42 appearances – and ended it on a high by revealing his girlfriend is pregnant with their first child.

    However, his on-pitch performances were not enough to earn a spot in the Three Lions squad as Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Mason Mount got the call-ups instead.

    Credit: The Mega Agency
    Credit: The Mega Agency
    Credit: The Mega Agency
    Credit: The Mega Agency
  • William Pugh

    MATT'S YOUR LOT

    Matteo Guendouzi has announced he will leave Arsenal in an emotional tweet.

    Guendouzi spent last season on loan at Hertha Berlin in Germany after falling out of favour with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.

    He is now closing in on a move to Marseille in his homeland of France having recently posed with a flag of the Ligue 1 side.

    Confirming his Arsenal exit, Guendouzi, 22, told fans in now-deleted tweets: “I will never forget the Emirates Stadium.

    “I will never forget the fans. I won’t forget the city. I will never forget everything I’ve been through here. I will never forget that my only will was to defend with pride Arsenal colors.

    “Thanks to all of those who believed in me during my time here, during the good and the bad moments. I can only wish the best to the club and its fans who deserve so much, trust me! Good bye Arsenal, I will never forget and will be a gooner forever.”

    Source: Read Full Article