Paper Talk: Messi set for huge deal; Chelsea’s defender blow
Date published: Monday 6th March 2017 8:07
Barcelona are reportedly ready to offer superstar forward Lionel Messi a bumper new deal, while Chelsea target Leonardo Bonucci wants to see out his Juventus contract.
MESSI SET FOR NEW BUMPER BARCA DEAL
Barcelona are ready to offer Lionel Messi a whopping new contract in a bid to ward off any interest in their superstar forward this summer.
The Spanish giants are ready to pay the 29-year-old a salary of 35m euros (£30m) a year to sign a new contract with the club, according to Marca.
Manchester City have long been linked with a move for the Argentinian, while the hug pot of money floating around in the Chinese Super League has also seen clubs there enter the race for his signature.
With Barca’s managerial situation set to change this summer, the next man in the Nou Camp hotseat will no doubt play a huge role in whether the La Liga side can keep their talisman.
BONUCCI SET TO SEE OUT JUVENTUS CONTRACT
Chelsea target Leonardo Bonucci has revealed that he wants to see out his current contract at Juventus.
The Italy international, who has been linked with Manchester City, is contracted to the Serie A giants until 2021.
The news is sure to come as a big blow for Chelsea chief Antonio Conte, who managed Conte at Juve and while in charge of the national team, and is a huge fan of the defender.
The Daily Mail claims that while Bonucci’s future remains uncertain following a touchline row with manager Massimiliano Allegri, the fact the Juve boss could be on the move this summer has strengthened his desire to stay at the club.
AND THE REST
Paris St-Germain are leading the chase to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, with the Chilean set to leave following a row with his Gunners team-mates and manager Arsene Wenger (Daily Mirror)
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is confident they will land £30m-rated Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha in the summer transfer window (Daily Mirror)
Potential new Leicester manager Guus Hiddink has backed caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare to keep the job – and says he’s had no contact with the Foxes about replacing the sacked Claudio Ranieri (Daily Mirror)
Victor Lindelof has snubbed Manchester United by signing a new deal with Benfica (The Sun)
Chelsea will have to pay £70m if they want Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus (The Sun)
Juventus chief Max Allegri has denied making contact with Arsenal over replacing Arsene Wenger (The Sun)
Chelsea’s former Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kante, 25, wanted to move to Marseille when he joined the Foxes but the English club offered Caen more money, according to a former team-mate (The Sun)
River Plate prodigy Joaquin Perez, 17, has put Premier League clubs on alert after revealing his admiration for English football (The Sun)
Liverpool are reportedly stepping up their efforts to bring teen goalkeeper Alex Meret to Anfield from Udinese (The Sun)
Arsenal, Manchester City, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing Lyon’s 25-year-old forward Alexandre Lacazette (TF1)
Paris St-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, 24, says he wants to stay with the French champions and win the Champions League with them (Stade 2, via ESPN)
Manchester City will reportedly stump up £34m to meet William Carvalho’s buy-out clause at Sporting Lisbon this summer (Daily Star)
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has denied reports of a rift at the club and says he has never questioned team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo’s attitude (Daily Mail)
Arsenal have verbally agreed a deal with Max Allegri to take over from Arsene Wenger next season (Daily Express)
Newcastle are reportedly interested in signing Hull defender Harry Maguire (Daily Express)