Manchester United have made a couple of approaches to Barcelona over Lionel Messi, while Manchester City haven’t been put off Jack Wilshere.
United make Messi moves
Manchester United have approached Barcelona over the prospect of signing Lionel Messi.
That is the claim from the Daily Mail, which says United have contacted Barca twice in the last three weeks to explore the feasibility of bringing the Argentina star to Old Trafford.
The paper claims any move would likely wait until next summer, by which time United hope to be back in the Champions League, when Messi has only a year remaining on his contract at the Nou Camp.
Adam Crafton’s story says:
“Sources close to Messi refused to rule out of the possibility of a move.
They admitted to Sportsmail that the player is increasingly ‘frustrated and hurt’ by the media circus in Spain that has surrounded a legal case investigating his tax affairs.”
United have consistently chased the world’s biggest names over the last three years, with Gareth Bale, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo all pursued to no avail.
Injuries haven’t put City off Wilshere
Manchester City are again being linked with a move for Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere.
The Sun report that Pep Guardiola is keen to bring the injury-plagued England international to the Etihad to bolster a midfield that has already been strengthened by the signing of Ilkay Gundogan.
City wanted Wilshere last year before he broke his leg in pre-season. The 24-year-old has not completed 90 minutes in the Premier League since September 2014.
The Saints go marching out of Southampton?
Southampton are likely to face another exodus of their top stars should Ronald Koeman leave this summer.
The manager is understood to be willing to listen to Everton’s offer, with his agent reportedly having travelled to Merseyside on Thursday.
Should Koeman quit after two years at St Mary’s, a host of the Saints’ big names are set to follow him out of the door, according to The Sun.
Victor Wanyama and Shane Long are both said to be wanted by Tottenham, while Graziano Pelle is also likely to return to Italy.
Doubts would also arise over the future of Jordy Clasie, while the paper says in-demand Sadio Mane could use Koeman’s exit to force a move to a bigger club.
England goalkeeper Fraser Forster has also been the subject of interest from elsewhere in the Premier League. The Saints faced exactly this situation two years ago when Mauricio Pochettino left the club, with the likes of Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Loven also being sold.
AND THE REST
Chelsea are considering a move for Liverpool’s Christian Benteke is they don’t get Romelu Lukaku. (Daily Mail)
Arsenal are only a few ‘little pieces’ away from winning the title, says former Gunner Johan Djourou. (Daily Mail)
Manchester United are plotting a move for £20m Bordeaux wonderkind Adam Ounas. (Daily Mail)
Sergio Romero is targeting the number one spot at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho. (Daily Mail)
Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho is on Paris Saint-Germain’s list of summer targets. (Daily Mail)
Southampton are facing a player exodus if Ronald Koeman leaves, including Victor Wanyama, Shane Long and Graziano Pelle. (The Sun)
Hull City are targeting a move for Reading midfielder Oliver Norwood. (The Sun)
Gary Lineker has pleaded with Jamie Vardy not to leave Leicester for Arsenal. (Daily Mirror)
Raheem Sterling has to sing a song as a forfeit to England squad, Wayne Rooney has revealed. (Daily Mirror)
Arsenel’s Jack Wilshere has admitted England’s Tottenham players are actually ‘great lads’. (Daily Mirror)
Jose Mourinho will take part in SoccerAid despite reports on the contrary. (Daily Mirror)
Nani says Manchester United will win things again under Jose Mourinho. (The Independent)
Harry Kane says he and Jamie Vardy are to blame for England misfiring against Portugal. (The Independent)
Alan Shearer says he would have Jamie Vardy on the bench for England. (The Independent)
Ryan Bertrand is fearing for his England starting role at Euro 2016. (The Telegraph)
Roy Hodgson is in a dilemma over Wayne Rooney’s best role at Euro 2016. (The Telegraph)
France rail strikes almost derailed England’s Euro 2016 preparations. (The Telegraph)
Roy Hodgson says Wayne Rooney will be a mandatory starter for England at Euro 2016. (The Guardian)
Everton are in talks with Southampton over compensation for manager Ronald Koeman. (The Guardian)