Lionel Messi’s contract talks at Barcelona have stalled and Man City are ready to pounce, while the Mauricio Pochettino to Manchester United talk is “hotting up”.
MESSI CONTRACT IMPASSE SPURS CITY
Manchester City could take advantage of a stall in contract negotiations between Barcelona and star forward Lionel Messi, according to The Sun.
The exclusive quotes a source ‘who is party to the talks’, who claims the two parties are “miles” apart over the 28-year-old’s new deal.
That has meant that talks have stalled and City are believed to be prepared to pay the Argentina forward £800,000 per week.
Messi is believed to be looking for another three years to be added to his deal, which expires in the summer of 2018. Meanwhile, Barca president Josep Bartomeu has warned the player’s father and agent that they cannot afford those terms.
City on the other hand have made it clear to Messi’s representatives they will meet his desire for a five-year contract.
What is the likely outcome? Messi gets a new contract and stays at the Nou Camp.
‘POCHETTINO EMERGING AS A MORE SERIOUS ALTERNATIVE’
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward’s interest in Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is “hotting up”, according to The Sun.
The red top claims Woodward “has been monitoring the progress of Tottenham’s title-chasing boss. By that I think the mean he has been checking the league table and worked out Spurs are still in with a chance of winning the Premier League.
Woodward is also “taking advice from influential people within the game about the high-flying Argentine”. To translate: he’s asked Sir Alex Ferguson what he thinks of the Spurs man.
And the conclusion from the report is that “Pochettino is emerging as a more serious alternative” to Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho has reportedly told United he wants a May deadline as he wants to secure his next move by then.
The Guardian says Mourinho continues to listen to job offers and is holding out for the Old Trafford job, but he wants a decision by May to plan his future.
AND THE REST
Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, is asking Premier League clubs for a weekly wage of £600,000. (Daily Mail)
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could be handed a significant transfer fund as the club is the subject of a Middle Eastern takeover bid. (Daily Star)
The Reds could also be set to play summer Europa League games at Wigan or Bolton because of renovations to Anfield.(Guardian)
Manchester City will need to spend a world-record fee to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 23, according to former player Andrea Pirlo, who says the French international is so good it would still be a good bit of business for the Blues. (Daily Mirror)
Mark Hughes will renew Stoke’s £20m interest in West Brom forward Saido Berahino, 22. Tottenham remain interested and West Ham are also watching developments. (Daily Mirror)
Midfielder Mesut Ozil, 27, says Arsenal have only themselves to blame for their faltering title challenge and must “intensify” their search for new players this summer when the new Premier League TV deal kicks in. (Spox.com)
Italy boss Antonio Conte, who is reported to be taking over at Chelsea in the summer, wants striker Diego Costa, 27, to stay at Stamford Bridge and be part of his Chelsea revolution. (Evening Standard)