INTER MIAMI are looking to complete a deal for Lionel Messi, and it has now been revealed that they have been in talks with him for years.

It is believed that Inter representatives have been in talks with Messi's father, Jorge, for two years and now there is an increasing confidence that he will opt for the MLS move.

This has dealt a blow to Barcelona and PSG, who both thought that he would play for them after his contract expires.

Elsewhere, Tottenham Hotspur have entered talks with Antonio Conte over a new deal in north London.

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  • Sam Dymond

    D-Day for English duo

    The final round of Champions League group stage games begin this evening, and for the two English teams in action, there's plenty on the line.

    Tottenham travel to Marseille as Group B leaders, and the equation is simple: they must not lose.

    A draw or better will ensure Spurs' path into the Round of 16, but defeat in the south of France will see them eliminated.

    Liverpool have already qualified from Group B, but take on first place Napoli at Anfield.

    In the unlikely event that Jurgen Klopp's team win by four goals or more, it will be they that finish top.

    Meanwhile, in the same group, Rangers will be looking to avoid embarrassment when they host Ajax.

    A defeat of 2-0 or worse for the Scottish Premiership outfit will make them statistically the worse side to have ever played in the group stage of the Champions League.

  • Dylan Terry

    Good morning football fans

    David Beckham's Inter Miami are on the verge of a stunning swoop of Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi.

    According to The Athletic, Inter representatives have been in talks with Messi's father, Jorge, for two years.

    The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner's PSG deal is due to expire in the summer, and there is now an "increasing confidence" that he will opt for Miami.

    The French champions are keen to extend the 35-year-old's time in Paris, while the forward's former club Barcelona are hoping he'll decide on an emotional return to the Nou Camp.

    The Argentina international has scored 12 goals and provided 13 assists in 17 games for the Parisians across all competitions this season.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is cautiously optimistic Bukayo Saka will be available for Sunday’s clash at Chelsea.

    Saka injured his ankle during the 5-0 home win against Nottingham Forest and hobbled off the pitch after just 27 minutes.

    Arteta said: “It was a bad kick and he was limping, but I don’t see it being anything further than that.

    “Let’s see how he is in the next couple of days.”

    And Tottenham have entered contract talks with manager Antonio Conte over a new long-term deal.

    That is despite Conte publicly refusing to commit his future to Spurs with his contract running out in June 2023.

    The North Londoners are five points off table-toppers Arsenal and according to The Athletic, club chiefs would like to reward the Italian head coach for the team's form.

    New terms would see the ex-Chelsea manager earn a raise on his already £13million-a-year contract.

    Finally, Juventus superstar Paul Pogba is set to miss the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

    According to Sky Sports, Pogba has suffered a knee injury setback and won't be part of France's squad next month.

    The midfielder has yet to make an appearance for Juve ever since returning to Turin from Manchester United in the summer.

    The 29-year-old looks like he will have to wait for much longer for his second debut with the Bianconeri.

  • Kostas Lianos

    Casemiro ‘King of the Gym’

    Casemiro has dethroned star team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo as Manchester United’s “King of the Gym”.

    Both icons have been getting more bench practice than they hoped this season at United.

    But they played the whole of Sunday’s 1-0 Premier League victory at home to West Ham – showing their strict regime is worth the weight.

    It’s claimed the Brazil international can leg-press 300kg “with his eyes shut” whereas Ron is known to push 30 reps of 250kg

  • Kostas Lianos

    De Jong’s stance

    Barcelona star Frenkie De Jong does not want to leave the Nou Camp in January.

    De Jong was a primary target for Manchester United in the summer, although he repeatedly snubbed a move.

    Now, Sport claim the midfielder doesn’t want to leave Barca halfway through the season.

    That works as a transfer blow for United and Chelsea who are still keeping tabs on the Netherlands international

  • Kostas Lianos

    Three for Nelson

    Arsenal ace Reiss Nelson was targeted by three clubs who wanted him on loan before his impressive display against Nottingham Forest.

    Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano told  CaughtOffside: “Mikel Arteta was really happy with his approach to training.

    “Nelson can be a really important player for Arsenal to be used when rotating their squad for now.

    “More than three clubs asked for Nelson on loan in the summer, but Arsenal decided to keep him”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Dalot opens up about future

    Manchester United ace Diogo Dalot doesn't rule out quitting Old Trafford in the summer.

    The defender has been previously linked with Barcelona and Juventus.

    Dalot told Sky Sports: “I don’t think it’s the time to think about my contract situation. We’re in the process to improve our game as team.

    “I love to play for Man United as I always try to show. I’m happy – this is the most important thing”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Taking the Myk

    Brighton areinterested in signing Shakhtar Donetsk ace Mykola Matviyenko in the January transfer window.

    The Seagulls' new manager Roberto De Zerbi worked with Matviyenko during his one season with Shakhtar before Russia's unjust invasion.

    According to The Athletic, De Zerbi is now hoping to link up with the centre-back once more on the south coast.

    It is thought Ukraine international would set Brighton back around £17.2million

  • Kostas Lianos

    Arsenal target Isaksen

    Arsenal are keeping tabs on Midtjylland ace Gustav Isaksen ahead of the January transfer window.

    That is according to Calciomercato, who report the Gunners are impressed with Isaksen’s performances in Denmark.

    Mikel Arteta is said to be keen on adding young talent to his ranks from the New Year.

    Arteta is looking for players to offer competition for Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli down the wing

  • Kostas Lianos

    Cont me in

    Tottenham have entered contract talks with manager Antonio Conte over a new long-term deal.

    That is despite Conte publicly refusing to commit his future to Spurs with his contract expiring in June 2023.

    The North Londoners are five points off table-toppers Arsenal and according to The Athletic, club chiefs would like to reward the Italian tactician for the team's form.

    New terms would see the ex-Chelsea boss earn a raise on his already £13million-a-year contract

  • Kostas Lianos

    To the Max

    Manchester United are weighing up a January swoop for Norwich’s Max Aarons, reports SunSport’s Philip Cadden.

    United manager Erik ten Hag is keen to bring in another right-back to rival Diogo Dalot, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s future in doubt.

    The Red Devils have been long-term admirers of Aarons and were one of eight teams who scouted the 22-year-old at England Under-21s victory over Germany at Bramall Lane in September.

    Norwich value the defender at £10million, while United also keep tabs on Bayer Leverkusen’s Jeremie Frimpong

  • Kostas Lianos

    Real Jesus interest

    Real Madrid are set to launch a bid for Arsenal star Gabriel Jesus in the next summer transfer window.

    Jesus was linked with Real last summer, only for them to pull out of because of an “issue with his passport”.

    According to Goal, the centre-forward is on a five-man shortlist compiled by Los Blancos manager Carlo Ancelotti.

    The same report claims that Ancelotti sees him as a perfect understudy, and potential successor, to star striker Karim Benzema

  • Kostas Lianos

    Strike a Tiel

    Arsenal are the frontrunners to sign Leicester star Youri Tielemans, whom they targeted during the summer.

    Manchester United and Juventus were also thought to be interested, but the Foxes managed to keep hold of Tielemans.

    According to The Mirror, the Gunners are the favourites to seal a deal for the midfielder, whose contract expires at the end of the season

    A summer move is thought to be the most likely time for the Belgium international to move to the Emirates

  • Kostas Lianos

    Racist troll hell

    A racist troll who abused Chelsea and England star Reece James has been tracked down to the Middle East just three weeks before the World Cup starts in Qatar.

    An arrest is imminent after James, 22, gave statements to Instagram, police and officials abroad.

    Reece told The Sun: “It’s tough.”

    The full-back has told how he is determined to fight back against the online menace saying: “Whenever I see it I report it”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Dan the man

    Arsenal sent scouts to watch Palmeiras ace Danilo last week ahead of the January transfer window.

    According to reporter Ekrem Konur, the Gunners stepped up their pursuit of the midfielder by having club representatives monitor him during the Brazilian giants’ 3-1 win over Athletico Paranaense.

    However, it did not go as the 21-year-old or the scouts would have planned as the holding midfielder was substituted at half-time.

    The Brazilian made way for Gabriel Menino, a change which turned the game.

    However, it is believed Arsenal remain keen and may try to prize him away in January for a fee of around £26million

  • Kostas Lianos

    Pogba out of World Cup

    Juventus superstar Paul Pogba is set to miss the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

    According to Sky Sports, Pogba has suffered a knee injury setback and won't be part of France's squad.

    The midfielder has yet to make an appearance for Juve ever since returning to Turin from Manchester United last summer.

    The 29-year-old appears like he will have to wait for much longer for his second debut with the Bianconeri

  • Kostas Lianos

    Saliba contract talks

    Arsenal are in talks with William Saliba over a new long-term deals with fears he could walk out for free next summer.

    Saliba’s contract is due to expire in June 2024, meaning he could walk out of the Emirates for free.

    The Gunners hold a 12-month option, but according to The Athletic, the North Londoners want to tie the centre-back down to a new long-term contract.

    Should Arsenal hit a stumbling block in negotiations, the France international won’t be short of options.

    In fact, reports suggest Paris Saint-Germain are keen on the 21-year-old, who loves life in France

  • Kostas Lianos

    Give’em Torr

    Arsenal are considering making an offer for Orlando City star Facundo Torres.

    Torres, 22, has stood out in the MLS this season and the Gunners have been made aware of him by scout Toni Lima.

    Lima has been credited with recommending Neymar to Barcelona and Philippe Coutinho to Inter Milan when both played in Brazil.

    According to The Evening Standard, the winger could be signed to provide competition for Bukayo Saka down the flanks.

    Since touching down in the United States the Uruguay international has registered 14 goals and 10 assists in 40 league matches

  • Kostas Lianos

    In for Frim

    Chelsea have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Bayer Leverkusen star Jeremie Frimpong.

    Frimpong, 21, has been impressing for Leverkusen since departing Celtic last year as he has already registered seven goals and 12 assists in 64 appearances.

    According to Football Transfers, the Blues and United will fight it out for the right-back's signature in January.

    However, the defender is currently fully focused on making the Netherlands squad for the 2022 World Cup

  • Kostas Lianos

    Bukayo Saka reminder

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is cautiously optimistic Bukayo Saka will be available for Sunday’s clash at Chelsea.

    Saka hurt his ankle during the 5-0 home win against Nottingham Forest and hobbled off the pitch after just 27 minutes.

    Arteta said: “It was a bad kick and he was limping, but I don’t see it being anything further than that.

    “Let’s see how he is in the next couple of days”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Lionel Messi reminder

    David Beckham's Inter Miami are on the verge of a stunning swoop of Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi.

    According to The Athletic, Inter representatives have been in discussions with Messi's father, Jorge, for two years.

    The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner's PSG contract is due to expire in the summer, and there is now an "increasing confidence" that he will opt for Miami.

    The French champions are keen to extend the 35-year-old's time in Paris, while the star forward's former club Barcelona are hoping he'll decide on an emotional return to the Nou Camp.

    The Argentina captain has scored 12 goals and provided 13 assists in 17 games for the Parisians across all competitions this season

  • Sam Dymond

    United turn to the Max

    Manchester United are weighing up a January move for Norwich's Max Aarons.

    Red Devils boss Erik Ten Hag is keen to bring in another right-back to rival Diogo Dalot with Aaron Wan-Bissaka's Old Trafford future in doubt.

    United have been long-term admirers of Aarons and were one of eight clubs who scouted the 22-year-old at England Under-21s victory over Germany at Bramall Lane in September.

    Aarons, valued at £10million by Norwich, is one option in the frame with Bayer Leverkusen's Jeremie Frimpong also understood to be under consideration.

  • Sam Dymond

    Lukaku fears for World Cup

    Romelu Lukaku's hopes of playing at the World Cup are hanging by a thread after the striker suffered another hamstring strain.

    The Belgian, on loan at Inter Milan from Chelsea, returned for the Serie A side last week after two months out, making cameos as a substitute against Viktoria Plzen and Sampdoria.

    However, the striker appears to have aggravated his injury during his few minutes on the pitch.

    The Nerazzurri released a statement today that read: "Lukaku underwent medical examinations at the Humanitas Clinic in Rozzano this morning, which highlighted a strain in the myocardial scar of the femoral biceps of the left thigh.

    "The player’s condition will be assessed again in the next few days."

    Belgium are due to open their World Cup campaign when they take on Canada in little over three weeks.

  • Sam Dymond

    Ukraine call for Iran ban

    The executive committee of the Ukrainian FA have contacted FIFA to ask them to expel Iran from the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.

    Ukraine believe Iran have been supplying weapons to Russia for the ongoing conflict in the region.

    Other reported acts are said to contravene FIFA statutes three and four concerned with human rights and discrimination.

    Iran have been drawn in Group B alongside England, Wales and USA.

  • Sam Dymond

    United in for Joao Felix

    Manchester United are keen on Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix, report The Express.

    However, any swoop for the Portuguese ace is said to depend on compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo first being moved on.

    The same outlet suggest that Paris Saint-Germain could move for Ronaldo but only if Kylian Mbappe was sold, sparking a huge domino effect.

    Joao Felix moved to Atleti in 2019 for £113m, but has struggled to live up to his price tag in the Spanish capital.

    In 126 appearances for Diego Simeone’s team, the 22-year-old has scored 31 goals and assisted 18.

  • Sam Dymond

    Arteta provides Saka injury update

    Arsenal are cautiously optimistic that Bukayo Saka did not suffer any serious injury on Sunday and could even be available for next weekend’s clash with Chelsea.

    The England winger injured his left ankle during the 5-0 home win against Nottingham Forest and limped off just 27 minutes into the game.

    He had been struggling since colliding with an advertising hoarding early on, and was then on the receiving end of a couple of hefty challenges from Forest full-back Renan Lodi.

    “It was a bad kick and he was limping, but I don’t see it being anything further than that,” Mikel Arteta has revealed.

    “Let’s see how he is in the next couple of days.”

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