Lionel Messi to Inter Miami EXCLUSIVE, Spurs close in on Fonseca, Chelsea make £56.1m Hakimi bid – transfer news live

DAVID BECKHAM's Inter Miami are optimistic of a stunning move for Lionel Messi.

SunSport can exclusively reveal that Messi is keen on ending his career in the MLS and could move stateside in two years as part of his new Barcelona deal.

Meanwhile Chelsea have reportedly matched Paris Saint-Germain's hefty £56.1m bid for Inter wing-back Achraf Hakimi.

And Spurs are said to be on the verge of swapping managers with Roma.

Paulo Fonseca – the man Jose Mourinho replaced in the Italian capital – is in talks over taking the helm in North London.

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  • Thomas Blow

    BUFFON TO BARCA HITS BUFFERS

    Gianluigi Buffon has rejected a move to Barcelona because he wants to be No 1 at his next club, according to reports.

    The legendary Italian has offers from clubs across Europe but has rejected the Catalans' advances.

    The iconic Italian, 43, is available on a free transfer this summer and will enter his 26th season as a pro at his next club.

    Barcelona contacted Buffon as they are keen to add an experienced stopper to their ranks as No 2 to Marc Andre ter Stegen.

    But the wily old Italian politely declined as he no longer wants to be a backup, according to Spanish outlet Sport.

  • Thomas Blow

    ICYMI – ROYAL PURSUIT

    Aston Villa are in a three-way battle for Josh King after the forward was released by Everton.

    The Villans targetted the 29-year-old last summer before signing Ollie Watkins and are said to be in for him again.

    But the Midlands side face competition from newly promoted Norwich and Scottish giants Celtic, according to Norwegian outlet VG.

    King has struggled to impress at Everton after joining on a short-term deal from Bournemouth in January.

    The Toffees have decided not to extend his stay at Goodison but several clubs are still keen on him.

    King was understood to be earning £45,000-a-week at Everton.

  • Thomas Blow

    GUN-NA THINK ABOUT IT

    Ilkay Gundogan will wait to see if Barcelona harden up their interest before deciding on his Manchester City future.

    The German international has enjoyed an outstanding season but has just two years to run on his existing deal at the Etihad.

    So City will look to either tie him to a new long-term contract or cash in on him during the close season.

    The former Borussia Dortmund man, 30, has spent the last five years at City and was Pep Guardiola’s first signing.

    He remains happy at the club but has also made no secret of his admiration for Barca in the past.

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    Credit: AFP
  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Tottenham are in advanced talks to sign ex-Roma boss Paulo Fonseca as their new manager.

    According to Sky Sports, Fonseca is expected to sign a three-year deal but nothing has been officially agreed between the two parties yet.

    Spurs have turned to the Portuguese coach after talks with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte collapsed.

    Fonseca was recently sacked by Roma and replaced by ex-Spurs manager Jose Mourinho.

    Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland is reportedly keen to leave the Westfalenstadion.

    According to the Daily Telegraph, Haaland would be open to holding talks over a potential switch to another elite club.

    The star striker has been linked with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

    Dortmund are open to offers in the region of £150million this summer.

    However, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano insists the Bundesliga giants won’t sell, especially if United target Sancho leaves, unless the Blues make a 'crazy bid'.

    And finally, Chelsea have reportedly matched Paris Saint-Germain's £56.1m offer for Inter Milan star Achraf Hakimi.

    Inter are surprisingly looking to sell one of their stars of last season to raise much-needed funds.

    But the Serie A champions are believed to want £69m for the player they paid £36m for from Real Madrid last summer.

    Sky Italy is reporting that the Italian giants could choose to work with Chelsea on the deal as they fancy taking Emerson Palmieri and Andreas Christensen in return.

  • Kostas Lianos

    PAUL-ING THROUGH

    Tottenham are in advanced talks to sign ex-Roma boss Paulo Fonseca as their new manager

    According to Sky Sports, Fonseca is expected to sign a three-year deal but nothing has been officially agreed yet between the two parties.

    Spurs have turned to the Portuguese coach after talks with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte collapsed.

    Fonseca was recently sacked by Roma and replaced by ex-Spurs manager Jose Mourinho

  • Kostas Lianos

    POGBA LINK

    Manchester United star Paul Pogba had a funny moment with France team-mates Kingsley Coman and Presnel Kimpembe.

    Pogba interrupted the pair's interview with InfoSport and Kimpembe told him: "We're talking about Paris," before Coman added: "Yeah, you're Parisian aren't you?"

    "Yeah, so?" the star midfielder responded to which the Bayern Munich star said, in reference to PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi: "Nasser, any contact?"

    The 28-year-old seemed shocked and said no before fleeing the scene – the France international has been linked with an exit from Old Trafford as his contract expires next year

  • Kostas Lianos

    SCOTLAND PREDICTION

    Stuart McCall has predicted which Scotland players are going to stand out at Euro 2020.

    McCall believes the likes of Arsenal ace Kieran Tierney, Manchester United player Scott McTominay and Liverpool star Andy Robertson are going to shine bright.

    He told Not the Old Firm: “I think the good thing is looking at the squad, it’s quite young.

    “We have four top class players – Andy Robertson at Liverpool, Kieran Tierney at Arsenal, John McGinn at Aston Villa and Scott McTominay at Manchester United – and they are all quite young”

  • Kostas Lianos

    BR-ITE PROSPECT

    Arsenal have joined the transfer race for Brighton ace Ben White amid the summer transfer window.

    According to the Daily Mirror, Gunners manager Mikel Arteta is a “big admirer” of White after his impressive campaign with the Seagulls.

    The centre-back amassed 39 appearances across all competitions and earned an England call-up by Gareth Southgate.

    However, the 23-year-old has also attracted interest from Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United amid the summer transfer window

  • Kostas Lianos

    ZIYECH UPDATE

    Atletico Madrid are keeping tabs on Chelsea ace Hakim Ziyech amid the summer transfer window.

    That's according to El Gol Digital, who claim Ziyech is already attracting interest from some of Europe's top hitters.

    Atletico are among the teams eyeing the star winger after his maiden season at Stamford Brifge.

    Inter Milan are also said to be be interested in signing the Morocco international

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  • Kostas Lianos

    TUCH AND GO

    Chelsea have "officially placed" Hakim Ziyech on the transfer list amid the summer transfer window.

    That is according to Gazetta dello Sport, who claim Ziyech is no longer part of manager Thomas Tuchel's plans.

    The winger's relationship with Tuchel is 'broken' and the Blues wants to sell him, according to the same report.

    The Morocco international has reportedly attracted interest from Napoli and AC Milan

  • Kostas Lianos

    CROATIA STANCE

    Croatia do not intend to take a knee on Sunday’s Euro 2020 opener against England.

    That is according to The Athletic, who claim the 2018 World Cup finalists do not plan to carry out the gesture to promote racial equality.

    The Three Lions have announced that they will take a knee ahead of all games in the Euros.

    England carried out the gesture during their two warm-up friendlies against Austria and Romania despite boos from a minority of the crowd

  • Kostas Lianos

    KOUNDE UPDATE

    Sevilla star Jules Kounde would rather join Chelsea rather than Arsenal in the summer.

    That is according to The Athletic, who claim Kounde is more interested in linking up with the Champions League winners rather than the Gunners, who endured a turbulent campaign.

    The talented centre-back is attracting plenty of interest from Europe's top hitters and the Andalusians are willing to accept slightly less than his release clause, with a fee of around £55million being touted.

    The France international wants to join a Champions League side and thus the north Londoners, who didn't qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years, are likely to be ruled out

  • Kostas Lianos

    CONT ON HIM

    Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has previously praised Blues transfer target Achraf Hakimi, who played under the Italian boss at Inter Milan.

    Conte said: "He must improve in defence but playing with three centre-backs will allow him to show his qualities.

    "He was an important acquisition in the transfer market.

    "I hope he can continue playing like this."

  • Kostas Lianos

    GETTING THEIR MAN

    Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reports that Manchester United are still in contact with Jadon Sancho’s camp but no official offer has been made to Borussia Dortmund.

    Romano also confirmed Chelsea are keeping tabs on Erling Haaland but Dortmund won’t sell, especially if Sancho leaves, unless the Blues make a “crazy bid”.

    He tweeted: “Man United are in contact with Sancho’s camp on personal terms but still no official bid. BVB want €95m.

    “Chelsea strong interest in Haaland is confirmed – but BVB have no intention to sell Erling this summer, especially if Sancho leaves. ‘Crazy bid’, only way!”

  • Kostas Lianos

    IT KANE HAPPEN

    Manchester United great Rio Ferdinand believes Red Devils stars will be asking Harry Kane for his thoughts about a potential transfer to Old Trafford during England’s Euro 2020 preparations.

    Ferdinand told the Daily Mirror: “Yeah that happens. That happened when I went to the World Cup with Nicky Butt, Becks [David Beckham] in the United team. Talked about me coming to United.

    “That was speculation in the paper. That happens, every tournament, every get together. Players talking to players. I’m sure managers have said ‘speak to him for me and find out what he’s like’.

    “Butt just said to me ‘would you come United?’. And I said ‘yeah I would. I want to win trophies’. That probably filtered back to the manager, they know if they want to make a bid or not. That’s how it works.

    “All players are like fans. If you were in a squad with a player who you think is brilliant and you want him to come to your club you’d be saying ‘come on, mate. Come to us. Get on to your club and your agent and try to manoeuvre a move to get to us”

  • Kostas Lianos

    NEVILLE REACTS

    Manchester United hero Gary Neville is not happy with the penalty that was issued to the Big Six over their involvement in the European Super League.

    Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham will pay just £20million altogether – which equates to an average fee of around £3.5m per club.

    The aforementioned teams have also agreed to further punishments if they ever try a similar breakaway in the future, which would include a penalty of more than £20m and a 30-point Premier League deduction.

    But Neville, who was highly critical of the ESL project, described that decision as an “absolute embarrassment”

  • Kostas Lianos

    CALL-ING IT

    Chelsea ace Callum Hudson-Odoi wishes to stay at Stamford Bridge and fight for his place.

    According to the Evening Standard, Hudson-Odoi is disregarding rumours suggesting the Blues want to sell him in the summer.

    This comes amid reported interest from Bayern Munich, who wanted to sign him last year as they considered him a perfect replacement for Arjen Robben.

    However, Bayern signed Leroy Sane from Manchester City instead

  • Kostas Lianos

    SOUTHGATE OPEN LETTER

    England manager Gareth Southgate has issued a passionate open letter to fans ahead of the summer's Euro 2020.

    Southgate wrote a long piece for the Players Tribune where he insisted that all of his players, and those who didn’t manage to make the cut, are immensely honoured and proud to represent their country.

    The 50-year-old coach added that his players should not “stick to football” and believes they have a “duty” to interact with the public on important matters such as equality, inclusivity and racial injustice.

    This comes after a loud minority booed England aces for taking the knee during the last two friendlies against Austria and Romania

  • Kostas Lianos

    HAALAND RECAP

    Just to remind you of how things stand in terms of Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland.

    Chelsea have reportedly made Haaland their top transfer target this summer with the Dortmund centre-forward keen on a move to Stamford Bridge.

    The Blues are looking to challenge for the Premier League next season after winning the Champions League.

    However, the north Londoners and every other suitor will have to cough up £150million for the Norway international

  • Kostas Lianos

    HAAL IN

    Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland is reportedly keen to leave the Westfalenstadion.

    According to the Daily Telegraph, Haaland would be open to holding talks over a potential switch to another elite club.

    The star striker has been linked with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

    Dortmund are open to offers in the region of £150million this summer.

  • Dylan Terry

    DAVID DE STAYA

    David de Gea expects to stay at Manchester United next season and be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s No1.

    The Spanish keeper has had a mixed campaign while fighting it out with Dean Henderson for the starting spot.

    The 30-year-old won the race to start in the Europa League final last month against Villarreal, but flopped in the penalty shootout.

    But SunSport understands De Gea believes his future still lies at Old Trafford beyond the summer.

    Solskjaer has been weighing up his goalkeeper options for next year, with one of the Spaniard or Henderson facing the possible axe.

    It is believed Tom Heaton is being signed to come in as back-up from Aston Villa on a free transfer.

    And De Gea reckons he will be first choice, despite mixed fortunes at United over the past few months.

    Credit: EPA
  • Dylan Terry

    ROYAL PURSUIT

    Aston Villa are in a three-way battle for Josh King after the forward was released by Everton.

    The Villans targetted the 29-year-old last summer before signing Ollie Watkins and are said to be in for him again.

    But the Midlands side face competition from newly promoted Norwich and Scottish giants Celtic, according to Norwegian outlet VG.

    King has struggled to impress at Everton after joining on a short-term deal from Bournemouth in January.

    The Toffees have decided not to extend his stay at Goodison but several clubs are still keen on him.

    King was understood to be earning £45,000-a-week at Everton.

  • Dylan Terry

    NEW EAGLE

    Crystal Palace are back on the hunt for a new managerial appointment after they were unable to reach agreement with Nuno Espirito Santo.

    The former Wolverhampton Wanderers manager was the overwhelming favourite to replace Roy Hodgson.

    Bookmakers Betfair had priced the highly-rated Portuguese coach at 1/5 to take the reins at Selhurst Park.

    But after lengthy negotiations – the two parties were unable to strike a deal and both are seeking other avenues.

    The search for Hodgson's successor continues and there's a new favourite for the vacant position.

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    POINT BREAK

    THE Big Six have accepted Prem fines of just £3.5m each for their part in the breakaway plot.

    But Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and the two Manchester giants have agreed they would face £20m fines AND 30-point deductions if they joined any future rebel scheme.

    The decision, likely to be fiercely contested by the 14 clubs left out of the coup attempt, is League chief Richard Masters’ attempt to draw a line under the debacle.

    Masters, who enlisted the backing of PM Boris Johnson to help foil the breakaway in the space of 48 tumultuous hours, dismissed all calls for points deductions for the Six.

    He also recognises that, for all their plotting, the Big Six remain the driving force of the Prem’s global success story.

    And by getting them to sign up to future draconian penalties, Masters and fellow League bosses believe they have put the Super League genie back in the bottle for ever.

    SMOKING GUN

    Lazio have confirmed Maurizio Sarri will be their new manager with a hilarious cigarette tweet.

    The 62-year-old will take charge of the Serie A giants and they poked fun at the ex-Chelsea boss' chain smoking habit on Twitter.

    The Rome based side were said to be in advanced talks with the Italian last week.

    And they have all-but confirmed he will take the reins.

    Lazio simply tweeted the cigarette emoji. And then they added: "Anyone got a light?"

    Sarri has reportedly been offered a two-year deal worth around £2.5million-a-season.

    The ex-Napoli manager has been jobless since Juventus sacked him last August following 14 months in charge.

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