Lionel Messi

An emotional Lionel Messi confirms he did not want to leave Barcelona on a tearful occasion as he received a standing ovation in his final Barcelona press conference, after 21 years with the club. 

The Argentina superstar repeatedly stressed he wanted to stay at Barcelona and was set to sign a new contract. 

When asked about a move to PSG, Messi said: “That is one possibility, to reach those heights. “I’ve got nothing confirmed with anybody. I had a lot of calls, a lot of interested clubs. At the moment, nothing is closed, but we are talking about a lot of things.”

The French champions are reportedly offering a two-year contract worth £25m per year. 

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Chelsea have agreed a club-record €115m deal with Inter Milan for the return of Romelu Lukaku on a five-year contract for €12m + add ons. The Belgian will complete a medical tomorrow to bolster the attacking ranks available to Thomas Tuchel.

Inter Milan are now in talks to sign Roma forward Edin Dzeko on a two-year contract. Personal terms have already been agreed as the Italian Champions want to sign two forwards to replace Lukaku, and one of their other targets is Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata.

If Atalanta sell Zapata, they will try to sign Tammy Abraham from Chelsea.

Aston Villa have confirmed that Axel Tuanzebe has joined from Manchester United on a season-long loan deal. Before a return to Villa Park, United have confirmed a contract extension until June 2023 with the option of an additional year.

Genoa have officially announced the arrival of Hernani on loan with an obligation to buy from Parma. 

Derby have confirmed the signing of Ravel Morrison on a one-year contract.

Juventus have made it clear to Paulo Dybala’s agent that they want to make him the centre of the new project under Massimiliano Allegri.

Lautaro Martinez

Tottenham are willing to pay around £60m for Lautaro Martinez and have held talks with Inter Milan over the signing of the Argentina striker. However, the Nerazzurri are keen to keep Martinez after Lukaku’s exit.

AC Milan and Chelsea could meet next week to discuss a possible move for Tiemoue Bakayoko

West Ham are in talks with Fiorentina over centre back Nikola Milenkovic. All parties are optimistic a deal can be done, with discussions continuing over a fee with personal terms not expected to be a problem.

Tottenham have confirmed the capture of Cristian Romero from Atalanta on a loan deal with an option to buy. The clubs are expected to negotiate a permanent deal for €55m in 2022.

Sevilla are still looking for a new centre back as Jules Koundé to Chelsea remains imminent. There’s still no agreement on Kurt Zouma’s value. 

Pep Guardiola has confirmed Manchester City’s interest in Harry Kane, but the Cityzens are not willing to meet Tottenham’s €150m valuation. In a bid to trim down the fee, City are reportedly set to offer Bernardo Silva as part of the deal, according to the Daily Mail.

Sevilla have offered €10m to sign Özan Kabak and Schalke turned down the opening proposal as they value the defender around €15m. 

AC Milan have reportedly reached an agreement with Josip Ilicic but are still struggling to find a fee with Atalanta. 

Having faced failure in their moves for Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri and Liverpool’s Kostas Tsimikas, Napoli have made an offer to sign Lille defender Reinildo.

Joseph Atanu
August 8, 2021

Joseph Atanu

Joseph Atanu is a football fanatic, who once had the dream of playing professional football. However such desires for football, has been the drive behind following the major transfer stories in football around the world. YNWA

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