Transfer news and football gossip: Messi STAYING at Barcelona, Man United leading race for Koulibaly, Tottenham target ex-Liverpool starlet

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Saturday’s papers and online…

Lionel Messi intends to stay at Barcelona, despite this week’s public row with sporting director Eric Abidal. (Sky Sports)

Barcelona could allow former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho to leave the Nou Camp for as little as €80m (£67m) in the summer – that’s a hit of £60m following his £145m arrival from the Reds just two years ago. (Mundo Deportivo)

Manchester United are in pole position to sign Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports in Italy, but Premier League rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are also interested in the 28-year-old star (Il Mattino)

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Koulibaly is constantly linked with a move away from Naples
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Borussia Dortmund are in no hurry to sell England winger Jadon Sancho before Euro 2020 this summer, as they believe his value will increase after the tournament. (90min)

Chelsea have reportedly entered the race to snare Manchester United target Lautaro Martinez away from Inter Milan and are willing to offer them a player-plus-cash deal. (Evening Standard)

However, it is claimed elsewhere that the Argentine is set to reject the chance to join the Premier League, as he prefers a move to Barcelona. (Daily Mail)

Barcelona could look to re-sign Spanish winger Adama Traore in the summer, out of fear El Clasico rivals Real Madrid could move for the 24-year-old Wolves winger. (Daily Mail)

West Ham manager David Moyes concedes the club may lose England midfielder Declan Rice, 21, in the summer if they are relegated from the Premier League. (The Guardian)

Tottenham are monitoring Liverpool academy graduate Rafa Camacho. The 19-year-old Portuguese winger left Anfield to join Sporting Lisbon in the summer, but he is said to be open to returning to England for more regular first-team football. (Daily Express)

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Rafael Camacho is a reported target for Tottenham just one year after leaving Liverpool
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Liverpool are NOT expected to offer a new contract to Adam Lallana, whose deal expires at the end of the season. Tottenham, Arsenal, Leicester and West Ham have been all been linked with an interest in the 31-year-old midfielder (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has told confidants he is NOT interested in returning to his parent club, unless he is recognised as the club’s No 1. (Daily Mail)

If Kylian Mbappe signs a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain then he will earn €25m (£21m) per year. That’s still not even close to what teammate Neymar currently earns, though. The Brazilian currently banks £2.6m per MONTH – an eye-watering £31m a year.  (L’Equipe)

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is a candidate to become the presidenet of Ligue 1 club Rennes. (ESPN)


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