Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona eye Depay, Messi LATEST, Suarez ‘AGREES’ Juventus move, Tottenham star wanted Van de Beek – The Sun

LIONEL MESSI is staying at Barcelona – and the Catalan giants want to partner him with Memphis Depay.

Meanwhile, Luis Suarez is expected to join Juventus, where he will play alongside Giorgio Chiellini – the victim of the Uruguayan's bite attack during the 2014 World Cup.

But Tottenham star Steven Bergwijn attempted to persuade his fellow Dutchman Donny van de Beek to join him at Spurs prior to his move to Manchester United.

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  • PARTEY LINE

    Arsenal are in pole position to sign Thomas Partey after the midfielder rejected Atletico Madrid's new contract, according to reports.

    The Spanish side wanted the 27-year-old to pen a new deal that would eradicate his £45million release clause.

    But Partey, whose current contract expires in 2023, turned it down because he wants to finalise his move to the Premier League.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is eager to get a deal over the line but is being forced to raise transfer funds before forking out the figure.

    According to Marca, Atletico are resigned to losing Partey and have already lined up a replacement in Espanyol's Marc Roca.

    Diego Simeone is now waiting for Arsenal to lodge an official bid for Partey before making a move for the 23-year-old.

  • MORNING, FOOTBALLS FANS

    Lionel Messi's Barcelona saga is the rift that keeps on giving.

    Having U-turned on his transfer request – accepting he must see out his contract until next summer – the Nou Camp legend is returning to training, but with one eye on Barca's presidential elections in March.

    Reports from Spain suggest Messi, 33, will only really think over his long-term future when he knows who will replace current president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

    Meanwhile, Barca team-mate Luis Suarez is still waiting to see if he can tie up a move to Juventus as conflicting stories emerge over just how interested the Italian champions still are in signing him.

    Elsewhere, Chelsea's exciting capture of Bayer Leverkusen's Germany attacker Kai Havertz was said to have been helped by Manchester United switching full attention to Jadon Sancho.

    United were also put off by the £90million price tag, although in the end Chelsesa paid £70m plus add-ons.

    At the bargain end of the striker market, it is claimed Barcelona have offered Lyon £17.8million for former United wideman Memphis Depay.

    And West Ham will reportedly have to almost double their initial £27m bid for James Tarkowski to have any chance of landing the Burnley defender.

    Leicester and Crystal Palace have also been monitoring Tarkowski, but the Clarets are keen to keep the two-cap England ace, 27.

  • RISING SHAR

    Burton have confirmed they will keep 17-year-old Teddy Sharman-Lowe on a season's loan after the keeper joined Chelsea.

    Having only just been promoted to the League One club's first-team for friendliesr, Sharman-Lowe tweeted he was “absolutely speechless” over the move.

    And onBurton's website he added: “It’s brilliant and it has all happened so fast.

    “Burton have developed me so well and now it’s another new beginning and, hopefully, I can develop further with Chelsea.

    “I’m excited to be joining such a great club, especially as they are known for bringing on young players.

    “It has all happened in a flash, from playing for the first team in pre-season, and then joining a top four Premier League contender.”

  • WERNER SPOKE TO UTD

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer held talks with Timo Werner – before the striker joined Chelsea.

    Werner, 24, was subject to interest from a host of Premier League clubs – including champions Liverpool – who wanted to meet his £47.5million release clause.

    According to Bild, United boss Solskjaer travelled to Berlin to try and convince the forward to join Old Trafford.

    City manager Pep Guardiola is also said to have contacted Werner personally in an attempt to prize him over to the blue half of Manchester.

    Ultimately Werner signed for Chelsea in June after Liverpool opted against making a move for the German.

    The player admitted Chelsea boss Frank Lampard played a major role in his choice to pen a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

  • HAMMERS FACE TARKOWSKI FEE HIKE

    WestHam will have to almost double their opening bid to stand any chance of landing James Tarkowski from Burnley.

    The Hammers first offer was believed to be in the region of £27million for the Clarets’ England defender.

    Leicester and Crystal Palace have also been monitoring the former Oldham man but he is highly-rated at Turf Moor.

    The Lancashire club noted that Bournemouth got £40m from Manchester City for Nathan Ake – and believe their man is worth considerably more.

    In any case, Sean Dyche is in no rush to sell the 27-year-old, who has spent the last four years with him and formed a formidable partnership with Ben Mee.

    Meanwhile fellow centre-back Ben Gibson is relieved his Turf Moor nightmare is over after joining Norwich on a season long loan.

  • LU-VENTUS

    Barcelona discard Luis Suarez is close to accepting a move to Juventus,reports say.

    The Uruguayan has been told he can leave Barcelona by new boss Ronald Koeman.

    And Goal claim he is just hours away from securing a switch to the Old Lady, where he'll join Cristiano Ronaldo in one fearsome strike partnership.

  • RIGHT VAN MAN

    Donny van Beek has joined Manchester United at the perfect time for him – and is better suited to the Premier League than Laliga.

    That's the verdict of Holland legend Wesley Sneijder after the Ajax midfielder signed a five-year deal at Old Trafford.

    Ex-Inter and Ajax star Sneijder told Voetbal: “Now is the right time.

    “Manchester United is a fantastic club and I think he is a better fit there too. 

    “English football suits him better than Spanish football.”

  • AT A LLOS WITHOUT YOU

    Arsenal fans persuaded Dani Ceballos to renew his loan from Real Madrid, the Spain midfielder says.

    He told Arsenal.com: “I think everyone will have seen last season that from the moment I joined, I bought into the club completely and always gave 100 per cent both on and off the pitch.

    “The fans repaid me for that by showing me a lot of love… when I was at home they were sending me messages asking me to come back and saying that they needed me here.

    “I think they’ll be as happy as I am that I'm back and I’m sure we have a great year ahead of us this season.

    “When the coach, the club, the players and everyone is asking you to stay for another year, you realise that they see you as a good team-mate and a good player.

    “I feel proud that the club, the coach and – most importantly – the fans wanted me to stay.”

  • YOU CAN HAV HIM

    Chelsea had a clear run at Bayer Leverkusen sensation Kai Havertz because Manchester United switched their full attacking attentions to Jadon Sancho.

    The Red Devils were only interested in the Blues' £70million newcomer as an alternative to Sancho, not an additional signing, according to MEN Sport.

    And the club were put off by Leverkusen’s hefty £90million price tag.

    The Blues ultimately snared Havertz, 21, on a five-year deal for £20m less plus add-ons.

    The deal was Frank Lampard’s SEVENTH summer signing.

  • LEO STAYER… BUT FOR HOW LONG?

    Lionel Messi is returning to Barcelona training on Monday after his transfer request Nou-turn – but will not decide his long-term future until their next president is announced.

    The one-club legend, 33, will meet new boss Ronald Koeman after conceding he must stay until his contract runs out next summer.

    But reports in Spain suggest Messi wants to wait and see who replaces Nou Camp president Josep Maria Bartomeu in the upcoming March 2021 election.

    Sport.es say Argentina frontman Messi wants to put the dispute to one side for now and focus on restoring Barca's battered image.

  • MBAPPE IN PSG SPREE PLEA

    Kylian Mbappe has called on Paris Saint-Germain to spend wisely this summer if they want to end their wait for Champions League glory.

    PSG reached the Champions League final for the first time last season but lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich in last month's Lisbon showpiece.

    With a number of first-team stars departing the French capital this summer, Mbappe is hoping PSG can make some smart moves in the transfer market in order to go one better next season.

    Mbappe told Telefoot: “Of course I am optimistic that we will win the Champions League.

    “We have to because, if we don't believe it, no one is going to believe it for us.

    “You have to recruit well, you have to buy players.

    “I hope we will have good recruits and that we can restart the season with the aim of doing better.”

  • SOME YOU WIJN…

    Holland team-mate Steven Bergwijn texted Donny van de Beek to see if he would play for Tottenham, but the Ajax midfielder had already made his mind up.

    The opportunity to play for Manchester United was too good to turn down.

    Van de Beek said: “Steven Bergwijn texted me to see whether I would play for Spurs. But I chose United.

    “I felt ready for the next step. This was the time to go.”

  • NOU-TURN

    Lionel Messi is returning to Barcelona training on Monday after his transfer request Nou-turn – but will not decide his long-term future until their next president is announced.

    The one-club legend, 33, will meet new boss Ronald Koeman after conceding he must stay until his contract runs out next summer.

    But reports in Spain suggest Messi wants to wait and see who replaces Nou Camp president Josep Maria Bartomeu in the upcoming March 2021 election.

    Sport.es say Argentina frontman Messi wants to put the dispute to one side for now and focus on restoring Barca's battered image.

    Real Madrid returned from the coronavirus lockdown to overhaul Barcelona for the La Liga title, then Bayern Munich humiliated Messi and Co 8-2 in the Champions League quarter-finals last month.

    That prompted Messi to finally ask for a free move, claiming his June 10 deadline should be extended due to Covid-19 lengthening the campaign.

  • VIVE LA DIFFERENCE

    Olivier Giroud is relishing the extra competition from Timo Werner, but insists his £53million team-mate is ‘not the same’ as him.

    Chelsea signed 24-year-old German Werner from RB Leipzig in June.

    He told Telefoot: “I haven’t spoken to Lampard.

    “One thing is certain: the competition will pull us all to the top. A great club should have different options in each position.

    “We want to be in the race for the title and I’m here. I finished the season well and I proved to the manager that he can count on me.

    “Werner is not the same profile as me, I hope to have some playing time.”

  • SWAPPING LYONS FOR WOLVES

    Wolves have completed the signing of Lyon defender Marcal on a two-year deal.

    After Nuno Espirito Santo lost first-choice left-back Jonny to an anterior cruciate ligament injury, the club have moved to bolster the coach's options down that flank.

    The Spaniard could be out for another eight months after picking up the nasty injury in August's Europa League tie with Olympiacos.

    And with Ruben Vinagre left alone in the left-back spot, Marcal has arrived for £1.8million.

    The Brazilian, 31, had already appeared for Lyon in their Ligue 1 opener against Dijon having featured 26 times last term.

    In the French club's run to the Champions League semi-finals, he started all four of their knockout matches.

  • THANKS FOR THE FOLLOW

    Mason Greenwood has sent United fans wild after 'following' Sergio Reguilon on Instagram.

    The Red Devils forward made his debut for England last night in the 1-0 win over Iceland.

    Greenwood has obviously been impressed by Reguilon, 23, after playing against him in the Europa League semi-finals.

    United have reportedly been offered Reguilon by Real Madrid and are set to make a decision in the next few days.

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  • TORR-INO 'OFFER'

    Torino have reportedly offered £21.4million up front for Lucas Torreira.

    The Uruguayan wants to leave Arsenal after failing to settle in North London.

    And he looks to be heading to Serie A, with Fiorentina also interested in looking at him.

    According to El Pais journalist Alvaro Levrero, Arsenal are looking to get the money in their coffers in order to make a move for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey as a replacement.

  • WE HAV A PROBLEM

    Manchester United refused to match the asking price for Kai Havertz and focused on Jadon Sancho instead.

    The Red Devils were interested in Chelsea’s new signing but viewed Havertz as an alternative to Sancho not an additional signing, according to MEN Sport.

    And the club were put off by Bayer Leverkusen’s hefty £90million price tag.

    The Blues ultimately snared Havertz, 21, on a five-year deal for a cut-price £70m, plus add-ons.

    The deal was Frank Lampard’s SEVENTH summer signing.

  • NOT MUCH TO-PAY

    Barcelona have reportedly offered Lyon £17.8million for Memphis Depay.

    The Dutch winger, 26, will be out of contract at the end of the season.

    So a deal at such a price would be a coup, even for big-spending Barca, to capture the former Manchester United man.

  • CARABAO CUP DRAW

    Here is how the team names came out of the pot in the Carabao Cup:

    Bradford or Lincoln v Liverpool

    Bristol City or Northampton v Burton or Aston Villa

    Morecambe or Oldham v Newcastle or Blackburn

    Reading or Luton v Manchester United

    Derby or Preston v Brighton or Portsmouth

    Ipswich or Fulham v Rochdale or Sheffield Wednesday.

    Manchester City v Bournemouth or Crystal Palace.

    Millwall or Cheltenham v Burnley or Sheffield United.

    Chelsea v Middlesbrough or Barnsley

    Wolves or Stoke v Gillingham or Coventry

    Leicester v Arsenal

    West Brom or Harrogate v Southampton or Brentford

    Newport or Cambridge United v Oxford United or Watford

    Fleetwood or Port Vale v Everton or Salford

    Leyton Orient or Plymouth Argyle v Tottenham

    West Ham or Charlton v Leeds or Hull

  • WILSON LATEST

    Callum Wilson has arrived on Tyneside for his medical ahead of his switch to Newcastle.

    The forward was granted permission to sign for the Toon after expressing his desire to play at St James'.

    He will have his medical this evening and the transfer should be completed by the close of play tomorrow.

  • IN BLACK & WHITE

    Luis Suarez is close to agreeing a transfer to Juventus, according to reports.

    The Uruguayan has been told he can leave Barcelona by new boss Ronald Koeman.

    And now, according to Goal, he is just hours away from securing a switch to the Old Lady, where he'll join Cristiano Ronaldo in one fearsome strike partnership.

  • ICYMI – WEST HAM EXCLUSIVE

    David Moyes is facing the biggest battle of his West Ham reign after being overruled by the board over the sale of Grady Diangana.

    The Hammers boss wanted to keep the highly rated academy graduate but owners David Sullivan and David Gold went ahead and agreed an £18million deal with West Brom.

    The transfer – which Moyes accepts was done with “aim of strengthening the squad in different areas” – has sparked all-out civil war at the club, with captain Mark Noble and other senior stars voicing their anger on social media.

    More than 70,000 West Ham fans have taken to Twitter and agreed with them.

    The Hammers suffered an embarrassing 5-3 defeat at home to Championship outfit Bournemouth on Saturday.

    It will leave them making final preparations for a new campaign with the owners more unpopular than ever.

  • SUAREZ CLASH

    Manchester United fans are delighted about being linked to Sergio Reguilon, after an argument with Luis Suarez was unearthed.

    The pair squabbled during El Clasico in March 2019, when Reguilon was still in the Real Madrid first-team.

    He spent last season on loan at Sevilla, but appeared to have antagonised former Liverpool star Suarez after an on-pitch clash.

    Reguilon allegedly called Suarez “a clown” among other insults.

    It appears the 23-year-old is a bit of a scrapper.

  • HE'S O-KAI WITH IT

    Mason Mount does NOT have a problem with Chelsea signing Kai Havertz.

    Will be interesting to see how this plays out throughout the season.

    Our man Duncan Wright has the latest, after unfounded rumours surfaced suggesting Mount is angry at the Blues' new signing.

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