Transfer news LIVE: Depay to Barcelona LATEST, Messi update, Suarez ‘AGREES’ Juventus move, Aaron Lennon to Turkey – 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.

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  • 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.

  • DONE BY ALV'S

    Juventus want to bring back Alvaro Morata instead of signing Luis Suarez, according to an agent.

    Giovanni Branchini claims ex-Chelsea flop Morata is on the radar ahead of a rumoured move for Barcelona outcast Suarez.

    Branchini told Radio Deejay: “I don’t think Juve’s next centre-forward will be Moise Kean, Suarez, Edin Dzeko or Edinson Cavani.

    “I believe Juve will aim to bring back Morata.”

    The Old Lady are on the hunt for a new striker with another former Blues ace Gonzalo Higuain set for the exit.

  • 'ZETTLED IN

    Alexandre Lacazette has sent Arsenal fans wild after dropping a huge hint that he is set to stay at the club.

    The 29-year-old is thought to be one of the players Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is open to selling in order to raise funds for new signings.

    Juventus are believed to be leading the race to land the Frenchman with Gonzalo Higuain expected to leave.

    Lacazette has also been offered to Atletico Madrid as a sweetener in a deal for £44million-rated Thomas Partey.

    But many Arsenal fans are desperate for the striker to stay and his social media activity suggests his long-term future may be in north London.

    One fan took to Instagram to urge the former Lyon man to commit to the Gunners, writing: “One word. STAY.”

  • BLANCO CHEQUE

    Real Madrid are reportedly desperate to bring Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland and Eduardo Camavingo to the Bernabeu next summer.

    Los Blancos aren’t in a position to spend big this window due to the coronavirus crisis, but they plan to go all out in 2021.

    The three players they are looking to sign are Mbappe, Haaland and Camavinga, who are worth a combined £261milion according to Transfermarkt.

    ABC report how the trio are firmly on the radar of Zinedine Zidane, with the Frenchman keen on a huge squad overhaul.

    Rennes midfielder Camavinga is understood to have been identified as the perfect long-term successor to Casemiro.

  • CHEAP WHITE WIJN

    Holland team-mate Steven Bergiwjn 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.”

  • FRANK’S BIG PITCH

    Chelsea new boy Werner said on Lampard: Werner said: “He was the main point.

    “We talked a lot about things like the system, how he wants to play and sees me playing, and how the system fits me.

    “He is a really nice guy who not only told me what he wants from me as a player because he wants to help me as a guy.

    “He knows me now a little bit better and it fits very well between us and now I am happy to be here.”

  • LAMPS 1 OLE 0

    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.

  • REGUILON 'DECISION SOON'

    Manchester United will “decide soon” over Sergio Reguilon, who has been offered to them by Real Madrid.

    The Real Madrid left-back, who helped dump United out of the Europa League last month on loan at Sevilla, has been on Chelsea’s radar this summer before they landed Ben Chilwell.

    But a left-footed cover for Luke Shaw, who has had injury problems of his own the last few seasons, would not be a bad choice for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    United have not flown out of the blocks with an offer for the player though.

    Fabrizio Romano tweeted: “Reguilon has been offered to Man Utd and they’re gonna decide soon.”

  • AOU-AARGHH

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been left frustrated in his pursuit of Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.

    The French side rejected a deal worth £31.2million AND one of his players, according to a report.

    Website RMC Sport claims: “Regarding Houssem Aouar, OL would have received an offer from Arsenal to 35 million euros plus a player. She was refused.”

    Arteta has wrapped up the £27m signing of Lille centre-half Gabriel Magalhaes.

    Arteta has been looking at other options in midfield as Atletico Madrid are playing hardball for midfielder Thomas Partey.

  • NOT A GIM-ME

    Manchester City had a £62million bid for Chelsea target Jose Gimenez rejected by Atletico Madrid, according to reports.

    Pep Guardiola's side are still thought to be on the hunt for another new centre-back this summer.

    But according to La Gazzetta dello Sport reporter Alfredo Pedulla, their approach for Gimenez was snubbed.

    It is thought City offered an initial £62m for the Uruguayan defender, 25, but with added bonuses.

    However, Atleti are keen to keep their star defender who is the third captain behind Koke and Jan Oblak.

    It is reported he has a £109m release clause in his contract which still has three years left to run.

  • DO IT FOR COACH

    Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek has revealed he longed to move to a bigger club to fulfil the dream of his dying former coach.

    The 23-year-old completed his £39million switch to Old Trafford from Ajax on Wednesday in what was the Red Devils’ first signing of the summer.

    And the Dutch international has opened up on why he was desperate to leave the Eredivisie outfit.

    Van de Beek has admitted that it has always been former coach Harm Grevink’s wish for him to join one of Europe’s elite teams.

    Grevink brought Van de Beek to Ajax after spotting him at Veensche Boys, with the player going on to feature in 175 games for the club.

    And Van de Beek has been overcome with emotion after fulfilling the 73-year-old’s dream, with his mentor not having long left to live having been diagnosed with cancer.

  • CALL OF THE NORTH

    Callum Wilson's move from Bournemouth to Newcastle has taken a giant step closer.

    The Cherries ace, 28, scored nine goals in all competitions last season.

    And he is set to follow Matt Ritchie to the other end of the country after the Dorset club were relegated last season.

    Confirmation of an agreement is imminent, with Wilson preferring to move to St James' Park over Aston Villa, who had actually submitted a higher bid than the £20million that has been accepted from Newcastle.

  • SAVE THAT BUROFAX

    Lionel Messi’s dad and his “bad advice” are the reason behind the Argentine's shock Barcelona transfer U-turn, according to Hugo Sanchez.

    The former Real Madrid hero, 62, took a swipe at Jorge Messi, who has been handling negotiations with the Nou Camp side since his son informed them he wanted out.

    Sanchez told ESPN: “That untimely burofax only strengthened the image of the president of Barcelona and gave him time to weaken Messi's decision.

    “Messi has had no choice but to stay at Barcelona due to bad advice from his father and the law firm, because they could have saved that burofax.

    “That has caused weakness to his image within the team.

    “Coincidentally, Messi had the lawyers who had previously worked with Barcelona, but due to a conflict of interest, the Catalan club changed its strategy.”

  • NOU NO 8

    Has Barcelona legend Hristo Stoitchkov all-but confirmed Georginio Wijnaldum's transfer to the Nou Camp?

    Stoitchkov was part of Johan Cruyff's team that won the European Cup in 1992 – alongside current boss Ronald Koeman – who scored the winner in that final against Sampdoria.

    The Bulgarian legend appears to have inside information on the deal.

    Stoitchkov, 54, posted on Instagram in Spanish: “The next number 8 of my dear Barca.”

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    El próximo número-8 de mi querido Barca

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  • TOP EARNERS

    Here is why Barcelona are so keen to rejuvenate their squad… but keep Lionel Messi.

    The Catalan giants have the biggest wage bill in European football.

    Not far behind? Fierce rivals Real Madrid and then Italian giants Juventus.

    These numbers will have changed by the end of the window of course, and would have done further had Manchester City signed Lionel Messi.

  • NEW HOPE

    Newcastle are ready to snap up Arsenal young gun Eddie Nketiah on a season-long loan deal, according to the Telegraph.

    Toon boss Steve Bruce is a big fan of the England Under-21 striker, who spent the first half of last season at Leeds United in the Championship.

    But the Magpies face a struggle to convince Gunners boss Mikel Arteta to let him go – after he forced his way into the Spaniard's first-team plans.

    With Alexandre Lacazette looking likely to leave in a £30million deal, Arteta needs back up for talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, £72m Pepe and youngsters Bakary Sako in attack.

    However, that will not stop Bruce trying to convince Arteta that Nketiah can progress with a season playing for his first team in the top flight.

    Bruce also wants Arsenal centre-half Rob Holding on a season-long loan deal.

  • JOR FAULT

    Lionel Messi's dad and his “bad advice” are the reason behind the Argentine's shock Barcelona transfer U-turn, according to Hugo Sanchez.

    The former Real Madrid hero, 62, took a swipe at Jorge Messi, who has been handling negotiations with the Nou Camp side since his son informed them he wanted out.

    The 208-goal Los Blancos hero told ESPN: “That untimely burofax only strengthened the image of the president of Barcelona and gave him time to weaken Messi's decision.

    “Messi has had no choice but to stay at Barcelona due to bad advice from his father and the law firm, because they could have saved that burofax.

    “That has caused weakness to his image within the team.

    “Coincidentally, Messi had the lawyers who had previously worked with Barcelona, but due to a conflict of interest, the Catalan club changed its strategy.”

  • HAM-STRUNG

    Arsenal and Chelsea have received a transfer boost after West Ham reportedly refused to meet Brentford's £20million valuation of Said Benrahma.

    David Moyes have been chasing the Bees attacker all summer as they look to bolster their options going forward.

    But according to The Telegraph, the Hammers are unwilling to match Brentford's asking price.

    That is despite the Championship side dropping their demand from £30m to £20m and the East Londoners selling Grady Diangana for £18m.

    Both Chelsea and Arsenal are tracking the Algerian winger, whose stock rose considerably last season.

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