Ronaldo-Pogba transfer SWAP, Chelsea lead £56m Hakimi race, Messi EXCLUSIVE, Fonseca to Tottenham – 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 Milan 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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  • Jack Figg

    FOOTBALL ROUND-UP

    England squad defenders Ben White and Kieran Tripper are 'Big Six' targets.

    Brighton powerhouse White has shot up the list of options for Arsenal but could cost at least £40million.

    And the Gunners have also been linked with Atletico Madrid right-back Tripper, although Manchester United are said to have made the first move with a £10m bid.

    United are thought to be edging closer to a deal worth around £91m for Borussia Dortmund's England wideman Jadon Sancho.

    And Real Madrid's France centre-back Raphael Varane, long monitored by Old Trafford chiefs, could be available for around £52million this summer as he enters the final year of his contract.

    It's also suggested Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski could finally be open to leaving the German champions

    Inter Milan legend Wesley Sneijder has urged Ajax keeper Andre Onana NOT to join Arsenal – as he could do better by moving to the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona.

    Spurs' ex-england left-back Danny Rose is tipped to sign for newly-promoted Watford.

    And relegated Fulham have rejected a £16million bid from Dynamo Moscow for frontman Aleksandar Mitrovic.

  • Ian Tuckey

    CHELSEA'S ANTONIO-GO?

    Chelsea ace Antonio Rudiger is considering leaving next year as a free agent unless he is offered a better deal.

    Rudiger joined the Blues from Roma in 2017 and quickly turned into one of the team's key figures in defence but his current contract runs out on June 2022.

    According to The Athletic, the star centre-back is in no rush to discuss his future at Stamford Bridge because he wishes to focus on Euro 2020 where he represents Germany.

    But the 28-year-old also understands that whatever contract he signs next will probably be his career's last big one.

    Therefore, the Germany international wants a four-year deal that would make him one of Chelsea's top 10 earners.

    Rudiger is currently outside the top 10 even though he has played a major role in the Blues' recent success.

  • Ian Tuckey

    FULHAM REJECT £16m MITROVIC BID

    Fulham have rejected a £16million bid from Dynamo Moscow for striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

    The Cottagers insist the Serbian record goalscorer, 26, is not for sale this summer.

    Owner Shahid Khan and son Tony want to keep Mitrovic in West London in a bid to fire them straight back to the Premier League after relegation.

    But the ex-Newcastle ace is keen to leave Craven Cottage, having started just 13 league games last term.

    He has been largely overlooked by boss Scott Parker, who has often preferred to use winger Ivan Cavaleiro as a lone striker.

    There have been suggestions Mitrovic would want to leave should Parker stay but Fulham bigwigs hope that is not the case.

    The Serbian star played a key role in Parker’s play-off winning side last year, nabbing the Championship Golden Boot after netting 26 goals.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ‘ONANA TOO GOOD FOR GUNNERS’

    Ajax star Andre Onana has been advised to snub Arsenal in the summer transfer window… because he is made for a “top” club.

    Onana has been linked with a move to the Gunners as manager Mikel Arteta is looking to bolster his goalkeeping options ahead of next season.

    However, Inter Milan legend Wesley Sneijder has advised the 25-year-old to ignore the north Londoners’ advances because they have “slipped in recent years”.

    Sneijder also claims the shot-stopper is made for the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    The Netherlands great told Voetbal International Live: “I expect him to leave.

    “I think he is a great goalkeeper. European top? Yes, certainly.

    “I’d rather not see him at Arsenal. It’s a fantastic club, but it has slipped in recent years. I’d rather see him play at Real Madrid or FC Barcelona.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    ROSE 'OFF TO WATFORD'

    Danny Rose will reportedly end his Tottenham hell by signing for Watford.

    The defender has been out in the cold at Spurs but is poised to sign for the newly-promoted Premier League side.

    Rose left Spurs this summer and, according to The Athletic, has agreed to join Watford on a free transfer following their promotion from the Championship.

    The Hornets have tried to sign Rose previously with a £14million offer turned down back in 2019.

    But the 30-year-old's exit from Spurs has opened the door again and they have reportedly agreed a deal to bring him in.

    Rose started off his career with a short loan spell at Vicarage Road, playing seven games for Watford in 2009.

    Rose made 214 appearances for Spurs and has won 29 caps for England.

  • Ian Tuckey

    CATCHER OF THE RY

    Arsenal are looking to snap up goalkeeper Mat Ryan from Brighton.

    The 29-year-old joined the Seagulls from Valencia back in 2017 but his five-year stint on the South Coast looks likely to end this summer.

    Australian international Ryan spent the second half of the last campaign on loan with the Gunners.

    And the childhood Arsenal fan even got to play three times for them in the Premier League in the absence of Bernd Leno.

    Now boss Mikel Arteta is keen on bringing him back to the Emirates permanently.

    That is according to Sky Sports, but the North London side will face competition for his signature.

    They claim clubs from both Spain and France are also interested in signing Ryan.

    The ace began last term as No1 at Brighton but was axed for a goalless draw at Fulham and failed to earn a recall.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Dortmund burst Utd Ballon

    Borussia Dortmund have reportedly rejected Manchester United’s proposed Ballon d’Or clause in any deal for Jadon Sancho.

    SunSport revealed this week that the Red Devils have agreed personal terms with the England winger, worth £350,000-a-week over five years.

    Borussia Dortmund are insisting United increase their offer of £61million to £78m, with a further £10m in add-ons, but this is expected to happen.

    United expect the deal to go through smoothly after a summer of wrangling last year when they refused to meet the German club’s £110m price.

    According to the Athletic, the last part of the transfer is largely down to bonuses with Dortmund keen on realistically achievable add-ons.

    The Bundesliga giants are said to be seeking instalments that are based on club income via team success rather than individual awards.

    That has caused Dortmund to reject United’s Ballon d’Or clause that would have been triggered if Sancho finished in the top three in the annual gong.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ‘GUNNERS AND UTD IN FOR TRIPPIER’

    Manchester United are trying to seal a cheap transfer for Kieran Trippier – but reportedly had a £10million opening bid rejected.

    Trippier played 35 times last season for Atletico, including 28 in the league as Diego Simeone’s side won LaLiga

    It is understood the ex-Spurs man, originally from Bury, is keen on the move to Old Trafford and is even looking at houses in the area.

    But according to Mundo Deportivo, their first offer was a paltry £10m – half the price Atletico Madrid paid for him two years ago.

    The Spanish giants immediately turned it down.

    And the report adds Atleti have told United they must stump up his £35m release clause to have any chance of signing Trippier, who is also a target for Arsenal.

  • Ian Tuckey

    JOS GLOSS CAN EARN PREM MOVE

    Croatia star Josko Gvardiol is desperate to down England at Wembley – to help secure himself a dream Premier League move.

    Gvardiol, 19, made his debut in the friendly defeat to Belgium last week but already has experience of upsetting the English.

    He joined RB Leipzig last summer from Dinamo Zagreb but remained on-loan with his hometown club and helped knock Harry Kane and Tottenham out of the Europa League in March.

    Leeds United were keen on bringing the versatile ace, who can play either centre-half or left-back, to the Prem a year ago.

    But it is another English club he is desperate to play for.

    Gvardiol is hoping to earn his second international cap in his nation’s Euro 2020 opener on Sunday.

    And he wants to catch the eye of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool while taming the Three Lions.

    Gvardiol told 24hr Sata: “From a young age, I watched Liverpool games with my dad and I grew up with just them.

    “When I took football more seriously, I started following them, and I definitely want the Premier League and Liverpool move one day.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    BIG QUEUE FOR THE LEW?

    Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski is open to leaving the German champions in the summer transfer window, reports suggest.

    Lewandowski has spent seven glittering years at Bayern where he has won a whopping seven consecutive Bundesliga titles as well as the 2020 Champions League trophy.

    According to AS, however, the star striker is open to a “changing of scene and facing new challenges” after Euro 2020, where he will be representing Poland.

    The 32-year-old also believes this is the “perfect time to get to know another culture and another league “.

    If Lewandowski does decide to leave Munich then he would attract plenty of offers as he is already targeted by Premier League teams.

    Manchester United are looking for a centre-forward, even though Edinson Cavani signed a contract extension recently. Premier League champions City are also searching for someone to replace record goalscorer Sergio Aguero, who recently signed for Barcelona.

    Chelsea are on the lookout for a striker as well after winning the Champions League with Timo Werner failing to convince in his maiden season at Stamford Bridge.

  • Ian Tuckey

    MOUNT PEAK WAS MODRIC REQUEST

    Mason Mount has revealed he was left stunned after Luka Modric asked for his his shirt.

    Mount came up against one of his heroes during Chelsea’s Champions League win over Real Madrid.

    Mount said: “I always looked up to him as a player in the Premier League at Tottenham.

    “It was weird playing against him because I watched him so much, I knew his moves and what he was going to do.”

    Chelsea and England star Mount has long been an admirer of Croatia playmaker Modric.

    Speaking earlier in his career when asked about his footballing heroes, Mount said: “When I was younger and watching the Premier League, Modric at Tottenham, I always loved the way he played and he was always a massive player for Tottenham, so I watched him a lot.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    SANCHO SET FOR 2ND PLACE IN UTD PAY LIST

    Manchester United are set to make Jadon Sancho their second highest earner after agreeing personal terms on a £91million contract.

    SunSport revealed this week that the Red Devils have struck a deal with the England winger, worth £350,000-a-week over five years.

    Borussia Dortmund are insisting United increase their offer of £61million to £78m, with a further £10m in add-ons, but this is expected to happen.

    United expect the deal to go through smoothly after a summer of wrangling last year when they refused to meet the German club’s £110m price.

    And Sancho, who will seal a return to Manchester after the Euros, will slot in behind David de Gea in the club’s wage list.

    The Spaniard continues to top the list, raking in £375,000 per week – totalling £19.5million a year.

    Sancho’s arrival means that 14 first-team players will earn £100,000 or more per week, with Paul Pogba (£290k), Anthony Martial (£250k), and Marcus Rashford (£200k) all earning £200,000 or more weekly.

    That number will rise to 15 should Juan Mata agree another contract to extend his stay at Old Trafford.

  • Ian Tuckey

    VARANE’S YOURS FOR £52m

    Real Madrid are ‘willing to sell Raphael Varane for around £52million’ to Manchester United this summer.

    The defender, who is currently with the French squad preparing for Euro 2020, is about to enter the final 12 months of his contract.

    Varane, 28, has enjoyed a glittering decade at the Bernabeu but he has so far failed to show a strong desire to sign an extension.

    A host of clubs have been linked with the ace, including the Red Devils and Premier League rivals Chelsea.

    And Spanish show El Partidazo de COPE report that Real would be willing to listen to offers for Varane now and have set their asking price rather than risk losing him for nothing in 2022.

    United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is closing in on the signing of England winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, is also determined to land a centre-half over the close-season.

    And Varane is believed to be his No1 target to partner captain Harry Maguire at the back next term.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON NUMBERS ARE SO RIGHT

    Jose Mourinho believes records and numbers remain Cristiano Ronaldo’s biggest motivation.

    Despite Juventus’ underwhelming campaign, the Portuguese superstar and ex-Manchester United frontman still ended the season with 36 goals in all competitions.

    Ronaldo, 36, also added to his remarkable trophy haul with the Coppa Italia – making it a career total of 34.

    And that’s the reason why the ex-Real Madrid ace continues to perform at a staggering ability despite his age, according to ex-Chelsea and United boss Mourinho.

    The SunSport columnist told talkSPORT: “Everybody says the same, and I say it too, he’s not 25 anymore he’s 35 (sic).

    “He doesn’t score 50 goals but how many did he score? 35? The numbers speak for themselves. I think the records (drive him on).

    “He’s a legend, he’s one of the names that will stay in footballing history.

    “He motivates himself with numbers, he wants to win the Ballon d’Or X times, the Golden Boot X times. “He wants to play the next World Cup.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    LUKAS IN WAGS ROW

    Ex-Arsenal star Lukas Podolski has sparked an angry response after claiming that Wags ‘get on my nerves’.

    He said: “Most of the players’ women really get on my nerves.

    “You didn’t even see many of them before they met a footballer, and then suddenly they make a huge wave on all social media channels.”

    His statement caused a furious reaction from Jessica Contento – wife of former Bayern Munich left-back Diego.

    She told BILD: “In general, I cannot understand his statement. Here the cliché is taken up again, against which many player women, including myself, have been fighting for years.

    “That’s not okay, he lumps everyone together.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    COMAN GET HIM

    United are reportedly considering Bayern Munich forward Kingsley Coman as a cheaper alternative to Jadon Sancho.

    The Borussia Dortmund winger has been heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford, with the 21-year-old understood to have agreed personal terms.

    SunSport have exclusively revealed that the Red Devils expect to announce his arrival at the club after Euro 2020.

    A five-year deal is understood to be on the table for the ex-Manchester City youth star, who will earn £350,000-a-week at the Theatre of Dreams.

    But according to Sport1 journalist Florian Plettenburg, United have identified France ace Coman as a back-up should they fail to land Sancho.

    Valued at £43million, the 24-year-old would cost almost half of what BVB are seeking for Sancho.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNERS PUSH FOR PAUL

    The Gunners are interested in signing Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul as a replacement for Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos, according to reports.

    The 27-year-old played 36 Serie A games last term and is a senior Argentina international.

    Ceballos – for the time being, at least – has returned to parent club Real Madrid and Xhaka is reportedly close to a move to Roma.

  • Richard Forrester

    HORNETS' STING

    WATFORD have bolstered their ranks ahead of the return to the Premier League with the signing on Ashley Fletcher.

    The striker joins on a free after leaving Middlesbrough this summer.

    He bagged 28 goals in 108 appearances at the Riverside Stadium.

  • Richard Forrester

    FON THE WAY TO LONDON

    Paulo Fonseca is confident of being named Tottenham manager this week, according to reports.

    The Portuguese is said to be Spurs’ SEVENTH target after approaches to Julian Nagelsmann, Hansi Flick, Brendan Rodgers, Erik ten Hag, Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino all came to nothing.

    Incoming director of football Fabio Paratici is a massive fan of Fonseca, who has previously managed Porto, Braga and Shaktar Donetsk, and wants to bring him in as his first appointment.

    And Fonseca, 48, feels sure he will be named the North Londoners’ new manager this week, according to the Telegraph.

    Talks were underway Tuesday night with a view to appointing Fonseca on an initial three-year deal.

  • Thomas Blow

    POOLS OF CASH

    Liverpool could strike £372,000 per week off the wage bill this summer.

    The Reds are planning a mass clearout at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp looks to freshen up his squad.

    And up to nine players could be following Georginio Wijnaldum out of the Anfield exit door.

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  • Thomas Blow

    SPURS TO MAKE FINAL DECISION ON FONSECA

    Tottenham have agreed a deal with Paulo Fonseca to become their new manager, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.

    The rumoured contract is until June 2024 – or a two-year deal with an option to extend by 12 months.

    Romano claims it's now up to the Spurs board to decide if they want to go ahead with the appointment.

  • Thomas Blow

    OH MY POD

    Ex-Arsenal star Lukas Podolski has sparked an angry response after claiming that Wags 'get on my nerves'.

    He said: "Most of the players' women really get on my nerves.

    "You didn't even see many of them before they met a footballer, and then suddenly they make a huge wave on all social media channels."

    His statement caused a furious reaction from Jessica Contento – wife of former Bayern Munich left-back Diego.

    She told BILD: "In general, I cannot understand his statement. Here the cliché is taken up again, against which many player women, including myself, have been fighting for years.

    "That's not okay, he lumps everyone together."

  • Thomas Blow

    RON FOR ANOTHER

    Manchester United could swap Paul Pogba for Cristiano Ronaldo or Paulo Dybala this summer, according to reports.

    Juventus remain keen to reunite with their former midfielder Pogba.

    And with the Frenchman having just one year remaining on his contract, hopes of a reunion are growing in Turin.

    Juventus cannot afford the sort of transfer fee that the Red Devils would demand for their No6.

    So a swap deal could be most feasible for both parties.

    According to Tuttosport, Juve would be willing to part with Ronaldo or Dybala in exchange for Pogba, rather than cash.

  • Thomas Blow

    PEREIRA WANTS SUMMER MOVE

    Andreas Pereira wants to leave United permanently this summer, according to the Manchester Evening News.

    The 25-year-old spent last season on loan at Lazio, where he made 26 Serie A appearances.

    Rumours suggest Pereira wants to stay at the Rome-based club, but they are reportedly unable to cover the transfer fee.

    Lazio may offer to take the player on loan again and some clubs in Spain are believed to be interested in his services.

    Pereira has made 45 Premier League appearances for United since March 2015.

  • Thomas Blow

    DE MAN FOR ARSENAL

    The Gunners are interested in signing Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul as a replacement for Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos, according to reports.

    The 27-year-old played 36 Serie A games last term and is a senior Argentina international.

    Ceballos – for the time being, at least – has returned to parent club Real Madrid and Xhaka is reportedly close to a move to Roma.

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