Transfer news LIVE: Gareth Bale Spurs NEWS, Messi back in training, Depay to Barca, James Rodriguez SIGNS for Everton – The Sun

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

But the Argentine could have ended up in France, with PSG sporting director Leonardo revealing they had considered a move for the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

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  • HEC OF AN INVESTMENT

    Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin has invested in League Two side Forest Green Rovers to help support and develop their environmental and ethical innovations.

    The 25-year-old told The Athletic that he has been impressed with how the club has been run under chairman Dale Vince.

    He said: “Dale has revolutionised that football club — they’re vegan, they’re eco-friendly, they have a neutral carbon footprint.

    “They’re a clear example of how to run a football club in our times so I wanted to be a part of it and offer my help to them in whichever way I could.

    Before adding: “I just felt it was the right thing to start a relationship. I'm going to help bring awareness to what they’re doing — helping marketing, helping PR, and helping create a network.

    “I wanted to help in any way I could — they’re a massive example and they’re in League Two. They’re getting bigger and bigger every day. Imagine if they get to the Championship or something.

    “It feels good to feel part of their family.”

  • GO GET HIM

    Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has stated Barcelona, Liverpool and Man Utd are all keen to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, though Chelsea are not interested in him.

    He tweeted: “Thiago will NOT be present @ Bayern training center for medical tests. Key days are coming.

    “Liverpool are still pushing to get him but Bayern want €30m (£27m)… and Koeman insists to have Wijnaldum as new Barça signing more than Thiago (appreciated by part of the board).

    “Chelsea have not made any contact for Thiago Alcantara – just to be clear.

    “Manchester United had a contact with his agent days ago but have not started any official talk with Bayern Münich. So quiet atm.

    “And Jurgen Klopp would love to have Thiago as new lfc signing.”

  • MORNING, FOOTBALL FANS

    Everton last night completed arguably the coup of the summer, when they signed Colombian superstar James Rodriguez from Real Madrid.

    The transfer reunites the attacking midfielder, 29, with Carlo Ancelotti – the manager that brought him to the Bernabeu in 2014.

    Upon joining the Toffees, Rodriguez said: “I’ve come here to try to improve, to get better. I’ve also come here to help the team to win, to play good football – entertaining football.

    “I’m convinced, with Carlo and his technical staff, we can achieve big things and one of the big reasons [I signed] was the presence of Carlo Ancelotti.

    “I have enjoyed some great times with him previously at two different clubs. That was a massive reason to come here.”

    Elsewhere in the Premier League, Newcastle United had a busy day – sealing a £20million swoop for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson… before then signing former Cherry Ryan Fraser on a free transfer.

    The Magpies are also believed to be close to completing a £15m deal for Norwich City left-back Jamal Lewis.

    Over in Spain, the Lionel Messi saga rumbled on – as the Argentine finally reported for pre-season training with Barcelona.

    The 33-year-old had already been tested for Covid prior to his arrival, and joined up a week late for his first session with new boss Ronald Koeman.

  • BALE OUT

    Real Madrid will let Gareth Bale leave the club this summer which will open the door for a potential return to the Premier League.

    Manchester United and Tottenham are both interested in signing Bale but Madrid won’t let him leave on a free.

    Madrid are aware that they will not recover the £86million transfer fee they paid for Bale, but are prepared to listen to offers of around £22million for the Welsh ace according to MundoDeportivo.

  • ICYMI – RY ON TIME

    Ryan Fraser became Newcastle’s second signing of the day after joining former Bournemouth team-mate Callum Wilson through the door.

    Fraser arrives on a free transfer after his Cherries contract expired in June.

    The Scottish winger, 26, said: “I'm absolutely buzzing for it – I came down to see the place the other day and it was all just good things; the manager, the place, the fans, the messages I've been getting.

    “It was just a no-brainer, really, to play in such a big stadium with such passionate fans, and being back up in the north again is big as well.

    “So I'm really looking forward to it and I just can’t wait to show everyone what I can do, help the team and help us get back to where we belong.”

  • INTER ART

    Inter Milan are “confident” of sealing a deal for Arturo Vidal this week – reuniting the Chilean with manager Antonio Conte.

    The pair had a successful spell together at Juventus, before Conte departed to take charge of the Italian national team.

    Vidal, 33, has reportedly been made to train by himself by new boss Ronald Koeman as Barcelona returned to training.

    But according to Fabrizio Romano, his Barca hell will soon be over.

  • SHAW AND TELL

    Manchester United have stepped up their hunt for Porto's £26milion-rated Alex Telles – to fight Luke Show for the left-back spot.

    Telles' advisors have flown to Manchester for talks with Old Trafford officials, according to reports in Portugal.

    Chelsea were also linked with the one-cap Brazil star, 27, before signing Leicester's England defender Ben Chilwell for £50m.

    PSG were keen too – but only at half the asking price.

    That leaves United favourites for the former Inter Milan loanee, despite Sevilla also being interested and 20-year-old Brandon Williams regularly featuring for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side last term.

  • AMP IT UP

    Sheffield United have completed the signing of Ethan Ampadu on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea.

    Upon sealing the deal, Blades boss Chris Wilder said: “Ethan is an outstanding young player for Chelsea, and we've worked really hard to get his signature for the season.

    “We need to thank Frank Lampard and the people at Chelsea for helping making this happen. We've got a good relationship with them and they know we're going to take good care of him.

    “It's an important season for Ethan and playing in the Premier League for us is a good move for everyone. He brings a lot of qualities to the group and he's someone we've tracked for two or three seasons.”

  • THE BRUNT OF IT

    Bristol City have completed the signing of Chris Brunt on a one-year deal.

    The Northern Irishman arrives at Ashton Gate after 13 years at West Bromwich Albion.

    On signing the 35-year-old, head coach Dean Holden said: “It’s brilliant to have secured Chris’ services because he is a player who is going to be very useful to us on and off the field.

    “He’s technically very good, with an accurate pass, and a leader with a strong voice who will be a great teacher to the younger players. That is important to the development of this squad and I’m really looking forward to working with Chris in the season ahead.”

  • LITTLE SHEFF

    Sheffield United have made a £15million double swoop for Derby full-backs Jayden Bogle and Max Lowe.

    The duo both penned four-year deals at Bramall Lane and will compete with Blades wing-backs George Baldock and Enda Stevens.

    Right-back Bogle, 20, broke into the Rams team under Frank Lampard in 2018/19, with Lowe, 23, establishing his place in Phillip Cocu’s side last season.

    United boss Chris Wilder said: “The Championship has been a great recruitment area for us and I wanted to bring some young players in who will provide competition for places.

    “Jayden and Max will put huge pressure on George (Baldock) and Enda (Stevens). It was important we got the right characters, the right type of players, ones who are athletic and technically very good, both are modern day wing backs.

    “We're not just signing players because other people are in for them, we're signing these players because they fit into what we are about.

    “It's game on for everyone, it's not a warning, it's a fact.”

  • HOT ROD

    Everton have officially announced the signing of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid.

    The Colombian joins Allan at Goodison Park as boss Carlo Ancelotti continues his revolution at the club.

  • COUT ME OUT

    Former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho WILL be given a chance at Barcelona next season in a blow to Arsenal, reports claim.

    The Brazilian had been expected to depart Camp Nou, having spent last season on loan at Bayern Munich.

    But according to Marca, the 28-year-old will now only be sold if the club receive a “substantial” offer for his services.

    Coutinho is expected to be played in central midfield by Ronald Koeman.

  • ON THE MEND

    Arsenal are interested in signing Portuguese wonderkid Nuno Mendes, according to reports.

    The 18-year-old made his breakthrough at Sporting Lisbon last season, appearing nine times for the Primeira Liga giants.

    And according to O Jogo, the Gunners are hoping to pounce to sign the highly-rated full-back.

  • FLASH BUY

    Manchester United want to make THREE more signings before the transfer window shuts.

    Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho remains Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's No1 target.

    And the Manchester Evening News says Bournemouth and Wales attacker David Brooks has been “under consideration” for more than a year.

    The MEN also report how Old Trafford chiefs have been mightily impressed by 21-year-old Dynamo Kiev and Ukraine star Vitaliy Mykolenko.

  • RY ON TIME

    Ryan Fraser became Newcastle’s second signing of the day after joining former Bournemouth team-mate Callum Wilson through the door.

    Fraser arrives on a free transfer after his Cherries contract expired in June.

    The Scottish winger, 26,said: “I'm absolutely buzzing for it – I came down to see the place the other day and it was all just good things; the manager, the place, the fans, the messages I've been getting.

    “It was just a no-brainer, really, to play in such a big stadium with such passionate fans, and being back up in the north again is big as well.

    “So I'm really looking forward to it and I just can’t wait to show everyone what I can do, help the team and help us get back to where we belong.”

  • HOLD ON A MINUTE

    Arsenal have changed their mind on loaning out defender Rob Holding, reports claim.

    The 24-year-old had appeared all set to leave for Newcastle United on a season-long deal.

    But according to Sky Sports, the Gunners now want him to stick around and fight for a place in the team.

  • DAN AND DUSTED

    Veteran striker Danny Graham has agreed to re-join Sunderland on a free transfer after being released by Blackburn.

    Having signed for £5million in 2013, Graham managed just one goal in 42 matches for the Black Cats.

    But boss Phil Parkinson has offered the 35-year-old a one-year deal to compete with fellow forwards Will Grigg, Charlie Wyke and Aiden O’Brien.

    Graham scored four goals in the Championship last season before leaving Blackburn.

  • MESSI'S RETURN

    Lionel Messi has arrived at Barcelona training for the first time since his epic summer transfer saga.

    The Argentine forward was seen arriving at Ciutat Esportiva on Monday after announcing he is reluctantly staying put despite handing in a transfer request last month.

    Messi arrived 90 minutes early for the session with new boss Ronald Koeman.

    He underwent medical tests on Sunday to make sure he was OK to come back.

    And Messi was the first Barcelona player to arrive for Monday's behind-closed-doors session.

  • MIK'S HANDS TIED

    Mikel Arteta is ‘resigned’ to Mesut Ozil staying at Arsenal for the final year of his contract, which could see him feature in the Gunners’ season opener against Fulham.

    The Spaniard has been non-comittal over Ozil in recent months, but he may be tied to the German for one final season, before the 2014 World Cup winner leaves for a free next summer.

    The former Real Madrid midfielder is far and away the highest earner at Arsenal and it would be frustrating for Arteta that a contract has not been agreed with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    According to the Evening Standard, Ozil is preparing to feature in Arsenal’s Premier League season opener against Fulham on Saturday.

  • ANGE-LOAN-O

    RB Leipzig are close to landing Manchester City's Angelino on loan for another season – with an obligation to buy added to the deal.

    City want around £18million for the Spanish left-back, according to Goal journalist Ronan Murphy.

    The deal is all but complete, as Leipzig and Angelino have agreed personal terms, while negotiations with City could be finalised during the week.

    After his side's Champions League exit in August, Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann was optimistic about keeping Angelino.

    In an interview with Bild he said: “I am very confident that we can reach an agreement with Manchester City.

    “Both clubs are out of the Champions League and the focus is no longer on the tournament.”

  • ABSEN-THREES

    Lucas Torreira, Sokratis and Emile Smith-Rowe will miss Arsenal’s return to pre-season training, according to reports.

    The trio are all being linked with moves away from North London, with the latter looking at another loan stint.

    Smith-Rowe, 20, impressed on loan at Huddersfield last season and could be set for another stint in the Championship.

    Sokratis is looking at a switch to Napoli as a “replacement” for Manchester City-bount Kalidou Koulibaly and Torreira is attracting interest from Torino and Fiorentina.

  • EXCLUSIVE

    Aston Villa want to BUY Rhian Brewster from Liverpool as their search for a striker goes into overdrive, reports ALAN NIXON.

    Villa boss Dean Smith has made an inquiry for the 20-year-old Kop kid – who starred for Swansea on loan last season – and he has the funds to win the race.

    SunSport told you Sheffield United also approached Liverpool with offers to take the England Under-21 attacker either in a big money deal or as a season-long loan.

    Villa are now frantic in their hunt after missing out on Callum Wilson to Newcastle in a £20m move.

    Smith's side have also hit brick walls in their pursuits for Chelsea's Tammy Abraham and Celtic's Odsonne Edouard.

    Brewster might cost around £20m in all, a fee that Villa would pay along with their rivals for his promising talents.

  • ENGLAND LATEST

    Gareth Southgate has confirmed Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden did not bring girls back to the England hotel, but met them outside the building.

    Southgate said: “Nothing has happened in the areas that we occupy in the hotel. We’re still getting to the depths of all the information.

    “This was brought to my attention a couple of hours before training, I’m still getting to grips with some of the detail.

    “What’s clear is: There was a breach of the Covid guidelines, we’ve spent such a long time getting those measures in place and the whole squad have been following that to the letter.

    “We’ve had four tests in the period where we have been together and our staff have done such a good job of keeping that secure and tight.

    “We have no alternative but to do what we’re doing.”

  • EXCLUSIVE

    Chelsea star Ethan Ampadu is set to join Sheffield United on a season-long loan as he desperately searches for more game time, writes ALAN NIXON.

    Boss Chris Wilder looks to have pulled off a coup by landing the versatile Welsh prospect, who will join his squad and give them top class competition.

    Ampadu can play midfield or at the back and will get the chance of regular games after a frustrating spell with Red Bull Leipzig.

    Chelsea want to see Ampadu tested and the player also needs to be involved at a senior level to fulfil his potential.

    The former Exeter City star has been playing more for Wales than any club side and was a class act in their win over Finland.

    Dragons boss Ryan Giggs recently said he thinks Ampadu can learn from new Blues signing Thiago Silva.

  • IT'S A PROBLEM OF MONEY

    Arsenal remain an option for Sergio Reguilon, according to reports in Spain.

    Spanish journalist Alvaro Montero told Sky Sports News: “There are two options, Arsenal and Manchester United, also Sevilla here in Spain.

    “Real Madrid wants to sell him but with a buying back option so in case he has a good season like he did in Sevilla, Real Madrid can sign him again next year.

    “The question is that the player, Sergio Reguillon, likes the idea of playing in the Premier League – United and Arsenal will be the options.

    “But it is a problem of money.”

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