Man City to move for Messi next summer

Man City to move for Messi next summer

Manchester City will be in a position to move for Barcelona’s Argentine playmaker Lionel Messi, 33, next summer if the opportunity arises, chief operating officer Omar Berrada says. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Borussia Dortmund’s Norway striker Erling Haaland, 20, and their England winger Jadon Sancho, also 20, remain top of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s list of targets at Manchester United. (ESPN)external-link

Real Madrid have ruled out signing Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, 27, after he said it was his dream to play for the club one day. (AS – in Spanish)external-link

Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 29, is closing in on a two-year £300,000-a-week contract extension at Manchester City. (Sun)external-link

Arsenal’s £27m French defender William Saliba, yet to play for the club, looks set to join a Championship side on loan, with Brentford interested in the 19-year-old. (Goal)external-link

Uruguay and former Barcelona forward Luis Suarez, 33, says he was sold to Atletico Madrid after supporting Lionel Messi’s decision to submit a transfer request. (Express)external-link

Spain midfielder Juan Mata, 32, has been offered a lucrative deal to leave Manchester United for Saudi Arabia. (Ian McGarry, via Mirror)external-link

Wales forward Gareth Bale, 31, is set to make the first appearance of his second spell at Tottenham against West Ham next weekend. (Telegraph)external-link

Chelsea and France forward Olivier Giroud, 34, says he was close to a move to Serie A, both in January and in the summer. (RMC Sport, via Football London)external-link

Aston Villa are planning to clear space on their wage bill by selling squad players as they plot a fresh swoop for Bournemouth’s Norway striker Josh King, 28, who is also wanted by West Ham. (Football Insider)external-link

Villa are ready to offload Dutch winger Anwar El Ghazi, 25, French defender Frederic Guilbert, 25, and English midfielder Henri Lansbury, 29, before the domestic window ends on 16 October. (Football Insider)external-link

Manchester City are hopeful Pep Guardiola will sign a new contract but will start looking for a successor if the manager was to signal a desire to leave. (Telegraph)external-link

Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos, 24, says he was determined to return on loan to Arsenal despite Real Madrid asking him to wait a month. (Marca)external-link

English midfielder Jack Wilshere, 28, wants to join a La Liga or Serie A club following his release by West Ham. (Talksport)external-link

French winger Allan Saint-Maximin, 23, says he would be happy to stay at Newcastle long-term – if the Magpies can match his ambitions. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Manchester City never made a serious attempt to sign Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 29, from Napoli. (The Athletic, via Inside Futbol)external-link

Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 22, has dropped the England flag on his Instagram bio and replaced it with a Democratic Republic of Congo flag. The Croydon-born right-back is eligible for the two countries at senior level, having represented both at youth level. (Goal)external-link

Leicester’s Algerian striker Islam Slimani, 32, who has spent the last two seasons on loan and looked set to leave the club, has hinted that he could be part of Brendan Rodgers’ plans for the current season. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

Denmark international Christian Eriksen, 28, the former Tottenham midfielder, says he is frustrated at starting this season largely on the bench for Inter Milan. (Independent)external-link

Tottenham have had plans approved to build an amphitheatre at their Hotspur Way training complex in Enfield which is designed to help with first team and academy bonding. (Football London)external-link

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp paid tribute to John Lennon on what would have been The Beatles star’s 80th birthday by singing a selection of tunes penned by the iconic songwriter. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Former Arsenal and Denmark forward Nicklas Bendtner admits he became “too fond of the lifestyle that came with the money” as a professional footballer. (Guardian)external-link

Saturday’s Daily Mirror sports pages

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