Manchester United fans have been waiting for a new face to arrive and their patience is set to be rewarded.

Despite reported interest from Barcelona, Real Madrid and Tottenham, Ajax's Donny van de Beek is poised for Old Trafford.

Will there be more arrivals at United?

 

TOP STORY – MAN UTD TO SIGN VAN DE BEEK

Manchester United have agreed a fee to sign Ajax star Donny van de Beek, according to The Guardian and widespread reports.

Van de Beek has been linked to United, Barcelona and Real Madrid, while Tottenham were also reportedly interested.

But United are set to complete their first serious transfer ahead of the 2020-21 season in a deal reportedly worth £35.7m (€40m) plus add-ons.

 

ROUND-UP

Chelsea are close to signing Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz, reports Sport Bild. Fabrizio Romano, meanwhile, says it is only a matter of time before the Germany international completes a €100m (£89m) switch.

Sandro Tonali will join Milan, claims Romano. The Brescia sensation had been tipped to move to Inter, however, Milan are set to sign Tonali on an initial loan deal.

- Calciomercato reports Juventus want to sell Douglas Costa amid links to United. New head coach Andrea Pirlo wants to overhaul his squad.

- La Gazzetta dello Sport says Barca are considering Lazio striker Ciro Immobile as a replacement for Luis Suarez, who has been linked to Juve. Immobile finished as Serie A's top goalscorer last season.

- According to Super Deporte, Valencia are considering a move for Arsenal outcast Matteo Guendouzi.

Barca are working on reuniting Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum with former Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman, says Mundo Deportivo. Koeman will lead Barca after leaving his international post to replace Quique Setien.

- The Mirror claims Liverpool are ready to make an offer for Watford's Ismaila Sarr, who is valued at £40m.

- Antonio Conte has requested Inter sign N'Golo Kante from Chelsea, says Tuttomercatoweb. Inter are reportedly hoping to land the Frenchman initially on loan with the option to buy. It comes as Inter look to raise funds through the sales of players like Roberto Gagliardini, Matias Vecino and Marcelo Brozovic.

- Journalist Fredrik A.N. Filtvedt claims United are interested in Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara. Liverpool have been tipped to sign the Spaniard.

A Pep Guardiola and Lionel Messi reunion in Manchester?

Barcelona captain Messi has handed in a transfer request and he wants to team up with former boss Guardiola at Manchester City.

But can City and Barca reach a deal?

 

TOP STORY – BARCA WANT MESSI COMPROMISE

Barcelona believe Lionel Messi is set to join Manchester City but the embattled LaLiga giants are eyeing a £250million (€280m) compromise, according to the Mirror.

Messi wants to leave Barca and the six-time Ballon d'Or winner has been linked to the likes of City, Inter, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.

However, City feel they are on the brink of luring Messi to Manchester and Barca are desperately trying to recoup a fee, with the Argentina superstar hoping to leave on a free transfer.

Meanwhile, widespread reports claim Messi has told Barca he will not be attending pre-season testing on Sunday.

 

ROUND-UP

- ESPN claims Manchester United are favourites to sign Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek. The Dutch star has been linked to Barca and Real Madrid but United are in pole position to land the 23-year-old.

- Thiago Alcantara remains interested in moving to the Premier League but Liverpool are yet to make a bid for the Bayern Munich star, claims Fabrizio Romano.

- Goal says Chelsea have made a €20m (£18m) bid for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy amid doubts over Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Everton are targeting United goalkeeper Sergio Romero, reports the Mirror. The Argentina international – backup to David de Gea – has also been linked to newly promoted Leeds United. It comes as Sky Sport reports Everton have reached a deal to sign Allan from Napoli.

- According to Tuttosport, Barca forward Luis Suarez is pushing for a move to Serie A champions Juve. The Uruguayan has been told he can leave the Spanish club.

- Brescia sensation Sandro Tonali has said yes to a move to Milan, reports La Gazzetta Sportiva. Inter had been favourites to sign Tonali but city rivals Milan appear poised to land the Italy international.

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa signed Germany defender Robin Koch, landing another eye-catching deal following the arrival of Rodrigo Moreno.

Koch was confirmed as the latest addition to the newly promoted Premier League squad on Saturday as he signed a four-year contract, saying the presence of veteran head coach Bielsa was a telling factor.

Leeds are preparing for their first season in the Premier League since 2003-04, with the former Champions League semi-finalists determined to be well equipped for the step up from the Championship.

After Spain international Rodrigo joined on Friday for a reported £26million (€30m) from LaLiga outfit Valencia, Leeds are said to have beaten rival Premier League clubs to acquire Koch.

No details of the fee were given, although reports have suggested Leeds may have paid up to £20million for the twice-capped 24-year-old centre-back, who made his international debut last year.

Koch told LUTV: "Marcelo Bielsa was one of the main points for me to join Leeds, I've heard from everybody he is one of the best coaches and I'm really looking forward to the first session with the team and the coach.

"Leeds is such a big club and after winning the second league last year, Leeds are back."

He added: "I've played three years in the Bundesliga which is also a big league, but I think the Premier League is the next step for me."

Leeds United have announced the signing of striker Rodrigo Moreno from Valencia for a club-record fee.

The 29-year-old has signed a four-year contract with Marcelo Bielsa's side, who secured promotion to the Premier League in 2019-20.

The Spain international moves to Elland Road for a reported £26million (€30m).

Rodrigo scored just seven goals in 34 appearances in all competitions last season, although his campaign was disrupted by knee problems.

Previously with Benfica, he was part of a treble-winning side in 2013-14 and twice reached the Europa League final before joining Valencia in 2014.

He scored five goals in seven appearances in the Copa del Rey in 2018-19, including the winner in the final against Barcelona, as Valencia lifted the trophy in their centenary year.

It appears that, if Lionel Messi has his way, he will be playing for a new club before long.

The Barcelona captain and talisman has told his employers that he wants to leave and, although the club seem determined to keep him, they may be fighting a losing battle.

Of course, prising Messi away from Barca is by no means straightforward. His basic salary is said to be roughly €71million and, when you add in bonuses and other possible commitments, that represents a huge outlay on a 33-year-old player.

That's before you consider the prospect of a nine-figure transfer fee, assuming he cannot successfully argue that the clause allowing him to walk away from Barca for nothing is still valid. Only a tiny handful of clubs are even capable of pulling off such a deal, particularly in a financial landscape changed by COVID-19.

But what if, just for a minute, we imagine money is no object and Messi could play for anyone he chooses? What if the thrill of the game were more important to him than winning a fifth Champions League? What if he threw caution to the wind and went somewhere just for fun?

We've imagined such a scenario, and these are the teams we'd love to see him play for...

 

AJAX

The link between Ajax and Barca goes beyond the basics of football: it's a shared ideology, a philosophical connection, a spiritual understanding.

From Johan Cruyff to Ronald Koeman, plenty of players and coaches have shared the love of both clubs, but Messi moving to Amsterdam would turn the romance up to 11.

Messi as the focal point of an Ajax side - who are beautiful to watch as it is - is a wonderful idea, and there is even the faint prospect of Luis Suarez going back to his old club to join him.

Plus, given the players they have signed from Ajax in the past - Frenkie de Jong the latest - Barca probably owe the Eredivisie club a transfer favour in return.

ATALANTA

Gian Piero Gasperini's side captured the hearts of the football world in 2019-20, threatening a title challenge in Serie A and coming close to reaching the Champions League semi-finals.

They did all this on a modest budget, playing vibrant, attacking football, and all during a global pandemic that struck Bergamo and the Lombardy region harder than almost anywhere else in Europe.

The way Argentine Alejandro Gomez pulls the strings for Atalanta is a joy to watch, but imagine if Messi were doing it alongside him. Imagine them facing Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus. Imagine Marten de Roon's Twitter feed.

Glorious, isn't it?

COLOGNE

The GOAT and the Billy Goats - what could be better?

Cologne have gone through some tricky times but Markus Gisdol has done a brilliant job in steadying the ship in the Bundesliga and was rewarded with a new contract until June 2023.

They might not have won the title since 1978, but they are among Germany's most esteemed clubs, with an ardent fan base and a beautiful home city. If Messi could lead them to challenge the might of Bayern Munich, it would be an unforgettable story.

If not... well, they have a goat as a mascot, for goodness' sake. It's too perfect.

LEEDS UNITED

It might be too early for Messi to return to Newell's Old Boys, but what if he joined up with Rosario's other most famous footballing export in Yorkshire?

Leeds United are back in the Premier League at last, having swept all before them in the Championship in 2019-20 under the stewardship of Marcelo Bielsa and his big blue bucket.

The chance to help awaken a sleeping giant of the English game while playing for the man who inspired Pep Guardiola sounds like an opportunity that's too good to miss.

Plus, if he wanted to visit Sergio Aguero, Manchester is less than an hour away by train.

MARSEILLE

If he's not ready to give up the Mediterranean lifestyle, Marseille is parfait for Messi.

OM remain the only French men's team to be champions of Europe - something of which they've been keen to remind fans of Paris Saint-Germain in recent days - and their supporters are possibly the loudest outside South America. Messi's Marseille beating Neymar's PSG would probably cause a year-long street party.

Head coach Andre Villas-Boas has compared Dimitri Payet to Messi, so you can only imagine he'd be thrilled to have them both. As for getting him there, sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta knows him only too well from his time at Barca.

In fact, Zubizarreta was another to be forced out by Josep Maria Bartomeu's operations. He'd probably like nothing better than to share a quiet cassis on the Cote d'Azur, reminiscing about those Camp Nou troubles.

Leeds United are poised to sign star forward Rodrigo Moreno after reaching an agreement with Valencia, the LaLiga side confirmed.

Valencia announced on Tuesday that a preliminary agreement had been struck, though Rodrigo must still undergo a medical and complete all other formalities ahead of a switch to newly promoted Premier League side Leeds.

Rodrigo was previously linked with LaLiga giants Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, but the Spain international is now set for a €30 million (£27m) move to Elland Road.

"Valencia CF have reached a preliminary agreement with Leeds United FC this Tuesday for the transfer of footballer Rodrigo Moreno, at the expense of completing all the documentation and other formalities and passing the mandatory medical examination," Valencia said in a statement.

"Valencia CF want to thank him for his commitment and effort over the last six seasons - in which he has played a total of 220 games, scored 59 goals, and helped to win a Cup title. Valencia CF wish him all the best in this new stage of his sports career."

Rodrigo, who joined Valencia permanently in 2015 following an initial loan spell from Benfica in 2014-15, is the latest big-name player heading for a Mestalla exit.

Ferran Torres (Manchester City), captain Dani Parejo (Villarreal) and Francis Coquelin (Villarreal) have already left Valencia in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Back in the Premier League following a 16-year absence, Marco Bielsa's Leeds have already signed Wigan Athletic youngster Joe Gelhartd and goalkeeper Illan Meslier, while Jack Harrison has returned on loan from City.

Kalvin Phillips said he would not mind if he makes just one England appearance following his surprise call-up for the Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark.

The 24-year-old has been an impressive presence at the heart of Leeds United's midfield for the past four seasons in the Championship and was instrumental in their promotion to the Premier League for the 2020-21 campaign.

Gareth Southgate's decision to call him up means Phillips could be the first Leeds United player to feature for England since Alan Smith in March 2004.

England travel to Iceland on September 5 before taking on Denmark in Copenhagen three days later and, while admitting he wants to feature for his country as many times as possible, Phillips concedes he will be a happy man even if he just plays once for the Three Lions.

"I'm over the moon," he told Sky Sports. "It's massive news for me, my family, and the club. I'm very happy and it's great to be given the opportunity.

"Gareth said he'd been tracking me for a while and liked the way I play. I wasn't expecting to get into the England squad before the season has even started; I thought it would take a while. Maybe I got lucky, I don't know!

"I'm a player that doesn't take anything for granted. Hopefully I'll do well and get as many games as possible. Even if it's one game, I don't mind!"

Southgate says he has been a long-time admirer of Phillips and believes he will provide healthy competition in the middle of the pitch for his side.

"He is a player we have watched a lot in the last 12 months with Leeds,” Southgate told a news conference.

"The position he plays is one where we need competition for places. It's an exciting moment for him.

"I spoke to him this morning, which was a nice reminder of what it means for somebody to be in their first England squad. It's a proud moment for him, his family and his club."

Rangers have "strongly rejected" a bid from Leeds United for winger Ryan Kent, with the Premier League newcomers "way, way off" with their opening offer.

Leeds are looking to strengthen their squad ahead of their return to the top flight, with Kent seen as an ideal recruit to increase the attacking options available to head coach Marcelo Bielsa.

However, Rangers are understandably loathed to lose a player they only signed permanently from Liverpool less than a year ago.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's game against Kilmarnock, Gers boss Steven Gerrard confirmed Leeds' approach but made clear the Scottish club are determined to keep hold of the 23-year-old.

"Ryan's a player we admire very much here," Gerrard told the media.

"He's a player that we've seen develop at Liverpool for a long time. We bought him here on loan and he did ever so well, then we went and bought him and he's done ever so well and is progressing very, very quickly here. 

"He's in a good place and he's in good form. He's a player we want to keep hold of. 

"Yes, we have had contact from Leeds, and an opening bid has been really strongly rejected."

Kent managed seven league goals in the 2019-20 campaign for Rangers and has already scored twice at the start of the new campaign in Scotland.

When asked if Leeds would be given the same answer if they came back with an improved offer, Gerrard replied: "It depends on what that bid is, but they were way, way off with that opening bid.

"He's a player who is not for sale, we don't want to lose Ryan, he's a big part of what we've been trying to do here. 

"We want him to stay here for many, many years. But we know Premiership teams hold a lot of power - that's the reality, that's the way it is. We have to accept that. 

"But the message to Leeds is the opening bid is nowhere near the valuation of the player, and we obviously don't want to sell."

Lionel Messi's future at Barcelona is seemingly getting more and more uncertain.

Messi, who is contracted until 2021, has been linked with a move away from the LaLiga giants after their capitulation in the Champions League and trophy-less 2019-20 season.

And the arrival of Ronald Koeman as coach has done little to ease the concerns.

 

TOP STORY – MESSI EXPRESSES DOUBT OVER BARCELONA FUTURE

Messi expressed doubts over his future at Barcelona in his first meeting with Koeman, according to widespread reports in Spain.

Marca reports the six-time Ballon d'Or winner sees himself more out than in at Barca.

According to Mundo Deportivo, however, Messi sees an exit as complicated with his €700million release clause.

 

ROUND-UP

- Staying at Barcelona and Koeman reportedly has his sights set on his first signing. The former Netherlands coach wants to sign Lyon star Memphis Depay, according to RAC1.

- The Jadon Sancho saga appears no closer to ending. The Telegraph reports the star's Borussia Dortmund team-mates are convinced he will stay at the Bundesliga club instead of moving to Manchester United.

- Kai Havertz's expected switch from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea seems to be going more smoothly. The Guardian says Chelsea are closing in on the star attacker with talks moving at an "encouraging pace".

- Juventus may be prepared to let Douglas Costa go. Tuttosport reports the Serie A champions are open to selling the attacker, who has previously been an apparent target for Manchester United. The report says Juve would be willing to sell Costa for just £17.9m (€20m). The Manchester Evening News, meanwhile, reports United have cooled their interest in a possible loan deal for Costa.

- Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes has been linked with a move. While Arsenal seemed ahead of Napoli in the race for the centre-back, Gianluca Di Marzio reports Manchester United are the latest club to make their move.

- Leeds United look set to get a boost ahead of the start of the Premier League season. The Sun says Marcelo Bielsa is finally set to sign a new deal with Leeds – at £8m per year until 2022.

Excitement is building for the new Premier League season after the 2020-21 fixtures were announced on Thursday.

Liverpool begin the defence of their first top-flight title in 30 years with a home match against promoted Leeds United, who will play at the highest level for the first time since 2004.

The two Manchester clubs will not be playing on the opening weekend due to their recent European commitments, but the other top sides are in action as Arsenal play at Fulham, Chelsea travel to Brighton and Hove Albion, while Tottenham will host Everton.

With the help of Opta data, here are some of the most interesting stats ahead of the first weekend of the season, which begins on September 12.

Mourinho magic – The Portuguese boss has managed 10 matches on the opening day of the Premier League season. He has a superb record having won nine and drawn the other.

Guardiola also shines – The Manchester City coach is the only active Premier League manager to have taken charge of more than two matchday one fixtures (four) and still have a 100 per cent record. He does not have a game on the first weekend of the season this year.

Defending champions – Liverpool will hope to follow in the footsteps of City, rather than other recent champions, on the opening day. City won all four of their opening matches after their title wins in the last decade, but Chelsea (twice) and Leicester City (once) failed to kick off their trophy defences with victory.

United we stand – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have the most opening day points in Premier League history. They have 61 from 28 games with a win rate of 67.9 per cent, and beat Chelsea 4-0 in their first match of last season.

Liverpool start well – Liverpool have the fewest defeats of any team to play more than 12 opening day games in the Premier League, losing just four from 28 (with 16 wins and eight draws).

But so do Leeds… – Although they have not been in the top-flight for 16 years, Leeds have impressively never lost their first match of a Premier League season, winning five and drawing seven of their 12 encounters.

Six appeal – The biggest win in a Premier League matchday one contest is Chelsea's 6-0 home victory over West Brom in 2010.

West Ham woe – David Moyes' side have the most defeats (13) of any team in a Premier League opener, though they also have 10 wins, meaning just one of their 24 games has ended in a draw.

Seeing red – Everton have had players sent off in each of the previous two opening matches they have played, with Phil Jagielka and Morgan Schneiderlin given their marching orders against Wolves and Crystal Palace respectively.

Fulham frustration – The promoted side have lost each of their past five Premier League matches against Arsenal, conceding nine goals in their two defeats against the Gunners the last time they were in the top-flight in 2018-19.

Super Spurs – As well has having Mourinho's strong record to bank on, Tottenham are unbeaten in each of their past 15 Premier League matches against Everton (W8 D7) since a 2-1 defeat back in December 2012 under Andre Villas-Boas.

Bogey team – Having lost heavily to United to kick off last season, Frank Lampard will be comforted by the fact Brighton have failed to win any of their six Premier League encounters with Chelsea, losing five times and scoring just two goals in the process (D1).

 

Arsenal are braced for a series of tough away games in the early stages of the new season after the Premier League fixtures were released on Thursday.

The 2020-21 season-opener involves a short trip across London for the Gunners, but after that visit to newly promoted Fulham, things are set to get markedly more difficult on the road.

Before October is out, Mikel Arteta's side will have visited Anfield, the Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford.

Fans will have to wait until December 5 for a chance to see if Arsenal can avenge their July defeat to Tottenham at their bitter rivals' stadium. The return match is not until March.

The club's opening home game is also a London derby, with West Ham the visitors, while Boxing Day will see Chelsea visit the Emirates.

Arteta led Arsenal to a disappointing eighth-placed finish last season, but the club did claim silverware by lifting the FA Cup.

Arsenal's fixtures in full:
September 12 - Fulham v Arsenal
September 19 - Arsenal v West Ham 
September 26 - Liverpool v Arsenal
October 3 - Arsenal v Sheffield United
October 17 - Manchester City v Arsenal
October 24 - Arsenal v Leicester City
October 31 - Manchester United v Arsenal
November 7 - Arsenal v Aston Villa
November 21 - Leeds United v Arsenal
November 28 - Arsenal v Wolves
December 5 - Tottenham v Arsenal
December 12 - Arsenal v Burnley
December 15 - Arsenal v Southampton
December 19 - Everton v Arsenal
December 26 - Arsenal v Chelsea
December 28 - Brighton v Arsenal
January 2 - West Brom v Arsenal
January 12 - Arsenal v Crystal Palace
January 16 - Arsenal v Newcastle United

-

January 27 - Southampton v Arsenal
January 30 - Arsenal v Manchester United
February 2 - Wolves v Arsenal
February 6 - Aston Villa v Arsenal
February 13 - Arsenal v Leeds United
February 20 - Arsenal v Manchester City
February 27 - Leicester City v Arsenal
March 6 - Burnley v Arsenal
March 13 - Arsenal v Tottenham 
March 20 - West Ham v Arsenal
April 3 - Arsenal v Liverpool
April 10 - Sheffield United v Arsenal
April 17 - Arsenal v Fulham
April 24 - Arsenal v Everton
May 1 - Newcastle United v Arsenal
May 8 - Arsenal v West Brom
May 12 - Chelsea v Arsenal
May 15 - Crystal Palace v Arsenal
May 23 - Arsenal v Brighton

Liverpool will begin the defence of their Premier League title with a match against newly promoted Leeds United at Anfield.

The Reds spectacularly stormed to their first top-flight crown since 1990 last season, while Leeds secured their return to the highest level under Marcelo Bielsa after 16 years away.

Liverpool v Leeds on the opening day was one of the standout initial fixtures confirmed for the 2020-21 campaign, which begins on September 12.

Thursday's fixture announcement also saw another promoted side, Fulham, listed to host FA Cup winners Arsenal in a London derby to begin the campaign.

Jose Mourinho's Tottenham will play at home to Everton, while West Brom mark their Premier League return with a difficult home match against Leicester City.

Chelsea start with an away game against Brighton and Hove Albion on September 14, which is the same day as Wolves travel to play Sheffield United.

West Ham are due to face Newcastle United and Crystal Palace will meet Southampton.

Manchester United are due to start away to Burnley and Manchester City are at home to Aston Villa, but those games will be moved to a later date due to the sides managed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Pep Guardiola recently being involved in European competition.

After they have negotiated their first games, a huge contest on the second matchday will see Chelsea host champions Liverpool on September 19.
 

Opening weekend Premier League fixtures:

Burnley v Manchester United (Sep 12) *
Crystal Palace v Southampton (Sep 12)
Fulham v Arsenal (Sep 12)
Liverpool v Leeds United (Sep 12)
Manchester City v Aston Villa (Sep 12) *
Tottenham Hotspur v Everton (Sep 12)
West Brom v Leicester City (Sep 12)
West Ham v Newcastle (Sep 12)
Brighton v Chelsea (Sep 14)
Sheffield United v Wolves (Sep 14)

* Matches will be moved to a later date.

Liverpool will face an early test of their Premier League title defence credentials with a tricky start to the 2020-21 season, but they do not go up against bitter rivals Manchester United until January.

The Reds ended a 30-year wait for top-flight success last season, and although the coronavirus pandemic meant there was an eerie feel to their celebrations in an empty Anfield, the end of their long drought was no less significant on Merseyside.

Given they finished 18 points clear, Jurgen Klopp's men will undoubtedly be favourites again, but they will have to hit the ground running – Liverpool face newly promoted Leeds United in their first fixture on September 12, which will be followed by clashes with Chelsea and Arenal in consecutive games.

The champions go to local rivals Everton on October 17, before then being hosted by Pep Guardiola's City – their likeliest challengers – on November 7. All of these fixtures take place within the first two months of the season.

Liverpool's meeting with United on January 16 comes as part of a potentially nasty spell for the Red Devils. On December 12 they will contest the first Manchester derby of the season at Old Trafford, and seven days later host Leeds United, resuming a ferocious rivalry that has been on hold in recent years.

The second Manchester derby is set for March 6, while Liverpool host Everton again on February 20.

The north London derby will be played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 5, before the reverse fixture on March 13 at Emirates Stadium.

Of the so-called 'big six', Chelsea look set for the trickiest run-in of all as they face City, Arsenal and Leicester in three of their final four matches.

Leicester also go up against Spurs late on, meaning Brendan Rodgers' side could have a telling impact on the final standings near the top of the table.
 

Premier League 2020-21 key fixtures:

September 19 - Chelsea v Liverpool
September 26 - Liverpool v Arsenal
October 3 - Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
October 17 - Everton v Liverpool
October 17 - Manchester City v Arsenal
October 24 - Manchester United v Chelsea
October 31 - Manchester United v Arsenal
November 7 - Manchester City v Liverpool
November 21 - Tottenham v Manchester City
November 28 - Chelsea v Tottenham
December 5 - Tottenham v Arsenal
December 12 - Manchester United v Manchester City
December 19 - Manchester United v Leeds United
December 26 - Arsenal v Chelsea
January 16 - Liverpool v Manchester United

-

January 30 - Arsenal v Manchester United
February 3 - Tottenham v Chelsea
February 20 - Liverpool v Everton
February 27 - Chelsea v Manchester United
March 6 - Manchester City v Manchester United
March 13 - Arsenal v Tottenham
April 24 - Leeds United v Manchester United
May 1 - Manchester United v Liverpool
May 8 - Manchester City v Chelsea
May 12 - Chelsea v Arsenal
May 15 - Chelsea v Leicester City
May 23 - Leicester City v Tottenham

Lionel Messi reportedly has Barcelona in "suspense" amid talk over his future.

Messi, 33, has been linked with a move away from the LaLiga giants amid chaos at the club following their capitulation in the Champions League.

Contracted until 2021, Messi's future has become a major talking point.

 

TOP STORY – BARCELONA IN 'SUSPENSE' OVER MESSI FUTURE

Barcelona are in suspense amid uncertainty over Messi's future, according to Marca.

Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Tuesday he expected Messi to lead the club into the future under Ronald Koeman.

TuttoMercatoWeb reports only Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain or Inter would be able to afford the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

 

ROUND-UP

- Staying at Barcelona and Mundo Deportivo reports Koeman wants a two-year deal at the club and Henrik Larsson as one of his assistants at Camp Nou.

- Chelsea continue to chase Kai Havertz. Sport Bild claims negotiations between the Premier League club and Bayer Leverkusen started last week and Havertz will become the most expensive German player of all-time.

- Will Kalidou Koulibaly leave Napoli? The Mirror reports City are being invited to make a £60million (€66.6m) move for the defender, who Napoli want to replace with Lille's Gabriel Magalhaes. ESPN says Arsenal are hopeful of sealing a deal for Gabriel for around £22m (€24.4m).

- Leeds United could be preparing to strengthen on their return to the Premier League. The Evening Standard reports Leeds are interested in Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.

- Benfica could be nearing two big signings. Gianluca Di Marzio says the Portuguese giants want Inter midfielder Joao Mario, while Record reports Benfica are close to completing a deal for former Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani.

- Having signed Blaise Matuidi, Inter Miami may add some firepower. DIRECTV Peru says the MLS club have started talks to sign former PSV and Schalke forward Jefferson Farfan.

Joe Gelhardt has signed for Leeds United from Wigan Athletic, the Premier League club have confirmed.

Striker Gelhardt has signed a four-year deal with Leeds, after joining for an undisclosed fee.

Having made his Wigan debut in 2018, Gelhardt made 19 appearances in all competitions for the Latics last season, scoring one goal.

Gelhardt becomes Leeds' fourth signing of the transfer window, after Jack Harrison rejoined on loan from Manchester City and Helder Costa and Illan Meslier made their stays permanent.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.