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Sport Rumour Has It: Barcelona's chances of keeping Messi boosted, Man Utd eye Upamecano

10:25  29 october  2020
10:25  29 october  2020 Source:   goal.com

Messi's form 'could be better' but Koeman has no complaints about Barcelona captain

  Messi's form 'could be better' but Koeman has no complaints about Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has scored just once in four LaLiga matches, but Ronald Koeman is not concerned about his efforts for Barcelona.Messi attempted to leave the club during the transfer window but was unable to engineer an exit after something of a power struggle played out in public with president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Top story – united want upamecano . Manchester United are targeting RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano has also been linked to the likes of Bayern Munich and Arsenal. - Lionel Messi wants to leave Barcelona but his possible move to Manchester City could prove difficult.

Upamecano has also been linked to the likes of Bayern Munich and Arsenal. - Lionel Messi wants to leave Barcelona but his possible move to Manchester City could prove difficult. Tuesday' s Mundo Deportivo claims City will abandon their bid to bring Messi to Manchester if they are forced to pay a

Lionel Messi may yet remain at Barcelona.

a baseball player holding a racket: Barcelona captain Lionel Messi © Anadolu Barcelona captain Lionel Messi

Messi, 33, stunningly requested to leave the LaLiga giants during the close season but ended up staying at Camp Nou.

However, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner has still been expected to leave at the end of his contract next year.

TOP STORY – BARCELONA'S CHANCES OF KEEPING MESSI BOOSTED

The resignation of president Josep Maria Bartomeu has boosted Barcelona's chances of keeping Messi beyond 2021, according to The Telegraph.


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Messi has spent his entire professional career at Barcelona, winning 10 LaLiga titles and four Champions Leagues among numerous other trophies.

How does Upamecano compare to Liverpool's defenders amid transfer talk?

  How does Upamecano compare to Liverpool's defenders amid transfer talk? Using Opta data, we compare RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano to Jurgen Klopp's trio of centre-backs.The Premier League champions were dealt a huge blow with Van Dijk set to miss most - if not the remainder - of the season after a tackle from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside derby draw against Everton.

Manchester United have been linked previously and are reportedly plotting another move. Top story – united want upamecano . United have been keen to bolster their defence and the Red Devils were previously linked to France centre-back Upamecano , who has also caught the eye of the likes

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

Manchester City and Inter have been most heavily linked with a move for Messi.

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- Manchester United sent a scout to watch RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano against Nurnberg in the DFB-Pokal last month, according to Bild. Upamecano has been linked with United previously and played 90 minutes as the Premier League side thrashed RB Leipzig 5-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday.

- With Virgil van Dijk injured, could Liverpool be eyeing Bayern Munich defender David Alaba? The Daily Star reports the Premier League champions were handed a boost in their prospects of a January transfer for Alaba after the defender's contract talks with Bayern collapsed. Alaba is out of contract next year.

- Manchester United, Barcelona and Juventus could be set for a transfer battle. The Mirror says United have joined Barcelona and Juventus in becoming interested in Ajax's 18-year-old midfielder Ryan Gravenberch.

- Inter may be in the market for a left wing-back in January. CalcioMercato reports the Serie A giants may look at Chelsea duo Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri, two players they have been linked with previously.

Frank Lampard names his ultimate seven-a-side team .
Frank Lampard had many memorable battles with all of the legendary forwards and when it came to choosing a seven-a-side team, it was impossible to leave any of them out. Lampard was speaking at a virtual Q&A hosted by Hyundai where kids from their partner clubs were able to put their questions to the Chelsea boss.

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