Transfer news & rumours: Chinese club hopeful of Messi deal

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond

Hebei Fortune hopeful on Messi deal

Hebei China Fortune remain hopeful they can secure a deal to sign Lionel Messi, according to Mundo Deportivo .

The Chinese Super League outfit saw a bid for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner rejected last summer, with Messi instead signing a new deal at Barcelona.

Fortune have since signed Javier Mascherano, and with fellow Argentina Ezequiel Lavezzi also among their ranks, they believe the presence of his countrymen could tempt Messi to move to Asia.

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Zidane wants Isco sold

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has made it clear he wants Isco to be sold this summer, according to  AS .

The Spain international has slipped down the pecking order at Santiago Bernabeu since Gareth Bale’s return to fitness.

Zidane is particularly disappointed that Isco has not been able to step up in the absence of James Rodriguez and is now ready to cash-in.

Evra completes West Ham

Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has joined West Ham on a short-term contract.

The 36-year-old was released by Marseille in November after attacking a supporter but is set to return to English football having signed a deal until the end of the season.

Read the full story on Goal!

Neymar asks PSG to sign Morata

PSG star Neymar has asked the club’s board to sign Alvaro Morata from Chelsea this summer, according to Don Balon .

Neymar’s relationship[p with Edinson Cavani is damaged, says the report, and the Brazilian has decided that Morata is the best option to complete PSG’s attacking trio alongside Kylian Mbappe. 

PSG could reportedly put Cavani on the table to lure Morata to Paris.

‘Icardi leaving Inter, Sarri to join Arsenal’

Mauro Icardi will make a big money move away from Inter at the end of the season, while Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, agent Federico Pastorello has told Tuttosport .

Icardi is once again being heavily linked with a transfer, as Real Madrid are said to be heavily interested, and Pastorello believes the Argentine will be involved in the deal of the summer and head for the San Siro exit.

But the famous agent said more big developments are coming, with Sarri tipped to head to north London after his impressive work with Napoli.

Lewandowski wants Real Madrid move 

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski hopes to join Real Madrid and flirted with the Champions League holders in January, Marca reports.

The Poland international has long had a dream of turning out for the Santiago Bernabeu outfit and urged his agent, Cezary Kucharski, to make an approach in the last transfer window.

Lewandowski has no intention of extending his current contract with Bayern and will hope to engineer a switch to the Spanish capital in the near future.

Chelsea begin Luis Enrique talks

Chelsea have offered Luis Enrique a two-and-a-half-year contract as they look to convince him to replace Antonio Conte as coach, says  Sport .

The Italian has come under pressure in recent weeks and Chelsea are reportedly close to relieving him of his role after they suffered a 4-1 loss to Watford on Monday..

Ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is the man Roman Abramovich wants to replace Conte and have already offered him a deal. 

Lemar rejects new Monaco deal

Arsenal and Liverpool have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar, according to  L’Equipe .

The France international was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League last summer, and both clubs are reportedly still monitoring his progress.

And Lemar has now moved a step closer to leaving the Ligue 1 champions after turning down the offer of a new deal, with his current contract set to run until 2020.

Arsenal could be set to lose trio

Mesut Ozil’s new bumper contract could result in Arsenal losing the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere, according to the Daily Mail .

Ozil’s new contract is worth up to £350,000-per-week, which has changed the wage parameters at the north London side. 

Ramsey and Welbeck, who are both in the last 18 months of their contracts, could dramatically increase their wage demands and force the Gunners to sell, while Wilshere could leave on a free transfer this summer. 

Hazard in contact with Real

The first steps toward a Real Madrid move for Chelsea star Eden Hazard have taken place, according to Don Balon

The Blancos have been in touch with Hazard’s camp over a move and are reportedly convinced that the Chelsea star wants to depart for the Bernabeu this summer. 

Karius wants Reds out of keeper market 

 Liverpool are being heavily linked with a summer swoop for a new goalkeeper but Loris Karius is determined to keep them out of the market.

“I just want to present myself well and then I’ll have the chance to play at this club for the next season as well,” he told the Liverpool Echo

“That’s the challenge facing me personally. I also want to help this team achieve as much as we can.”

Read the rest of his comments on Goal.  

De Gea will demand £375,000-a-week

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea wants a new deal worth £375,000-a-week to keep him from joining Real Madrid, according to The Sun . 

The Spanish keeper is aware that new team-mate Alexis Sanchez is now the highest-paid Premier League player ever on £505,000-a-week, and wants a new deal of his own to take him closer to the Chilean’s wages.

De Gea’s current £210,000-a-week contract runs out at the end of next season.

Alisson worth ‘far more than €50m’

With Liverpool and PSG both reportedly interested in Roma goalkeeper Alisson, the Serie A club have warned that the Brazilian will be extremely costly. 

Former Roma goalkeeping coach Roberto Negrisolo, in addition to calling Alisson the Lionel Messi of keepers, says the 25-year old is worth “far more than €50m.”

Read the full story on Goal!

City in for Dybala

Manchester City hope to land Juventus striker Paulo Dybala in the summer, according to Don Balon .

The Argentine forward reportedly feels his time in Italy is coming to a close, and would welcome the chance to move to England and work under a manager like Pep Guardiola. 

Mahrez strike set to continue

Leicester star Riyad Mahrez is set to miss this weekend’s match against Manchester City, the club he wanted to join from the Foxes last month, reports The Telegraph.

Mahrez has not attended training since last Monday, as he continues to fume over the Foxes refusing to let him join City on deadline day. 

The Algerian has already missed two Premier League games, and the club is understood to be growing more concerned over Mahrez’s continued absence. 

Releasing Kompany would cost City £8.5m

If Manchester City were to terminate defender Vincent Kompany’s contract this summer it would cost them £8.5 million, according to the Daily Star

Pep Guardiola has serious concerns about Kompany’s ability to stay healthy, and has a decision to make over whether to set the Belgian loose in the summer, or let him play out the final 12 months of his contract.

Luis Enrique wants Suarez at Chelsea

If Luis Enrique is to replace Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager he will try to sign Luis Suarez from Barcelona, according to Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda, via Express

Appearing on Spanish show “El Chiringuito TV,” Inda reported that Enrique, who managed Suarez at Barca, will look to bring his former charge to Stamford Bridge next season. 

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