After Bayern Munich beat Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League final, attention is now turning to the transfer market, with developments set to accelerate, including Lionel Messi, Paris Saint- Germain openly revealing that he ‘would like’ the player, even though he expects the Argentine to stay at Camp Nou.
The new surprise on Sunday was that Arsenal joined Liverpool in the race to sign Thiago Alcantara, who performed sublime in the Lisbon final, with Hansi Flick admitting he didn’t know where his future lies. Jadon Sancho also remains at Borussia Dortmund, with Manchester United set to walk away from the talks.
Elsewhere, Chelsea’s move to Ben Chilwell may have hit the rocks after looking close to being completed, while Thiago Silva looks set to close a year-long deal – all of that and more in the Monday transfer live blog:
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A free agent, the Swede looked set to continue his Serie A career with the Rossoneri after scoring 10 goals in 18 games after arriving at the turn of the year.
“We’re still talking, but there’s no agreement yet. It’s not a question of money, but of conviction and style. It takes two to achieve a successful marriage and if Ibrahimovic didn’t want to stay with the Rossoneri, there would be no negotiation.
“Elliott has to make choices, different choices. They know how to make decisions in the financial world, but must also learn how to make them in the world of sports.
“We are in a very sensitive phase of the negotiations and I do not want to say more. I am still optimistic. I don’t work to create problems, but to find solutions. “
Massimiliano Allegri wants to bring Mario Mandzukic with him to Inter Milan, if he succeeds Antonio Conte at the helm.
The former boss of Juventus and AC Milan worked in Turin with the Croatian, now a free agent.
The 34-year-old ended his contract with Qatari team Al-Duhail in July and now La Repubblica believe Allegri will bring him to San Siro as Romelu Lukaku’s understudy.
Andrea Pirlo has his first big goal as Juventus boss: Manuel Locatelli, according to Tuttosport.
The Sassuolo star has thrived since leaving AC Milan and now, at 22, looks set to make a big impact both with the Azzurri and possibly in the Champions League next season.
Pirlo has targeted the midfielder as an area of concern, with Locatelli intended to add more energy to the old lady.
This is according to the Express, which says that Ed Woodward considers the England international to be too expensive.
Negotiations have boomed all summer, with Bundesliga giants claiming Sancho will stay.
Barcelona want Ajax left-back Nico Tagliafico, according to Marca.
Ronald Koeman wants the Argentine to improve his back line, which means Jordi Alba and Junio Firpo could be heading for the exit.
Alba, in particular, is seen as a possible sale to reduce the payroll.
Bayern Munich had too much for Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday’s final and are now six-time European champions thanks to Kingsley Coman’s header breaking the teams apart in a 1-0 win for the team. Hansi Flick.
The one-leg matches provided an exciting conclusion to the Champions League final in Lisbon.
We will select a best XI of the tournament with particular emphasis on the “finals”. More weight was given to the games that decided the most unique ending in tournament history.
This means Cristiano Ronaldo, who once again enjoyed a great tournament, is narrowly missing here after failing to come out of the last 16.
Here is our best XI of the round of 16.
Ronald Koeman has described his initial goals for Barcelona after taking over at Camp Nou.
Sport claim the Dutchman want Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez, whose future could be in doubt if Antonio Conte leaves, with the club ready for talks on Tuesday following the Europa League final loss to Sevilla.
Eric Garcia and Jose Gayà are also targets for the Catalans as they seek to recover from the disastrous loss to Bayern.
Liverpool are enthusiastic, while Arsenal have become rivals for the Spanish midfielder.
And Hansi Flick admits not knowing if he will stay with the European champions.
“He told me he was staying,” Flick said, before laughing out loud.
“No, I don’t know and I think he doesn’t know either. We will have to wait and see what will happen ”.
Les Bleus look set to beat Fiorentina in the race to sign the 35-year-old Brazilian and stay in pole position, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The experience could help secure Frank Lampard’s back line, which proved to be a real weakness last season.
A potential landing point could be PSG, with Thomas Tuchel joking about the prospect of landing the player following the Champions League final loss to Bayern Munich.
“He’s welcome,” Tuchel joked. “Which coach says no to Messi?
“We have decided not to talk about transfers, we will be sitting together in the next few days. We have a lot to do.
“I think Messi is ending his career at Barcelona, that’s good. “
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Arsenal appear to be one of the busiest teams in Europe with Gabriel Magalhaes close to finalizing a deal to tie with Mikel Arteta.
Leicester target Ajax’s Nico Tagliafico to replace Ben Chilwell. While the Blues could fight with the Gunners and Barcelona for Malang Sarr, who is available on a free transfer.
Speaking of the Catalan club, Lionel Messi’s future remains uncertain and the Blaugrana are now preparing a response if the Argentinian hand in a transfer request.