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Friday’s transfer rumors – Saudi club plots world-record bid for Lionel Messi

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Saudi club plots world-record bid for Lionel Messi

Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi has become a transfer target for Al Hilal.

The record 18-time Saudi Pro League champions are prepared to offer Messi $300 million-per-year. They can’t pay the entire salary, but will receive financial support. This would eclipse the world-record $200 million-per-year deal Al Nassr have with Cristiano Ronaldo. [Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish]

Arsenal revive Vlahovic interest

The Premier League leaders have reignited their interest in Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic.

In the previous winter transfer window, Vlahovic rejected a move to London in favor of joining Juventus. However, doubts over the 22-year-old’s future have surfaced recently, prompting renewed interest from Arsenal. Juve value him at €110 million. [La Repubblica – in Italian]

Benfica seal €14m deal for Nordsjælland star Andreas Schjeldrup

Ronaldinho’s son is on trial at Barcelona

Joao de Assis Moreira, son of Barcelona legend Ronaldinho, is currently on trial at the Catalan club.

The 17-year-old is training with the younger squads and may stay on a permanent deal. Barcelona president Joan Laporta and Ronaldinho’s brother, Roberto de Assis, are in talks over a contract. The teenager attacker recently left Brazilian club Cruzeiro to pursue a career in Europe. [Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish]

European clubs eye a move for Man City’s Cancelo

Manchester City full-back Joao Cancelo has attracted transfer interest from clubs in Spain, France, Germany, and Italy.

The 28-year-old Portugal international appears to have lost favor under Pep Guardiola. The Manchester City manager has preferred Rico Lewis as his starting right-back instead. In fact, since the World Cup, Cancelo has made just one start for the Citizens. [Telegraph – subscription required]

Arsenal submit a new offer for Mykhaylo Mudryk

Iqbal could leave Man Utd on loan

Manchester United youngster Zidane Iqbal is open to a loan move in the January transfer window.

The 19-year-old midfielder, a product of the club’s youth system, has struggled for first-team opportunities. He hasn’t made a single appearance under Erik ten Hag this season. The manager has left him as an unused substitute 11 times. [Sky Sports]