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Sunday’s transfer rumors – Reason why Messi favors City move revealed

Sunday's transfer rumors - Reason why Messi favors City move revealed
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The latest transfer rumors from around the footballing world, including Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, and much more.

The key to Man City’s hopes of signing Messi

Playing for Manchester City’s sister club New York City FC in the MLS could tempt Lionel Messi. The Argentine is interested in joining Man City for next season once his Barcelona contract expires. He likes the project and plans on offer at the Etihad, but also the prospect of a ‘follow-up move’ to NYCFC. [Eurosport]

A five-year contract is allegedly on offer for Messi, which will see him spend three years in England before spending the last two in the United States.

Although the 33-year-old also wants assurances his compatriot Sergio Aguero and manager Pep Guardiola will stay at City. [El Chiringuito via Mirror]

Chelsea & Liverpool target Barca youngster

17-year-old Alejandro Balde has made promising progress, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman may bring him into the first-team soon as a replacement for left-back Junior Firpo, who seems set for a January transfer.

Koeman will have to act quickly, though, as Chelsea and Liverpool are both considering bids for the teenager. [Sport via Express]

Juve in pole position for Alaba

Talks over a contract extension between Bayern Munich and David Alaba have broken down. A summer exit, therefore, appears imminent for the defender once his existing deal expires next year. Juventus are understood to be favorites to sign the 28-year-old. [Tuttosport – in Italian]

Reports have also linked Liverpool, Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Barcelona to Alaba recently.

Ajax duo linked with Man United

Manchester United could complete a double swoop for Marc Overmars and Edwin van der Sar. The Ajax chiefs have hinted their time in Amsterdam is coming to an end, opening the door to an Old Trafford move.

The Red Devils are keen to bring people, such as Overmars and Van der Sar, to overhaul their recruitment process. [Mirror]

Juventus struggling to lock down Dybala

Paulo Dybala’s contract will expire in 2022 and talks have begun with Juventus over an extension. However, he has struggled to reach an agreement with the Italian champions. [Gazzetta dello Sport].

The latest rumors claim Atletico Madrid could offer Juve €35m for Dybala, along with a buy option for Alvaro Morata, if they’re unsuccessful in tying the 26-year-old down to a new long-term contract.

Everton to make another move for Milik

Arkadiusz Milik hasn’t played for Napoli this season and could leave once his contract expires next summer. In fact, the Partenopei may attempt to sell him in January to recoup a transfer fee.

This has alerted former Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti, who wants his current club Everton to lodge a cut-price offer of £10m (€11m) for Milik in January. [The Sun].