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Thursday’s transfer rumors – Arsenal & Barcelona enter the race for the ‘Little Messi’

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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.

Arsenal & Barcelona enter the race for the ‘Little Messi’

Arsenal and Barcelona have made a transfer approach for Palmeiras winger Estevao Willian. The 15-year-old has impressed in the Palmeiras youth academy, leading to comparisons with seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.

In fact, Willian already has the nickname ‘Messinho’, or ‘Little Messi’, in his homeland. Palmeiras have already rejected a transfer offer from Paris Saint-Germain. Therefore, Arsenal and Barcelona have approached the teenager’s representatives.

That said, Willian won’t be able to join another league until he turns 18 in April 2025. [Goal]

England keen to continue with Southgate

The English Football Association (FA) would prefer to keep Gareth Southgate as manager of the national team until Euro 2024.

Despite criticism for some of his tactical decisions at the World Cup, Southgate has led England to the quarter-finals. Regardless of the result against France on Saturday, the FA want the 52-year-old to stay.

Southgate has coached the England senior team since September 2016, managing 51 wins in 80 games (D15 L14) in charge. His Three Lions contract runs until December 2024. [Daily Mail]

Hansi Flick stays as the Germany manager

The favorites to sign Jude Bellingham revealed

Liverpool are the current favorites to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham in the summer transfer window.

The 19-year-old England international has impressed at the World Cup, prompting interest from clubs around Europe to grow stronger. Real Madrid have made an approach. However, Liverpool are in more advanced talks with Bellingham, whose family would prefer a transfer to Anfield.

According to recent reports, Dortmund could fetch a transfer fee as high as €150 million for Bellingham. [Bild]

Depay is in talks with Roma

AS Roma have begun talks with Barcelona forward Memphis Depay’s representatives.

Jose Mourinho’s side hope to land the 28-year-old Netherlands international on a free transfer. However, while Depay has only made two LaLiga starts all season, Barcelona want at least €2 million. [Diario Sport – in Spanish]

Marco Verratti will sign a new PSG deal soon

Could Zaha be on his way to Marseille?

Marseille are prepared to make an offer to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha on a free transfer next summer.

The 30-year-old Ivory Coast international’s contract at Selhurst Park expires at the end of the season. Therefore, with the prospect of playing Champions League football still on his mind, he could test his worth as a free agent in 2023.

Paris Saint Germain, Monaco, Borussia Dortmund, and RB Leipzig have all reportedly shown an interest. [90min]