LIVE Transfer Talk: Messi to Manchester City back on next summer

The coronavirus pandemic made the transfer market unlike any before it, but there was still plenty of action on Deadline Day. With the window closed across the major leagues in Europe, you can check out the latest major completed transfers across the globe.

TOP STORY: Pep Guardiola seeking Lionel Messi reunion

It’s baaacck! Manchester City are lining up a move for Lionel Messi next year, according to reports from the Manchester Evening News.

Messi was linked with a move away from Barcelona this summer after falling out with club officials, but after weeks of speculation he conceded he would have to see out the final season of his contract at the Camp Nou. However, City would appear to be in pole position to move for the Argentina international next summer if the opportunity arises.

City were interested observers when Messi handed in his transfer request, and they remain one of the few clubs who could afford his salary.

City’s chief operating officer, Omar Berrada, has said that although Messi doesn’t fit the profile of City’s signings, he’s “an amazing talent” who could make “a significant impact” at the club. Berrada added that City are considering a move and all the financial ramifications that might come with it.

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22.20 BST: Well folks that will do it for a relatively sleepy international break edition of our live Transfer Talk blog, but we’ll be back with tomorrow’s paper round within the hour and do the whole live thing again tomorrow. Thanks as always for checking in and see you down the road.

21.42 BST: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta had to step in to secure another loan deal for Real Madrid‘s Dani Ceballos in September. That’s according to the Daily Star, which reports the Gunners manager had to step in to persuade the front office to agree to the La Liga clubs terms in order to bring the Spaniard back to the Emirates.

The midfielder impressed in the second half of the 2019-20 campaign, finishing with 24 league appearances and starting in the FA Cup final win over Chelsea last month.

20.34 BST: Earlier this week, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba once again gave voice to his desire to one day play for Real Madrid. However, according to a report in AS, the France World Cup winner may never see that dream come to fruition. The Spanish publication says Real have moved on from their interest in bringing Pogba to the Bernabeu and are instead focused on deals in the next summer window for Kylian Mbappe and potentially even Erling Haaland, if they can prise the two away from PSG and Borussia Dortmund, respectively.

19.29 BST: Belgium playmaker Kevin De Bruyne is open to extending his contract with Manchester City, but in quotes appearing in BT Sport, he rejected the notion that anything had been agreed to so far.

“I am very happy at the club, I can say now I have not spoken once to the club so I don’t know why people are saying I have already…

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