Transfers

News, commentary, and opinion about the transfers across the big five leagues in Europe.

Barcelona, La Liga

No Surprise As La Liga Backs Barcelona In Messi Dispute

Lionel Messi Transfer News

No surprise to hear that La Liga have released an official statement backing Barcelona in the contract saga with their superstar Lionel Messi.

La Liga president Javier Tebas has already seen two of the biggest names in the world, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo leave Spain for PSG and Juventus respectively, and the last thing he wants it to see is Lionel Messi playing in another league next season.

So it was not a surprise to see La Liga back Barcelona in the Messi contract dispute, releasing this statement on their website:

Inter Milan, Barcelona, La Liga, Serie A

Messi’s Former Agent Expects Him To End Up At Inter Milan

Lionel Messi Priceless

Lionel Messi “already has a new team” and will join Inter instead of Manchester City, according to the agent who instigated his move to Barcelona as a youngster.

Messi rocked Barcelona, and all of world football, on Tuesday when the six-time Ballon d’Or winner handed in a transfer request.

The 33-year-old is reported to have had a clause in his contract that would allow him to unilaterally terminate their agreement following the 2019-20 season in order to join another club.

Barcelona, Inter Milan, La Liga, Ligue 1, Man City, Premier League, Serie A

Lionel Messi Hands In Transfer Request

Lionel Messi Transfer News

We knew things were bad at the Camp Nou between the Barcelona players and the board. We knew that Lionel Messi was upset but still we were shocked when the news came out that Messi had activated a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave on a free transfer this summer.

Although his contract is set to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season, Messi and his legal team believe the clause will allow him to terminate his deal unilaterally.

Barcelona, La Liga, Ligue 1

PSG Offer Messi Landing Place In Paris

Lionel Messi Priceless

Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has declared Lionel Messi is “very welcome” to join the club should the Barcelona star decide to pursue a move away from Camp Nou.

The Argentine legend has once again been linked with a possible Barca exit after seeing his side end the season without a trophy and lose 8-2 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Tuchel himself failed to guide his side past Bayern on Sunday as the Bundesliga giants claimed their sixth Champions League title with a 1-0 win over PSG.

Barcelona, Inter Milan, La Liga, Man City

Barcelona Board Consider Selling Messi

Lionel Messi Priceless

That is not a typo. Some members of the Barcelona board are actually in favor of selling the clubs best ever players, and one of the top five players ever to have played this game.

New Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has publicly said he wants to build the team around Messi, but ESPN is reporting that some directors say that they would be prepared to listen to offers that would allow Koeman to rebuild the team at the same time as reducing the wage bill.

Does Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu really want to be remembered as the president who sold Lionel Messi?

La Liga, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Serie A

Barcelona Fail To Trigger Lautaro Martinez’s Release Clause

Mercato Transfers Serie A

Barcelona have no intention of activating the €111 million (£100m) release clause in Lautaro Martinez’s contract at Inter because they don’t have the money, but the Liga giants are still keen to thrash out a deal for the Argentine.

Those at San Siro have made any suitors of their South American forward aware that one window of opportunity will swing shut at the close of play on Tuesday.

For them, that is when the current release terms in Lautaro’s contract will expire.

Barcelona consider that clause to be valid for another week, through to July 15, but have no plans to take it up regardless.

Arsenal, Premier League

Arsenal Transfer Rumors – Gunners Positive On Aubameyang New Deal

Arsenal Emirates Stadium

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he is “pretty positive” about agreeing a new contract with 30-year-old striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Aubameyang’s current deal runs out in June 2021, and Arteta says the club have to show him why he should stay.

“He needs to feel valued, he needs to feel he belongs to us and that we want him,” said Arteta.

The Gabon international says whether he signs a new deal is “possibly the most important decision” of his career. The forward has scored 61 goals in 97 appearances for the Gunners since joining from Borussia Dortmund in 2018.

Ligue 1

Transfer News: Cavani And Thiago Silva Set To Leave Paris St-Germain

PSG Celebrates

Edinson Cavani and Thiago Silva are set to leave Paris St-Germain this summer after the conclusion of the club’s Champions League campaign in August.

The 33-year-old Cavani is PSG’s record scorer with 200 goals and the 35-year-old Silva is club captain.

“It was a difficult decision to make – they are players who made their mark on the club’s history,” sporting director Leonardo told Le Journal du Dimanche.

“The stories were so beautiful. But, yes, we are coming to the end.”

Ligue 1, Inter Milan, Serie A

PSG Make First Big Signing Of The Summer

Mauro Icardi

Paris Saint-Germain have finally completed the signing of Mauro Icardi from Inter for a reported €58m making this the biggest transfer in football since the coronavirus outbreak.

“FC Internazionale Milano announces the transfer of Mauro Icardi to Paris Saint-Germain FC: the striker, born in 1993, has permanently moved to the French club,” read a statement.

“The Club thanks the player for the six seasons he spent with us and wishes him the best for his future professional career.”

Icardi had been a huge success at Inter where he had scored 124 goals in 219 starts, but the incredibly short statement from the club reflected just how badly the relationship had deteriorated.

Real Madrid, La Liga

Real Madrid Transfer News

Bernabeu Stadium

Real Madrid are set to go without any new signings in the next transfer window, as the Spanish giants face the financial ramifications caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Los Blancos are typically front and centre when it comes to the biggest transfer stories. However, Marca reports that Madrid are unlikely to spend this summer as a result of the huge losses incurred by the Covid-19-inflicted halt in play this season.

According to the report, Madrid’s loss of revenue streams, including matchday sales and broadcast money, have lead to huge losses, and the club is anticipating a loss of around €150m (£135m) next season if games are played behind closed doors.