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Manchester United contact Messi’s father over transfer, Maguire reacts

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Manchester United have contacted Jorge, the father of Lionel Messi, over his son’s possible transfer to Old Trafford.

Messi on Tuesday informed Barcelona through a burofax that he was set to leave the club.

Messi’s decision followed Barcelona’s 8-2 thrashing by Bayern Munich who went on to win the Champions League.

Following the heavy defeat, Barca sacked their manager Quique Setien and Eric Abidal after overseeing the club’s first trophy-less season in six years.

Manchester City are ahead of Paris Saint Germain, Inter Milan and others in the race to acquire Messi’s services.

However, BeIN Sports journalist, Tancredi Palmeri, reports that Manchester United have now entered the running for his signature.

He tweeted: “BOOM! Manchester United have contacted Messi’s father.”

Reacting to the news, football finance expert, Kieran Maguire told Express Sport that Messi would be interested to move to Old Trafford.

“Manchester United are a big club, he’d certainly be interested,” Maguire said.

“Are they in the Champions League? Yes, so there are some positives there.

“But if you take a look at their cautious approach in regards to Sancho it would seem strange to recruit a 33-year-old player when they are being reluctant to spend too much on a 21-year-old player.

“I think Manchester United are being very cautious because of their ownership model.

“The same with Liverpool. It would be quite a complicated deal for either of those clubs to get involved and Spurs aren’t really in the running.”

 

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LaLiga: Why David Luiz did not join Real Madrid after leaving Arsenal

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Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, was keen to bring David Luiz to the club this summer, but the club never tabled an offer for the player, Globo reports.

Ancelotti is believed to have made contact with Luiz, who he worked together with at Chelsea.

The 34-year-old became a free agent this summer, having seen his contract with Arsenal expire at the end of June.

However, he has now returned to his native Brazil to sign with Flamengo, putting pen to paper on a 15-month contract.

It ended Luiz’s 15-year playing career in Europe.

But things would have been different if Madrid presented an offer for the experienced centre back.

The LaLiga giants allowed captain Sergio Ramos leave this summer, while Raphael Varane signed for Manchester United.

David Alaba arrived at the Bernabeu on a free transfer over the summer, but the La Liga giants are said to be determined to bring another centre-back to the club in 2022.

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Serie A: Mourinho’s Roma tipped to win title

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Former Inter Milan president, Massimo Moratti, has said Roma are title contenders under new manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho won the Treble at Inter Milan under Moratti during his first spell in Italy.

According to Moratti, his return to Serie A makes Roma one of the teams to watch out for.

“I follow the league with great attention.

“Mourinho has revived the competition, he started very well.

“Serie A has one more team, Roma, who will aim for the title. Someone like Mourinho is not aiming for third place,” Moratti said.

Mourinho only joined Roma this year, after he was sacked as Tottenham Hotspur manager.

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2022 WORLD CUP Salah Among Absentees as African Qualifying Resumes

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Africa’s second round of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup is set to kick off with some notable absentees – Mohamed Salah, among them – after the refusal of British clubs to release players for various matches.

Premier League clubs have led the way in refusing permission for players to head to countries on the British government’s Covid red list, which would require 10 days of quarantine upon their return.

With Egypt one of 17 African countries on the red list, Liverpool superstar Salah will miss this week’s home match against Angola in Cairo but could play in Gabon, which is not on the list, next week.

Quarantine conditions meant he could have been one of several internationals to miss multiple games, said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

“As clubs we cannot do that – not only because we play games in that time, but because without being positive (for coronavirus) they lose 10 days of training,” he said.

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