Euro giants contact Messi’s father over transfer, Liverpool’s injury crisis deepens and more news


After failing to get his wish in the summer transfer window, the Argentina international is linked with a Camp Nou exit at the end of the 2020/21 season.

Lionel Messi’s father has begun talks with Paris Saint-Germain to discuss the pre-contract agreement of the Argentina international, per ESPN.

The 33-year-old forward was on the verge of leaving Barcelona over the summer after handing in a transfer request via burofax. He later told Goal in an interview that the absence of a project at the Catalan giants fueled his desire to bid farewell to the Camp Nou outfit.

However, the Argentina international was forced to stay put after Barca denied him the opportunity to leave the club on a free transfer – thereby effectively ending his transfer saga given that no club in the current financial climate could afford to pay Messi’s €700m exit clause.

But reports coming out from his native country now make it clear that it remains a matter of when, and not if, the Barcelona forward will leave the only club he has represented at the senior level.

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The Argentine was on the verge of leaving Barca last summer (Image Copyright: imago images / Cordon Press / Miguelez Sports)

Top News 2: Liverpool’s injury crisis deepens

Liverpool’s injury crisis deepens
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Before the England international’s injury on national team duty, the Premier League champions were already reeling with the injuries suffered by Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Liverpool centre-back Joe Gomez has suffered an injury while training with the England national team and faces a spell on the sidelines, according to Daily Mail.

Jurgen Klopp’s men were already in the midst of a defensive crisis before Gomez’s injury further depleted their injury-hit squad. Van Dijk is facing the whole season on the sidelines and Alexander-Arnold is also out for up to six weeks due to the calf injury he sustained last weekend.

Fabinho – who Klopp deployed as a makeshift centre-back in the absence of his Dutch teammate – is yet to return to the team after suffering a thigh injury during his side’s victory over Ajax in the Champions League a fortnight ago.

And the abovementioned report claims that now Gomez has joined the injured trio on the treatment table after the 23-year-old England international suffered what is reported to be a knee injury ahead of his national team’s Thursday’s clash with the Republic of Ireland.

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Top News 3: Arsenal to move for Nkunku in January

Arsenal to move for Nkunku in January
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The 22-year-old, who was on the Gunners’ transfer radar under their former manager Unai Emery, is once again being linked with the North London outfit.

Arsenal are planning to make a move for RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku in the January transfer window, per Sport Bild [via Goal].

The 22-year-old French forward was on the Gunners transfer radar under their former manager Unai Emery whose sacking last December ended reports that were linking the North London outfit with a move for the forward.

However, after the forward’s excellent start to the new season – he has scored 2 goals in 9 appearances across all competitions for Julian Nagelsmann’s side – the Gunners are once again linked with reigniting their pursuit of the versatile forward.

Nkunku is a highly adaptable player who has featured both in the middle of the park as well as on both wings for Leipzig this season. The 22-year-old has played at least one game on the right hand side of Die Roten Bullen’s front three as well.

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