Manchester City are in the mix for Lionel Messi but Chelsea are also ‘definitely in the equation’ and there is a reason they could afford it.
Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta has also made a transfer request to reunite with a former player while Pep Guardiola is happy to wait for Sergio Aguera.
Read on for all the latest transfer rumours and news updates.
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CHELSEA ‘IN THE EQUATION’ FOR MESSI
Chelsea are “definitely in the equation” for Lionel Messi next summer should he opt to leave Barcelona.
That is according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, who revealed what options Messi has when his contract at Camp Nou wraps up.
The majority of the talk has surrounded Messi linking up with Manchester City while Chelsea have also previously been linked to the 33-year old.
Messi was working to try and secure an early release from the club but will honour the final year of his deal.
Once he is off-contract though there will be a scramble to secure his services.
The links to City and Messi’s former boss Pep Guardiola have been strong but Balague said Chelsea are well and truly still a landing spot.
“Chelsea, definitely in the equation if Messi becomes available,” said La Liga expert Guillem Balague on his YouTube channel.
“All that is true.
“Would City try again? Yes they would. Obviously there’s no transfer fee attached to it now.
“They will be willing to pay the €25 million or £25 million-plus net that they’ll have to pay for him [in wages], much more than that, this is just a minimum requirement I think.”
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ARTETA’S TRANSFER DEMAND TO ARSENAL BOSSES
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has reportedly requested club chiefs sign Isco from Real Madrid when the January transfer window opens.
That is according to Spanish outletDefensa Central, which claims that Arteta believes he would be an ideal signing for the Gunners, who have only scored one goal in five games.
Isco is reportedly unwanted after falling out of favour under boss Zinedine Zidane and has been restricted to just three starting appearances this season.
They aren’t the only club interested though.
Spanish news outlet El Confidencial also claimed that Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is looking to reunite with the midfielder, who he worked with during his time at the helm at Real Madrid.
Arsenal previously made a play at Isco in 2019 but had stiff competition from Manchester City, where conveniently Arteta was assistant manager.
GUARDIOLA NOT PUTTING PRESSURE ON AGUERO – HERE’S WHY
Speaking of Manchester City, Guardiola said the club will not put much pressure on striker Segio Aguero as a huge decision looms on his future.
Aguero is in the final year of his contract with City and will be one of the biggest names on the transfer market when the January window opens.
But Guardiola has bigger concerns around Aguero before settling on a potential new deal.
“He’s going to give us a good moment this season,” he said.
“He is still not in his best condition – we cannot forget how long he was injured and come back and then injured again.
“In the middle of the season, he’s a guy who needs to be so sharp but the quality to score in the box is always there, always was and always will be.”
In saying that, Guardiola admitted that it is simply a case of giving Aguero more time to get his body right.
“We don’t have doubts about that, but he needs a little bit of time to get in the training sessions and the minutes [on the pitch], and after we have seven months ahead,” he said.
“He’s a guy who deserves with the club, fair talks to do what is the best for him for the club and for everyone. In that you should not doubt.
“As I said many times, I was lucky to play as a football player and manager with incredible football players. He’s one of these ones, for sure, but especially as a human being. I never found a bigger star like him to be to be like Sergio is.”