Here are the top transfer stories and rumours from 29th November 2016 featuring Theo Walcott’s shock admission about one of his teammate’s future at the club. Meanwhile, Inter Milan are ready to test Chelsea’s resolves in January by making a big money move for one of their biggest stars.
However, the biggest news of the day has come from Paris where PSG have finally made their move to break the MSN trio at Barcelona.
Lionel Messi heading to PSG?
PSG officials have reportedly initiated talks to sign Lionel Messi in a reported £200million deal next summer. Messi’s future at Barcelona has come under increasing doubt after the Argentine refusing to sign a new deal with the Catalan club. It is believed that Messi is looking for a fresh challenge and sees Premier League or Ligue 1 as his ideal destination.
PSG are ready to break the bank to land Messi and beat the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and even Real Madrid to Messi’s signing.
Inter ready to bid £ 50milion for Diego Costa
Inter Milan are ready to shock the entire football world by making a £50 million bid for Chelsea’s Diego Costa in January, according to reports from Calcio Mercato. The report suggests that Costa is still not buying into the idea of Antonio Conte’s style of play and their public bust-up a couple of weeks ago has made the matter even worse. Although Costa is scoring goals for fun, he is not ruling out the possibility of quitting Chelsea in the near future.
Walcott confirms Giroud’s frustration
Theo Walcott has given Arsenal fans food for thought after the winger openly claimed that striker Olivier Giroud is getting increasingly frustrated at the lack of starts he has got in recent weeks. Despite scoring a late equaliser against Manchester United, manager Arsene Wenger has decided to stick with Alexis Sanchez as his main man which has sparked rumours of Giroud leaving Arsenal in January.
New suitor identified in Memphis Depay’s chase
Serie A side AS Roma are set to sign Manchester United outcast Memphis Depay on a season-long loan in January. Everton and Spartak Moscow were in contention to sign Memphis in January, however, United want Depay to gain his confidence back and believe that a slower paced league like Serie A could benefit the Dutch winger. A decision on Memphis’ eventual destination is yet to be made.
Everton to beat Manchester United and Liverpool to sign Van Dijk
Everton manager Ronald Koeman is ready to anger his former employees Southampton after declaring his interest in in-form defender Virgil Van Dijk. According to reports from Daily Star, Koeman has initiated talk with Van Dijk’s representatives and is even ready to pay Southampton’s £40million asking fee. Koeman believes Manchester United and Liverpool will make a summer move for Van Dijk, hence the Everton boss is adamant on closing a deal in January.
Courtois holding Chelsea to ransom with Real Madrid interest
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has put his new deal on hold amid growing interest from Real Madrid, according to reports from Marca. The report claims that Courtois is not sure of extending his Premier League stay once his contract ends in 2018 and Real Madrid’s willingness to bring the Belgian back to La Liga has put an end to Chelsea’s hopes of agreeing a new deal with Courtois.
The 24-year-old will wait till Real Madrid’s transfer ban is ended in January 2018 before deciding on his future with Chelsea.