Manchester City set to activate Lionel Messi's release clause of €300 million and other transfer news and rumours of the day - 20th August, 2017
Hello and welcome to Sportskeeda's latest transfer news and rumours roundup. Today's stories feature the latest update on some of the major happenings in world football which may change the complexion of a few clubs. So let's head right in and take a look at the major happenings across Europe that made headlines on August 20, 2017:
Manchester City ready to activate Lionel Messi's release clause
In a sensational claim by Yahoo Sports, Pep Guardiola has requested the City hierarchy to activate Lionel Messi's release clause of €300 million. The Argentine international is said to be frustrated by the club's inactivity to replace Neymar and has therefore not signed a new deal. This rumour has gathered pace after Manchester City chairman, Sheikh Mansour reportedly told the fans that the club is working on a world record deal this summer.
Chelsea make an enquiry for Toby Alderweireld
The Sunday Times have reported that Chelsea have enquired about Toby Alderweireld's services. Antonio Conte wants a centre-back before the end of transfer window and wants to take advantage of Alderweireld being unhappy with his salary at Spurs. The Belgian earns £50,000 per week currently and is reportedly miffed with the fact that he is one not of the club's highest earners.