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Lionel Messi on Chinese club's radar, Brazilian superstar prefers Manchester City over Manchester United: Transfer round-up, February 8, 2018

Sumedh Pande
39.50K   //    08 Feb 2018, 21:29 IST

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Good evening folks and welcome to Sportskeeda's latest transfer news and rumours roundup. Though the January market is now closed, it has not stopped the clubs from looking at potential summer recruitments. 

And as always, there are stories which make headlines irrespective of the transfer window being open or shut. On that note, let's take a look at all the top transfer news that made headlines on February 8, 2018: 

La Liga 

Hebei Fortune preparing a massive bid for Lionel Messi 

After seeing a €100 million offer rejected last summer, Hebei Fortune are set to return to lure Lionel Messi away to the Chinese Super League. The CSL wants Messi to be the face of the league and are eager to make a substantial bid for the Argentine forward in the summer. 

Mundo Deportivo reports that Hebei Fortune signing the Argentine duo of Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Mascherano was part of a massive plan to lure Messi to the CSL with the help of the two mentioned players.

Messi has a deal with Barcelona until 2021 and has a release clause worth €700 million with the Spanish daily also reporting that the financial side of the deal will not be an issue for Hebei Fortune. 

Three PL clubs in the race to sign Isco

Real Madrid are planning a major transfer overhaul in the summer. Old guards will have to make way for fresh faces to arrive in the squad. Diario Gol reports that one player that may be sold at the end of the season is Isco. 

It is believed that the 25-year-old midfielder has three offers on the table from Premier League clubs. Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are the clubs currently showing an interest in the Spanish playmaker. 

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Sumedh Pande
An avid Premier League watcher with specialization in transfer news and post match analysis. Follow European and Indian football with minute attention with one eye on the world of cricket.
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