Gossip: Man City’s £1.3bn Messi deal; Havertz ‘on brink’ of Chelsea

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Date published: Monday 31st August 2020 8:54

Man City need the GDP of the Soloman Islands for Messi, Chelsea show no signs of slowing down…


La Liga issued a statement on Sunday morning insisting they would only recognise Lionel Messi’s exit from Barcelona if his release clause – believed to be in the region of £625million – is paid.

That, with the eye-watering five-year deal Manchester City are readying, would mean Pep Guardiola’s side will have to fork out close to £1.1billion to secure a deal for Messi.

Sport claim City will offer Messi a five year contract worth £90million-a-year, also stating he could receive a hefty bonus after three years, when he would move to City’s MLS sister club, New York City FC.

With that bonus said to be £225million, the deal in its entirety will be worth a staggering £1.3billion – the GDP of the Soloman Islands.


Kai Havertz is ‘on the brink’ of his long proposed move to Chelsea, according to Bild.

The German publication reports that the playmaker did not turn up for Bayer Leverkusen’s pre-season performance tests as he nears his exit from the club.

Marina Granovskaia has been locked in negotiations with Havertz, his agent and Leverkusen for much of the last month, with the talks reportedly intensifying in the last couple of days.

The director has been attempting to haggle with the Bundesliga side over their £90million valuation, hoping to drop the price to £70million, but it is thought Chelsea will have to pay full price to land their man.


There appear to be no thoughts of Chelsea chilling out a bit after completing a deal for Havertz.

SKYCHURP claim Frank Lampard has told the Blues bosses to then turn their attention to Declan Rice, with the Chelsea manager said to be keen to use the versatile England international in the heart of his defence.

The West London club have already signed Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva in the window, but with the former heading out on loan and the latter turning 36 next month, Lampard wants further reinforcements in what was a problem position last season.

Talking of problem positions, Chelsea need a goalkeeper. Metro reports that Kepa Arrizabalaga has made a ‘shock u-turn’ and wants to remain at Stamford Bridge, but what the worst goalkeeper in Premier League history wants and what the club are going to do look likely to differ quite significantly.

AC Milan stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma is one of Chelsea’s top targets, while Granovskaia is also said to have put in an improved offer for Rennes’ Edouard Mendy, according to the Express.

An initial £15million bid was rejected by the Ligue 1 side, and Chelsea are now hoping their latest £18million offer will be enough to lure the Senegal international to the Bridge.

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