What the papers sayLionel Messi is considering his Barcelona future after becoming frustrated with the club’s transfer activity this summer, The Sun claims. The 30-year-old Argentina forward, who has been linked with Manchester City, has yet to sign his new contract at the Nou Camp and is reportedly far from impressed after witnessing Barca miss out on a host of proposed signings as well as seeing his strike partner Neymar leave, according to the paper.
Manchester United’s bid to tempt Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford this summer was thwarted as Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe was not prepared to move to the Bernabeu as a replacement for the Portugal forward, the Sunday Times reported. The paper also said Real offered Gareth Bale to United as they sought to fund a swoop for teenager Mbappe, but the Welshman was not interested.Riyad Mahrez will attempt to earn a move from Leicester during the January transfer window after failing to secure an exit over the summer, says the Daily Mail. The Foxes wanted £50million for the Algeria international but none of the numerous clubs linked with him – among them Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham – were willing to meet that asking price.
Meanwhile, Leicester could try and bolster their ranks with a move for Bacary Sagna, says ESPN. Sagna is a free agent after leaving Manchester City this summer but the 34-year-old France international is not believed to be short of suitors, with Benfica, Sporting Lisbon and Torino said to be keeping tabs on the defender.
The future of Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has also been the source of much speculation but the Spaniard, who has been frustrated by the Magpies’ summer recruitment drive, would need to pay £5million compensation if he wants to leave St James’ Park, according to the Daily Mail.
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