Barcelona open door for Lionel Messi return, Manchester United face competition for Joao Felix – Paper Talk | Transfer Centre News

All the top stories and transfer rumors from Friday’s papers…


Barcelona are talking about the possibility of Lionel Messi returning to the club, and sporting director Jordi Cruyff says: “Barça and Messi will have to be together again one day. That’s clear.”

Lionel Messi

Last year Lionel Messi left Barcelona in tears

Brazil are reportedly concerned that Neymar could be out of the entire World Cup after being ruled out of their first game with an ankle injury.

Jack Grealish has broken his silence on his controversial dig at Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron to apologize for his actions at Man City’s title celebrations last season.


Cristiano Ronaldo has received a proposal from Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal to compete with a previous offer made by their domestic rivals Al Nassr.

Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group are still putting recruitment high on their agenda amid apparent changes to their takeover plan, which may not see them sell their entire stake in the club after all.

South Korea coach Paulo Bento criticized England referee Anthony Taylor for showing “a profound lack of common sense” when he was sent off at the World Cup.

Former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left staff “in tears” by sending them a surprise Christmas basket just weeks after he was sacked, it has been revealed.


Manchester United will face competition from Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich in their bid to land Joao Felix in January, with Atletico Madrid ‘prepared to sell’ for €100m (£86m ).

Joao Felix of Atlético de Madrid runs with the ball

Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix scored in Portugal’s first win over Ghana at the World Cup

England are considering RFU performance director Conor O’Shea as an interim manager option with Warren Gatland also in the frame as Eddie Jones’ future looks increasingly uncertain.


World Cup organizers are increasingly open to ruling out the new three-team group format for the 2026 tournament in the USA, Mexico and Canada. It comes after concerns that too many dead rubbers in the final round of matches could dilute the expanded 48-team event.


England international Luke Shaw admits Manchester City’s players on the England pitch stand out for their love of playing football.

In mind-blowing fashion, one of England’s standout performers at the World Cup, Harry Maguire, has been ridiculed inside Ghana’s Parliament during crazy viral footage that has surfaced online.

England are using sports psychologist Ian Mitchell to ensure they are prepared for the possibility of a penalty shoot-out in the knockout stages of the World Cup. The FA’s head of performance psychology, who joined England from Wales four years ago, is working with the team at his base in Al-Wakrah to prepare them for the stress of kick drama

Liverpool have been given a major boost in their quest to sign Jude Bellingham after Borussia Dortmund managing director Carsten Cramer admitted the Reds would be his “preferred” destination if the England international were to leave the club.

Rice also spoke highly of new partner central midfielder Jude Bellingham (middle)

Jude Bellingham has been in fine form for England at the World Cup


Roberto Martínez will look for options in the club’s management after tearful scenes in the Belgium dressing room when he retired following the nation’s World Cup exit.


Ferencvaros have joined Celtic in their pursuit of South Korea World Cup star Cho Gue-sung. The Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors forward is attracting interest from across Europe with Parkhead boss Ange Postecoglou among the interested parties.


Rangers have announced the latest addition to Michael Beale’s staff at Ibrox. The new Light Blues boss has brought in Jack Ade from Liverpool as the newest member of his backroom team.

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