Gossip Column: Messi, Martial, Alli, De Gea, Almiron, Sagna, and Pirlo


Football Gossip Column

Lionel Messi, 30, is on the verge of a sensational Barcelona exit with a new contract yet to be signed. Manchester City are readying a €400m January bid for the man they currently call ‘the world’s greatest footballer’.

And Barcelona are already looking at ways to spend the money with Manchester United striker Anthony Martial, 21, catching their eye.
Mundo Deportivo

And Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, 21, as well with Liverpool midfield maestro Philippe Coutinho, 25, rapidly becoming yesterday’s man.

FFP miscreants Paris St Germain are ready to test UEFA’s patience further with a bid for Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, 26.
Daily Express

Arsenal will strengthen their midfield with the arrival of Paraguay international Miguel Almiron, 23, from Atlanta United in an £18m deal.
Daily Mail

Former Manchester City and Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna, 34, hopes to add “former Leicester City defender” to his resume before retiring. Craig Shakespeare is keen to make it happen
Manchester Evening News

New York City genius Andrea Pirlo, 38, is retiring at the end of this season and wouldn’t mind teaming up with Antonio Conte as a coach at Chelsea. Or presumably wherever Conte is coaching next season.
Gazetto dello Sport