Transfer news and rumours UPDATES: Man City ready to swoop for Messi

Transfer news and rumours UPDATES: Man City ready to swoop for Messi

Barca-linked Garcia refuses to discuss Man City future

Manchester City defender Eric Garcia affirmed that he “could not comment” on speculation concerning his future at the Etihad Stadium after seeing the club eliminated from the Champions League at the hands of Lyon.

Two goals from Moussa Dembele late in the second half inspired the French side to a 3-1 victory over City, who were hot favourites to advance from the quarter-finals prior to kick-off on Saturday.

Kevin De Bruyne scored the Premier League side’s sole strike over a disappointing 90 minutes, although Raheem Sterling was guilty of spurning a golden chance to level at 2-2 moments before Dembele put the result beyond doubt.

Transfer news and rumours UPDATES: Man City ready to swoop for Messi

Newcastle targeting Oxford skipper

Oxford captain Rob Dickie is a target for Newcastle, claims The Sun.

The 24-year-old defender impressed in League One this season and would only cost £2 million as Steve Bruce looks to strengthen defensively.

Leicester identify Schmeichel replacement

Leicester City are preparing for the possible departure of Kasper Schmeichel and are targeting Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico, reports the Mirror.

Schmeichel has been linked with interest from Chelsea and Manchester United with the Foxes readying themselves for a possible exit.

Rico has spent this season on loan at Paris Saint-Germain and is expected to cost less than £8 million.

Pochettino favourite to land Barca job

Mauricio Pochettino is the leading candidate to become Barcelona manager, according to the Daily Star.

Xavi and Ronald Koeman are also in contention, but it is the former Tottenham coach who is the early favourite to replace Quique Setien if and when he’s shown the door at Camp Nou.

Man City ready to swoop for Messi

The Argentine has once again been linked with a Camp Nou exit

Manchester City are ready to pay whatever it takes to sign Lionel Messi from Barcelona, claims the Mirror.

The 32-year-old may be ready to farewell Camp Nou after seeing his side crushed 8-2 by Bayern Munich on Friday night, with City adamant they are in pole position to land Messi should he decide to move on.

Messi’s current buy-out clause is a mammoth £635 million (€701m/$831m) but Barcelona’s poor financial state could reportedly see them settle for much less.

Transfer news and rumours UPDATES: Man City ready to swoop for Messi

Matty Longstaff at Newcastle crossroads

Newcastle United are hopeful Matty Longstaff could still re-sign with the club despite becoming a free agent last month.

The Sun states a £20,000-a-week deal remains on the table for Longstaff at Newcastle, with Udinese and Leeds United also in talks for the 20-year-old.

Chelsea and Everton circling for Foster

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has emerged as a surprise target for Chelsea and Everton, reports The Sun.

The 37-year-old is viewed as an ideal back-up option for both clubs as they look strengthen in goal over the off-season.

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