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If we are talking percentages then Manchester City are very much in the driving seat to be Lionel Messi’s next club.
Paris St-Germain have been in touch with Messi’s dad, his agent, again about the possibility of signing the Barcelona captain, who submitted a transfer request on Tuesday.
And, perhaps most intriguingly of all, Juventus are now looking at the hugely unlikely scenario of organising some very daring financial deals and sponsorships that could see Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo playing together for the first time.
What a mouth-watering prospect that would be. But it is also close to impossible.
At the end of a week of countless headlines and rumours, there are two things we know above anything else: Messi very much wants to leave Barcelona and Barcelona would very much like the Argentina forward stay.
That element is simple, but it promises to become a much more complicated scenario because both sides are absolutely convinced the ’10 June clause’ – the one that enables Messi to leave for free – gives them the right to defend their position.
Messi thinks he can walk away for nothing because that date was intended to be, effectively, the end of the season. However, the coronavirus pandemic meant the campaign ended up finishing with the Champions League final on 23 August, two days before Messi let Barcelona know his intentions in an official way.
Barca firmly believe the time for him to declare desire to leave has elapsed and that the 33-year-old is contracted until the end of 2020-21.
The lawyers will be licking their lips in anticipation.
From Messi’s side nothing has changed. He would like to leave on the best terms possible.
Barcelona have said the player is not for sale – unless of course someone thinks it is worth shelling out the 700m euros needed to trigger his buyout clause at this stage – and see no point in any further meetings for now.
Messi does not want to depart in a bad way, not because of the board but certainly because of the respect he has for the club and their fans.
Many people have focused on the burofax sent to tell Barcelona of his intention to leave, claiming it was a disrespectful way of handing in his notice. It was nothing of the sort. It was confirmation – a form of recorded delivery – that informed the club in writing what Messi had told them verbally on numerous occasions since he ceased contract renewal negotiations around March.
It was just a logical step along the way, with a meeting to try to arrange a friendly exit the next logical step. Messi’s strategy has been unchanged throughout. The change would be if he decided to go to war with the club.
The Argentine has no plans to make any statements in the immediate future, certainly not while there are still so many things to discuss and everything is up in the air. When things start to move in the right direction for him, Messi will be prepared to explain his feelings, but not before.
The players have to do their pre-season tests on Sunday and then training starts on Monday.
Rumours Manchester City would be prepared to let any regular starters go in exchange for Messi are way off the mark. Defenders Angelino or Eric Garcia could feature in a deal.
No club is going to be able to pay a transfer fee of 100m euros plus Messi’s salary, even taking into consideration his wages will be reduced wherever he goes next.
Barcelona will not accept a swap of players; they do not want anyone from City. They do not want to sell and would only be prepared to meet Messi in order to renew his contract, not to negotiate a way out.
Everybody is positioning on clear terms. All that makes the resolution impossible to predict.
Josep Maria Bartomeu clearly does not want to be the Barcelona president who lets Messi go.
But who is he thinking about? Certainly not the club because, as things stand, he plans to keep an unhappy player who does not want to be there and who can go for free in 12 months.
Messi’s departure would allow Barcelona to let other players grow and develop next season.
And what players they are. Frenkie de Jong, Miralem Pjanic, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, Gerard Pique and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to name just a few.
They would need to buy a strong central midfielder and a centre-back either now or soon, but that is entirely doable.
To insist on not letting Messi leave shows short-sightedness on the part of Bartomeu.
We wait to see what happens next, starting with whether Messi turns up for training on Monday.

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UCL : Chelsea Vs Sevilla Today At 8pm

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Chelsea have no new injury concerns for the Sevilla match. Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is a doubt after missing the game against Southampton with a thigh injury sustained on Senegal duty.
Left-back Marcos Alonso remains suspended following his red card against Bayern Munich last season.
Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui will again be without forward Oussama Idrissi and centre-back Jules Kounde.

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PSG Vs Man Utd: Pogba Could Win Ballon D’or – Herrera

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba “has everything” to win the Ballon d’Or in the future, says former team-mate Ander Herrera.
The Paris St-Germain midfielder is preparing to face his old club in their Champions League group game on Tuesday.
Herrera, 31, who left Old Trafford in 2019, said: “There is no other like him – one on one, box to box.
“He has everything to win the Ballon d’Or if his club fights for major trophies.”
World cup winner Pogba, 27, has made four appearances in all competitions so far this season, scoring once in a 3-0 win over Brighton in the League Cup fourth round.
Herrera moved on after winning four trophies in five years at United and the Spaniard says the current side is more “mature” than the one he played in.
“There is a lot of talent, more consistent” Herrera said. “Also with [midfielder] Bruno Fernandes, they have definitely improved.
“United are progressing. They have signed the right players, I don’t think they are going backwards.”
The last time the sides met, in the last 16 of the Champions League in March 2019, a young United side overturned a 2-0 deficit to qualify for the quarter-finals with a 3-1 victory in Paris, which included an injury-time Marcus Rashford penalty.

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Mueller’s form fuels calls for Germany recall

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Thomas Mueller can further fuel appeals for him to be recalled by Germany when Bayern Munich launch their Champions League defence at home to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday behind closed doors .
Having managed a record 21 assists in the Bundesliga last season, Mueller has continued his sparkling form by scoring five goals and creating four more so far in 2020 / 21 .
The 31 -year -old netted twice in a 4 -1 win at Arminia Bielefeld last Saturday when Robert Lewandowski also grabbed two goals for Bayern .
His latest eye -catching club performance has prompted fresh hopes of a Germany recall for Mueller, who was dropped by Joachim Loew from the national set -up in 2019 alongside Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels .
Now Bastian Schweinsteiger has joined fellow former Bayern and Germany players Didi Hamann and Lothar Matthaeus in calling for Mueller to be reinstated.
“ If I was national coach , Mueller as well as Boateng would be in the national side , ” Schweinsteiger , 36 , told Monday ’s edition of German magazine Kicker.
Schweinsteiger helped win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil alongside Mueller, who knows he still has plenty to offer Germany after 100 internationals and 38 goals for ‘ die Mannschaft ’.
“ Everyone can see that I am in good form . Let’ s just see what happens ,” Mueller told broadcaster ZDF on Saturday , yet Loew has so far showed no signs of reversing his decision .
Last month, Mueller became the most successful German footballer of all time — surpassing Schweinsteiger ’s record of 26 titles — when Bayern won the German Super Cup as he lifted a trophy for the 27 th time in his career .
After an early season plagued by tired legs and defensive wobbles, Bayern will need Mueller’ s creativity against an Atletico side who have conceded just one goal in four games so far this season.
Bayern , who won their first ever European Cup against Atletico back in 1974 , will begin their Champions League defence behind closed doors.
– Kimmich return -The Bavarians have a perfect record at home against Diego Simeone ’s side , having twice beaten them in Munich in 2016 .
Yet Atletico knocked Bayern out of the semi -finals in 2015 / 16 and the German side remain wary of their Spanish opponents .
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer warned that Atletico are a “ strong team ” who were “ uncomfortable” to play against .
“ The good thing is that the game is on Wednesday , so we have an extra day to prepare ,” said the Bayern captain .
After having less than a month between last season’s Champions League final and the first Bundesliga weekend , Bayern’ s relentless schedule has continued apace .
Wednesday ’s game will be their third in six days , while further Champions League fixtures against Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow mean Bayern have midweek and weekend games in each of the next three weeks.
The physical strain and the need to rotate has led to a few early -season hiccups .
Bayern suffered a shock 4 -1 defeat to Hoffenheim last month, and needed a late Robert Lewandowski penalty to seak a 4 – 3 win over Hertha Berlin before the international break .
On Saturday , Flick criticised his team for a poor second half performance , after individual errors led to a goal for Bielefeld and a red card for Bayern ’s Corentin Tolisso .
They can ill – afford a repeat against Atletico.
Others have also noted Bayern ’s lapses in concentration at the back , which has seen Neuer let in five goals in four league games so far .
Matthaeus has accused the champions of being “ passive ” and “ vulnerable” at the back this season.
Joshua Kimmich should bring more stability to Bayern’ s midfield , with the Germany midfielder expected to return after he missed last weekend ’ s game to be with his wife , who is expecting the couple’ s second child .
“ Joshua is very important for us against Atletico. I hope he can play ,” Flick told Sky .

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