Transfer rumours: Messi, Donnarumma, Wijnaldum, Doherty, Mane, Rice

Lionel Messi’s father has told Paris St-Germain that the Barcelona and Argentina forward, 33, wants to join Manchester City. (L’Equipe, in French)external-linkMessi called Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola last Tuesday – before telling Barcelona he wants to leave – and told him ‘I want to win the next two Ballon d’Or awards, and I can only do that with you’. (Marca)external-linkBarcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has rejected a meeting with Messi to negotiate his departure and is clinging to a £624m termination clause. (El Periodico, in Spanish)external-linkChelsea are interested in signing Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, 21, who is valued at nearly £50m but has entered the final year of his contract at AC Milan.(Football Insider)external-linkHowever, AC Milan are in talks over re-signing Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic after having the 33-year-old Bosnian on loan as cover for Donnarumma for the second half of last season. (Telegraph, subscription required)external-linkMeanwhile, Chelsea could also push their summer spending over £250m after considering making £80m offer for West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice, 21. (Sun)external-linkLiverpool and Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 29, is wanted by Barcelona. (Goal)external-linkRepublic of Ireland right-back Matt Doherty, 28, will have a medical with Tottenham on Saturday after they agreed to pay an initial £12m to Wolves. (Football London)external-linkSenegal forward Sadio Mane, 28, is open to leaving Liverpool and rejoining former Southampton boss Ronald Koeman at Barcelona. (Mundo Deportivo, in Spanish)external-linkFreiburg and Germany defender Robin Koch, 22, has agreed personal terms with Leeds United. (Football Insider)external-linkManchester United are close to completing deals for young Spanish full-backs Marc Jurado, 16, and Alvaro Fernandez, 17, who would join from Barcelona and Real Madrid’s youth set-ups respectively. The pair have already been pictured in United training gear with squad numbers 88 and 90. (Sky Sports)external-linkAston Villa are set to beat off competition from Sheffield United and Fulham to complete a £12m deal for Nottingham Forest right-back Matty Cash, 23. (Telegraph, subscription required)external-linkReal Betis are closing in on the signing of Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, 37, who has been released by Manchester City. (Marca)external-linkInter Milan are in the final stages of negotiating a £1.34m deal to sign Roma’s Serbia left-back Aleksandar Kolarov, 34. (Gazzetta dello Sport, in Italian)external-linkSpain Under-21 midfielder Brahim Diaz, 21, is close to joining AC Milan from Real Madrid. (Marca, in Spanish)external-linkFriday’s gossip column Saturday’s Daily Star
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