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David Beckham targets Lionel Messi signing for new Inter Miami MLS franchise

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Bosses at David Beckham’s new MLS franchise, Inter Milan, are targeting signing Barcelona star Lionel Messi in time for the club’s debut season in 2020, according to reports.

Beckham’s club have been linked with a raft of high-profile names as the club seeks to make an instant impression on the league, and apparently executives at several MLS clubs think they will make a bid for the player.

Messi is contracted to Barcelona until the end of the 2020/21 season, and will be 33 by then. It is thought unlikely that Messi would ever move to another European club – he has previously said that he would like to finish his career at the Camp Nou – with the possibility he may return to his boyhood club in Argentina to finish his playing career.

A move to Miami could prove tempting – wages would probably be no object – and high profile stars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic have thrived in the the MLS.

But Inter Miami have made no contact with Messi as yet – nor any other potential players – but he would be an obvious choice for a club with huge ambition.

Manchester United target Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi – reports

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is eyeing up a €110 million (£98 million) deal for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, according to reports.

Ole Magazine has claimed that Mourinho wants to bring the Argentine striker to Old Trafford and would be prepared to pay his release clause.

Icardi, 25, scored 29 goals in 34 games for Inter last season, yet he still missed out on a place in Argentina’s World Cup squad.

Inter would be reluctant to sell Icardi, and there is no indication that the player wants to leave either. However, United would be sure to offer a bumper financial package.

Mourinho has been chasing a centre-back for some time and has no shortage of striking options so if – if – the deal were to happen, it could mean one of their current crop could leave – possibly Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez or Marcus Rashford.

Real Madrid still targeting Neymar and Kylian Mbappe

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Paris St-Germain strikers Neymar and Kylian Mbappe still top Real Madrid President Florentino Perez’s list of targets, and the club has money to buy them, according to reports.

Spanish news outlet AS has reported that Real have €372 million that could be spent on a marquee signing.

The club sold Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer to Juventus, but failed to sign a high-profile replacement. They tried to sign Neymar but it is said that Al Khelaifi, who runs PSG, refused to do a deal – even though its thought the Brazilian was keen on the move.

However, come January, Real May launch another attempt to sign one of the pair.

AS also noted that there are ambitious plans to redevelop the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, which could impact on the club’s ability to splash out on galactico signings in the future.

Of course, it is also still possible that PSG will refuse to do business with Real.

Barcelona target Arsenal and Liverpool stars in January transfer swoops

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Barcelona have targeted left-backs Nacho Monreal of Arsenal and Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno to solve their problems in that position.

La Liga champions Barcelona are reportedly tracking the pair as they only have one recognised left-back in their squad – Jordi Alba – having sold Lucas Digne to Everton in the summer. Boss Ernesto Valverde wants decent cover for him and has identified the Premier League pair for that role, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Monreal, 32, has retained his place as first-choice left-back at Arsenal under new boss Unai Emery. He was linked with a move to Real Sociedad in the summer, but elected to stay in London.

However, he is out of contract next summer, so Arsenal could look to sell him in January rather than lose him for nothing in the summer.

A move could be attractive to Monreal, as he would be playing for a side challenging for domestic and Champions League honours.

Meanwhile, 26-year-old Moreno has lost his place in the Liverpool side over the past year or so to new Scotland captain Andrew Robertson. He is also out of contract next summer and could be allowed to leave in January for a reduced transfer fee.

Chelsea legend John Terry set for shock move to Russian club

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John Terry is set to join Russian side Spartak Moscow on an initial year-long deal, according to reports.

Terry, who has been a free agent since being released by Championship side Aston Villa at the end of last season, has been having a medical ahead of the proposed move.

The Chelsea legend, 37, will earn £1.8 million after tax for his year in the Russian capital, according to the Sunday Telegraph. There is also thought to be an option for a second year.

It was thought that Terry may rejoin Aston Villa, who are in the market for a central defender. Villa were interested but earlier in the summer couldn’t afford him due to a financial crisis. But after new investment, it was thought he could return.

While it is understood that he has had several contract offers, none came close to matching the wages offered by Spartak.

Spartak, currently second behind Zenit St Petersburg in the Russian premier league, reached out for Terry after regular centre-back Samuel Gigot suffered a cruciate ligament injury.

Terry himself has said he is in the best condition in about 10 years, having had the summer off before returning to training.