Manchester City make second push for Messi

There's been no shortage of speculative tales in the Daily Star this week. The chief claim among them is Manchester City's plan to make another advance for Barcelona star Lionel Messi in January. City believe an offer around €16 million will be enough since Barca risk losing Messi for nothing next summer. Sure.

Paris Saint-Germain smell blood in the water, and so does an unnamed MLS side monitoring Messi's rift with president Josep Maria Bartomeu, whose fate hinges on the 2021 election. Cue Bartomeu's exit, a new Messi deal, and an admission from the Columbus Crew about being the other interested party.

Impoverished Barca seek more bargains

A destitute Barca side has fallen on hard times and is now eyeing a host of free transfers for the summer. Last week, City's Sergio Aguero, Napoli's Arkadiusz Milik, Southampton's Oriol Romeu, PSG pair Juan Bernat and Angel Di Maria, and AC Milan's Gianluigi Donnarumma were mentioned as targets.

This week, they're again linked with Eric Garcia (City) and Georginio Wijnaldum(Liverpool), while adding a thrifty bid for Memphis Depay (Lyon), according to the Daily Mail. ESPN says Barca are also eyeing Sporting KC's Gianluca Busio and San Jose Earthquake teen Cade Cowell. American kids are all the rage.