Chelsea are closing in on the record £90 million signing of Kai Havertz after Bayer Leverkusen manager Peter Bosz said he did not expect the player to train with them again. Havertz is set to complete his protracted move next week when he returns from international duty with Germany, to take Frank Lampard’s spending this year over £220 million.
England women will play their first match for seven months when they face Germany in Wiesbaden on Oct 27. England have not played since their 1-0 defeat by Spain at the SheBelieves
Cup, just over a week before the country went into lockdown because of coronavirus. The behind-closeddoors autumn friendly will be a rematch of last November’s 2-1 win for Germany at Wembley.
Tottenham will play Bulgarian side Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Martial in the second qualifying round of the Europa League. Motherwell visit Coleraine, Rangers travel to Gibraltar to play Lincoln Red Imps and Aberdeen are away to Viking of Norway. Shamrock Rovers host Italian giants AC Milan and Welsh team Bala Town host Standard Liege. All the ties will be played as single-leg games behind closed doors on Thursday, Sept 17.
Former Manchester City midfielder David Silva has tested positive for Covid-19. The 34-year-old, who joined Real Sociedad on a free last month, gave a positive test after arriving in San Sebastian.
Lionel Messi failed to turn up to Barcelona’s first training session of the new season ahead of showdown talks between his father and the club this week.
Messi’s absence followed his refusal to report for a medical examination at the weekend.
Talks between Jorge Messi and Josep Maria Bartomeu, the Barcelona president, could be decisive for the player’s future, with the 33-year-old still hoping to leave the club on a free transfer.
As revealed by The Telegraph, senior figures at Barcelona expect Messi to join Manchester City and reunite with Pep Guardiola, his former manager at the Nou Camp.
Barcelona and La Liga dispute that a clause in his contract allows the player to leave for free.
Messi’s 19-year association with Barcelona appears increasingly likely to be settled by a legal dispute, with his lawyers looking to invoke a clause in his contract that would have allowed him to leave for nothing if he had requested it by June 10.
That date was supposed to be the end of the season, before the coronavirus pandemic caused football’s suspension, so his lawyers will argue the cut-off date had been rendered irrelevant.
Reports in Spain suggest Messi could be heavily fined by the club for refusing to report for training. Such an action would not help Barcelona’s attempts to find an amicable solution to the situation.
Barcelona are desperate to receive a fee for Messi because of their own financial difficulties. Their losses from the pandemic are estimated at £137million.
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