Messi blow for City
Manchester City’s hopes of signing Lionel Messi have taken a hit after Barcelona told his father they are unwilling to negotiate the player’s sale. Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu is understood to have warned Jorge Messi his son will have to go to court to try to seal his exit. Meanwhile, City’s owners, CFG, have acquired French second-tier team Troyes. Racism on the rise
Kick It Out yesterday said there had been a “shocking” increase in reports of racism and other discrimination in professional football in England last season, despite hundreds of matches having been cancelled or played behind closed doors during the Covid-19 crisis. Kick It Out’s annual report for 2019-20 showed a 42 per cent surge in the number of reports received, from 313 in 2018-19 to 446. Supporters return
Cambridge United will host the first competitive professional matches with crowds since the Covid-19 lockdown. They play Fulham Under-21s in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday and Carlisle United a week tomorrow. Castagne signs
Leicester have completed the £21.5 million signing of Atalanta full-back Timothy Castagne, 24, on a five-year deal.