Update on Lionel Messi’s Barcelona future, Chelsea’s plan for the summer and more

The 2020-21 European football season might be over, but teams have already begun evaluating the transfer market to fine-tune their squads this summer. A handful of important transfers have already been confirmed, while several big moves and contract extensions are in the works.

Here’s my rundown of all the important stories dominating the transfer market currently, with Barcelona, Chelsea, and other European giants coming under the microscope.

Barcelona are now focused on renewing Lionel Messi’s contract, and the negotiations are progressing well. There is no definitive or signed agreement yet, but the final details and clauses are being discussed.

The special offer will be presented to Lionel Messi by president Joan Laporta, who will try to keep him any which way. Messi’s potential new contract with Barça would be until June 2023.

To convince the Argentine, Laporta is putting together a renewed project that can lead Barcelona to their former glory as soon as possible. The purchase of Sergio Aguero is precisely from that point of view.

Aguero is a friend of Messi’s, but above all a top striker who can inspire the team to start winning immediately.

Eric Garcia from Manchester City and Emerson Royal from Real Betis have also arrived, but Barca also plans to sign the contract for the purchase of Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool as a free agent as soon as possible. The verbal agreement with the Dutchman has been reached until 2024.

Another goal is to define the negotiations for “luxury” free agent Memphis Depay, who is ready to leave Lyon and join Barcelona. The Catalans are offering a contract until 2023 or 2024 at the player’s choice. Depay will give an answer soon, and Barcelona are optimistic about signing him.

It will also be important to sell players this summer. Philippe Coutinho is on the list for a possible sale, but the rumors about Arsenal haven’t been confirmed yet. The Gunners are not dealing with Coutinho.

Tottenham Hotspur continue their search for a new manager to build a project for the future. Tottenham have shown interest in the return of Mauricio Pochettino for more than 10 days, but Paris Saint-Germain continue to oppose it and have let it be known that Pochettino will not leave.

Tottenham have tried hard, but only a change of position by the Argentinian manager himself can change things. PSG have been very clear that they have no intention of releasing him because their technical project only started six months ago. Leonardo, the club’s director, has expressed his intention to continue with Pochettino in the future.

So far, no official requests have arrived at the club; it will have to be the manager who clarifies his position, or else PSG will go ahead with their plans. They are already planning for the summer market with the aim of buying a new midfielder, clarifying the situation of Kylian Mbappe’s contract and negotiating for another one-year loan deal with Everton for Moise Kean.

Meanwhile, Tottenham president Daniel Levy is also in contact with other coaches. Among those is Antonio Conte, with whom they are talking about a long-term project, potential new signings and his contract and salary. They are awaiting a definitive answer from Conte.

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