Transfer Rumours

Football transfer rumour round up

Transfer rumours from around the world of football, including a story that Messi wanted Bielsa at Barcelona that has now been deleted.

Rumour Has It: Messi wants Bielsa at Barcelona

Rumours abound about the future of Quique Setien at Barcelona. Setien replaced Ernesto Valverde in January, however, the ex-Real Betis head coach saw Barcelona dethroned as LaLiga champions by bitter rivals Real Madrid.

In the midst of these rumours, on Saturday night, UK tabloid the Sun published a report that Leo Messi has called for Barcelona to replace Quique Setien with Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa. However the Sun have now deleted the story, and curiously the URL for the piece now includes the words "legal-removal"

"https://www.thesun.co.uk/legal-removal/football/12223747/lionel-messi-barcelona-leeds-marcelo-bielsa-setien/"

The URL takes you to a page that reads only "Sorry, page unavailable".

If we get more on exactly what happened with this rumour we'll update this piece, with the information.

Meanwhile, here are the other transfer rumours:

TRANSFER RUMOURS ROUND-UP

- Leicester City star James Maddison has agreed a contract extension at King Power Stadium, according to The Sun. Maddison has reportedly committed himself to Leicester until 2025 following previous links to Manchester United.

- Mundo Deportivo claims Inter are eyeing Barcelona's Junior Firpo if they are unable to sign Emerson Palmieri from Chelsea.

Tottenham are leading the chase to sign forward Callum Wilson if Bournemouth are relegated from the Premier League, says The Sun.

- Calciomercato reports Milan and Napoli are considering moves for Salzburg sensation Dominik Szoboszlai. The 19-year-old has been linked to the likes of Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid.

Roma are considering a contract renewal for star Nicolo Zaniolo, according to Calciomercato. Zaniolo – who arrived from Inter in 2018 – has found his future in doubt amid talk of a falling out with head coach Paulo Fonseca and others. An Inter return has been touted, while Juventus are also reportedly interested.

- United are seriously targeting Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes. Le10 Sport claims the Red Devils are making a last-minute attempt to sign Gabriel, who has been linked to Napoli among others.

- Kicker reports PSG are targeting Hertha Berlin attacker Matheus Cunha. Inter are also believed to be eyeing the Brazilian.

- Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman is on a shortlist of players United are eyeing on loan should they miss out on Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, says Sky Sports News. Bayern, however, have no intention of parting with Coman. Liverpool and Real Madrid have also been credited with interest in Sancho.