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DAVID BECKHAM's Inter Miami are optimistic of a stunning move for Lionel Messi.

SunSport can exclusively reveal that Messi is keen on ending his career in the MLS and could move stateside in two years as part of his new Barcelona deal.

Meanwhile Chelsea have reportedly matched Paris Saint-Germain's hefty £56.1m bid for Inter Milan wing-back Achraf Hakimi.

And Spurs are said to be on the verge of swapping managers with Roma.

Paulo Fonseca – the man Jose Mourinho replaced in the Italian capital – is in talks over taking the helm in North London.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    NOT KEANE

    Manchester United legend Roy Keane doesn’t believe Tottenham star Harry Kane, who's been linked with the Red Devils, Manchester City and Chelsea, possesses the necessary traits to be the England captain.

    Keane told SkyBet: “The only thing I’d hold against Kane – there’s a big negative I have towards Kane.

    “I think Kane is an amazing player. I think every club should be trying to sign him. Man United have got to sign him, I don’t care if it’s £120million – sign him.

    “But I don’t think he’s a good leader. I never see him digging anyone out when he was at Spurs. I know people might go, ‘Well that’s not in his personality’, or ‘He might do it in the dressing room’. I don’t think he does, and that’s a big problem.

    “OK, you can lead with your brilliant play, but sometimes I think I want to see another side to Kane.

    “I’d love to see him get hold of somebody, and I’m on about Spurs – some players have been really poor or downing tools for certain managers. I never saw Kane digging them out. So that’s my only hang-up with Kane as a leader and a captain”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    HE KAN GO

    Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle believes his former club may decide to cash in on Harry Kane but doesn’t expect anyone to “cough up” £150million.

    Kane is likely to leave Spurs in the summer and has been linked with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

    Hoddle told the Daily Mirror: “I don’t think anyone’s going to cough up £150million, I think they could cough up £100million plus two players, if it’s Manchester City, Manchester United, whoever.

    “That deal isn’t an easy done and dusted deal when you’ve got three years left on your contract; he might still be at Tottenham.

    “Then again, Tottenham may feel he’s 28 in the summer and might think, ‘We’ve got to cash in now’, because when he’s 29 and going to the World Cup [next year], they’re not going to have that kind of offer.

    “As a Spurs man, I hope he doesn’t go, but if he does go, I wish him well”

  • Kostas Lianos

    FAN-TASTIC

    Euro co-hosts Denmark will allow up to 65 per cent capacity for their games at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium.

    Romania’s National Arena in Bucharest will also be 50 per cent full in the summer’s tournament.

    To be more specific, Parken in Copenhagen will let in 25,000 supporter up from 15,900 that was initially planned.

    And there will be up to 27,000 spectators in attendance for games in Bucharest

  • Kostas Lianos

    SUPER IDOL

    Brighton defender Ben White admits he looks up to Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand, amid reports suggesting he is being targeted by the Red Devils as well as Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool.

    White said during England’s media day: “I think it is a little bit of everyone, trying to pick little bits out of each defender.

    “Obviously watching the Premier League every week you can see the different types of players and pick different things out of each player.

    “Rio Ferdinand, that was the one for me”

  • Kostas Lianos

    CONTE REACTION

    Antonio Conte suggests talks with Tottenham, who wanted to hire him as their new manager, fell through because he wasn't too impressed with the "project" that was on offer.

    Rumours suggested that Conte pulled out because he was not willing to take over at Spurs's helm without a hefty-sized transfer budget but the Italian head coach denied those claims.

    The ex-Chelsea boss told Gazzetta dello Sport: "Money is not my obsession.

    "I look at projects and I'm ready to stay at home if they don't convince me.

    "I like difficult challenges but if there is something with a club that does not convince me, I prefer to say: no, thank you"

  • Kostas Lianos

    NICE TUCH

    Tottenham appear to be close to appointing ex-Roma manager Paulo Fonseca as their new head coach.

    Former Manchester United and Arsenal ace Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who played under Fonseca at the Olimpico, has previously claimed the Portuguese boss is "similar" to Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel.

    Mkhitaryan said: "He is similar to Tuchel [who managed him at Borussia Dortmund], he is trying to put the players in the right position, giving them the freedom to enjoy their style of play. I've had the best coaches in my career and I've learned a lot not only about the game of football, but also about life.

    "Even now that I am 32 years old I want to learn, because I want to know a lot about football and about life.

    "We play differently depending on who we face, especially when we have the ball. Sometimes we have to stay tight, other times we have to stay wide. It depends on the game and the situation. It's not about the position you start the game in, it's about the space.

    "We try to use the space to create opportunities for ourselves and for our team-mates. The most important thing is the chemistry between the players, because if you have chemistry you can do different things .If you don't have that, it will be a bit difficult"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    ONANA BAN REDUCED

    Ajax ace and Arsenal transfer target Andre Onana has had his doping suspension reduced to nine months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

    Onana was suspended for a year by UEFA last February after testing positive for Furosemide.

    But the Ajax keeper has always maintained that he accidentally took medicine that was prescribed for his wife and launched an appeal to CAS, which was heard last week.

    The verdict is in and the 25-year-old shot stopper's ban has been reduced by three months.

    Arsenal are now expected to step up their interest in the Cameroon international, who will be able to play again from November onwards

  • Kostas Lianos

    SANCHO BID REJECTED

    Manchester United have had a £67million offer for Borussia Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho rejected.

    According to BBC Sport, Dortmund are asking for £77.5m for Sancho with an additional £4.25m bonus payment on top.

    United also wished to pay it over five years whereas the Bundesliga giants are only open to extending it to four.

    The Red Devils are now considering whether to come back with a revised bid

  • Kostas Lianos

    MAGUIRE BOOST

    Manchester United star Harry Maguire has returned to England training on the eve of Euro 2020 and has given the Three Lions a major boost before their tournament opener.

    Maguire linked up with the rest of the squad for practice as he continues his recovery from an ankle ligament injury.

    The centre-back missed United’s Europa League Final loss to Villarreal due to his ongoing knock.

    However, the 28-year-old defender has handed Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate a significant injury boost ahead of Sunday’s opener with Croatia

  • Kostas Lianos

    WEMBLEY UPDATE

    Wembley could be half full for the Euro 2020 knockouts, according to plans being discussed by the Football Association and the government.

    That is according to BBC Sport, who report that talks are ongoing regarding 40,000 supporters being allowed in regardless of whether the easing of current restrictions is delayed.

    The historic stadium will host all of England’s matches in the group stage against Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic as well as two last-16 ties, both semi-finals and the Euro final

    Fans attending The Three Lions’ group stage matches at Wembley will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test before entry.

  • Kostas Lianos

    BUENDIA DONE DEAL

    Aston Villa have announced the signing of Emi Buendia from Norwich on a five-year contract for a club-record fee.

    Villa landed their top target after beating competition from the likes of Arsenal.

    A club statement read: "Emiliano has just completed an outstanding season in a championship-winning Norwich side with 31 combined goals and assists and was named player of the season across the league.

    "He is equally capable as a wide attacker or as a number 10 and is a great addition to our attacking options.

    "We are delighted to have made such an exciting signing so early in the summer and look forward to Emi joining up with us for a full pre-season"

  • Kostas Lianos

    SOUTHGATE PLANS

    Arsenal hero Lee Dixon said he’s been in contact with England boss Gareth Southgate and claims he may start four full-backs in defence against Croatia on Sunday.

    Dixon believes Southgate will play with a 3-4-3 formation that would see Ben Chilwell on the left and Kieran Trippier on the right flank, while Luke Shaw and Kyle Walker will team up with John Stones at centre-back.

    The Gunners legend told talkSPORT: “He wants to be protective of the goal a little bit more.

    “Luke Shaw on that side has popped up a couple of times and he’s played there for Man United.

    “I know he’s not been playing with a three at the back because he’s trying to give people minutes but I think he will go down that road – Shaw is certainly in the mix for that”

  • Kostas Lianos

    PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES

    The 2021-2022 Premier League fixtures list will be announced in full on Wednesday, June 16 at 9am.

    Manchester City will look to retain their crown after a successful season for Pep Guardiola's men.

    Manchester United will be looking to exceed this past season's finish as they made it to second place.

    Chelsea won the Champions League and will use it as a stepping stone to climb back to the top.

    Liverpool also proved they can't be counted out after a late comeback that saw them finishing in the top four

  • Kostas Lianos

    HAK OF THE NET

    A little reminder about Chelsea's bid to sign Hakimi:

    The Blues have reportedly matched Paris Saint-Germain's £56.1million offer for Inter Milan wing-back Achraf Hakimi.

    The Serie A champions are looking to sell one of their stars of last season to raise much-needed funds.

    But Inter are believed to want nearer £69m for the right-back they paid £36m for from Real Madrid last summer.

    Sky Italy is reporting that the Italian giants could choose to work with Chelsea on the deal as they fancy taking Emerson Palmieri and Andreas Christensen in return.

    The Londoners are keen to ship out Emerson, having fallen down the pecking order behind Ben Chilwell and Marcos Alonso on the left-side of defence.

    Hakimi is predominantly right-sided, so would provide competition for England star Reece James.

  • Kostas Lianos

    FRENCH AFFAIR

    France aces Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud appear to have been embroiled in a public spat just hoursbefore Euro 2020 kicks off.

    It all started in the Tricolores’ final warm-up game against Bulgaria where Giroud was not impressed with his service after coming on as a substitute, particularly from Mbappe.

    The Chelsea ace said after the game: “Sometimes you make the runs and the ball is not arriving. Perhaps we could have found each other better, there it is.”

    According to L’Equipe, the ex-Arsenal star's comments angered the Paris Saint-Germain superstar so much that he was ready to issue a public response to clear the air

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  • Kostas Lianos

    PAUL-ING THROUGH

    Tottenham are in advanced talks to sign former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca as their new manager

    According to Sky Sports, Fonseca is expected to sign a three-year deal but nothing has been officially agreed between the two sides yet.

    Spurs have turned to the Portuguese coach after talks with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte collapsed.

    Fonseca was recently sacked by Roma and replaced by ex-Spurs manager Jose Mourinho

  • Kostas Lianos

    NOT MESS-ING AROUND

    David Beckham's MLS side Inter Miami are very confident about landing Barcelona legend Lionel Messi in the summer.

    SunSport understands Manchester United great Beckham's team can seriously see Messi coming to south Florida in two years time after talks with the Barca superstar.

    The Argentina international is set to sign a new 10-year multi-role deal at the Nou Camp and will stay in LaLiga for two more seasons before moving to the US.

    With Miami an attractive proposition, the 33 year-old fancies seeing out the rest of his playing days in the States before returning to Barcelona to take on an ambassadorial role

  • Kostas Lianos

    ENGLAND SCHEDULE

    As we gear up for tomorrow's Euro 2020 premiere, let's have a look at England's fixtures.

    The Three Lions kick off their campaign on Sunday against 2018 World Cup semi-final rivals Croatia at Wembley.

    Then they will lock horns with Scotland in London on June 18.

    Their final match of the group stage takes place on June 22 against the Czech Republic at Wembley again

  • Thomas Blow

    KOSTLY SELL

    Liverpool defender Kostas Tsimikas is wanted by Fenerbahce, according to reports.

    The left-back signed for the Reds last summer but has struggled to make an impact on the squad, appearing just seven times in his debut season.

    Fenerbahce are reportedly looking for a new left-back, and have been linked with a move for Real Madrid star Marcelo.

    And according to Fotomac, via Sport Witness, the Turkish giants also like the look of Tsimikas.

    They are believed to be keeping tabs on him ahead of a potential move this summer.

    But a move may only happen if Fenerbahce sell both Caner Erkin and Filip Novak this summer, as Liverpool could demand a significant fee for Tsimikas.

    The Greece international was signed for £12million a year ago and still has four years remaining on his contract.

  • Thomas Blow

    BREAKING – PSG SIGN WIJNALDUM

    Paris Saint-Germain have signed Gini Wijnaldum on a free transfer from Liverpool.

    The Holland international has signed a three-year contract at the Ligue 1 club.

    Wijnaldum told the club's website: "Signing for Paris Saint-Germain is a new challenge for me.

    "I'm joining one of the best squads in Europe and I want to bring all my desire and commitment to this ambitious project.

    "Paris Saint-Germain have proved how good they are in recent years and I am convinced that together, with our supporters, we can go even further and higher."

  • Thomas Blow

    KEP THAT QUIET

    Lazio are interested in Chelsea misfit Kepa Arrizabalaga, according to reports.

    The error prone goalkeeper could be offered a reunion with former boss Maurizio Sarri this summer.

    Kepa, 26, lost his place to Edouard Mendy last season, despite the Blues having paid a goalkeeper world record £71million for his services in 2018.

    The Spaniard featured sporadically under Thomas Tuchel, but could be offered an escape route in the coming months.

    According to transfer expert Alfredo Pedulla, club president Claudio Lotito is chasing the player.

  • Thomas Blow

    EXCLUSIVE – WILLIAM GALLAS INTERVIEW

    William Gallas believes France’s World Cup triumph and the return of Karim Benzema will fire them to Euro 2020 glory.

    Didier Deschamps’ side head into this summer’s tournament as favourites and boast arguably the most strength in depth of all 24 nations.

    Of the 26-man squad, 14 became world champions in Russia three years ago.

    And Gallas reckons that could prove critical, as it did in 2000 and 2012, especially in the Group of Death with Germany, Portugal and Hungary.

    The ex-Arsenal star told SunSport: "We have a big chance to lift the trophy. We have the strongest squad in the tournament."

    Click here to read Joshua Jones' interview with William Gallas

  • Thomas Blow

    FAN-TASTIC

    Euro hosts Denmark will allow up to 65 per cent capacity for their matches at Copenhagen's Parken stadium.

    And Romania's National Arena in Bucharest will be 50 per cent full this summer.

    It's a major boost for fans wanting to attend this summer's tournament.

  • Thomas Blow

    BLUE REVOLUTION

    Chelsea are set for another summer of spending with Achraf Hakimi and Erling Haaland said to be the Blues' top targets.

    And if Thomas Tuchel lands the two superstars his starting XI could look totally different but it would likely mean far less game time for Reece James and Timo Werner.

    Here's how Chelsea could line up next season…

  • Thomas Blow

    MAG RACE

    England were boosted by the return of Harry Maguire in training today ahead of their Euros bid.

    And Jordan Henderson was also seen sprinting at the Three Lions base in a major boost for boss Gareth Southgate.

    The Man Utd centre-back and Liverpool midfielder both had injury doubts hanging over them heading into the tournament.

    It’s too early to tell whether either man could feature in Sunday’s opener against Croatia at Wembley.

    But seeing two senior men and leaders back among the rest of the group is a shot in the arm for Southgate.

    England face Scotland next Friday at Wembley before taking on Czech Republic in their final group game on June 22.

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