Man City agree £450m for Messi, Conte wants Kante

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Lionel Messi has picked Manchester City should he leave Barcelona
Lionel Messi has been linked to Manchester City since last summer

Manchester City are prepared to pay 33-year-old Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi £450m as part of a five-year plan that would eventually see him join New York City FC. (Sport, via Daily Star)

Tottenham attempted to hijack Manchester United‘s move for Netherlands and Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, 23. (Mirror)

Manchester United have held talks with Aston Villa as they strive to reach an agreement on a deal for 24-year-old English playmaker Jack Grealish. (Mail)

Manchester United have joined Liverpool in the race for Bayern Munich and Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 29. (Dagbladet TV, via Sun)

Deal of the day

Leeds United are interested in signing Udinese‘s Argentina midfielder Rodrigo de Paul but have been told any move for the 26-year-old would cost £31m. (Guardian)

Tottenham and Newcastle are interested in Bournemouth and Norway forward Josh King, 28. (Chronicle)

Valencia have enquired about Arsenal‘s 21-year-old French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi. (Super Deporte – in Spanish)

Barcelona and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, 33, would be open to a return to former club Juventus(Goal)

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte wants to sign France midfielder N’Golo Kante, 29, from Chelsea(Football Italia)

Emerson Palmieri’s agent says Inter are interested in signing the 26-year-old Italy left-back from Chelsea this summer. (Goal)

West Ham‘s French striker Sebastien Haller, 26, has rejected the chance to join Hertha BSC(90 mins)

Barcelona must pay £12m if they wish to cancel 33-year-old Uruguay forward Luis Suarez’s contract. (Goal)

Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara’s agent says Arsenal are interested in the 23-year-old Guinea player. (Tuttomercato, via Standard)