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Saturday's Barcelona transfer talk news roundup: Lionel Messi, Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Barcelona on Saturday, August 29.

The summer transfer window has now begun, with rumours and speculation continuing to swirl as Barcelona eye possible reinforcements.

The Spanish champions spent big on Antoine Griezmann last summer but missed out on a big-name striker in January and have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, meaning that selling players rather than buying could be their priority this summer.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer news from the Camp Nou.

Saturday morning's Barcelona transfer talk news roundup:

Manchester City 'will not include Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez in Lionel Messi bid'

Barcelona's Lionel Messi pictured in August 2020© Reuters

Manchester City will not be including Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva or Riyad Mahrez in any bid to sign Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi during this summer's transfer window.

Messi has informed Barca that he wants to leave Camp Nou ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, and a number of clubs, including City, are believed to be in the running for his signature.

A recent report claimed that the Citizens were considering using Bernardo Silva and Jesus as makeweights in an offer for the Argentina international.

However, according to the Manchester Evening News, neither player will be included as part of a bid, while Mahrez will also not be available to the Catalan giants.

The report claims that Eric Garcia could be included, though, as the central defender is thought to be keen on a return to the Spanish giants during this summer's transfer window.

Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain are also both said to be leading candidates to sign Messi.

Real Madrid players 'stunned by Lionel Messi transfer request'

Barcelona's Lionel Messi pictured in August 2020© Reuters

The Real Madrid squad were reportedly left stunned when they discovered that Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona this summer.

On Tuesday evening, it was revealed that the Argentine was bidding to end his long-term association with the Catalan giants, preferably on a free transfer.

While a number of clubs have been linked with the superstar, speculation persists regarding a likely switch to Manchester City.

Having been long-term rivals to Messi and Barca, ESPN claims that many Los Blancos players were left "incredulous" when hearing about the developments.

The report acknowledges that many Whatsapp messages were sent between the Real squad as they reacted to the possibility of the player departing Camp Nou.

Despite contributing 25 goals and 21 assists in La Liga last season, Messi was unable to stop Real from winning the title.

More transfer news from Barcelona:

Lionel Messi's father 'informs Paris Saint-Germain his son wants Manchester City move'
Lionel Messi's father reportedly informs Paris Saint-Germain that the Barcelona attacker wants to join Manchester City. Read more.

Lionel Messi 'requests meeting with Barcelona'
Lionel Messi reportedly requests a meeting with Barcelona officials to thrash out an exit plan before the start of the new season. Read more.

Antoine Griezmann 'had decided to leave Barcelona before Ronald Koeman talks'
Antoine Griezmann's former agent claims that the France international wanted to leave Barcelona before being reassured of his future role by new boss Ronald Koeman. Read more.

Josep Maria Bartomeu 'will only sit down with Lionel Messi to discuss new deal'
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu will reportedly only hold fresh talks with wantaway talisman Lionel Messi if he is willing to sign a new contract at the club. Read more.

Barcelona 'proposed Antoine Griezmann, Joao Felix swap'
Barcelona reportedly proposed a swap deal involving Antoine Griezmann and Atletico Madrid playmaker Joao Felix earlier this month. Read more.

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez 'offered to Juventus'
Juventus are reportedly offered the opportunity to sign Barcelona forward Luis Suarez before the end of the summer transfer window. Read more.

How Manchester City could line up with Lionel Messi
Sports Mole looks at how Manchester City could line up next season if Lionel Messi joins the club. Read more.

Shirt numbers available to Lionel Messi at Manchester City
Sports Mole looks at the shirt numbers available to Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi at Manchester City. Read more.

Jurgen Klopp: 'No chance of Liverpool signing Lionel Messi'
However, the Liverpool boss would like to see the Barcelona star move to the Premier League. Read more.


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