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Monday's Manchester United transfer talk news roundup: Lionel Messi, Chris Smalling, Tahith Chong

Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Manchester United on Monday, August 17.

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

The Red Devils brought in Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo in the final days of the winter window but are still expected to be active in the summer as they aim to restore their former glories.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest news on possible comings and goings from Old Trafford.

Monday morning's Manchester United transfer talk news roundup:

Graeme Souness tips Manchester United to move for Barcelona's Lionel Messi

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his 700th goal in their match against Atletico Madrid on June 30, 2020© Reuters

Pundit Graeme Souness has claimed that Barcelona forward Lionel Messi could "easily" end up at Manchester United this summer.

Despite his status at Camp Nou, Messi's future remains a constant topic for debate at a time when Barcelona are struggling both on and off the pitch.

With less than a year remaining on his contract at the Catalan giants, the likes of Manchester City and Inter Milan have been linked with approaches for the 33-year-old.

However, Souness feels that United may also take the opportunity to throw their hat into the ring for the Argentina international.

Referring to Barcelona's 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich on Friday night, Souness told The Times: "Lionel Messi looked like a man who has had enough of carrying that team. Without him they wouldn't even be good enough to qualify for the Champions League.

"This would be the perfect week to put a bid in for the 33-year-old Argentinian and I could easily see him playing in Manchester - at either United or City."

Barcelona are currently in a position where they will have to make player sales before being able to strengthen their first-team squad ahead of next season, while head coach Quique Setien is expected to be removed from his position in the dugout.

Juventus 'open to selling Paulo Dybala amid Manchester United talk'

Paulo Dybala celebrates scoring for Juventus on March 8, 2020© Reuters

Juventus would reportedly be prepared to sell Paulo Dybala for the right price this summer.

The Argentina international was strongly linked with a move away from the Allianz Stadium last year, with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur thought to be in the hunt for his signature.

The attacker ultimately remained in Turin, though, and enjoyed a productive 2019-20 campaign with the Italian champions, scoring 17 times and contributing 14 assists in 46 appearances in all competitions.

United have again recently been linked with the South American, who could be used as part of a swap deal for Paul Pogba during this summer's transfer window.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Juve are open to selling the 26-year-old in the current market for a figure in the region of €90m (£81m).

The former Palermo youngster only has two years left to run on his contract with Andrea Pirlo's side.

More transfer news from Manchester United:

Man Utd youngster Tahith Chong training with Werder Bremen
Manchester United winger Tahith Chong signed a new deal at Old Trafford in March. Read more.

Inter Milan 'lining up £20m bid for Chris Smalling'
Inter Milan are reportedly willing to meet Manchester United's asking price for centre-back Chris Smalling. Read more.

Manchester United's Chris Smalling 'not interested in Newcastle United move'
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling reportedly has little interest in signing for Newcastle United this summer. Read more.

Brighton & Hove Albion's Ben White 'wanted by every top six Premier League club'
Brighton & Hove Albion defender Ben White is supposedly wanted by a host of top Premier League sides following his performances for Leeds United in the 2019-20 season. Read more.

Lionel Messi 'considering Barcelona future'
Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi is currently considering his future at Camp Nou, according to a report. Read more.


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