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Thursday's Manchester United transfer talk news roundup: Lionel Messi, Benoit Badiashile, Anthony Martial

Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Manchester United on Thursday, August 27.

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.

Thursday morning's Manchester United transfer talk news roundup:

Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain 'willing to pay transfer fee for Lionel Messi'

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring on June 16, 2020© Reuters

Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly both in a position to make a formal bid for wantaway Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.

Messi stunned the footballing world on Tuesday by allegedly formally asking to leave the club that he has represented since the age of 13.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner is seeking a fresh challenge elsewhere and has been strongly touted as a target for Manchester City and Inter Milan.

According to Spanish outlet Sport, United and PSG are also in the running to sign the Argentina international, who has scored a club-record 634 goals in 731 appearances.

Messi is believed to have expressed his desire to leave for free, as per the terms of his contract, but Barca have argued that the clause expired in June.

However, the report indicates that United and PSG are prepared to spend big to land the 33-year-old, potentially for a compensation fee in the region of £100m.

A return to boyhood club Newell's Old Boys is another outside possibility for Messi.

Barcelona 'put £200m price tag on Lionel Messi'

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

Barcelona are reportedly prepared to sell Lionel Messi this summer if they receive an offer of £200m.

After weeks of speculation, it was revealed on Tuesday evening that long-serving forward Messi had formally requested to depart Camp Nou during the summer transfer window.

However, while the 33-year-old wants to leave on a free transfer via an exit clause in his contract, that option expired on June 10, putting Barcelona in a stronger position at the negotiating table.

Nevertheless, keen to avoid losing the club legend for nothing in 2021, AS claims that the Catalan giants are willing to accept £200m for the Argentina international.

Despite Messi now closing in on veteran status, that valuation will likely attract interest from a number of top European clubs, including Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

Inter Milan and Manchester United are also being tipped to involve themselves in the race for the attacker's signature.

More transfer news from Manchester United:

Ronald Koeman 'told Lionel Messi his privileges are over at Barcelona'
Newly-appointed Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman allegedly told Lionel Messi that his "privileges" were over ahead of the Argentine requesting an exit from Camp Nou. Read more.

Manchester United 'see £22m Benoit Badiashile bid rejected by Monaco'
Manchester United reportedly see a £22.4m bid for defender Benoit Badiashile turned down by Monaco, who insist that the 19-year-old is not for sale. Read more.

Lionel Messi makes contact with Pep Guardiola over Manchester City move?
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is interested in a reunion with former boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, according to a report. Read more.

Barcelona "working internally" to keep Lionel Messi at club
The 33-year-old rocked Barca with his request to leave on Tuesday evening. Read more.

Dean Henderson pens new long-term deal at Manchester United
The goalkeeper has impressed on loan at Sheffield United in the last two seasons. Read more.

Lionel Messi 'risks FIFA ban over Barcelona dispute'
A leading sports lawyer claims that Lionel Messi risks a FIFA ban if he does not resolve a contract dispute with Barcelona. Read more.

Paris Saint-Germain 'cannot afford to sign Lionel Messi from Barcelona'
Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly priced out of deal for Barcelona captain Lionel Messi due to his salary, which is more than both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe combined. Read more.

Manchester United, Chelsea target Ben White 'to stay at Brighton & Hove Albion'
Brighton & Hove Albion are reportedly in line to win the battle to keep hold of defender Ben White, who has been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea. Read more.

Agent: 'Ben White not returning to Leeds this summer'
The 22-year-old was an ever-present in the Sky Bet Championship last season. Read more.


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