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Wednesday's Premier League transfer talk news roundup: Lionel Messi, Thiago Alcantara, Boubakary Soumare

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for the Premier League on Wednesday, August 26.

Sports Mole rounds up all of the latest transfer news in the Premier League on Wednesday, August 26.

Wednesday morning's Premier League transfer talk news roundup:


Bayern Munich 'lower asking price for Liverpool target Thiago Alcantara'

Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara pictured after winning the Champions League final on August 23, 2020© Reuters

Liverpool have reportedly received a huge boost in their pursuit of Thiago Alcantara as Bayern Munich have lowered their asking price for the midfielder.

Bayern will allow Thiago to depart this summer as he enters the final season of his contract, despite being an integral part of their treble-winning success this term.

The Reds have so far been reluctant to match Bayern's £36m valuation, but The Athletic claims that the German giants are now willing to accept an offer of £27m.

Bayern are said to have taken the decision as they do not want to risk the ex-Barcelona ace leaving for nothing in less than a year's time.

Thiago has spent the past seven years at the Allianz Arena, winning 16 trophies in that time, including the Champions League in what could be his final game for the club.



Arsenal 'want Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare after signing Gabriel Magalhaes'

Lille's Boubakary Soumare pictured in December 2019© Reuters

Arsenal are reportedly planning a double raid on Lille this summer after turning focus to midfielder Boubakary Soumare.

The Gunners are already on the verge of signing centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes from the French club in a £27m transfer.

Once that deal is finalised, Foot Mercato claims that Arsenal will then go after Gabriel's Lille teammate Soumare, who is into his fourth season at the club.

Soumare is said to have been targeted by Mikel Arteta as an alternative to Thomas Partey after reaching an impasse in talks with Atletico Madrid.

Arsenal and Lille have been in regular talks over the past 18 months, with the North London outfit breaking their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe from the Ligue 1 team last year.

Arteta's men begin their 2020-21 campaign next weekend with a Community Shield clash against Liverpool at Wembley.


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Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring on June 16, 2020
Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain 'willing to pay transfer fee for Lionel Messi'

A report claims that Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are in the running to sign Lionel Messi after the forward announced his intention to leave Barcelona. Read more.

Gabriel Magalhaes agent confirms imminent Arsenal move
The agent of Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes appears to confirm that his client is set to join Arsenal after turning down a more lucrative offer from Manchester United. Read more.

Rio Ferdinand claims Chelsea are interested in signing Lionel Messi
Rio Ferdinand claims that his friend and former West Ham United teammate Frank Lampard wants to bring Lionel Messi to Chelsea following his transfer request to Barcelona. Read more.

Real Madrid, Barcelona target Donny van de Beek 'would prefer Premier League move'
Rumoured Real Madrid and Barcelona target Donny van de Beek will only consider leaving Ajax if a Premier League club makes an offer, according to a report. Read more.

Report: Ben Chilwell to earn £190,000 a week at Chelsea
Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell could become Chelsea's highest-paid player once he officially joins the club, according to a report. Read more.

Manchester United 'among clubs considering Lionel Messi move'
Manchester United are reportedly among the clubs monitoring Lionel Messi's situation at Barcelona following the Argentine's request to leave Camp Nou. Read more.

Thiago Silva 'to undergo Chelsea medical on Thursday'
Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva will reportedly undergo a medical with Chelsea on Thursday ahead of penning a contract with the Premier League side. Read more.

Liverpool 'have no plans to loan out Harry Wilson'
Liverpool are reportedly only prepared to consider permanent offers for Harry Wilson during the summer transfer window. Read more.

Arsenal's talks with Atletico Madrid over Thomas Partey hit brick wall?
A report claims that Arsenal are now set to look elsewhere for a new midfielder after conceding defeat in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey. Read more.

Former Barcelona chief insists Lionel Messi cannot leave for free this summer
Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta insists that Lionel Messi cannot legally leave the club for free this summer and urges the Catalans to hold out for a £630m fee. Read more.

Everton close to competing James Rodriguez deal?
Everton are reportedly close to reaching an agreement with Real Madrid over a move for James Rodriguez, who is said to be keen on a move to Merseyside. Read more.

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha Alcantara attracting interest from Arsenal, Everton?
A report claims that Rafinha Alcantara is interested in joining a Premier League club, with Arsenal and Everton possible destinations for the Barcelona outcast. Read more.

Thomas Tuchel makes last-ditch attempt to keep Thiago Silva at Paris Saint-Germain?
Thomas Tuchel has asked Paris Saint-Germain to offer Thiago Silva another contract extension to stop him from joining Chelsea, according to a report. Read more.

Report: Chelsea agree £50m deal for Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell
A report claims that Chelsea will complete the signing of Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell in the next three days. 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.

Philippe Coutinho prefers Premier League move to Barcelona stay?
Barcelona attacker Philippe Coutinho reportedly wants to move back to the Premier League rather than stay at Camp Nou. Read more.

Arsenal's Hector Bellerin 'offered to Paris Saint-Germain'
Arsenal reportedly offer right-back Hector Bellerin to Paris Saint-Germain as they look to offload defenders due to the imminent arrival of Gabriel Magalhaes. Read more.

Leeds United agree club-record deal to sign Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno
Newly-promoted Leeds United agree a club-record deal thought to be worth around £27m for Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno. Read more.

Chelsea pip Arsenal, Barcelona to former Nice defender Malang Sarr?
Free agent defender Malang Sarr could reportedly become a Chelsea player by the end of the week. Read more.

Lionel Messi 'demanding to be let go from Barcelona on a free transfer'
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi is reportedly on course for a legal battle with the club after claiming that a clause in his deal allowing him to leave for free is valid. Read more.

Massimo Moratti: 'Inter Milan are trying to sign Lionel Messi'
Inter Milan have either already made a move for Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, or will soon do so, according to the club's former president Massimo Moratti. Read more.

Luke Thomas signs new long-term Leicester City contract
Luke Thomas made his debut for the Foxes at the end of last season. Read more.

Former Chelsea winger Pedro completes Roma move on three-year deal
The 33-year-old winger left Chelsea at the end of the season. Read more.

Martin Montoya joins Real Betis from Brighton & Hove Albion
The 29-year-old made 57 appearances in all competitions for the Seagulls. Read more.

Liverpool yet to make move for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge expects Thiago Alcantara to leave Bayern Munich, but reveals that Liverpool - the rumoured frontrunners to sign him - have yet to make an offer. Read more.

Report: Everton hold further talks with Napoli over £25m Allan deal
A report claims that Napoli's Allan remains a target for Everton, but the Premier League side may have to hand over £30m for the midfielder. Read more.

Morgan Gibbs-White joins Swansea on loan from Wolves
Morgan Gibbs-White, 20, has made 70 first-team appearances for Wolves. Read more.

Brighton's Matt Clarke to spend second season on loan at Derby
The Brighton defender won the Rams' Player of the Season award last term. Read more.

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Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara pictured in August 2019
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