Monday’s transfer rumor mill involves a one-club Ballon d’Or winner likely not going anywhere, as well as a few players possible finding new homes.
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We’ll start with the former, as Lionel Messi’s new Barcelona deal looks close to being inked for three years, with a hitch.
Messi (back) to Barcelona
Lionel Messi’s new contract with Barcelona could keep him with the La Liga side through the 2022-23 season.
The world’s best player is reportedly close to signing a new three-year deal with Barcelona that will give him the chance to exit the deal after every season.
So, yeah, that doesn’t exactly feel like a multi-year deal inasmuch as the privilege given to one of the greatest to ever strap on a pair of boots in any uniform.
This term is non-negotiable for Messi as he doesn’t want to be tied down to a contract, and wants to be able to decide at the end of every season whether or not he is physically fit to continue competing at the top level, and for this reason there will always be a clause allowing him to leave if he sees it appropriate.
Messi has discussed playing for boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys and Americans fans have dreamed of a possible MLS move.
Those would be options if Messi opted to leave Barcelona, because he doesn’t seem the type to skitter away to another European address. And there’s precedence within Barca’s quasi- one club set of his generation, as players like Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez have left for lesser leagues and Carles Puyol retired as a one-club man.
The 32-year-old Messi is having another sensational year and is one goal away from 700 for his career between Barcelona and Argentina.
Meunier to Dortmund
Bellingham to Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund have won the race to add one of the world’s premier free agents, according to Sky Sports Germany. They’ll also scoop up a sought-after British talent, too, says the BBC.
Thomas Meunier will leave Paris Saint-Germain for the club it knocked out of the Champions League, agreeing to a four-year deal with BVB.
Meunier had been linked with Tottenham amongst other destinations but has found favor with the Bundesliga runners-up.
The 28-year-old Belgian right back has been with PSG since 2016 when he came from Club Brugge. Meunier has been capped 40 times by Belgium, scoring seven goals.
As for the young Belgian, the BBC says BVB has won the race to sign Jude Bellingham of Birmingham City.
Still 16 for one more week, Bellingham is said to cost approximately $25 million and has been chased by Manchester United and others for some time.
But it’s BVB’s track record with young players including fellow English youngster Jadon Sancho that may win the day with Bellingham.
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