Lionel Messi said he could quit Argentina after the World Cup in an interview with Sport. He said: “I don’t know. It will depend how we do, how it ends. The fact we’ve lost three finals now has led to some complicated moments with the Argentine press due to the differences in seeing what it means to reach a final.It is not easy and [reaching three finals] has to be appreciated. It’s true that winning them is important, but getting there is not easy.”
Rafinha has emerged as a transfer target for Tottenham after a permanent move to Inter stalled. Manager Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of the midfielder and could make a move this summer. Barcelona are set for more talks with Inter but so far the Serie A side are refusing to pay the asking price.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has given Spain an injury scare after leaving training early because of a problem with his knee. He left the session to undergo some lighter training exercises and it remains to be seen if he’s a doubt for Spain’s World Cup opener against Portugal.
Sport Witness has been leafing through Mundo Deportivo where they’ve found a report that reckons Marlon Santos is close to a move to West Ham and could cost up to €18 million. Gerard Deulofeu is also on his way out and is expected to complete a €13m move to Watford.
Staying with MD and they also report that Barcelona could move for Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels if Jasper Cillessen opts to leave. Chelsea, Liverpool, Napoli and Bayern Munich are all interested in Cillessen, and while Barcelona don’t want him to leave they will consider a sale if they receive an offer that suits both player and club.
Barcelona look set to lose another youngster as teenage defender Joel Lopez is off to Arsenal. The 16-year-old was offered a renewal but has turned it down and wants to head to London instead. Barcelona have tried their best to convince him to stay but his mind is made up.
Pep Guardiola has hit back at claims from former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure. He told TV3: “It’s a lie and he knows it. We were together for two years and now this is when he says it. He never told me face to face.”