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Gossip: Barca star linked

Gossip: Barca star linked
Manchester City would consider adding more firepower to their attacking options according to Wednesday’s newspaper reports.

Today’s gossip suggests the Blues are eyeing Lionel Messi’s situation, while the recurring Alexis Sanchez rumour receives more column inches.

The Express – via Spanish media – is the outlet to report on the Barcelona forward’s future, which they say hangs in the balance.

Bruce Archer writes: “Lionel Messi has an open offer to join Pep Guardiola at Manchester City - and will consider the move if Barcelona don’t improve their squad in the coming days.

“The Argentine wants the club to build a team that will challenge Real Madrid, who won La Liga and the Champions League last season.

“And Don Balon claim Messi will join Manchester City if the Barca board fail to act accordingly.

“It is said City have opened their arms to him and would take him tomorrow, or would also be happy to wait until next summer when he would be available on a free.”

On Sanchez, The Mirror claim it would take a bid of £70million before Arsenal would begin to consider the prospect of selling the Chilean.

John Cross reports: “Wenger is digging his heels in over Sanchez with Manchester City desperate to sign the Arsenal forward before the transfer window shuts.

“City have yet to make a formal bid but talks have taken place as they try to capitalise on Sanchez only having one year left on his current contract.

“It is unlikely City would open with £70m but that would be the figure which may make Arsenal have to have a serious conversation knowing that Sanchez will not sign a new deal.”

That’s your lot for today, Blues. Join us again tomorrow for more from the media.

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