Football rumours from the media

Lionel Messi might be a Manchester man after all.

Lionel Messi might be a Manchester man after all.

What the papers say

Manchester City made a 10-year plan to get the most out of Lionel Messi, the Mail reports. The club came up with the strategy to secure the Argentinian. But saw it undone when the forward failed to get a release from Barcelona in summer. The plan includes Messi potentially also playing for another City Football Group side. Possibly New York City FC in MLS. And Pep Guardiola determined to get 33-year-old next year after pair experienced success together at Nou Camp previously.

Staying at Etihad where Guardiola determined to include Jack Grealish in his rebuild. The Independent says the City boss has spoken with Kevin De Bruyne who praised Grealish following the 25-year-old’s role in England’s recent 2-0 win over Belgium. The midfielder has just signed a new five-year contract with Aston Villa but there is a feeling of inevitability that he will leave for a larger club and City are his fancied destination.

Brandon Williams file photo
Brandon Williams has appeared just twice for Manchester United this season and only in EFL Cup matches (Nigel French/PA)

Southampton will attempt to sign Brandon Williams in January, according to The Sun. Saints tried to pick him up during the summer break due to the defender’s versatility but blocked by Manchester United. Old Trafford bosses are now considering letting the 20-year-old head south, though only on a loan deal.

The Liverpool Echo says the chances of Georginio Wijnaldum leaving Anfield are growing every day. While the Holland international continues to impress on the pitch, the fact he has just turned 30 could play against him and the Reds are looking to youth with Curtis Jones already establishing himself in the Liverpool midfield and fancied to replace Wijnaldum permanently from January.

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Players to watch

Christian Eriksen: Italy’s Tuttermercato reports Borussia Dortmund will attempt to sign Denmark’s former Tottenham midfielder, 28, from Inter Milan.

Conor Masterson: Republic of Ireland Under-21 defender sent out on loan by QPR in January, according to West London Sport.

Lionel Messi might be a Manchester man after all

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