Kane releases STATEMENT as Man City declare interest, Chelsea 'join Messi race', PSG want superstar – transfer news live

HARRY KANE has broken his silence just hours after Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola declared a public interest in signing the Spurs star.

Kane has taken to his social media and claims he would 'never refuse to train', with the England forward saying he will 'return to training' with Tottenham on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Chelsea and PSG are reportedly eyeing a swoop for free agent Lionel Messi.

The Argentine superstar left Barcelona after contract talks with the Catalan giants broken down over La Liga Fair Play rules – and the Blues are reportedly one of the teams ready to swoop.

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  • Sam Dymond

    KANE TO STAY AT SPURS?

    Following Harry Kane's statement, the odds of him remaining a Tottenham Hotspur player beyond the 2021 transfer window have shortened slightly.

    While the striker refuses to go into the 'specifics of the situation,' his words appear to be a source of comfort to anxious Spurs fans, worried about their star's possible departure.

    Betfair now have Kane at 4/6 to remain at Tottenham while Manchester City are listed at 23/20 to sign the England captain.

  • Sam Dymond

    HARRY'S PAIN

    Tottenham striker Harry Kane has taken to social media to issue a statement regarding comments over his professionalism that have left him hurt.

    While speculation continues regarding his future, Kane insists that he will be returning to Spurs tomorrow as planned, and that he would never do anything to jeopardise his relationship with the supporters that have always backed him.

  • Sam Dymond

    TEN TO TEMPT MESSI

    Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar has reportedly offered his number ten shirt to Lionel Messi in order to tempt his former Barcelona teammate into joining him at the Parc des Princes, according to French news outlet RMC Sport.

    Both players have become synonymous with the number ten jersey during their illustrious careers, but only one will be able to wear it if they were to again end up on the same side.

  • Sam Dymond

    A MESSI ENDING

    Barcelona have now confirmed that Lionel Messi has officially left the club after contract negotiations ended.

    Which airport will he be spotted at first?

  • Sam Dymond

    NO COUTINHO PAYDAY FOR REDS

    Barcelona's perilous finances have been making recent headlines, and now the Spanish giants are banking on an aspect of Phillipe Coutinho's failed transfer.

    Rumours in England had suggested that the Catalans would owe Liverpool another £20m for when the Brazilian reached 100 games for the La Liga club, but Barcelona are now insistent that is not the case.

    Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo have been running the story after manager Ronald Koeman admitted that Coutinho – currently on 90 Barcelona appearances – would be part of his plans if financially viable.

  • James Orr

    PEP TALKS

    Man City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted he is 'very interested' in signing Harry Kane.

    But the Spaniard has warned Tottenham that if they are not prepared to negotiate, the deal is 'finished'.

    Kane is desperate for a move to the Etihad after telling Spurs he wants to leave to win trophies.

    But chairman Daniel Levy is thought to value the England captain around £160m, with City unlikely to reach that target.

    They have of course just shelled out £100m to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.

    Speaking about the possibility of bringing in another £100m+ man, Guardiola said: "Harry Kane is an exceptionally talented striker and of course, we're very interested.

    "But if Tottenham don't want to sell… Of course, we'll try."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    CITY OFFER

    The City Football Group have made their move for Lionel Messi, according to French outlet le 10 sport.

    The report suggests the 34-year-old has been offered a three year deal, with two of them to be spent in Manchester with City, and the final year to be at New York City.

    The six-time Ballon d'Or winner is thought to want to spend a couple more years playing at the top level before retiring in the USA, and that contract certainly appeals to his wishes.

    PSG are still thought to be the frontrunners for his signature though.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    THAT'S ALL

    That's all from Joan Laporta as he leaves the stage.

    He made it clear that Messi wanted to stay at Barcelona, the club did all they could and so did Messi, but financial constraints mean it can't happen.

    Laporta blames the disastrous losses from the previous presidency that have left the club in serious debt, with 95% of the club's income going on the player's salaries.

    It means the club could be in a position at the end of the season that sees them lose over £400million.

    Laporta didn't say where Messi would be going when quizzed by reporters, but he did say he is the best player in the world so he has offers from the best clubs in the world.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BIG LOSSES

    Joan Laporta claims that Barcelona's losses by the end of the season could be in excess of £400m!

    WOW!

  • Giacomo Pisa

    LAPORTA LATEST

    "We even shook hands [him and Messi] but the contract didn't fit in the regulations.

    "And we reached the agreement that it couldn't be."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ON PSG INTEREST

    When asked who he wants to see Messi move to and where he's moving to, Laporta says:

    "I would like to see him play at Barca but whatever he does is up to him.

    "You'll have to ask him.

    "I don't know but it's always been said that they have options [for Messi]."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PREVIOUS PRESIDENCY

    Laporta calls the inheritance from the previous presidency disgraceful, with impossible debt.

    And that is partly the reason for Messi's exit.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    CLUB IN DANGER?

    "We need to rationalise the salaries and we need to boost the income."

    The fact that Laporta is publicly saying the club need to increase their income is very worrying for Barcelona fans.

    It's almost indicating that the club is in danger of going under.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MORE FROM LAPORTA

    He thinks the players' salaries should be 65-70% of income.

    But it's 95% without Messi.

    But he says the losses aren't purely down to salaries, again blaming decisions made in the previous presidency.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    LOSSES EXPECTED

    Laporta goes on to say there will be serious losses.

    But he refuses to go into the exact numbers, but says they will be released at some point.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MORE FROM LAPORTA

    Laporta is saying the salary of the players is 95% of the club income.

    It means negotiations will be needed with players for them to acceptreductions in their salaries.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    UNDER SCRUTINY

    Barcelona President Joan Laporta continues to be quizzed by the Spanish media.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    "BARCA IS HIS HOME"

    On whether Laporta has spoken to Messi:

    "Leo wanted to stay, so he's not happy.

    "We all wanted him to stay but for him right now he has to confront reality.

    "It's a reality he can't change and he knows I wish him the best wherever he goes, him and his family.

    "And Barca is his home."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SAYING IT HOW IT IS

    When asked if the situation could have been dealt with differently, Laporta says:

    "It could have been done better maybe.

    "But I'm explaining it as it is."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    OVER THE LIMIT

    Laporta explains that Barca are over the salary limit, even without Lionel Messi.

    He says he has to abide by the rules of La Liga, even though La Liga want him in the league.

    But they can't make an exception for him because other clubs are abiding by the rules.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    INSIDE THE ROOM

    Laporta says: "My decision is that we can't put the club at risk."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ON THE SALARY SITUATION WITHOUT MESSI

    "Everyone is working on the situation [salary situation].

    "And now we have a little bit more margin to see if we can find a solution, but we're at the limit.

    "Even without Leo.

    "Even without Leo we don't have a margin."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    DECISION DAY

    "Two days ago I reached the conclusion that we had to say enough, that we couldn't do it.

    "And yesterday we had our last conversations with Leo's father."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    DECISION DAY

    "With great sadness we have had to make a decision.

    "What we can't do is just keep prolonging the agony and making things longer."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MORE FROM LAPORTA

    "We couldn't keep going with this [economic situation], and we needed to make a decision.

    "And that's what we did."

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