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Friday Transfer Rumour Roundup: 250 million Euros for Messi?

Dec 27, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

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Four of the remaining Champions League clubs are linked in this Friday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup… to each other.

French newspaper Le Parisien is reporting that Paris St-Germain is weighing up a move to trigger Lionel Messi’s 250 million Euro out clause from Barcelona. That price tag would add up to nearly four times the price they paid for Edinson Cavani this summer and certainly make Les-Rouges-Et-Bleu one of the Champions League’s favorites during their runWhat would Laurent Blanc do with Messi, Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all in his stable?

Financial Fair Play, huh?

If Manchester United wants dynamic Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus, it’s going to cost them 40 million pounds, according to the Daily Mail. Reus, 24, would be the second high profile Black and Yellow star to skip town after Mario Gotze left for Bayern Munich in the summer.

Would a Demba Ba exchange be enough for Chelsea to woo Inter Milan into sending Fredy Guarin to Stamford Bridge. The Colombian midfielder, 27, has said he’d like to stay in Italy. Is MLS really a destination for both Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole? And would Raul really consider coming to the NASL? Meanwhile. could 34-year-old Fred find his way back to MLS? Who would be interested?

  1. footballer4ever - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Ha! Cosmos want Raul? I think Cosmos want to commit suicide 2.0.

  2. mianfr - Dec 27, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    I think the way it’s structured that €250M out clause for Messi is tax-free, so it’s in the €400M range… That will never happen, not for a player coming off of injury, even for a player as good as Messi.

    I’m starting to get the impression Dortmund is moving closer to a full scale rebuild than trying to maintain a spot in the CL for a couple middling years as their players wear off, but regardless I can’t imagine they sell Reus before Lewandowski leaves. Manchester United is a terrible fit anyway.

    Rumors are free, though.

  3. ascriptlikethis - Dec 27, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Might I also add that Messi is cup-tied for the Champion’s League, so they wouldn’t be Champion’s League favorites any more than they are now. The only thing it would do is hurt Barca’s chances. It would certainly help their chances next season, and in Ligue 1, but not this season.

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