Football transfer rumours: Matthijs de Ligt to Barcelona? Walcott to West Ham?

Today’s fluff is mulling things over

Lionel Messi can’t make his mind up. Last week he wanted Barcelona to sign
Philippe Coutinho, but now he’s urging them to drop their interest in the
Brazilian forward and turn their attention elsewhere. Messi, who apparently turned down a mega offer from Manchester City before extending his contract at the Nou Camp, appears to be in charge of everything at Barca these days – he gets to design next season’s kit – and thinks they need a new centre-back after Samuel Umtiti’s injury. Ajax’s eerily composed 18-year-old, Matthijs de Ligt, is his top pick. For De Ligt, it’s not the worst recommendation.

With Marcos Alonso looking like he needs a good long nap, Chelsea are
planning to use some of the money they didn’t spend last summer and buy
Alex Sandro for £80m. Alessandro Del Piero thinks that Juventus should
spend the cash on Liverpool’s Emre Can.

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