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Lionel Messi, Pape Demba Diop, Hudson-Odoi, and more: The Daily Transfer Round Up – Sunday, July 16

Inter Miami confirm Messi signing

It wasn’t exactly a big secret that it would be done, but Inter Miami have confirmed the arrival of Lionel Messi.

The Argentinian superstar left Paris Saint-Germain with the expiration of his contract at the end of the season, and though he reportedly had options to return to Barcelona or to join the throng of players making their way to Saudi Arabia this summer, he decided to go back across the Atlantic and join the club partly owned by former Manchester United star, David Beckham.

Inter currently sit at the bottom of the table in the MLS Eastern conference, but the arrival of the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is likely to be of great help for them to turn their fortunes around.

Liverpool contact Pape Demba Diop

Towards the end of 2022/23, Liverpool made contact with the representative of Pape Demba Diop, currently playing for Belgian side Zulte Waregem.

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Yet to turn 20, Diop is a talented, versatile midfielder, responsible in defence and a significant goal threat upfront; exactly the type of player Liverpool need. However, the impending departures of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson, two stalwarts in Liverpool’s midfield ranks, might force the six-time European champions to change their strategy and go for players of more experience instead.

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Three clubs in Hudson-Odoi race

Everton, Nottingham Forest and Fulham are reportedly all interested in signing Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.

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Once considered a very promising young player, the 22-year-old was linked in the past with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, and the interest of the Bundesliga champions seemed very genuine for a long time. However, Chelsea held out under pressure from both Bayern and the player’s camp at the time.

It cannot be said that staying at Stamford Bridge has done much good for the development of Hudson-Odoi. The loan at Bayer Leverkusen last season was arguably far more beneficial from that point of view, and with the Blues continuously signing new attacking players, window after window, it’s probably best for him to leave.

Read more about the interest of Everton, Nottingham Forest and Fulham in Hudson-Odoi…

Harry Maguire stripped of Manchester United captaincy

It’s not exactly transfer-related, but following a meeting with manager Erik ten Hag, Harry Maguire is no longer the captain of Manchester United.

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The former Leicester City defender joined United for a fee that broke the record for a defender as the 20-time English champions paid £80 million to secure his services in 2019. However, paying that kind of money for Maguire has proven to have been a mistake, let alone to name him as the captain at a club of such history.

“After discussions with the manager today he has informed me he is changing captain,” Maguire told the club’s official website.

“He outlined his reasons to me and whilst I’m personally extremely disappointed, I will continue to give my all every time I wear the shirt.

“So I wanted to say a massive thank you to the Manchester United fans for all their brilliant support whilst I’ve been wearing the armband.”

Uncertainty surrounds the 30-year-old’s future, with plenty of questions rising about the purpose of United having him under contract.

Onana on verge of Old Trafford transfer

Staying with Manchester United for a while, according to Fabrizio Romano, their acquisition of goalkeeper Andre Onana from Inter Milan is “99.9% done”.

Apparently, all that’s left now is for certain payment details to be checked between the two clubs, and then the Cameroonian shot-stopper will travel to the north-west of England. United boss Erik ten Hag has personally called Onana to confirm that the deal is on and that there’s no need to worry, just the need for a little patience.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on seven different football blogs.

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