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An intermediary claiming to be acting on behalf of Juventus has made inquiries about the potential cost of signing Lionel Messi.
The intermediary is also said to have outlined proposals to Messi’s entourage detailing how he could fit into the Juventus team , according to
Skysports .
Reports in Italy, however, indicated that Juventus are in a difficult financial situation following the coronavirus pandemic, and are unlikely to be able to afford Messi.
Juventus players agreed to waive four months ’ wages from March to help , and reports have claimed they may be forced to sell either Cristiano Ronaldo or Paulo Dybala this summer .
Lionel Messi missed a coronavirus test at Barcelona’s training ground on Sunday morning , club sources have confirmed to AFP , raising the possibility he will now boycott pre -season to force a transfer .
But La Liga have given a boost to Barca ’s hopes of keeping Messi by announcing that the release clause in his contract , set at 700 million euros ( $ 833 million ) , still applies.
Messi and his lawyers believe a separate clause means he should be allowed to leave for free this summer .
Without passing a coronavirus test , Messi will be unable to join team -mates for Ronald Koeman’ s first training session on Monday , with the start of the new La Liga season less than two weeks away .
Messi was due for testing at 10 .15 am on Sunday but according to sources at Barcelona, he failed to show up at the Ciutat Esportiva .
The club ’s captain and greatest ever player could now be punished with a fine and even a reduction in salary if the strike continues .
Luis Suarez – his best friend and strike partner – and Arturo Vidal were among those seen arriving for tests , despite both players being told they should find new teams as part of a planned clear -out this summer .
The meet -up was a chance for Messi to make his first public appearance since the burofax stating his intention to leave arrived in the offices of Camp Nou on Tuesday evening .
Instead , his absence offers a clear indication of his determination to secure a move and how ugly this dispute could now become .
Taking part in the team ’ s pre -season programme could damage his legal case if his departure ends up being settled in court .
Barcelona insist a clause included in Messi’ s contract that allowed him to go for free this summer had to be activated by June 10 and the only way the 33 -year -old will be allowed to depart now is via the payment of 700 million euros.
La Liga, who were always likely to take the side of the club , agree that Messi’ s release clause is still valid .
“ The contract is currently in force and has a ‘termination clause ’ applicable if Lionel Andres Messi decides to activate the early unilateral termination of the contract ,” La Liga said in a statement .
“ In compliance with the regulations and procedure in these cases , La Liga will not de – register the player from the ( Spanish football ) federation unless they have previously paid the amount of said clause . ”
Yet Messi’s lawyers believe the clause that allows him to leave for free refers not to a specific date but to 10 days after the end of the season.
Given last season was extended into August due to the pandemic, with the Champions League final only played last weekend , they maintain Messi’s request to leave came within the agreed period.
His absence on Sunday suggests he is prepared to do whatever it takes to quit the club he joined as 13 – year -old boy , and where most expected him to continue all the way through to retirement .

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West Ham : David Moyes , Issa Diop & Josh Cullen Test Positive For Covid-19

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West Ham United manager David Moyes and two of the club’s players have tested positive for coronavirus.
The Premier League club were informed of the positive tests while preparing for Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie against Hull City at London Stadium.
Moyes, 57, defender Issa Diop, 23, and 24-year-old midfielder Josh Cullen will now be required to self-isolate.
“The manager and both players immediately left the stadium and have returned home,” said a club statement.
West Ham said the three men were all asymptomatic and assistant manager Alan Irvine took charge of the Hull match, which both Diop and Cullen were due to start.
Public Health England guidelines state those with Covid-19 should self-isolate for at least 10 days, meaning Moyes, Diop and Cullen will not be able to attend training or the league game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 27 September.
BBC Radio 5 Live’s John Southall said the trio travelled to the ground with the squad in two or three separate coaches.
“They say they all social distanced, the squad, from when they met up and throughout the journey,” he said.
“As soon as they arrived, the results from the tests done yesterday came through and the two players and the manager were isolated immediately in separate rooms and left the ground very quickly, I’m told.
“West Ham say they are satisfied nobody else in the squad needs to self-isolate and that is why the game went ahead.”
The news comes after Leyton Orient v Tottenham Hotspur in the EFL Cup third round on Tuesday was called off because a number of the home players had contracted coronavirus.
It came on the day the government announced a raft of new coronavirus restrictions for England which could last for up to six months.
As part of the stricter rules, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed plans for fans to return to watch live sport events in England from 1 October will not go ahead.
Sports bodies have been told not to expect spectators at stadiums and venues until the end of March at the earliest.

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Man City squad stretched to its limit, says Guardiola

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Pep Guardiola said his squad is stretched to the limit as Manchester City prepare to launch their League Cup defense after Monday ’ s opening Premier League win against Wolves .
City claimed an impressive 3- 1 victory at Molineux on Monday as Kevin De Bruyne , Phil Foden , and Gabriel Jesus struck in their Premier League opener.
They remain without Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Oleksandr Zinchenko , Sergio Aguero , Aymeric Laporte , and Eric Garcia while Ilkay Gundogan is self – isolating after testing positive for coronavirus .
City, who have won the League Cup for the past three seasons, start the defense of their trophy against Bournemouth on Thursday and Guardiola knows they cannot afford to lose more players.
“ All we want is the seven players that are out to come back , ” he said .
“ Now we have a competition that we cannot spend the energy that we spent today , before Leicester ( on Sunday) , so we ’ re going to play mostly academy players and try to keep the energy for the Premier League .
“ With this lack of preparation and seven players out and not coming back soon , we have to keep the players from Monday as safe as possible .
“ We will see how many are available , how they recover . We have just three days . We won the Carabao ( League ) Cup three times in a row and we would like to continue but we don’ t have the players in this period to play every three days . ”

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Djokovic wins fifth Italian Open title

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Novak Djokovic claimed a record 36 th Masters crown on Monday, beating Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the final of the Italian Open .
The world number one won 7 – 5 , 6 – 3 to break a tie with Spanish rival Rafael Nadal for most master titles .
For Djokovic , it was a fifth title in the warm – up clay – court tournament for next week ’ s French Open .
Nine- time Rome winner Nadal, the defending champion, fell in the quarter -finals to eighth- seed Schwartzman .

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