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Arsenal’s board could back Mikel Arteta with over £200m to spend this summer, including a combined £170m to sign both Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo (Times)

Aston Villa have a concrete interest in Giovani Lo Celso and the player would be keen on the move; still waiting to understand who’s will be the new Tottenham manager as he will return from his loan at Villarreal. Unai Emery is pushing for Lo Celso; but it’s not the only name in the list.

Barcelona are confident to get La Liga’s green light for the Inigo Martinez deal to be registered very soon. He has already completed medicals weeks ago and he has agreed a two year deal valid until June 2025.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta: “Messi deal? We will discuss about that, yes. We are working to have the possibility to build a very competitive team next season. We’ll see if they will approve our viability plan.”

He added: “I have spoken to Messi, we’ve recovered the relationship. It was very nice. Al Hilal bid? Barca is Barca. This club can compete with everyone. In Arabia they are doing a good job and investing… but I insist, Barca is his home. We want Leo. We will not offer crazy figures for that or any other deal. We’ll try to make things work with viability plan, waiting for the approval. Where would Leo play? Up to Xavi, it’s never an issue with the best player in the world.”

Laporta on Xavi’s contract: “There will be no problem. He’s a club man. He understands perfectly the circumstances of the club and that he deserves recognition from the club.”

Laporta on Ansu Fati’s future: “We are counting on Ansu, he is a Barca player and we want him with us. He wants to succeed at Barça — the management will have to decide what happens with him, he’s a quality player, we will see.”

Barcelona are prepared to consider letting Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres leave to reduce their wage bill as they pursue the return of Lionel Messi. Barca are pushing and pushing for the return of Messi, they are not giving up on finding a solution that works with Financial Fair Play. They know Messi has a proposal from Al-Hilal, but he’s not given them the green light yet.

Laporta relaxed over Gavi future: “I am sure that Gavi will continue to be a Barça player. I don’t worry about that, no issue and no…

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