Wednesday’s gossip column

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Paris St-Germain and Manchester United are in position to sign Lionel Messi after the Argentine forward, 33, told Barcelona he wants to leave – and both would be willing to pay a fee. (Sport – in Spanish)external-link

Thiago Silva, 35, is set to undergo a Chelsea medical on Thursday, despite a late attempt by Paris St-Germain to offer the Brazilian defender a new deal. (Sky Sports)external-link

Philippe Coutinho would prefer to return to the Premier League than stay with Barcelona – with Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea interested in the 28-year-old Brazilian midfielder. (Marca)external-link

Everton are in talks over a deal for Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez, 29, with boss Zinedine Zidane keen for him to leave the club. (talkSPORT)external-link

Chelsea are set to complete the signing of free agent and former Nice defender Malang Sarr, 21, on a five-year contract. (Express)external-link

Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek is open to a move to the Premier League this summer, with Manchester United chasing the 23-year-old Dutchman. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Newcastle United are interested in bringing Arsenal centre-back Rob Holding, 24, in on loan and the Gunners are open to offers. (Mail)external-link

AC Milan are pushing to sign Spanish midfielder Brahim Diaz, 21, on loan from Real Madrid for the 2020-21 season. (Marca)external-link

Crystal Palace have agreed a £14m fee for QPR midfielder Eberichi Eze, beating a late bid from West Brom for the 22-year-old after Fulham pulled out. (Sun)external-link

Fulham have entered the race to sign Brentford forward Ollie Watkins, 24, with several other Premier League clubs also interested. (Sky Sports)external-link

Aston Villa are also chasing Watkins, as well as Leeds United and West Brom. (Birmingham Live)external-link

Everton, Leicester City, Southampton and Leeds United all sent scouts to watch Dundee United centre-back Lewis Neilson, 17. (Dundee Courier)external-link

Wednesday's Mirror back page with the headline 'What a Mess' and a picture of Lionel Messi
Wednesday’s Mirror back page

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