Poch's Chelsea clear-out, Liverpool's Thuram talks and Messi's 'done deal': FootballTransfers recap

Tom Weber
Tom Weber
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Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea
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Tuesday delivered plenty of Chelsea transfer news.

Plus, Lionel Messi's move to Al-Hilal is apparently a 'done deal' and we brought you some exclusive news on Liverpool's midfield rebuild. There's plenty to cover, so let's jump right in!

Exclusive: Liverpool set for Thuram talks

FootballTransfers can exclusively reveal that Liverpool are set for talks with Nice star Khephren Thuram - but they aren't the only ones interested in the midfielder.

Poch's Chelsea clear-out

Mauricio Pochettino was only announced as the new Chelsea boss yesterday, but he's already shaping the club's transfer plans. His first order of business was telling the management that he has no use for loanee Joao Felix.

Joao Felix
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Moreover, a Chelsea academy graduate is on his way to AC Milan.

And Sterling is officially gone; yes, you read that right.

A first signing could also be on his way already as Chelsea now lead the race to sign Manuel Ugarte.

Messi's done deal

Footmercato claims that Lionel Messi has agreed to sign for Al-Hilal.

Other reports, however, state that the Argentine will wait until the expiration of his PSG deal before making a decision - and one outlet even claims that Premier League clubs are now trying to sign the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Lionel Messi
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Benzema bombshell

Karim Benzema has still not signed a contract extension at Real Madrid and he has now received a massive offer from Saudi Arabia.

To avoid being left without a number nine, Real are already on the verge of bringing in a replacement.

Does Pep hold a grudge?

Barcelona coach Xavi has hinted that Pep Guardiola may have prevented Joao Cancelo from joining the Blaugrana in January, and it wasn't the first time the Spaniard came back to haunt his former employers.

Pep Guardiola
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Transfer news

Finally, let's finish up with some more transfer news from around the world. Spurs signing Destiny Udogie has been hailed by one of his Udinese teammates as the best player in his position in Serie A.

Departing Barcelona legend Sergio Busquets has revealed which Premier League player he wants to see take his place at the heart of the Blaugrana's midfield.

Manchester United wonderkid Amad Diallo is once again being courted by Dutch champions Feyenoord.

Amad Diallo
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Speaking of the Dutch champions, their sought-after captain has admitted that he would be open to taking the next step in his career this summer.

He is on the radar of Liverpool, but so is another player and he could be worth as much as €100 million.

Has Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier done enough to earn a big move? He's certainly being linked with one.

Lastly, Arsenal are getting serious competition in their attempts to sign Declan Rice.