Top Transfer Stories of the Day: Messi Stalls Barca Talks, Liverpool Eye Alcantara, City & Chelsea Target Digne

Lionel Messi
Messi could leave Barcelona in 2021 | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Liverpool wrapped up the Premier League title last week, but their 4-0 hammering at Manchester City last night offered Jurgen Klopp's side a warning that sitting still in the transfer market may not be an option.

And there's no doubt these two clubs will be in the market to bolster their ranks, as will multiple other clubs.

But the financial impact of the coronavirus remains to be seen with transfer activity and speculation remains buoyant ahead of this summer's window.

With that in mind, here's a look at the top stories of the day and we rate them on the scale of 1 to 10.

Messi considering leaving Barca

Lionel Messi is giving serious thought to his future as he stalls negotiations on a contract renewal, Cadena SER reports.

It is claimed that the club's lack of a clear project, outlined by their horrendous transfer dealings in recent years, as well as rifts with the club's management, could see him leave the club in 2021.

Rumour rating – 4/10

Liverpool on verge of signing Bayern midfielder Thiago Alcantara

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is a long-time admirer of the Spanish midfielder, stretching back to his time as Borussia Dortmund boss.

Negotiations are believed to be at an advanced stage, though Liverpool are unwilling to pay Bayern's €35million asking price in full. Alcantara is set to be the Reds' first summer signing.

Rumour rating – 6/10

Digne eyed as Chilwell alternative

Manchester City and Chelsea will target Everton's Lucas Digne if they fail to land Ben Chilwell from Leicester, according to ESPN.

The Premier League heavyweights are both keen to recruit a left-back this summer and have made England international Chilwell a prime target. However, the Foxes are under no financial pressure to sell so will likely resist any interest, meaning Toffees defender Digne is now being considered as an alternative.

Rumour rating – 6/10

Premier League scouts watch Bailey

Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United are all set to scout Leon Bailey this weekend, according to Sky Sports.

The 22-year-old is keen on a move to the Premier League. Bailey has three years left on his deal and had been expected to sell for up to £60million, but the coronavirus pandemic could slash that fee by almost half.

Rumour rating – 7/10