Transfer Rumours 03/09: Chelsea Eye Koulibaly, Rice Insists on Release Clause, Messi Backed to Retire at Barca

By Amreen
Messi has been backed to retire at Barca
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The summer window may have shut earlier this week, but the air is still thick with transfer rumours as clubs continue to monitor targets, already looking forward to the January transfer window. Some big names, including Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland could be on the move in the coming few months, and we're here to keep you posted on the latest transfer rumours.

With that, here are the top transfer rumours of the day.

Chelsea eye Koulibaly

Chelsea are reportedly targeting Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly ahead of the January transfer window, according to Football London.

The Blues want to strengthen their defence and Thomas Tuchel is considering Koulibaly as one of the options his side could make a move for before the turn of the year.

Rice insists on release clause

West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice is insisting the club write a release clause into his new contract, according to an exclusive 90min report.

The England international is one of the Premier League's most coveted players, with Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, and Manchester City all linked with his services.

Messi backed to retire at Barca

Lionel Messi has been backed to "win the Champions League with PSG and retire at Barcelona" according to Juan Roman Riquelme.

The iconic Argentine playmaker believes his compatriot will retrace his steps back to Camp Nou, and said: "I don’t know if it’s strange, but we are all excited to see him enjoy playing with [Kylian] Mbappe and Neymar. If they don’t win the Champions League now, they won’t win it. I think Messi will win the Champions League with PSG and retire at Barcelona."

Aurier considering Arsenal move

Former Tottenham defender Serge Aurier would reportedly consider joining Arsenal, reports Sky Sports.

The Gunners have emerged as one of the possible destinations for the Frenchman, who is a free agent after leaving Spurs.