Transfer Update: Chelsea ready to pounce on 200 million Lionel Messi

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard’s transfer to LA Galaxy has been confirmed by the Major League Soccer club.

The Liverpool player will sign an 18-month contract with the American club as he takes a next step after his Liverpool career.

The player will join LA Galaxy in July when the current English Premier League season ends.

The former England captain told the Los Angeles Times:

‘I think it’s a match made in heaven really.
‘One of the reasons I chose LA Galaxy was because of the success they’ve had recently.

‘I want to finish my career very strong. I want to add some medals and trophies to my collection.’

LA Galaxy boss Bruce Arena said of the deal:
‘Steven Gerrard arrives in July and by then we will certainly have a plan available.

‘He’s a player of quality. I’m not concerned about how he’s going to fit in with our team.

‘We have a club now with a proven history of success. All those things go hand in hand in making LA Galaxy a very attractive team for players such as Steven Gerrard.’

Lionel Messi’s Barcelona future is in serious doubt after manager Luis Enrique refused to clear the air on the future of the four-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Messi was left out of Barcelona’s defeat against David Moyes’ Real Sociedad amid speculations of a strained relationship with manger Luis Enrique.

The Argentine went on to miss an open training session on Monday, fueling an earlier rumour about him not being happy with decisions of the Barcelona boss.

Chelsea have been reported interested in Messi with reports in Spain indicating the English Premier League club have met the Argentine’s father over a potential £200 million transfer deal.

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has signed a deal with English Premier League club Manchester United after recovering from a serious knee injury.

The goalkeeper will be an understudy to Manchester United’s number one David De Gea who has been arguably the club’s best player under manger Louis van Gaal.

The transfer deal for Victor Valdes which will keep him at the club until 2016 is yet to be announced by the Premier League club.

Queens Park Rangers are interested in signing Chelsea player Mohamed Salah on loan until the end of the season.

Manchester United have been dealt another Hummels blow after reports suggesting German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund are willing to hold on to their captain Mats Hummels .

The German club have also opened talks with player Marco Reus in a bid to keep him at the club with top European clubs wanting the sign Reus.

English Premier League clubs Stoke City and Liverpool have been dealt  a huge transfer blow as Switzeland international Xherdan Shaqiri is set to tell Bayern Munich he wants a move to Inter Milan in the Italian Serie A.

Newcastle have no plans to sell Moussa Sissoko in the current transfer window. Follow @kboakye92

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