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Football rumours and transfer gossip: Messi rubbishes Inter Milan rumours, Everton confident of landing Grealish, Pedro gets offer ahead of Chelsea exit rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Friday’s papers and online…

Lionel Messi has rubbished reports linking him with a move from Barcelona to Inter Milan. Messi has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave on a free in the summer but links with a move to Italy appear to be off the table at this stage. FULL STORY

Chelsea have been urged to not sign Philippe Coutinho for the £80million asking price. Frank Leboeuf claims the price Barcelona want for the player is far too high for someone who is ‘not a top, top player’. The Blues are believed to have already held talks with the player’s agent. FULL STORY

Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian says the midfielder ‘would love a return to the Premier League’. Joorabchian is an Arsenal fan but says he will not use his influence to try and push his client to move to the Gunners. The Brazilian is currently on loan at Bayern Munich and looks set to leave Barcelona in the summer. (Sky Sports)

Philippe Coutinho is rediscovering his form in Germany but his future is still uncertain
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Roma have offered Pedro the chance to move to Serie A in the summer. The winger is out of contract with Chelsea at the end of the season and will leave the club on a free transfer. The 32-year-old is believed to have been offered a contract worth around £2.7million a year. (Mirror)

Everton are confident they can land Aston Villa star Jack Grealish in the summer. The midfielder is wanted by a number of clubs and Villa could be forced to sell him if they are relegated from the Premier League. Manchester United are also believed to be keen on signing Grealish. (Football Insider)

Kylian Mbappe has been tipped to leave Paris Saint-Germain and join Real Madrid in the summer. Former Barcelona and Brazil forward Rivaldo believes the World Cup winner could be heading to LaLiga once the transfer window opens. (Betfair)

Manchester United are concerned that they may lose striker Odion Ighalo when the Chinese season resumes. Ighalo is on loan from Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the season but the coronavirus pandemic means the current campaign will be extended. The Shanghai club could insist on the striker returning when their season gets back underway. (ESPN)

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