Euro papers: Lionel Messi's Barcelona contract clause

Lionel Messi models Barcelona's new checkerboard kit
Image: Lionel Messi's contract reportedly contains a clause which allows him to leave Barcelona for free at the end of every season

International football has taken centre stage this week but there is still plenty going on at club level in the UK and across Europe.

So we asked Football Whispers to round up all the latest gossip and news from across the continent.

Spain

Lionel Messi's contract contains a clause which allows him to leave Barcelona for free at the end of every season. (El Pais)

Messi would be able to join any rival club for nothing as long as he informed Barca before the end of April of his decision to terminate his contract. (Cadena Ser)

Manchester City were offered the chance to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona this summer but Pep Guardiola wasn't interested in the former Liverpool star. (Marca)

Napoli have started contract talks with Fabian Ruiz after Real Madrid and Barcelona were linked with the midfielder this summer. "The club and my representatives are negotiating and I hope an agreement is reached soon," Ruiz said. (Marca)

Juventus will make a move for Ivan Rakitic when the transfer window reopens in January. The Barcelona midfielder was wanted by the Bianconeri this summer but a deal couldn't be agreed. (AS)

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Barcelona will continue to monitor the transfer market for an out-and-out No 9. The La Liga champions brought in Antoine Griezmann this summer but want to sign a forward with a physical presence. (AS)

Italy

Inter are interested in signing Tottenham star Christian Eriksen at the end of his contract. The Dane's current deal expires next summer and he is set to leave Spurs for nothing. (Tuttosport)

Christian Eriksen in action during the Premier League match against Newcastle United
Image: Christian Eriksen's Tottenham contract expires at the end of the season

Mauro Icardi hopes to return to Inter Milan in the future, according to his agent and wife Wanda Nara. "Relationships have deteriorated due to misunderstandings but his desire to play for Inter and his love of the fans remain," she said. (Corriere della Sera)

Portugal

Sporting president Frederico Varandas says Tottenham failed in their pursuit of Bruno Fernandes because they included bonuses based on winning the Premier League and Champions League. "That's never going to happen," Varandas said. (Visao de Mercado)

The Portuguese club also turned down the opportunity to sign Yannick Bolasie earlier this summer but opted to take the Everton winger on loan after they were unable to find an alternative. (O Jogo)

France

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi says Paris Saint-Germain did not try to re-sign him this summer. "All that talk in the papers of PSG was not true," he said. "I've always said I'm happy at Juve, one of the best clubs in the world." (L'Equipe)

Blaise Matuidi and Emre Can Juventus v Udinese
Image: Blaise Matuidi (L) was linked with PSG in the summer

Germany

Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze was close to signing for Inter in August but a deal couldn't be agreed. Inter could return for the German in January or sign him next summer when his contract expires in 2020. (Ruhr Nachrichten)

Manchester United youngster Tahith Chong says he and the club have started talks over a new contract. "We are talking but it's still too early to say anything. The season is still long and we will see what happens," the winger explained. (Voetbal International)

Turkey

Liverpool will monitor the form of Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir throughout the season ahead of a planned move for the 23-year-old next summer. (Aksam)

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