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Tuesday Kickoff: Messi close to new deal, FIFA report to be leaked and more

One of the world’s best is set for a new contract.

Lionel Messi is reportedly close to signing a new deal with Barcelona that will make him the world’s highest paid player. (REPORT)

The secret report compiled describing the process of selecting the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts is set to be leaked. (REPORT)

FIFA’s head of refereeing Massimo Busacca admitted aspects of VAR need to be improved, but the federation remains “certain” those improvements will help eliminate egregious referee errors. (REPORT)

Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas says he will let Alexandre Lacazette leave the club if a suitable replacement is found. (REPORT)

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri insisted that he expects Leonardo Bonucci to remain as one of the club’s leaders despite continued transfer speculation. (REPORT)

Chelsea is getting close to finalizing the £35 million signing of Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko. (REPORT)

Lyon has completed the signing of Bertrand Traore from Chelsea. (REPORT)


The U.S. Men’s National Team’s forward pool is in need of strong performances at this summer’s Gold Cup. (READ)

Ike Opara’s stunner headlines the Best of MLS. (READ)

MLS has unveiled the jerseys for this summer’s All-Star Game. (READ)

Bruce Arena is looking forward to a competitive camp after selecting his Gold Cup squad. (READ)


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