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Soccer Update: Barca Bid to Re-sign Lionel Messi ‘Progressing’; Mourinho Arrives in Roma

FC Barcelona is still contending to re-sign Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi. A high-ranking club official says that to regain his services is ongoing. Multi-titled head coach Jose Mourinho returns to Serie A as he signs with three-time league champions AS Roma. The stories of the two superstars will benefit online soccer betting sites that will cover the action-packed 2021-22 soccer season.

Contract talks to regain Lionel Messi ‘ ongoing,’ says Barca prez

It seems like Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona won’t give up on bringing back Lionel Messi. Club president Joan Laporta tells media that talks to re-sign the Argentine superstar are “progressing.” Laporta says that the team wants the 34-year-old to stay. The club’s all-time leader in goals scored and games played feels the same. The club chief points out that the process will take time. Although they want it to finalize everything “as soon as possible.” Messi attempted to leave Barca in August 2020 by using a clause in his contract. He also berated the club for having “no project or anything for a long time.”

The Argentine, who signed with Barcelona when he was just 13 years old, scored 474 goals with the team. He links with star-studded clubs, including Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, and Inter Miami. Everything is still in the hands of fate. But, Barca is rushing to re-sign Messi as the 2021-22 season that will begin on August 13. They seek to reclaim the title after two seasons of futility. What a way to start their campaign if Messi stays with the team.

AS Roma welcomes Jose Mourinho as new head coach

Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinho was welcomed by hundreds of excited AS Roma fans in the Italian capital as his reign with the “Giallorossi” has started. The 58-year-old head coach returns to Serie A 11 years after he guided Inter Milan to the Serie A, Coppa Italia, and UEFA Champions League treble. The self-declared “Special One” was treated to a party-like atmosphere upon his arrival at the Ciampino airport with flares signaling a new era of leadership. Earlier, he announces his arrival through social media. He is acting like he was packing his bags and telling AS Roma fans that he is coming. 

Shortly after his arrival, the multi-titled mentor addresses the crowd. Then, he drives away to the club’s training facility. Two months ago, Mourinho leaves English Premier League side Tottenham without winning a title. However, Roma picks him and signs a three-year deal. He brings to Roma a storied resume of 25 major trophies and the hope of securing another to a club that has not won a Serie A crown since 2001. Roma, who has not earned a trophy since 2008, finished seventh in Serie A last season. Mourinho replaces Paulo Fonseca, who left the club after two seasons.


Fans are hoping that Mourinho’s arrival in Roma would finally change their fortunes in Serie A as one fan believed that the team has brought in a strong-willed individual that could help guide the team to the title. The Portuguese head coach said that he wants to familiarize himself with the squad first before making any changes. He also mentioned that he is keen on getting more players via the transfer market. The development is expected to give Serie additional excitement and soccer oddsmakers believe that this early, Roma can contend for the title in the 2021-22 season that is scheduled to kick off on August 22.