Evening Report: June 24

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Arsenal transfer target Benjamin Mendy is set to join Juventus, according to reports in Italy. The 18-year-old full-back impressed scouts in the French second division, and looks set to sign for Juve after the Italian giants made a £3m bid.

Florent Malouda says he is considering several options following his release by Chelsea. The free agent has reportedly attracted interest from Napoli, Marseille and Olympiakos but insists he needs time to think over the offers before making a decision.

Gareth Barry could be set to return to Aston Villa this summer. New Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini reportedly doesn't see Barry in his first-team plans and Paul Lambert is thought to be keen to bring the former-Villa favourite back to the West Midlands.

Ex-Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman has urged Manchester United fans to be patient with Wilfried Zaha. The new signing joins United this summer, but Freedman warned fans that the England under-21 star will need time to settle in the Premier League.

Gylfi Sigurdsson says Spurs are determined to make a flying start to next season. Tottenham open the campaign with a trip to newly promoted Crystal Palace, and Sigurddson wants his side to avoid the costly draws that led to dropped points early on last season.

Lionel Messi paid €10m to the Spanish authorities to correct tax returns for 2010 and 2011, according to reports in Spain. The Barcelona striker is under investigation for tax fraud allegations based around his image rights income.

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