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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Trending: Lionel Messi prepares to turn 30; agrees to pay tax fine

Lionel Messi spoke to ESPN about his future at Barcelona and a possible move to China.
Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta believes Lionel Messi is the best of all time and has more natural talent than Cristiano Ronaldo.
With reports indicating Barca rejected a hefty bid for Andre Gomes, the FC panel debate the future for the young midfielder.
Sid Lowe explains why Marco Verratti reminds him of Xavi Hernandez and assesses Barcelona's other transfer options.
Steve Nicol thinks Marco Verratti would be a great fit for Barcelona, but Alejandro Moreno worries about his health.

Friday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending...

BARCELONA: As Messi prepares for his 30th birthday, Chris Jones explains why we won't get to enjoy the iconic No. 10 much longer.

- Prosecutors in Spain say they are happy for Lionel Messi's 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud to be replaced with a fine, a spokeswoman confirmed on Friday.

MAN UNITEDManchester United are making progress in their pursuit of Alvaro Morata but have yet to agree a fee with...

 By Terry Daley

Salah leaves Roma a rough diamond as Liverpool and Klopp spend big

The ESPN FC crew discuss where Mohamed Salah fits in at Liverpool.

When Roma presented their new coach Eusebio Di Francesco last Tuesday, sporting director Monchi decided to lay down a marker to clubs looking to plunder the Giallorossi's best talent.

The newly arrived Spaniard wants to build on the work carried out by new Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti, who led Roma to second in Serie A and the Champions League group stages, establishing a club record points total in the process.

"Roma is not a supermarket," he said. "Roma is a team that will represent...

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah 'perfect' for Jurgen Klopp

Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol explains the benefits of adding Mohamed Salah for Liverpool.
Former Liverpool player John Arne Riise believes Mohamed Salah would help to take the club to the next level if they were to sign the Roma forward.

LIVERPOOL -- Mohamed Salah could become Liverpool's most expensive signing following his move from Roma, depending on exchange rates. But he should provide a considerable return on the investment, according to a former teammate.

"He's perfect for Liverpool," ex-FC Basel striker Marco Streller told ESPN FC by phone. "The football of Jurgen Klopp is exactly for him."

Salah's rise has been fast. Basel had been tracking the winger, who was playing for Arab Contractors in the Egyptian Premier League,...

The next stop in Hector Moreno's long journey from Culiacan is Roma

Hector Moreno
After growing up in a baseball hotbed, Hector Moreno took to soccer and is now a mainstay for the national team.

MEXICO CITY -- Hector Moreno was raised in the baseball heartland of Culiacan in the state of Sinaloa, where he grew up as a fan of the local Pacific League baseball team Culiacan Tomateros (Culiacan Tomato Growers).

As a child, he was nicknamed "Cachi" (short for "cachirul", a ringer or unregistered player) and dreamed of being a singer or baseball player while listening to banda music, before soccer appeared on the horizon.

Moreno's first encounter with soccer came thanks to his father, Cesar...

What Serie A clubs Juventus, Roma, Inter, Milan and Napoli need to do

Ivory coast international Franck Kessie is headed to the San Siro after helping Atalanta to their best ever Serie A finish.
Stewart Robson feels the addition of Luciano Spalletti to Inter Milan will do them a deal of good at challenging for titles.
Gab Marcotti is skeptical Alvaro Morata will leave Real Madrid, even with AC Milan's new owners looking to make a splash.
Gab Marcotti and Stewart Robson break down the latest rumours from Cardiff, including links between Ivan Perisic and Man United.

Juventus

Since January, Juventus have played a 4-2-3-1 and will recruit accordingly. Signing wingers is now the priority, although Juventus' efforts to strengthen the midfield will continue regardless of the arrival of Rodrigo Bentancur from Boca Juniors. A lot of work was done on signing Corentin Tolisso but Juventus' interest has decreased in proportion with every increase Lyon have made to his asking price. Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Angel Di Maria (PSG) and Keita Balde (Lazio) have emerged...