Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool battle for Spaniard while stars want Man United move

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Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are three clubs who have made contrasting starts to their Premier League campaigns.

The Gunners are only off the top of the table on goal difference, while Chelsea are languishing in 15th and Liverpool have already had a change of manager.

Today, they have all been linked with future transfer business as the speculation begins to hot up ahead of the January window.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are set to battle it out to sign Real Madrid’s Isco, who has told the Spanish club’s president Florentino Perez that he wants a move. (Daily Star)

The Premier League’s top clubs could be disappointed if they plan to move for Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in the future, with the Argentine set to be offered a new contract to end his career at the Nou Camp. (Sport)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal claims his transfer targets want to move to the club, but are being prevented from doing so by their current employers. (Daily Express)

Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato could join West Ham United as the Brazilian club’s president, Roberto de Andrade, is keen to sell him. (Daily Mail)

Andrea Pirlo has ruled out a loan move to Manchester City from New York City during the MLS off-season. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Neymar is looking to leave Barcelona to improve his chances of winning the Ballon d’Or. (Don Balon)

Interested clubs will have to pay £72million to land midfielder Marco Verratti, according to the agent of the Italian. (Daily Star)

Real Madrid have not ended their interest in Man United goalkeeper David de Gea, despite planning to offer current custodian Keylor Navas an improved contract. (Marca)

Meanwhile, it is relatively quiet on the transfer front at Newcastle United and Sunderland.