Chelsea and Man United target world superstar while Liverpool want midfielder

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Chelsea and Manchester United have had plenty of battles with each other over the last decade – both on and off the field.

According to a report in one of today’s newspapers, they are now ready to go head-to-head in the transfer market for arguably the world’s best player.

That is just one of the stories to have made the headlines, with Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur among the other clubs to feature.

Chelsea, Man United and Man City have all made an informal approach for Barcelona star Lionel Messi. (The Sun)

Liverpool are lining up a move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin, who had a spell at Anfield in 2012 and could be reunited with Jurgen Klopp. (Calciomercato)

Everton have opened talks with John Stones over a new contract, with Chelsea planning a new swoop for the defender in January. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham could make a bid for Thorgan Hazard – brother of Eden – after he impressed for Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League. (Daily Mail)

The president of Porto insists 18-year-old midfielder Ruben Neves will not be sold, despite interest from a host of Premier League clubs. (Daily Mail)

Man United and Chelsea have been told it will cost £35million to sign Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte. (El Correo)

Chelsea loanee Radamel Falcao is being targeted by Italian side Fiorentina. (Daily Mirror)

Brighton and Hove Albion will step up their interest in Boca Juniors striker Jonathan Calleri, but will face competition from Inter Milan. (The Argus)

Patrick Bamford could return to parent club Chelsea from Crystal Palace in January due to his lack of match action during his loan spell. (London Evening Standard)

Meanwhile, it is relatively quiet on the transfer front at Newcastle United and Sunderland as they concentrate on Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby.