Chelsea linked with superstar while Spurs and Liverpool battle for £20m man

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CHELSEA have been repeatedly linked with a move for Barcelona star Lionel Messi in recent months, and today, more reports have emerged about the four-time World Player of the Year.

The January transfer window is now open, and speculation always increases during the month, with deals being talked about for now and in the summer.

The Premier League leaders are far from the only club to have made today’s headlines, with Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Sunderland among the others to feature prominently.

Messi has sparked speculation he could join Chelsea by following the club on Instagram. (The Sun)

Tottenham and Liverpool are set to go head-to-head for the £20m signing of West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino. (The Independent)

Sunderland are ready to pay up to £8m for Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United are set to sell striker Javier Hernandez on a permanent deal when his loan spell at Real Madrid ends in the summer. (Daily Telegraph)

Croatian striker Andrej Kramaric is set to choose a move to Leicester City ahead of Chelsea. (Sky Sports)

Spurs are set to make a £3m bid for Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph, who is out of contract in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

Wilfried Bony, who has been linked with a move to Manchester City, has told current club Swansea City he would be interested in joining a Champions League outfit this month. (Daily Telegraph)

Chelsea have beaten Arsenal and Liverpool to the signing of 16-year-old St Etienne prospect Rayan Souici, who has been described by some as the ‘new Paul Pogba’. (Daily Express)

Man City defender Micah Richards, who is currently on loan at Fiorentina, could join Chelsea in the summer. (The Guardian)

Liverpool have been beaten to the signing of Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri by Inter Milan. (talkSPORT)

Southampton could bid for Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi. (Daily Mail)

Leeds United have offered 17-year-old midfielder Lewis Cook a new deal, with the youngster interesting Liverpool, Arsenal, Man United and Tottenham. (Daily Star)

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