WITH the January transfer window open, speculation has gradually increased over recent days.
Today saw a number of stories emerge, with some of the Premier League’s top clubs linked with big-money moves.
Among the clubs to feature prominently were Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United, and the rumours are only likely to multiply in the coming days and weeks.
Chelsea are prepared to pay Lionel Messi’s £200m release clause to lure the Barcelona star to Stamford Bridge. (Daily Star)
Liverpool are in pole position to sign James Milner on a free transfer from Manchester City in the summer. (The Times)
Inter Milan have agreed a deal to sign Bayern Munich forward Xherdan Shaqiri, who had been linked with Liverpool and Stoke City. (BBC)
Man United have made a bid for German defender Mats Hummels, but his club, Borussia Dortmund, insist he is not for sale. (Daily Express)
Andros Townsend insists his long-term future is with Tottenham Hotspur. (London Evening Standard)
Suso’s move from Liverpool to AC Milan will be completed in the summer. (Daily Star)
Fiorentina goalkeeper Norberto Neto has verbally agreed to join Juventus at the end of the season, which would disappoint Liverpool, who have been interested in him. (Daily Mail)
Rory Donnelly has joined Tranmere Rovers on loan from Swansea City until the end of the season. (South Wales Evening Post)
Petr Cech could leave Chelsea in the summer, with Arsenal a potential destination for the goalkeeper. (The Telegraph)
Arsenal have seen a bid of £5m turned down for Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, who is also interesting Everton, Liverpool, Tottenham, AC Milan and Valencia. (Daily Star)
Man United are set to step up contract talks with goalkeeper David de Gea, despite the fact former Barcelona star Victor Valdes has agreed an 18-month deal with the club. (Daily Mail)
Crystal Palace are lining up a move for Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert. (The Guardian)
Olympiakos are targeting a deal to land Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli on loan for the rest of the season. (Daily Express)
Aston Villa have opened talks over the signing of Man City’s Scott Sinclair. (Sky Sports)
Arsenal are set to return with a bid of £4m for Legia Warsaw’s 17-year-old midfielder Krystian Bielik after seeing a £2.4m offer turned down. (The Sun)
Emmanuel Adebayor is set to be offered to MLS clubs by Tottenham. (The Times)
Man United could miss out on 16-year-old Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard, who may join Real Madrid. (Manchester Evening News)
Meanwhile, it is relatively quiet on the transfer front at Newcastle United and Sunderland.