Chelsea make £40m bid for La Liga star while could Man United take Messi?

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Chelsea may have had a nightmare Premier League title defence, but they appear to be planning for the future.

They have been linked with a host of transfer deals over recent days, with a £40million offer said to be in the offing today.

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

Chelsea have offered £40million for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, who has also been linked with Liverpool and Man United. (Fichajes)

Man United sponsor Adidas wants a reunion between Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola at Old Trafford. (Marca)

Liverpool have agreed to sign Schalke defender Joel Matip on a free transfer in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

Man United are close to a £16million deal for Dynamo Kiev defender Aleksandar Dragovic. (Sport Mediaset)

Chelsea are set to battle it out with Inter Milan and Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain striker Ezequiel Lavezzi. (Daily Mirror)

Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer has not said whether reported Liverpool target Mario Gotze will stay with the German champions. (Daily Express)

With Tottenham Hotspur unwilling to pay the £23million they offered for him last summer, Saido Berahino may have to stay at West Bromwich Albion for the rest of the season. (The Sun)

However, Stoke City could yet swoop for Berahino. (The Times)

Chelsea left-back Baba Rahman is growing frustrated with his lack of first-team football. (Bild)

Man United want to sign Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani for £12million. (The Sun)

Manchester City, Chelsea, Everton and Tottenham are all interested in Charlton Athletic’s 18-year-old forward Ademola Lookman. (The Independent)

Aston Villa are lining up a loan move for Bordeaux defender Lamine Sane. (Daily Telegraph)

Mark Davies is set to join Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer from Bolton Wanderers. (Bolton News)

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