Chelsea target £200m deal while Liverpool and Man United line up deals

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THE prospect of Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona seemed unthinkable just a short time ago.

However, with the Spanish club currently in turmoil, the forward’s future has been called into question, and today he has been linked with a record-breaking move to the Premier League.

That is just one of the stories to have made the headlines, though, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United among the clubs to feature prominently.

Chelsea are prepared to pay 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)

Man United have made a bid for German defender Mats Hummels, but his club, Borussia Dortmund, insist he is not for sale. (Daily Express)

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 Hotspur, 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)

Andros Townsend insists his long-term future is with Tottenham. (London Evening Standard)

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)

Suso will leave Liverpool for AC Milan on a four-year deal, and it will be completed either this month or in July. (talkSPORT)

Man United could miss out on 16-year-old Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard, who may join Real Madrid. (Manchester Evening News)

Former Leeds United and Reading striker Noel Hunt is set to join Ipswich Town on a free transfer. (East Anglian Daily Times)

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