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Superstar could join Chelsea or Man City while Man United line up £35m bid

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RUMOURS have been plentiful since the transfer window opened earlier this month, with some of the biggest names in world football linked with moves, both in January and the summer.

Lionel Messi is just one of the players to have featured regularly in the gossip pages, with Premier League clubs said to be lining up huge bids.

Messi has again made the headlines today, while Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool are among the clubs to be linked with moves for players.

Chelsea and Manchester City have been given a boost in their pursuit of Messi, with the Barcelona forward ready to listen to offers, although a package to sign him could cost £500m. (The Sun)

Man United are considering making a £35m bid for Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels. (Daily Mirror)

However, the Red Devils might need to wait until the summer to sign Hummels and Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman. (London Evening Standard)

Liverpool could move for Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. (Daily Star)

Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, a reported target of Liverpool and Arsenal, wants to play in England or Spain. (Daily Express)

Man United could prioritise a decision to make Radamel Falcao’s loan from Monaco permanent, and leave David de Gea’s contract situation until the summer. (Daily Telegraph)

De Gea has been offered a new deal which would double his money to £140,000 a week. (Daily Star)

Man City defender Matija Nastasic is set to join Schalke in the coming days. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is not interested in signing for Olympiakos on loan. (Daily Star)

Tottenham Hotspur are finding it difficult to sell Paulinho, with interested parties Inter Milan and Schalke unwilling to match the £17m Spurs paid for him 18 months ago. (Daily Express)

Spurs are set to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabot on loan. (The Times)

Aston Villa will have to pay £3m to land Man City forward Scott Sinclair. (Birmingham Mail)

Celtic are lining up a £1.5m bid for Chesterfield striker Eoin Doyle, who is also a target of Rotherham United and Sheffield United. (Daily Record)

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