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_84905589_messiLionel Messi’s agents have had initial discussions about a deal with Manchester City that would see the 28-year-old Barcelona and Argentina forward join on a weekly wage of £800,000.

 

Pep Guardiola has agreed to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season to take over from Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City. Carlo Ancelotti is the favourite to replace Guardiola at the Allianz Arena.

 

City’s reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero says he is ready to step up and replace Joe Hart should the England international’s hamstring injury force him to miss games.

 

Chelsea are lining up January moves for Leicester’s England striker Jamie Vardy, 28, and Tottenham’s Belgium midfielder Mousa Dembele, 28. Dembele’s Spurs team-mate Harry Kane, 22, is also a target for the Blues, but Jose Mourinho’s side will wait until the summer before making a bid. Tottenham remain confident they can resist interest from Chelsea or Manchester United in England striker Kane. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is convinced Kane will stay at White Hart Lane to win trophies with the Lilywhites.

 

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has made Bayern winger Franck Ribery his top transfer target in January. Despite the Frenchman having spent much of the last two years injured, the Russian oligarch is willing to splash £45 million on the 32-year-old. Chelsea are also considering a move for former Blackburn striker Nikola Kalinic in January. The 27-year-old Croatia international has scored 10 goals in nine Serie A matches for Fiorentina this season.

 

Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has decided he will hand in a transfer request, putting Manchester United on red alert.

 

Neymar will replace Cristiano Ronaldo as Nike’s leading player from June 2016.

 

James Rodriguez is growing disenchanted at Real Madrid under the guidance of Rafa Benitez, as he feels he has been unfairly treated by the coach. In addition, he also wants an increase in his salary.

 

Barcelona starlet Sergi Roberto is to be offered a new deal, to raise his salary and ensure the €30 million release clause attached to his contract, which could rise to €40m, is shifted upwards. His deal could be extended beyond 2019.

 

Sevilla and Marseille are on alert as forward Wissam Ben Yedder will be allowed to depart Toulouse.

 

Jerome Boateng is going to sign a renewed contract that will keep him at Bayern Munich until 2021. The German international has been at the Allianz Arena since 2011.

 

Juventus have seen a £10 million bid for attacking midfielder Samir Nasri rejected ahead of the January transfer window. The Frenchman is currently out injured and Manchester City aren’t listening to offers for him.

 

Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill has been warned that he has three weeks to agree terms on a lon-term contract or he won’t get one at all. The Blues’ policy of not giving long-term contracts to players over 30 has led to this deadline.

 

Lazio midfielder Ravel Morrison is close to returning to England “for personal reasons” after an underwhelming spell at the Italian club. The 22-year-old has played only three league games since joining on a free from West Ham.

 

Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini, 33, will be offered a final chance to prove he remains the right man to captain the side in Saturday’s match against Crystal Palace. Meanwhile, Magpies manager Steve McClaren has told the club’s board he cannot guarantee the team’s Premier League survival without major changes to their transfer policy.

 

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is hoping to lure Sporting striker Islam Slimani to the club in an effort to boost their forward line, which has struggled to produce goals this season.

 

Newcastle United are planning ambitious bids for Swansea City centre-midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and Tottenham winger Andros Townsend as they plan their January business in an effort to avoid relegation.

 

Manchester United’s stars have been pitted against some of their angry WAGs due to Louis van Gaal’s policy of surprise training sessions in evenings. Some of the players are reportedly unhappy at being forced to train at such antisocial hours. An anonymous Manchester United star has reportedly admitted that he is “half the player” under Louis van Gaal and feels he “can’t express himself properly”.

 

Jermain Defoe, 33, is fit for Sunderland’s home match against Stoke, despite suffering an ankle injury in Monday’s 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace.

 

Swansea forward Andre Ayew has suggested he could leave for a top Premier League club in January, with Liverpool reported to be interested in the 25-year-old.

 

Bournemouth are planning a £6m move for Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gale, 25, in January to replace the injured Callum Wilson, 23.

 

LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard says he is disappointed his former club Liverpool did not sign 19-year-old England midfielder Dele Alli before Tottenham did.

 

Thorgan Hazard has had little playing time at Borussia Monchengladbach and so Anderlecht will try to sign the winger on loan.

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