Guardiola turns to £100m Messi, Man Utd reject Depay bid

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City have held talks with Lionel Messi
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have held talks with Lionel Messi

Manchester City have held talks with Barcelona over a £100m move for Argentina forward Lionel Messi.(Sun)

City bosses will give Guardiola £250m to spend in order to turn the club into champions again. (Daily Star)

Barcelona and his former club Atletico Madrid are interested in signing Diego Costa, as they seek to take advantage of the uncertainty over the 28-year-old Spain striker’s future at Chelsea. (Independent)

Costa will effectively be ending his career if he moves to the Chinese Super League, according to Chelsea’s former player and assistant manager Ray Wilkins. (Sky Sports)

Deal of the day

West Ham’s France forward Dimitri Payet is prepared to take a pay cut in order to return to his former club Marseille, according to French journalist Julien Laurens.(BBC Radio 5 live)

Lyon have had an improved £13m bid for 22-year-old Dutch forward Memphis Depay rejected by Manchester United.(Daily Mail)

Manchester United are among several top European clubs keeping tabs on Flamengo 16-year-old Vinicius Junior. The Red Devils have already been rebuffed in one attempt to secure first option on any eventual transfer of the forward.(Independent)

The Daily Telegraph lead with images of Diego Costa training alone and news of an overhaul at Manchester City
The Daily Telegraph lead with images of Diego Costa training alone and news of an overhaul at Manchester City

The Old Trafford club are also tracking Celtic’s 19-year-old left-back Kieran Tierney.(Daily Mirror)

Everton boss Ronald Koeman will allow midfielder James McCarthy to join Sunderland but the Dutchman wants £10m and Black Cats defender Lamine Kone, 27, in exchange for the 26-year-old.(Daily Star)

Middlesbrough are on the verge of completing the £5m signing of Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford, 23, recently recalled to Stamford Bridge from a season-long loan at Burnley.(Northern Echo)

Brazilian side Flamengo are considering a move for Chelsea’s versatile left-sided player Kenedy. The 20-year-old joined Chelsea in 2015 from Fluminense and made 20 appearances last season. (Daily Express)

West Ham and Sunderland are interested in Leeds striker Chris Wood, 25, but have been put off by the Championship club’s £15m valuation.(ESPN)

West Brom’s hopes of signing Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph, 27, appear over with Pep Guardiola keen to hang on to the former Aston Villa midfielder. (Birmingham Mail)

The Daily Star claims Pep Guardiola will get £250m to spend on his Manchester City squad
The Daily Star claims Pep Guardiola will get £250m to spend on his Manchester City squad

Middlesbrough will reluctantly sell Gaston Ramirez to Leicester for £10m and replace him with Stoke’s Bojan – the two 26-year-old attacking midfielders are both keen on moves. (Sun)

Swansea City have been linked with a loan move for former Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta, 25, who is currently playing for Chinese side Hebei China Fortune. (L’Equipe)

Manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed Crystal Palace have reached an agreement with Arsenal for 24-year-old full-back Carl Jenkinson. (Evening Standard)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has no intention of sending 19-year-old winger Sheyi Ojo out on loan. Championship leaders Newcastle are one of a number of clubs interested.(Liverpool Echo)

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has criticised Manchester United’s playing style when the two teams drew on Sunday, saying it showed a “lack of class”.(Daily Express)

Tuesday's Guardian sports section
The Guardian also leads on the future of Chelsea striker Costa

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown says he cannot think of one world class save that Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, 33, has made. (Daily Mail)

Christian Benteke’s agent says the 26-year-old striker’s focus is entirely on Crystal Palace despite reports linking the Belgium international with a move to Paris St-Germain.(Evening Standard)

Hull City have made an enquiry for 29-year-old Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike, who spent part of last season on loan at West Ham.(

West Brom boss Tony Pulis says his transfer budget is “pretty tight and rigid” in the January transfer window. (Birmingham Mail)

Watford are close to signing Fiorentina’s ex-Birmingham, West Ham and QPR striker Mauro Zarate, 29, on loan.(Daily Mirror)

Paris St-Germain right-back Serge Aurier, 24, says he is not paying attention to recent transfer rumours linking him with clubs including Barcelona.(ESPN)

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