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Weekly transfer gossip round up: United, City, Chelsea and Messi

Manchester United have one hand on the Premier League trophy and an unsuccessful season for Manchester City could see their Abu Dhabi owners open their cheque book once again, with a raid on Athletic Bibao lined up.

United, on the other hand, are targeting a move for Benfica’s deadly duo - and Chelsea are plotting a summer re-vamp.

There's some bad news for the Premier League though, as Lionel Messi drops an unfortunate bombshell.

Total Football’s Marcus Banks rounds up the weeks transfer rumours and gossip...

Messi: 'I will never play in the Premier League' 

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has ruled out playing in England. “I could never see myself moving to the Premier League.”

Bayern Munich are planning a move for City’s Edin Dzeko after the Bosnian failed to impress since his £27 million move from Wolfsburg.

West Brom and West Ham are competing for Bolton’s veteran goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen who is available on a free transfer in the summer.

Juventus are looking towards a return to Champions League football by bidding for Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic and Chelsea’s Fernando Torres.

Feyenoord are keen on taking Liverpool’s Dirk Kuyt back to the club in a player/coaching role after the Dutchman fell out of favour at Anfield.

New keeper for Spurs?

Tottenham have made Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris the man to replace 40-year-old Brad Freidel between the sticks at White Hart Lane.

Chelsea are ready to bid around £15 million to lure Newcastle’s Tim Krul from Tyneside.

Everton loanee, Royston Drenthe, could be set for a move across town to Everton’s rivals Liverpool as they are willing to meet his £80,000 wages and he is out of contract in the summer.

Fulham’s American winger Clint Dempsey has left the door open to a move to Arsenal as his stunning form continues.

West Brom, Aston Villa and Stoke City are keeping tabs on Jamie O’Hara should Wolves be relegated this season.

Inter keen on Kolorov

Inter Milan are keen on Manchester City’s Aleksander Kolorov and not Mario Balotelli.

Gareth Bale is on Barcelona’s shopping list this summer as well as Javi Martinez and Robin Van Persie.

Manchester City are trailing Athletic Bibao midfielder Ander Herrera who is valued at £16 million.

The two Manchester clubs have been watching Benfica’s Axel Witsel.

Croatia coach Slaven Bilic expects Chelsea to re-ignite their interest in Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric.

Liverpool eye Mexican winger

Liverpool are watching young Mexican winger Hector Herrera who plays for Pachuca with a view to making a move after the summer’s Olympics.

Meanwhile, Liverpool’s Nathan Eccleston is a target for Dutch side PSV.

Martin O’Neill wants to move for out of favour Scottish winger Aiden McGeady if he is handed a substantial transfer budget at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland are also willing to give Manchester City’s Adam Johnson a move back to the North East.

Luis Suarez could leave Liverpool should Kenny Dalglish be sacked at Anfield.

Eden Hazard has been made Manchester United’s top transfer target but Manchester City and Arsenal are also monitoring the 21 year old. Sir Alex Ferguson also wants Benfica’s Nicolas Gaitan and Bilbao’s Iker Muniain.

Wenger ready to offload Mertesacker 

Arsene Wenger could be willing to sell German centre back Per Mertesacker who has struggled to adapt to English football.

French scarlet Paul Pogba is yet to decide whether to sign a new contract with Manchester United or join Juventus on a lucrative 5 year contract.

AC Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy could be set to leave Milan on loan with English giants Arsenal interested.

Real Madrid want Branislav Ivanovic to sure up their defensive line after his outstanding campaign for Chelsea.

West Brom are trying to offload Peter Odemwingie to fund a move for Andy Johnson of Fulham.

Gunners want Ajax duo

Arsenal are likely to bid for Ajax duo Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen after Arsene Wenger was given the funds to do so.

The Gunners are also chasing Valencia defender Adil Rami who is also wanted by AC Milan.

Kevin Doyle is a £4 million target for promotion hopeful’s Southampton.

Chelsea and Tottenham target Milos Krasic could be on his way to Turkey after Fenerbache bid around £10 million to Juventus

Wolfsburg are lining up an £8 million bid for QPR playmaker Adel Taarabt.

Tottenham are contemplating bidding for Sporting Lisbon striker, Ricky Van Wolfswinkel who has caught the eye of Manchester United and Liverpool.

Bordeaux have offered Marouane Chamakh an escape route out of Arsenal if he is willing to take a pay cut.

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By Marcus Banks

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