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Transfer talk: A look at the latest news, gossip and rumours on 24 December

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Chelsea transfer news: We have 'no chance' of signing Lionel Messi, says Jose Mourinho

Blues boss leaves fans disappointed but Financial Fair Play would stop a move

Chelsea midfielder Mohamed Salah

Chelsea transfer news: Besiktas considering January loan move for misfit Mohamed Salah, says club president Fikrit Orman

Salah has played just six matches for the Blues this season

Gareth Bale to Manchester United: Louis van Gaal 'can't discuss' move for Real Madrid star

Dutch coach says he will 'discuss it with his CEO, not with the media'

Manuel Pellegrini gives Frank Lampard instructions before bringing him on

Frank Lampard transfer latest: Manuel Pellegrini hopes Manchester City midfielder's future will be 'resolved in the next few days'

Lampard has played a crucial role in loan spell at the Etihad

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Transfer talk: A look at the latest news, gossip and rumours on Tuesday 23 December

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Cesc Fabregas says he 'would love' Lionel Messi to follow him to Chelsea

Fabregas was speaking to Spanish radio

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Transfer talk: Mats Hummels to Manchester United, Christophe Kramer and Nabil Fekir to Arsenal, Saido Berahino to Spurs

Transfer talk: A look at the latest news, gossip and rumours on Monday 22 December

Mats Hummels: Manchester United target blasts 'pathetic' Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund are 17th in the Bundesliga with six-week winter break ahead

Tomas Rosicky to Olympiakos? Reports in Greece link Arsenal midfielder with club

Rosicky has been on the periphery of the Gunners' side this season

Manchester United transfer news: Gareth Bale gives £90m Old Trafford move 'green light' - reports

Real Madrid ace is reportedly ready to return to England with United

Xherdan Shaqiri, Morgan Schneiderlin, Andros Townsend and Stephan El Shaawary

Transfer talk: Arsenal lead race for Xherdan Shaqiri, Spurs fears over Morgan Schneiderlin, Radamel Falcao's Manchester United future

Transfer talk: A look at the latest news, gossip and rumours on Saturday 20 December

Diego Godin celebrates scoring for Atletico Madrid

Manchester United transfer news: Diego Godin dismisses leaving Atletico Madrid 'for many years' and wants to end career in Uruguay

Godin has been heavily linked with a move to United either in January or next summer but the centre-back wants to stay in Spain

Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao is yet to prove his fitness

Manchester United transfer news: Louis van Gaal wants Radamel Falcao to prove fitness before signing striker permanently

Van Gaal also snapped at questions aimed at David De Gea's long-term future with United and the prospect of Victor Valdes joining Liverpool

Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling with Brendan Rodgers

Raheem Sterling contract: Steven Gerrard urges forward to sign new deal at 'perfect' Liverpool

The Reds have offered the youngster a new contract

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