Transfer Talk: Lionel Messi exit talk from Barcelona continues; Martin Odegaard to Real Madrid; Wilfried Bony latest

A look at today's major transfer rumours

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Wilfried Bony is on the verge of completing a move to Manchester City that could see Swansea net around £25m. The Ivory Coast striker was the top Premier League scorer in 2014 and Manuel Pellegrini feels the Ivory Coast international will provide the back-up required at the Etihad. Current strikers Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic have all been hampered by injuries this season. More on that story here.

Martin Odegaard, the hugely rated 16-year-old Norwegian player, is apparently set for a move to Real Madrid. The midfielder has been linked with a move to the Premier League, including with Manchester United, but has apparently flown to the Spanish capital for talks with the European champions.

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Chelsea have surprisingly been beaten to the signing of Andrej Kramaric. The 23-year-old Croatian striker was said to be in Jose Mourinho's sights but Leicester have swooped in and are close to agreeing a £9.7m deal.

The latest news on the transfer of Saido Berahino, who has been linked with Liverpool and Tottenham, sees the latter offering up a couple of their own players in recompense. According to the Daily Mirror, Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon could be offered to West Brom in exchange for the young striker.

Berahino is unhappy that he has been portrayed as difficult to manage (Getty)


Arsenal and Tottenham are preparing to battle it out in the summer for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. A January deal for the £25m-rated player is seen as unrealistic by the Gunners, although they've made the 25-year-old a primary target for the summer. More on that story here.


Lionel Messi has been linked with a switch to the Premier League. It's not the first time, but on this occasion there appears to be more weight to the claims. Nicholas Rigg in Madrid analyses why.