PSG to lure Messi to Ligue 1

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Paris Saint-Germain are on the verge of making an astounding bid to bring Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. According to Le Parisien, PSG are one of the few clubs with the financial backing to activate the reigning World Player of the Year’s 250 million euro release clause, and with the January transfer window about to open, the French champions may test the La Liga club’s resolve. And with reports suggesting the Argentina international is unhappy with recent comments about his contract, the unbelievable move may just become reality.

Former Manchester United hero Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be about to face his old club in battle, with The Sun reporting that Cardiff City are targeting the Molde boss as their new manager. And to add extra incentive to the position, Cardiff owner Vincent Tan will hand Solskjaer a 25 million pound kitty to fortify the squad in the January window. Cardiff lost manager Malky Mackay after a long-running battle with Tan ended with the club’s 3-0 loss to Southampton. And after winning two Norwegian Premier League titles in the past three years, Solskjaer has jumped to the head of Tan’s wish list.

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke could be heading to the Spanish capital, with the Daily Mail reporting that the Belgium international could be the replacement for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa. La Liga’s top scorer, Costa has been rumoured with a big-money move to the Premier League to either Arsenal or Chelsea, and should Atletico lose their star man, Benteke has been identified as the ideal player to fill the gap. The 23-year-old Benteke has struggled in front of goal this season, but that hasn’t stopped admiring looks from rival clubs.

Finally, Crystal Palace could be one of the big spenders of the January window, with the Mirror reporting that the club will hand manager Tony Pulis a hefty war chest. Crystal Palace have moved out of the relegation zone on the back of a stretch of three wins in five games, leaving club officials positive that the team can maintain their Premier League status this season. But the club is taking no chances and have given Pulis the green light to bring in reinforcements next month. Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley and Lyon forward Bafetimbi Gomis are rumoured to be Pulis’ main targets.

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