Transfer rumours: Messi, Silva, Coutinho, James, Sarr, Vardy

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Paris St-Germain and Manchester United are in position to sign Lionel Messi after the Argentine forward, 33, told Barcelona he wants to leave - and both would be willing to pay a fee. (Sport - in Spanish)external-link

Messi decided to hand in a transfer request after he was told "your privileges in the squad are over" by new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman. (Diario Ole via Mail)external-link

English striker Jamie Vardy, 33, will sign a new contract with Leicester. (Telegraph)external-link

Thiago Silva, 35, is set to have a Chelsea medical on Thursday, despite a late attempt by Paris St-Germain to offer the Brazilian defender a new deal. (Sky Sports)external-link

Philippe Coutinho would prefer to return to the Premier League than stay with Barcelona - with Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea interested in the 28-year-old Brazilian midfielder. (Marca)external-link

Arsenal are set to walk away from a deal to sign £45m-rated Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey, 27, from Atletico Madrid this summer. (Sport via Express)external-link

Everton are in talks over a deal for Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez, 29, with boss Zinedine Zidane keen for him to leave the club. (Talksport)external-link

Chelsea could sign free agent and French former Nice defender Malang Sarr, 21, on a five-year contract. (Guardian)external-link

Newcastle United are interested in bringing Arsenal centre-back Rob Holding, 24, in on loan and the Gunners are open to offers for the Englishman. (Mail)external-link

AC Milan are pushing to sign Spanish midfielder Brahim Diaz, 21, on loan from Real Madrid. (Marca)external-link

Crystal Palace have agreed a £14m fee for QPR midfielder Eberechi Eze, beating a late bid from West Brom for the English 22-year-old after Fulham pulled out. (Sun)external-link

Fulham have entered the race to sign Brentford forward Ollie Watkins, 24, with several other Premier League clubs also interested in the Englishman. (Sky Sports)external-link

Aston Villa are also chasing Watkins, as well as Leeds United and West Brom. (Birmingham Live)external-link

Everton, Leicester City, Southampton and Leeds United all sent scouts to watch Dundee United's Scottish centre-back Lewis Neilson, 17. (Dundee Courier)external-link

Wednesday's Mirror back page with the headline 'What a Mess' and a picture of Lionel Messi
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