News And Rumour Roundup: Liverpool Prep £40m Striker Bid, Chelsea Attempted To Snatch Messi For £118m, Gunners Target New Full-Back & Roberto Martinez Denies Ross Barkley Rumours

Saturday’s news and transfer rumour gossip.

Karim Benzema Real Madrid

Liverpool are preparing a £40m January bid for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, 26 – (Daily Star) 

Chelsea attempted an audacious move for Lionel Messi during the transfer window. The Blues were willing to pay £118m for the 27-year-old Barcelona forward – (Daily Express)

Arsenal are keen on a January move for Malaga’s Portuguese left back Vitorino Antunes, who has a buy-out clause of only £2.5m – (Daily Mirror) 

Everton manger Roberto Martinez has dismissed reports linking Manchester City with a move for 20-year-old playmaker Ross Barkley – (Times) 

Forward Andre Schurrle, 23, insists he is fully committed to Chelsea despite reported Atletico Madrid interest – (Daily Mirror) 

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