Transfer rumours – Man City to launch world record Messi bid, Stoke want Olic, Mourinho hints at Balotelli move

Who wouldn't like to sign this little magician? Photo: PA

Manchester City are preparing to launch a stunning £165m bid for Lionel Messi, according to Spanish reports.

This morning's story suggests City director Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan has already approached Messi's father, Jorge, about the possibility of signing the world's greatest player (El Confidencial)

It seems Mark Hughes really misses the thrill of signing 30-something has beens from his days at QPR, and would now like to bring Ivica Olic to Stoke (Mail)

Jose Mourinho has hinted that he could move for Mario Balotelli in the summer by insisting: "In football you never know the future" when asked about the striker (Metro)

Monaco are open to discuss a player-plus-cash deal which would see Radamel Falcao moving to Man United, and Robin van Persie joining the Ligue 1 side (Football Direct News)

And finally, AC Milan have entered the running to sign Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who is also wanted by Liverpool and Everton (talkSPORT)