Football gossip: Is Barcelona’s Neymar heading to Manchester United in £240m deal as Van Gaal looks to build Champions League winning side

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Rumours that the football world record fee is about to be smashed is growing with reports that Manchester United are to spend £240m on a deal for Neymar.

The Sun reports the Brazilian star will head to Old Trafford as United look to become a major player on the European stage once again.

But Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has dismissed the rumours that Neymar will be leaving the Nou Camp.

Turkish club Besiktas claim they have agreed to sign Spain goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 33, from Manchester United.

Chelsea will continue to pursue Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, until the transfer window closes despite the France international’s £70m price tag, reports the London Evening Standard.

The Stamford Bridge club Chelsea will make a fourth and final offer worth £40m for Everton defender John Stones after the 21-year-old England international handed in a transfer request.

The Daily Mirror is reporting that Arsenal are considering a move for Paris St-Germain’s Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 28, after France international Karim Benzema, 27, closed the door on any prospect of him leaving Real Madrid.

The Daily Telegraph say Manchester City face new competition from Bayern Munich in the race to sign Wolfsburg’s 24-year-old midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. German champions Bayern are happy to agree a transfer for next year - which could swing the deal in their favour.