Afternoon Report: January 3

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Tottenham and Arsenal will battle it out for Barcelona forward David Villa after Liverpool dropped out of the race for his signature.

Demba Ba is set to undergo a medical at Chelsea after Newcastle boss Alan Pardew confirmed the Senegal striker was on his way to Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City and Chelsea target Paulinho will not be leaving Corinthians in January, according to the Brazilian club’s president.

Robin van Persie has praised his Manchester United team-mates, and says it feels good to be ‘surrounded by Champions’.

Lionel Messi has admitted he would like to replicate his success with Barcelona for national side Argentina.

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