Gossip column: Benteke, Sterling, De Gea, Austin, Schneiderlin

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Liverpool will continue their summer spending by matching the £32.5m buy-out clause in Christian Benteke's contract to bring Aston Villa's 24-year-old Belgium forward to Anfield. (Daily Express)

Raheem Sterling, 20, will report for pre-season training with Liverpool on Monday, but the England forward's participation in the club's pre-season tour of Bangkok is in serious doubt. (Independent)

Sterling could be in line for a £4m cut of his agent's fee if Manchester City meet Liverpool's £50m asking price. (Telegraph)

Spain goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, has confirmed he will return to Manchester United for pre-season training on Monday despite reports linking him with a move to Real Madrid. (Cautro - in Spanish)

With the future of De Gea uncertain, United are considering a move for Stoke's 28-year-old Bosnia goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who is also a target for Chelsea. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal have made initial contact with Spain international Pedro's representatives over a move for the 27-year-old Barcelona winger.(Independent)

Monday's Daily Mirror back page
Monday's Daily Mirror back page

The Gunners will also pursue a big-money move for Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal with his club Juventus now willing to sell the 28-year-old.(Metro)

Southampton expect to complete a deal for Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld, who spent last season on loan at St Mary's, after Atletico Madrid failed to cancel the buy-out clause in the 26-year-old's contract in time.(Talksport)

The Saints are prepared to take legal action to ensure that Alderweireld joins them and not Premier League rivals Tottenham, who have agreed an £11.5m deal with the Spanish club.(Daily Mirror)

Former France boss Raymond Domenech has urged Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 25, to join Manchester United this summer.(Sun - subscription required)

Newcastle want QPR and England striker Charlie Austin, 25, but will not pay more than £12m for the player because of his poor injury record. (Daily Mail)

QPR have rejected West Brom's £7m bid for winger Matt Phillips, 24, with the Championship club holding out for closer to £10m.(Talksport)

The Baggies look set to start next season under new ownership after chairman Jeremy Peace revealed that a takeover of the Midlands club by a consortium believed to be based in China is close to completion.(Times - subscription required)

Tottenham must pay £18m if they want to sign 21-year-old Belgium forward Yannick Ferreira Carrasco from Monaco.(Daily Star)

Newcastle are close to making their first signing of the summer after PSV Eindhoven left 24-year-old striker Georginio Wijnaldum out of their squad for a pre-season friendly. (Telegraph)

Sunderland are in talks with Zenit St Petersburg over the transfer of Belgium defender Nicolas Lombaerts, 30, and West Ham's 30-year-old winger Stewart Downing. (Sunderland Echo)

Burnley are set to complete the £2.5m signing of Belgian striker Jelle Vossen, 26, from Genk. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Best of social media

West Brom players on the Alps
West Brom players pose for a photo up in the Alps

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has posted a video on his Instagram page of rapper Drake scoring a penalty past him.

Tottenham's England striker Harry Kane has taken advantage of his summer break to visit New York and watch a Yankees baseball game.

The West Brom Twitter feed shows the squad enjoying themselves on tour in Austria: "Some of the players stop for a quick snap after dining at a restaurant 5,000 feet up in the Alps."

Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam, who scored from his own half against Chelsea last season, praised Carli Lloyd's halfway line goal for the USA in the Women's World Cup final. "Wow, what an incredible goal," the 29-year-old wrote on Twitter.

And finally

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has ingratiated himself with the fans of new club Los Angeles Galaxy by buying crates of beer for the 'Riot Squad' supporters group. (Daily Mail)

Evo-Stik Premier League side Salford City - part-owned by former Manchester United players Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes - have secured a friendly against Benfica's Under-21 side at the FA's St George's Park on 25 July. (@SalfordCityFC)

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