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Liverpool remain keen on Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, 24, but are still refusing to pay the £32m asking price - despite selling 20-year-old forward Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for £49m on Tuesday. (Daily Mirror)

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Manchester United are ready to sell winger Angel Di Maria to Paris St-Germain for £42.8m. The Red Devils spent £59.7m on the 27-year-old last summer. (Le Parisien via Star)

But United are also interested in a swap deal that would see Di Maria go to PSG with 28-year-old forward Edinson Cavani moving to Old Trafford. (Daily Express)

Manchester City and Liverpool are both interested in signing 18-year-old Fulham forward Patrick Roberts. The Championship club want £10m for the teenager. (The Sun, subscription required)

Chelsea are confident of beating both Arsenal and Liverpool to the signing of Barcelona forward Pedro after meeting a £22m release fee in the 27-year-old's contract. (Daily Star)

Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi, 27, is prepared to go on strike to force a move to Manchester United. The Spanish side value the Argentina defender at £37m. (The Sun, subscription required)

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Arsenal have made a £10m bid for Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam, with the 24-year-old being lined up to challenge Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal at left-back. (Mediaset via Talksport)

Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell could be leaving Arsenal for good, with former Manchester United boss David Moyes ready to spend £6m to take the 23-year-old to Real Sociedad. (Daily Mirror)

Southampton are close to replacing Morgan Schneiderlin, who has joined Manchester United, with 24-year-old Feyenoord midfielder Jordy Clasie. The Netherlands international will cost £12m. (Daily Mail)

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Swansea boss Garry Monk says forward Michu will not play for the club again. The 29-year-old was loaned out to Napoli last season. (South Wales Evening Post)

Leicester believe new manager Claudio Ranieri will convince out-of-contract midfielder Esteban Cambiasso, 34, to agree a new deal with the club. The pair worked together when Ranieri was in charge of Inter Milan in 2011-12. (Daily Star)

Former Leicester midfielder Muzzy Izzet believes the Foxes have made the wrong choice in appointing Ranieri. (Talksport)

Argentina legend Diego Maradona has criticised Lionel Messi's international career and said it is time to stop giving the Barcelona forward, 28, special treatment. (Daily Telegraph)

Chelsea and Tottenham might have to pay more than £15m a year to use Wembley while they redevelop their stadiums. (Times, subscription required)

Robert Lewandowski's agent has told Manchester United it will cost them more than £35m to sign the 26-year-old Bayern Munich striker this summer. (Independent)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed reports linking midfielder Mesut Ozil, 26, with a move away from the Gunners. (Sky Sports)

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New Aston Villa assistant Ray Wilkins has advised midfielder Jack Grealish to "live like a monk" to fulfil his potential after the 19-year-old was disciplined last month when pictures appeared to show him passed out in the street in Tenerife.(Daily Mail)

Championship sides Burnley and Cardiff are both considering moves for Wigan's Wales international midfielder Emyr Huws, 21.(Shoot)

Sunderland have failed in an attempt to sign Zenit St Petersburg defender Nicolas Lombaerts, 30. The clubs had agreed a £5m fee but the Black Cats could not agree personal terms with the player.(Times, subscription required)

Midfielder Tom Cleverley, 25, hopes his move from Manchester United to Everton will help restart his England career. Cleverley last won a cap in November 2013.(Liverpool Echo)

Cleverley's 24-year-old Toffees team-mate and fellow midfielder James McCarthy is a target for Manchester City after they missed out on Aston Villa's Fabian Delph.(Daily Express)

West Brom are close to signing goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, 28, from Crystal Palace in a £3.5m deal.(Birmingham Mail)

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Robin van Persie thanked both his former Premier League clubs after his £4.7m move from Manchester United to Fenerbahce. He wrote on Twitter: "Thank you Arsenal and thank you Manchester United. Wish you all the best. After 11 great years in the Premier League, I have taken on a new challenge at Fenerbahce. Thank you to all the fans, who have supported me through the years."

And finally

Former Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff's wages at Shamrock Rovers will go to charity. (Eurosport)

Frank Lampard bought 16 tickets for British fans to New York City's match against Toronto, after meeting them at the club's training facilities. (Metro)

Swindon Town have banned media outlets from attending news conferences. Instead the League One club will put out interviews conducted by its own press officer on its website and a social media app. (Guardian)

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