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Tottenham may make an audacious £20m bid for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, who has a £32.5m buy-out clause in his contract and is wanted by Liverpool and Chelsea. (The Sun - subscription required)external-link

Real Madrid are keen to sell 27-year-old striker Karim Benzema to Manchester United in a bid to speed up the signing of goalkeeper David De Gea, 24.(AS English)external-link

Karim Benzema
Is Karim Benzema bound for Old Trafford?

Manchester City could turn to Bayer Leverkusen's 26-year-old Germany international midfielder Lars Bender if their pursuit of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, is not successful. (Mirror)external-link

Manchester United are to join the race to sign out-of-favour Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 33, as they look to replace the seemingly Real Madrid-bound De Gea. (Talksport)external-link

Cech's fellow Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 23, admits it is a shame to see the Czech Republic international spend so much time on the bench at Stamford Bridge. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Manchester United are preparing to make a £50m bid for Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 21, with Louis van Gaal set to offer Javier Hernandez, Nani and Adnan Januzaj as part of the deal. (Goal.com)external-link

Liverpool are closing in on their second summer signing after reportedly agreeing terms with Inter Milan for 21-year-old midfielder Mateo Kovacic. (Daily Star)external-link

Manchester United's Javier Hernandez wants to return to Real Madrid where he spent last season on loan. The 27-year-old striker has praised new Real manager Rafa Benitez. (Daily Mail)external-link

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley leave the Newcastle board as part of a reshuffle after Steve McClaren is appointed as the new manager, but will not relinquish any power and plans to oversee a £60m spending spree. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has described coaches who refuse to adopt some of the counter-attacking tactics that helped his team win the Premier League as "stupid". (Sunday Times - subscription required)external-link

England captain Wayne Rooney, who has Irish grandparents, says he was approached aged 16 by former Everton team-mate Lee Carsley on behalf of then Republic boss Mick McCarthy to play for Ireland and has urged Aston Villa's Jack Grealish, 19, - who faces a similar choice - to pick England.(Sunday Telegraph)external-link

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, 26, says his year-long injury came "at a great time" as it allowed him to enjoy being with his baby son Finlay.(Daily Mail)external-link

Midfielder Eden Hazard says he would be delighted if fellow Belgium international Christian Benteke, 25, was to join him at Premier League champions Chelsea next season. (Sky Sports)external-link

Arsenal appear set to make a £25.7m bid for Colombia striker Jackson Martinez after Porto rejected a bid for the 28-year-old from Atletico Madrid.(Metro)external-link

Newcastle are nearing an agreement for Steve McClaren to take charge as manager and are set to launch a bid for QPR striker Charlie Austin, 25.(Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew looks set to make a double bid for two of his former Newcastle United players, France midfielder Yohan Cabaye, 29, and his international team-mate striker Loic Remy, 28.(Daily Express)external-link

Fifa could be called in to intervene in a dispute between Sunderland and Inter Milan over the permanent signing of winger Ricky Alvarez, 27, with the Serie A club claiming the Black Cats owe them £7.5m for the Argentine.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Atletico Madrid are set to pay Southampton £1.5m to activate a buy-back clause for defender Toby Alderweireld, 26, after the Belgium international spent the season on loan at St Mary's last year.(Southern Daily Echo)external-link

Newly-promoted Norwich City are thought to be interested in Hull winger Robbie Brady, 23.(Hull Daily Mail)external-link

Norwich are also set to bolster their midfield options with a £7m bid for Crystal Palace's Scotland international James McArthur, 27.(Daily Star)external-link

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka is making Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes, 25, his number one target as he looks to replace Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford.(Daily Mail)external-link

Brighton boss Chris Hughton has funds available for players this summer but has vowed to buy only "value for money" players. (The Argus)external-link

Best of social media

The escalator from the changing room to the pitch at Berlin's Olympic Stadium caused some amusement on Twitterexternal-link before the Champions League final as Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner took the casual approach compared to his team-mates before kick-off.

Champions League escalator
The BBC's Dan Walker was among those amused by the Champions League final escalator

Barcelona defender Dani Alves showed an inventive way to get down the same escalatorexternal-link as he went out for the warm-up.

Dani Alves escalator entrance at Champions League Final
Dani Alves demonstrated an unusual stretching routine

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany was among those handing out the early tributes to Barcelona on the 3-1 victory, tweeting:external-link "They were better then us when they beat us. We knew they were better then everybody else too. They've raised the bar again. Congrats Barca."

Southampton paid their own tribute to Barcelona and boss Ronald Koeman by posting a Vineexternal-link of his thundering free-kick which gave the Catalans their first-ever European Cup win in 1992.

And finally

The man, the myth, the ego - Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic - showed how little interest he had in a Champions League final without him by choosing to share pictures of his walk up in the mountains away from any television screens. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the mountains
Zlatan Ibrahimovic had more interest in mountains than Morata on Saturday

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