Gossip column: Kane, Sterling, Pogba, Messi, Cech

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Manchester United will make a £40m bid for Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 21, as they switch their attention to the England international after Real Madrid insist they will not sell Gareth Bale, 25. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Daily Mirror

But Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has told manager Mauricio Pochettino that he has no intention of selling Kane or France international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 28. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Manchester City are prepared to pay a British record transfer fee of £60m to beat Chelsea and Barcelona to the signature of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Manchester City also expect a protracted battle for Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling as they prepare to table a £40m offer for the 20-year-old after having an initial £30m bid rejected.(Manchester Evening News)external-link

Alternatively, City make the Reds a 'take it or leave it' offer for Sterling in the next 48 hours as they kick off a £150m spending spree. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Meanwhile, Arsenal are not prepared to get involved in a bidding war with Manchester City for Sterling, especially if Liverpool do not lower their £50m asking price. However, the Gunners could be interested in a player-plus-cash deal. (London Evening Standard)external-link

The Gunners are trying to complete the £11m signing of Chelsea keeper Petr Cech, 33, by the end of next week. (Daily Mail)external-link

England and Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, 26, is set to sign a new contract to extend his stay with the Gunners beyond 2016.(Sun - subscription required)external-link

West Ham have told Newcastle that only a permanent deal would allow boss Steve McClaren to take former Magpies striker Andy Carroll, 26, back to St James' Park. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood will make former Manchester City defender Micah Richards, 26, his first signing for the club on a free transfer next week. (Daily Star)external-link

Chelsea midfielder Jon Mikel Obi, 28, is wanted by Turkish club Fenerbahce. (Daily Express)external-link

Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini remains hopeful of signing midfielder Yaya Toure, 32, from former club Manchester City. (La Stampa - in Italian)external-link

Daily Telegraph

New West Ham manager Slaven Bilic wants to make Paris St-Germain's former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, 29 - who is also a target for Crystal Palace - his first signing. (Daily Star)external-link

Real Madrid are keen to complete the signing of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea in time for the 24-year-old to play on their pre-season tour of Australia, which includes a game against Manchester City on 24 July. (Independent) external-link

Arsenal's England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 23, is not interested in a move to Manchester City just to bolster their number of home-grown players. (Daily Express)external-link

Sunderland may have to make a straight offer for Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk, 23, as any swap deal involving Black Cats striker Steven Fletcher, 28, could prove awkward. (Sunderland Echo)external-link

Germany international Ilkay Gundogan, who has one year left on his contract with Borussia Dortmund, has denied agreeing a deal to join Barcelona or Manchester United. The 24-year-old says he will decide on his future after his country's Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar on Saturday. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Arsenal have been linked with Porto striker Jackson Martinez but the Portuguese club's chairman says the 28-year-old Colombia international has chosen to join AC Milan instead. (Guardian)external-link

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph, 25, believes it would be a "big loss" to the club if 24-year-old striker Christian Benteke leaves. But he added: "If they have a chance to move on and better themselves, I can't tell them not to do that." (Guardian)external-link

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 27, insists there is "no rivalry" with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, and it is something invented by the media. (Shortlist)external-link

Aston Villa want to sign Burnley right-back Kieran Trippier, 24, and could offer fellow defender Matthew Lowton, 26, to the Lancashire club as part of any deal. (Birmingham Mail) external-link

Little-known Portuguese coach Carlos Carvalhal has emerged as an early favourite to become Sheffield Wednesday's new head coach following the sacking of Stuart Gray. (Yorkshire Post)external-link

Best of social media

QPR striker Charlie Austin has been linked with a move to Newcastle but he does not appear to be too impressed. He tweeted "Honestly where do people get this stuff from" before quickly deleting it.

Charlie Austin on Twitter

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez helped hosts Chile to a 2-0 win over Ecuador in the opening game of Copa America before he posted a picture of himselfexternal-link at "home one evening".

Alexis Sanchez on Instagram
Alexis Sanchez plays fetch

And finally

Gainsborough Trinity paraded their new signing Marc Newsham with one slight problem - the club's name was spelt wrong, missing off the second 'o' on the scarf the striker was holding for pictures. (Lincolnshire Echo)external-link

According to a survey, Manchester United and Arsenal had their title challenges hampered by two of the worst injury records in the 2014-15 season. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

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