Gossip column: Ramos, Dembele, Illarramendi, Townsend

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Defender Sergio Ramos - a target for Manchester United - wants to leave Real Madrid after the club failed to deny a transfer link with Barcelona presidential candidate Jordi Majo. (AS)external-link

The back page on Monday's Sun
The back page on Monday's Sun

Liverpool have increased their offer for Real Madrid defensive midfielder Asier Illarramendi, 25, to £16m and the Spanish club could accept.(Marca)external-link

The Reds are monitoring Sevilla's Colombia striker Carlos Bacca, 28, and Venezuela forward Salomon Rondon, 25, of Zenit St Petersburg as alternatives to Aston Villa's Christian Benteke, 24.(Liverpool Echo)external-link

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will actually buy all three players - Illarramendi, Bacca and Rondon - in deals that will total £75m.(Daily Star)external-link

West Ham want to sign 27-year-old midfielder Mousa Dembele from London rivals Tottenham for £12m. Chelsea are also interested in the Belgian. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

The Hammers are confident their improved £14m offer for Dimitri Payet will force through the transfer of the 28-year-old Marseille forward. (Guardian)external-link

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 33, has agreed personal terms with Arsenal, but the clubs are not close to agreeing a fee. (Sky Sports)external-link

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, 23, has emerged as a possible summer target for Sunderland. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Spurs are set to take a £15m loss on Roberto Soldado, 30, after opening talks with Galatasaray over the £11m sale of the striker. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Raheem Sterling flew home from his holiday in Ibiza in a private jet as Manchester City consider increasing their offer to £50m for the 20-year-old Liverpool winger.(Daily Mail)external-link

Monday's Guardian Sport front page
Monday's Guardian Sport front page

Porto striker Jackson Martinez, 28, is waiting for Arsenal to make a move for him after turning down the chance to join AC Milan. (Daily Express)external-link

Ronald Koeman is prepared to break Southampton's £15m transfer record to capture top target Toby Alderweireld. The 26-year-old defender will cost £18m from Atletico Madrid. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo, 36, will become a team-mate of former England midfielder Frank Lampard's at New York City FC. (Goal.com)external-link

Crystal Palace's board are ready to block Alan Pardew's move for Charlie Austin as they do not want to pay £15m for the 25-year-old QPR striker. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Southampton have joined the race for Austin in an attempt to beat Liverpool and Chelsea to his signature. (Daily Express)external-link

Arsenal forward Joel Campbell is a target for Benfica, while Real Sociedad have bid £6m for the 22-year-old. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Promoted clubs Bournemouth and Watford are both keen on 24-year-old Olympiakos midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim. (Daily Star)external-link

Defender Luke Garbutt, 22, is set to reject a move to Bournemouth and sign a new five-year contract with Everton. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Attacking midfielder Michu, 29, is unlikely to return to Swansea this summer with talks scheduled for next week between the club and player, who spent last season on loan at Napoli and has a year remaining on his contract.(Daily Mail)external-link

Best of social media

Wes Morgan

Leicester City defender Wes Morgan says he is having a "couple of weeks off" after playing for Jamaica at the Copa America. He tweeted a pictureexternal-link of the shirts he collected from the tournament.

After helping England to a 1-0 victory over Sweden at the European Under-21 Championship, Tottenham striker Harry Kane tweeted:external-link "Great win from the lads. I think people underestimate that result. All to play for now and I can't wait!"

Kane's England team-mate Nathaniel Chalobah tweeted:external-link "Great resilience showed by the lads today. Tough game but we stick together as always. Recovery now before Italy."

And finally

Comedian Jimmy Carr helped Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, 23, celebrate on his wedding day - by telling jokes at the reception. (Wales Online)external-link