Gossip column: Schneiderlin, Pogba, Pedro, De Gea, Ramos

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Manchester United are close to signing Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 25, for £24m, meaning they will not sign Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 30. (Daily Star)external-link

Real Madrid have rejected Manchester United's £35m offer for defender Sergio Ramos, 29, with the English club considering an improved bid. (Daily Mail)external-link

Real have already lined up Valencia's 27-year-old centre-back Nicolas Otamendi as a replacement should Ramos leave. (Marca)external-link

Manchester City also want Otamendi, while the Argentine is a target of their rivals United. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Tottenham midfielder Paulinho, 26, is close to joining Luiz Felipe Scolari's Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande for the £17m fee he cost the Premier League club. (Evening Standard)external-link

Watford - who also want Paulinho - have been offered Inter Milan defender Davide Santon, 24, and midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic, 27, for £7m but they could negotiate the price. (Evening Standard)external-link

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Marseille winger Dimitri Payet is close to completing a move to West Ham, but the French club are angry and say the 28-year-old has reneged on an agreement to see out the remaining two years of his contract. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Benfica and Argentina attacking midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, 27, has a deal agreed to join Manchester United - subject to his club's permission, according to his agent. (Metro)external-link

Manchester United will not sell goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, to Real Madrid unless the Spanish club pay a world-record fee for a goalkeeper. Gianluigi Buffon's reported £33m to Juventus in 2001 remains the record. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

De Gea's house in Manchester, complete with home cinema and sauna, has gone on the market for £2.75m. (Altrincham Today)external-link

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The Daily Mirror lead on Manchester United's pursuit of Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, "is very excited to come to Barcelona", according to the Catalan club's presidential candidate Joan Laporta. (Daily Mail, via Catalunya Radio)external-link

Alternatively, the former Manchester United youngster is reportedly close to joining Manchester City for £60m. (Sun)external-link

Liverpool and Manchester City are interested in Barcelona forward Pedro. The 27-year-old could be allowed to leave for £18m despite signing a new contract this summer. (Talksport, via Mundo Deportivo)external-link

Liverpool are still keen on Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke but will only step up their pursuit of the 24-year-old if Aston Villa are willing to compromise on their £32.5m asking price. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Barcelona star Lionel Messi wants his club to sign Argentina team-mate and Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria, 27. However, United want their £59.7m back and would have to pay Real Madrid £10m if they sell him to Barca. (Sun - subscription only)external-link

Di Maria has vowed to fight for his place at Old Trafford in the face of interest from Barca and Paris St-Germain. (Express)external-link

West Ham are closing in on the signing of Barcelona defensive midfielder Alex Song, 27, on a free transfer. He spent last season on loan at Upton Park. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Manchester City are close to signing 18-year-old Bursaspor striker Enes Unal, who has won a senior cap for Turkey, for about £500,000. (Sun - subscription only)external-link

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The Sun leads on the story Manchester City are close to signing Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba

Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 33, could play for Sweden at the Rio 2016 Olympics after his country qualified for the tournament. (Guardian)external-link

Tottenham are hopeful of signing Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld, 26, who was also wanted by Southampton after a loan spell last season. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Napoli want £67m - the buyout clause - for Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, 27, a target for Arsenal, Liverpool and AC Milan. (Guardian)external-link

Sevilla say they have not received any bids for striker Carlos Bacca, and hope that no club meets his buyout clause of £21m. Liverpool and Manchester United have been linked with the 28-year-old, who scored 28 goals last season. (Independent)external-link

Sunderland will push on with their bid to sign Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates, 24, for £4m after Uruguay's exit from the Copa America. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Lazio have persuaded English midfielder Ravel Morrison, 22, to play for them next season, despite interest from QPR. (Talksport, via Il Tempo)external-link

Newcastle midfielder Remy Cabella, 25, does not want to leave the club despite being linked to Marseille, according to his father. (Newcastle Chronicle, via L'Equipe)external-link

Borussia Dortmund say they will not sell striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 26, a reported £30m target for Arsenal. (Daily Star)external-link

Fiorentina have made a £3m bid to sign Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah, 23, and the London club could accept, despite paying £11m for him last year. (Daily Express, via tuttomercatoweb) external-link

Crystal Palace want Swansea City and Wales defender Ashley Williams, 30. He was valued at £12m by the Swans last summer. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Best of social media


Barcelona forward Neymar, who has left Brazil's Copa America camp after being banned for the tournament, posted a picture of his tattoo of his sister - with his sibling's face next to it for comparison purposes.

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata asked Twitter followersexternal-link "where am I?" with a picture of him wearing a comedy-sized sombrero hat.

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Gerard Deulofeu was happy to return to Everton from Barcelona

And finally

Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane quipped he is glad there were no camera phones while he was winning trophies with the Old Trafford club, saying he would probably be in prison. (Irish Independent)external-link

A colouring book featuring more than 20 football pundits, including a drawing of Des Lynam wearing only underwear, has been launched. (Metro)external-link

A football website has researched which British sports websites or newspapers are the most reliable for football rumours, with BBC Sport coming out on top.(101 Great Goals)external-link

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