Gossip column: Ramos, Sterling, Pogba, Kane, Bale, Pedro

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Manchester City are set to make a £71m bid for Juventus's 22-year-old midfielder Paul Pogba. (Mirror)external-link

City will also bid for Wolfsburg's 24-year-old attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, and return with an improved offer for Liverpool's 20-year-old forward Raheem Sterling. (Star)external-link

Manchester United have made direct contact with Tottenham over signing striker Harry Kane, 21, for £40m as a long-term replacement for Wayne Rooney. (Sun)external-link

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The Star on Sunday back page leads on Manchester City's summer transfer plans

Newcastle will increase their attempts to sign £15m QPR striker Charlie Austin, 26, this week, with boss Steve McClaren hoping his brief spell as R's coach will give him the edge (Express)external-link

However Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe - who tried to sign the striker from Poole Town six years ago - is willing to bid £14m and will make his move this week. (Sun)external-link

Manchester United's 31-year-old striker Robin van Persie has agreed a deal in principle over a transfer to Turkish club Fenerbahce. (Observer)external-link

But the Dutchman wants United to pay out the final year of his contract, worth £12m, even though Fenerbahce will match his £250,000-a-week salary. (Mirror)external-link

Newcastle are set to sign 24-year-old PSV captain and forward Georginio Wijnaldum for £15m after he rejected a move to Sunderland, who are now looking at Everton winger Aiden McGeady, 29. (Sunday People)external-link

Manchester United are planning to make an improved offer for Southampton's 25-year-old defensive midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, after seeing a £20m bid rejected. (Observer)external-link

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos says he is "not negotiating with anyone". The 29-year-old has been linked with a move to Old Trafford. (AS)external-link

Both Ramos and Schneiderlin have reservations about moving to the Red Devils, with the latter favouring a move to Arsenal. (Times)external-link

United have told Real they will not sell goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, unless they are allowed to sign Ramos. (Telegraph)external-link

Chelsea will complete the signing of Stoke's 28-year-old goalkeeper Asmir Begovic for £8m this week. (Telegraph)external-link

The Blues are trying to wrap up the deal as soon as possible because United are also considering a move for the Bosnia international.(Mail)external-link

Liverpool and Arsenal are interested in signing Barcelona's 27-year-old Spanish forward Pedro. (Sport - in Spanish)external-link

French club Bordeaux remain reluctant to sell Uruguayan striker Diego Rolan to Newcastle, despite receiving a £10m bid for the 22-year-old. (Sud Ouest - in French)external-link

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has flown to Spain to finalise a deal with Atletico Madrid for their 26-year-old Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld, who spent last season on loan at Southampton. (Mail)external-link

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Glen Johnson is in talks with West Ham. The 30-year-old defender is available on a free transfer after being released by Liverpool. (Express)external-link

Watford have agreed a deal with Tottenham over the signing of French midfielder Etienne Capoue and will confirm the 26-year-old early next week. (Watford Observer)external-link

The Hornets have held talks with Harry Kewell as they look to appoint a new manager of their U21 side. Kewell, 36, is now retired but the Australian used to play for Leeds and Liverpool. (Sky Sports)external-link

Centre-half Martin Skrtel, 30, will sign a new three-year contract with Liverpool on Monday. (Star)external-link

Real Madrid are set to sign 28-year-old Juventus and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, who had been a target for Premier League sides. (La Tercera - in Spanish)external-link

West Ham are competing with Tottenham and West Brom in the race to sign Basel's 18-year-old striker Breel Embolo, who is valued at £10m. (Sunday People)external-link

Lionel Messi's brother Rodrigo was hit by a supporter during Argentina's Copa America final with Chile, which Messi's side lost on penalties. (Marca)external-link

Crystal Palace have confirmed they are interested in signing 29-year-old Paris St-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who played under manager Alan Pardew for Newcastle. (Talksport)external-link

Best of social media

Brad Guzan
Saturday was Independence Day in the United States

It would be easy to see why you might think Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan might have started up a New Romanticexternal-link band but sadly, that's not the case. Saturday was Independence Day in the United States and Guzan, 30, celebrated with some of his USA team-mates and posted the photo above on his Instagram page. external-link

Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale has really got into the swing of things on the golf course based on this evidence.

While 30-year-old forward Lukas Podolski was celebrating his transfer to Galatasaray with a cup of Turkish tea,external-link the German's former Arsenal team-mate Aaron Ramsey was wishing him well. "Good luck @Podolski10 at your new club!" the 24-year-old midfielder wrote on Twitter.external-link "Will be missed around the place, take it easy."

And finally

Bayern Munich's 23-year-old midfielder Mario Gotzeexternal-link said he was "honoured to throw the first pitch" at a recent Los Angles Dodgers game, but it did not go brilliantly for him. (ESPN)external-link

Rather than enjoying a holiday, Chelsea striker Diego Costa is playing for the club in a five-a-side tournament in Kuwait, scoring five in a 7-0 win over Nottingham Forest. (Globo Esporte via London Evening Standard)external-link