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Manchester City are hoping to complete a £50m deal for Liverpool's England winger Raheem Sterling, 20, in time to take him on tour to Australia.(Daily Star)external-link

Belgium striker Christian Benteke, 24, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool, will tell Aston Villa he wants to leave the club this summer when he returns for pre-season training.(Guardian)external-link

West Ham have agreed a deal in principle to sign Argentine midfielder Manuel Lanzini, 22, on loan from United Arab Emirates-based club Al Jazira. (Daily Mail)external-link

Sun back page
Tuesday's Sun back page

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 26, will miss the start of the new season after helping Chile to win Copa America. (Telegraph)external-link

Real Madrid's Iker Casillas, 34, is interested in a move to Porto after a formal bid for the Spain goalkeeper was submitted by last season's runners-up in the Portuguese League. (Guardian)external-link

News of Casillas's possible departure has increased fears at Manchester United that Real will move to replace him with his 24-year-old compatriot David De Gea. (Sun - subscription required) external-link

United are refusing to drop their asking price for De Gea and remain determined to sign Real's Spain defender Sergio Ramos, 29. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Sunderland and Middlesbrough are battling for West Ham winger Stewart Downing, 30, after the Black Cats had a £5m deal rejected.(Daily Mail)external-link

Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta, 33, has finally signed a one-year contract - months after the Spanish midfielder verbally agreed a deal with the Gunners.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Newcastle United are hopeful Schalke's £10m-rated Cameroon defender Joel Matip, 23, will become new manager Steve McClaren's first signing. (Evening Chronicle)external-link

Evening Chronicle
Tuesday's Evening Chronicle back page focuses on Newcastle's attempts to sign Schalke defender Joel Matip

Manchester United are ready to listen to offers for Brazilian right-back Rafael da Silva, 24, who may move to a club in Italy.(Sky Sports)external-link

Everton hope to beat West Ham and Southampton to the signing of Juventus' Italy defender Angelo Ogbonna, 27.(Liverpool Echo)external-link

Bolton boss Neil Lennon is keen on the vacant manager's job at Leicester but the Foxes' owners want a bigger name. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Stoke manager Mark Hughes wants to sign former Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi, 33, as back-up to England Under-21 international Jack Butland, with Asmir Begovic expected to join Chelsea. (Daily Mail)external-link

Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli, 24, was allowed to miss the start of pre-season training after being granted compassionate leave.(Telegraph)external-link

Liverpool and Burnley are heading for a tribunal to determine a fee for England Under-21 striker Danny Ings, 22, with the two clubs unable to reach an agreement. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Southampton want Feyenoord's Netherlands midfielder Jordy Clasie, 24, if 25-year-old France international Morgan Schneiderlin, a target for Manchester United, leaves the club. (Southern Daily Echo)external-link

However, Saints boss Ronald Koeman will allow Schneiderlin to move to Old Trafford if United pay £25m. (Daily Star)external-link

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, 52, has turned down a pay rise at Stamford Bridge because he is so keen to remain with the Premier League champions. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Best of social media

Manchester United were among the Premier League clubs to be back in pre-season training on Monday and it appears new £31m signing Memphis Depay has already made a positive impression. Red Devils defender Luke Shaw tweeted:external-link "Good session back with all the lads today and good to be training with Memphis for the first time!"

Memphis Depay, Michael Carrick and Luke Shaw

Spurs striker Roberto Soldado hopes he will benefit from new contracts for team-mates Nabil Bentaleb and Harry Winks. Soldado tweetedexternal-link he hoped he would be invited for a meal by his colleagues. And it appears he may not be disappointed, with Bentaleb replying:external-link "Thanks Robby you have a daily invitation my friend."

Rio Ferdinand is impressed with Barcelona's latest bit of transfer business. The ex-England defender tweeted:external-link "Turan to @FCBarcelonaexternal-link - @realmadridexternal-link better come with someone to trump that because Barca just reinforced an already top midfield..."

And finally

Micronesia were thrashed 46-0 by Vanuatu in their latest game in an Olympic qualifying tournament - and now have a goal difference of -114. (Fox Sports)external-link

It appears Titi Ameobi - the sister of Newcastle forward Sammy, 23 - has broken news of his move to Cardiff City through a social media posting. (Wales Online)external-link

Arsenal midfielder Serge Gnabry, 19, has earned an unlikely place in team-mate Mesut Ozil's all-time XI - after playing just 18 games for the Gunners. (Metro)external-link

Sherwood Bear is making a comeback as the official mascot of Nottingham Forest. (Nottingham Post)external-link

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