Gossip column: Schweinsteiger, O'Neill, Sterling, Wenger, Downing

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Liverpool's owners are prepared to keep forward Raheem Sterling, 20, in the reserves rather than allow him to leave for below their valuation. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Sterling has returned for pre-season training having called in sick for two sessions - but it remains to be seen whether he will take part in the club's pre-season tour, which begins on Sunday.(Guardian)external-link

The Professional Footballers' Association has said it is prepared to mediate between Sterling and Liverpool. The PFA performed a similar role when former Reds striker Luis Suarez was the subject of a bid from Arsenal in 2013.(Telegraph)external-link

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The Daily Express back page leads on Roger Federer's defeat of Andy Murray at Wimbledon

World Cup-winning Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 30, has agreed to join Manchester United on a three-year contract believed to be worth £7.2m a year.(Bild - in German)external-link

The fee for Germany international Schweinsteiger is believed to be about £5.75m.(Manchester Evening News)external-link

United may now end their interest in 25-year-old Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. The Manchester club had seen a £20m bid for the Frenchman rejected.(Daily Express)external-link

The Football Association of Ireland will not stand in Martin O'Neill's way if he wants to exit his contract as national coach early to return to club management. At least one bookmaker has suspended betting on the 63-year-old being named as the next manager of Leicester. (Guardian)external-link

O'Neill's return would be popular among fans, according to former Leicester captain Matt Elliott. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

Suspended Fifa vice-president Jeffrey Webb, one of seven officials arrested in Zurich in May, has agreed to be extradited to the United States, where he faces corruption charges. (Bloomberg Business)external-link

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been left frustrated by the club's lack of ambition in the transfer market so far this summer, and is urging the board to provide him with more resources. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Watford are targeting 32-year-old Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder Alessandro Diamanti and 30-year-old Hamburg midfielder Valon Behrami. Both used to play for West Ham. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Tottenham have turned down a £3.6m bid from Turkish club Galatasaray for 25-year-old Romania international defender Vlad Chiriches.(London Evening Standard)external-link

German newspaper Bild
German newspaper Bild claims Bastian Schweinsteiger is heading for Manchester United under the headline 'Schweini changes to Man U'

An online petition calling on Barcelona to drop shirt sponsor Qatar Airways "until workers' conditions improve" has reached over 40,000 signatures in less than 24 hours. (Telegraph)external-link

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to get his squad fully fit before he considers "quality" additions. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina is open to a move to Everton. The Colombian 26-year-old has described the Toffees as "a very competitive team" and "a great possibility". Daily Expressexternal-link

West Ham winger Stewart Downing is set to miss Saturday's friendly at Peterborough as Middlesbrough move closer to re-signing the 30-year-old England international. (Teesside Gazette)external-link

Newcastle United will confirm the £13m signing of 24-year-old Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum from PSV Eindhoven this weekend. (Daily Mail)external-link

Southampton executive director Les Reed said the club have bids in for a number of players after Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld, 26, joined Spurs rather than Saints. (Southern Daily Echo)external-link

Norwich City have doubled their offer for 23-year-old Hull City winger Robbie Brady - but have been told that £6m is still not enough. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Swansea City manager Garry Monk does not want 32-year-old midfielder Leon Britton to leave. (South Wales Evening Post)external-link

David Moyes made a losing return to Scotland as his Real Sociedad team lost 1-0 to Celtic on Friday. (Celticfc.net)external-link

Best of social media

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher tweetedexternal-link his congratulations to Gary McAllister, with the 50-year-old Scot set to be named first-team coach at Anfield.

New Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech posted a picture on Twitterexternal-link of his first training session at Arsenal. The 33-year-old, who joined from Chelsea, wrote: "First training session done... let's go."

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas had reason to celebrate. "Father once again, I couldn't be prouder and happier. Thank u baby @daniellasemaan7 for bringing another angel to the family and being so brave," wrote the Spain international on Instagram.external-link

There's a buzz of excitement at Wolves - and not just because the Championship season starts in four weeks. A swarm of bees have taken up residence on a seat in the Stan Cullis Stand at Molineux. Will there be a sting in the tail?

West Ham United midfielder Diego Poyet thanked the fans who travelled to Andorra to cheer the team in their Europa League qualifying tie with Lusitanos. "Good win yesterday to get us through to the next round, thanks to all the fans who made the trip," wrote Poyet on Instagram.external-link

Former Manchester City and Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton could not help but admire Roger Federer's efforts against Andy Murray at Wimbledon. "How can you not have a man crush on Roger Federer?" he wrote on Twitter.external-link

And finally

Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling has been put up for sale - on an auction site. (Liverpool Echo)external-link