Gossip column: Van Persie, Cheryshev, Ramos, Schneiderlin

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Liverpool have offered £22m for Real Madrid's 24-year-old Russia winger Denis Cheryshev. (Sunday People)external-link

Having agreed a deal to sign World Cup-winning midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich, Manchester United will now look to secure Valencia's 27-year-old centre-back Nicolas Otamendi. (Daily Star Sunday)external-link

However, Schweinsteiger's impending arrival at Old Trafford will not end manager Louis van Gaal's pursuit of Southampton's 25-year-old France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Meanwhile, Manchester United have told Real Madrid they want Spain defender Sergio Ramos, 29, and Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas, 28, in return for United's Spain goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, who has been targeted by Real. (Marca)external-link

United are also pursuing Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. The 24-year-old would be a cheaper option than Napoli's 27-year-old forward Gonzalo Higuain and Bayern's 25-year-old forward Thomas Muller. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Star on Sunday
Despite agreeing a deal to sign World Cup winning midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, Manchester United are to carry on spending, according to the Daily Star Sunday

Tottenham Hotspur are preparing an offer for Everton's £20m-rated midfielder James McCarthy, 24. (Sunday Mirror)external-link

But Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has told manager Mauricio Pochettino the club must sell at least six squad players before making any more major signings. (Sunday Express)external-link

The odds on former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri, 63, becoming Leicester City's next boss have plummeted. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

Meanwhile, former Leicester midfielder Neil Lennon, now manager at Bolton Wanderers, has played down speculation linking him to the vacant manager's job at his former club. "I think I'm one of about 27 that has been linked with the job over the last week, so it's all I can say on it really," said the 44-year-old. (Bolton News)external-link

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren has told his Newcastle players he expects them to finish in the Premier League's top eight this season. (Observer)external-link

Magpies owner Mike Ashley is set to finance another major signing as the club prepare a £13m bid for Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, 20. Newcastle have already signed 24-year-old midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum for £14.5m from PSV Eindhoven. (Sunday Express)external-link

Bournemouth are interested in signing Queens Park Rangers' 26-year-old striker Charlie Austin and are set to make a £7.5m bid for Nottingham Forest's 25-year-old winger Michail Antonio. (Star on Sunday)external-link

Arsenal are deciding whether to make a surprise move for £10m-rated Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, 27, who is also wanted by West Bromwich Albion. (Sunday Mirror)external-link

Arsenal defender Calum Chambers has rejected an offer to spend next season on loan at his old club Southampton. The 20-year-old joined the Gunners from Saints in the summer of 2014. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Chelsea have expressed an interest in signing 26-year-old Internacional midfielder Charles Aranguiz, who was one of Chile's best performers at the World Cup last summer. Arsenal and Manchester City have also scouted the player. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

Midfielder Fabian Delph's decision to stay at Aston Villa instead of joining Manchester City is a "big bonus", according to Villa's 24-year-old defender Nathan Baker.(Birmingham Mail)external-link

Everton's Bosnia-Hercegovina midfielder Muhamed Besic, 22, is doubtful for his club's pre-season trip to Singapore after suffering a suspected ankle injury during a pre-season friendly at Swindon Town on Saturday.(Liverpool Echo)external-link

Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes left Saturday's pre-season friendly with Accrington Stanley on crutches after the 25-year-old suffered an ankle injury. Rhodes has been linked with Crystal Palace, Everton and Swansea City. (Blackburn Rovers official site)external-link

Everton boss Roberto Martinez wants to take former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic to Goodison Park.(Daily Star Sunday)external-link

Orlando City owner Augusto da Silva claims they are "in the middle of negotiations" with Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez, who is currently out of action with a broken collarbone.(NBCsports.com)external-link

Best of social media

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera taunted his club's rivals after the Red Devils signed defender Matteo Darmian and closed in on World Cup-winning midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger. "Whilst others rest, we get stronger," tweetedexternal-link the former Athletic Bilbao player.

Newcastle United midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum
Wijnaldum has joined Newcastle for £14.5m

New Newcastle United midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum gatecrashed a wedding at St James' Park as he was unveiled to the media on Saturday. "Marriage made in heaven," wrote Daily Mirror football writer Simon Birdexternal-link on Twitter after capturing the image, which also featured Magpies boss Steve McClaren.

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul is delighted Netherlands international team-mate Wijnaldum has joined the club. "Pleased @GWijnaldum has signed. Great signing, welcome to Newcastle mate," he wrote on Twitter.external-link

Former Republic of Ireland winger Kevin Kilbane believes Stoke City have made a great purchase after signing his former international team-mate Shay Given. "Good luck @No1shaygiven at @stokecity. Plenty still to offer and a great signing on and off the pitch," tweetedexternal-link Kilbane.

Petr Cech
Cech will wear 33 at Arsenal next season

Goalkeeper Petr Cech has revealed he will wear the number 33 shirt for Arsenal next season and has given his reasons for his choice. He tweeted:external-link "Starting new chapter at 33 years of age with 333 games in the Premier League ... That's an easy choice." The former Chelsea goalkeeper added: "Hope to be a part of the spine of the team - spine has 33 vertebrae."

Former Manchester United and England defender Phil Neville declared himself satisfied as his first week as Valencia's assistant manager came to a mixed end. The Spanish club defeated Southampton before losing to Werder Bremen on penalties in a pre-season tournament. "Good training for the team - now home to Valencia," Neville tweeted in Spanishexternal-link after Saturday's game.

And finally

A crowd of 4,257 watched Hereford FC's first ever match. The club, founded by supporters after Hereford United went into liquidation last year, defeated FC United of Manchester 1-0 at Edgar Street. This season they will play in the Midland Football League, the ninth tier of English football. (Guardian)external-link