Gossip column: Pedro, Pogba, Di Maria, Higuain, Stambouli

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Manchester City's attempts to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba are being held up over an issue with the 22-year-old France international's image rights. Pogba will also have to ask for a transfer request to push the move through. (Daily Star)external-link

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants to sign forward Pedro, 27, from Barcelona and is willing to meet the Spain international's £22m buyout clause. (Sport - in Spanish)external-link

Paris St-Germain are interested in signing Argentine winger Angel Di Maria from Manchester United but the French club's manager Laurent Blanc says a deal would be difficult for the 27-year-old due to competition from other clubs and the cost of the player. (L'Equipe - in French)external-link

Manchester United are ready to block 24-year-old goalkeeper David De Gea's proposed move to Real Madrid unless a deal can be done before the club leaves for its tour of the USA. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

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The transfer of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City leads the back page of Monday's Daily Star

Southampton hope to sign Netherlands midfielder Jordy Clasie, 24, as a replacement for Manchester United-bound France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

New boss Steve McClaren expects Newcastle to finish in the top eight of the Premier League after the club record £14.4m signing of Dutch international midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 24, from PSV Eindhoven.(Guardian)external-link

Arsenal's Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 26, has paid for 11 children to have life-saving surgery in Brazil.(Independent)external-link

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has praised captain and England midfielder Fabian Delph, 25, for choosing to stay at Villa rather than join Manchester City.(Birmingham Mail)external-link

Victor Valdes' agent says the Spanish goalkeeper wants to stay at Manchester United. The 33-year-old had been linked with a move to Turkish side Antalyaspor.(AS - in Spanish)external-link

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis says he would sell Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, who has been linked with Manchester and Arsenal if they meet the 27-year-old's £64.7m buy-out clause. (Daily Express)external-link

QPR will pocket £9m from Raheem Sterling's imminent £49m transfer from Liverpool to Manchester City. The England winger, aged 20, was signed by Liverpool for £500,000 in 2010 but a 20% sell-on clause was part of the deal.(Daily Mail)external-link

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge believes the Reds are better off without Manchester City-bound Raheem Sterling and that £49m is overpriced for the England forward.(Skysports)external-link

Benjamin Stambouli will become the second Tottenham player to join Watford this summer as the 24-year-old French midfielder is set to join the Hornets for £4m.(Mirror)external-link

West Brom are interested in QPR winger Matt Phillips, 24, and are prepared to pay £10m for the Scotland international. Manager Tony Pulis is also keen on Nottingham Forest winger Michail Antonio, 25. (Mirror)external-link

Iker Casillas' parents have blamed Real Madrid president Florentino Perez for the Spanish goalkeeper's departure to Porto. The 34-year-old's mother also labels the Portuguese side a second division team, adding that her son deserves better.(El Mundo - in Spanish)external-link

Crystal Palace's Scott Dann is to sign new deal to stay at Selhurst Park. The 28-year-old English defender had been a target for Everton. (Croydon Advertiser)external-link

Best of social media

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Ramsey and Wilshere take a selfie with Ramsey and Wilshere

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has tweetedexternal-link a picture of himself and team-mate Jack Wilshere in front of a plane covered in a giant image of the pair. Ramsey, who is travelling to Singapore for Arsenal's pre-season tour, added: "Bit surreal but very cool to see myself on the side of a plane."

Manchester United players past and present Rio Ferdinandexternal-link and Daley Blindexternal-link have paid tribute on social media to Robin van Persie, who is set to complete a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce.

Glen Johnson says his new club Stoke City are on the way up following his move from Liverpool. "Very happy to have signed for a good club going in the right direction!" he tweeted.external-link

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes the Anfield club has done good business in getting Manchester City to pay £49m for Raheem Sterling. "He is a very good young player but he has not yet hit the heights of an Owen, Rooney, Fowler or Giggs at this stage of his career," he said on Kicca.external-link

And finally

A campaign has started in Turkey to send a heartbroken young Manchester United fan to watch his idol, Robin van Persie, who is reportedly close to joining Fenerbahce. It comes after a video of four-year-old Louis Diamond crying when he found out Van Persie could be joining the Turkish side went viral. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Manchester City and Argentina defender Martin Demichelis, 34, married former Playboy model Evangelina Anderson, 32, his long-term partner and mother of their two children, at a ceremony in Buenos Aires on Saturday. (Daily Mail) external-link