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Arsenal will offer £40m for Real Madrid's 27-year-old French striker Karim Benzema. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Manchester United could keep David De Gea this season, with Real Madrid increasingly likely to wait until next summer to sign the 24-year-old Spain goalkeeper on a free transfer.(Times - subscription required)external-link

Manchester United will bid £42m for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, 29, after the Spanish club rejected an opening bid of £31m. (AS)external-link

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, 24, will not play in Friday's friendly against Sporting Braga in Portugal with his £32.5m move to Liverpool set to be completed. (Daily Mirror)external-link

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The Sun reports Arsenal will make a £40m bid for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema

A bookmaker has suspended betting on QPR striker Charlie Austin joining Newcastle United after a flurry of money was placed on the 26-year-old moving to St James' Park.(Sky Sports)external-link

Villa boss Tim Sherwood will target Tottenham striker Emanuel Adebayor, 31, to replace Benteke.(Birmingham Mail)external-link

Should Benteke join Liverpool, it would free up striker Rickie Lambert, 33, to leave Anfield for West Brom.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Chelsea want to sign £15m-rated Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, 20, from Anderlecht, but Newcastle and Swansea are also interested.(Daily Star)external-link

Bayern Munich are set to seal the signing of Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, 28, from Juventus for £28m.(Guardian)external-link

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has left winger Mohamed Salah out of the squad for the pre-season tour of the USA after the 23-year-old refused to join Fiorentina on loan.(Evening Standard)external-link

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Friday's Daily Mirror back page

Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi was absent for the club's pre-season kit launch, fuelling speculation the 27-year-old is about to join Manchester United.(Metro)external-link

Everton are interested in signing Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, 27.(Manchester Evening News)external-link

United had been holding out for a £10m fee for Evans, but with Everton only prepared to pay £6m for a player entering the final year of his contract, a compromise is expected.(Times - subscription required)external-link

Tottenham have made an £8m bid for Chelsea winger Victor Moses, 24, who spent last season on loan at Stoke. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Spurs will also offer cash plus winger Aaron Lennon, 28, for Everton midfielder James McCarthy, 24.(Daily Mail)external-link

Paris St-Germain believe they can tie up a deal for Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria, 27, by the weekend. (Daily Mail)external-link

But the French champions will not allow striker Edinson Cavani, 28, to move to Old Trafford as part of the deal.(Daily Telegraph)external-link

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QPR have told Crystal Palace they will need to meet the £3.5m buyout clause in Alex McCarthy's contract to sign the 25-year-old keeper.(Evening Standard)external-link

England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 29, says he would consider a move to Major League Soccer in the USA in the future.(Seattle Times)external-link

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists new signing Roberto Firmino, 23, is not a direct replacement for forward Raheem Sterling, 20, who has joined Manchester City.(Liverpool Echo)external-link

Midfielder Jack Wilshere, 23, wants to hold talks with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ahead of the new Premier League season in order to discuss where he stands in the first-team squad. (Independent)external-link

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