Gossip column: Bale, Mourinho, Di Maria, Sterling, Lambert

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, who hinted on Friday at a "surprise" signing, will make another attempt to bring in £95m midfielder Gareth Bale, 26, from Real Madrid. (Sunday People)external-link

United winger Angel Di Maria, 27, must hand in transfer request if he wants to leave Old Trafford for Paris St-Germain this summer. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

Van Gaal is still searching for two more players to complete his squad, despite already making four additions for a total cost of about £80m. (Sunday Express)external-link

New Fenerbahce striker Robin van Persie, 31, has said he was not given a chance to win back his place at Manchester United before his move to Turkey. (Sunday Times - subscription required)external-link

Sunday Express
The back page of the Sunday Express features a story about Louis van Gaal's transfer plans

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has warned Everton he will not stop bidding for England defender John Stones, 21, despite having one £20m offer rejected.(Sunday Mirror)external-link

Mourinho says his Premier League-winning team does not need major surgery although he has told his players they will have to perform even better than they did last season. (Observer)external-link

Chelsea midfielder Oscar, 23, says he has no interest in joining Juventus after being linked with a move to the champions of Italy.(London Evening Standard)external-link

Tottenham will make a £15m bid for West Brom's England Under-21 striker Saido Berahino, 21, this week.(Sunday People)external-link

Albion are weighing up a move for Liverpool's 33-year-old striker Rickie Lambert.(Birmingham Mail)external-link

New Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, 20, says he is "disappointed" with the way he left Liverpool.(Fox Sports) external-link

Meanwhile Samir Nasri, 28, has vowed to fight for his place in City's midfield, following the arrival of Sterling and Fabian Delph, 25.(Sun on Sunday - subscription required)external-link

Five-time Liverpool league title winner Craig Johnston, 55, hopes Aston Villa's 24-year-old striker Christian Benteke, who is close to joining the Reds, can bring some "nastiness" to the attack.(Liverpool Echo)external-link

Aston Villa are set to make a £7m move for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, 23, this week, as a replacement for Benteke.(Sunday Express)external-link

Star on Sunday backpage
Raheem Sterling's exit from Liverpool to Manchester City dominates the Star on Sunday's back page

Other reports suggest Villa will use the £32.5m gained from the sale of Benteke to make a bid for QPR and England striker Charlie Austin, 26.(Sunday Mirror)external-link

Newcastle and Leicester have also joined the list of clubs interested in Austin. (Star on Sunday)external-link

West Ham United's 26-year-old forward Andy Carroll, who has not played since February because of a knee injury, is unlikely to return to first-team action until the middle of October. (Sunday Telegraph)external-link

Midfielder Jack Colback, 25, and goalkeeper Tim Krul, 27, are among the frontrunners if Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren decides to strip Fabricio Coloccini of the captaincy, according to former Magpies keeper Pavel Srnicek.(Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat, who has signed four players this summer, will hold talks with chairman Ellis Short on Monday about bringing in more targets.(Sunderland Echo)external-link

Rangers are close to signing two Wigan Athletic players - forward Martyn Waghorn, 29, and 23-year-old defender James Tavernier.(Wigan Evening Post)external-link

Best of social media

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has spoken about playing with former Southampton team-mate Morgan Schneiderlin again. "Great way to start the tour yesterday! Unreal to be playing with Morgan again and for him to get a goal on his debut," tweeted Shawexternal-link after Schneiderlin's goal earned United a 1-0 win over Mexican side Club America in Seattle.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman could not resist a trip down memory lane when Saints visited Groningen, the club where he launched his playing career, for a pre-season friendly. The Premier League club were 3-0 winners on Saturday.

New Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech could not hide his delight after his Gunners debut ended with a trophy. "First game, first win, first trophy. Thank you everyone! It was a great week here in Singapore. Keep on winning," tweeted Cechexternal-link after the north London side beat Everton 3-1 to win the Barclays Asia Trophy.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says Burnley's 22-year-old defender Michael Keane is a future England international. "The best three young 21s CB's in England right now: 1 John Stones. 2 Michael Keane. 3 Eric Dier. All future full England internationals 100%," tweeted Ferdinand.external-link

And finally

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher will wear a Manchester United shirt on Sky's Monday Night Football after losing a bet with ex-Red Devils player Gary Neville. (Independent)external-link