Gossip column: Di Maria, Dzeko, Gotze, Pogba, Falcao, Austin

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Arsenal are considering a move for 29-year-old Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko. (Daily Star)external-link

Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria, 27, wants to join Paris St-Germain, but the Red Devils want £52m for the Argentine. (L'Equipe in French)external-link

United have lined up Barcelona's Spain international forward Pedro, also 27, as a possible replacement for British record signing Di Maria. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Newcastle are close to signing Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, 20, for £13.5m and defender Chancel Mbemba, also 20, for about £7.5m.(Daily Mail)external-link

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has ruled out a move for 22-year-old Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and compared the France international to the Eiffel Tower. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Mourinho is prepared to end 27-year-old winger Juan Cuadrado's unimpressive spell at Chelsea but will not take anything less than the £26.1m they paid for him in January. (London Evening Standard)external-link

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Striker Radamel Falcao's desire to prove he can succeed in the Premier League will help the 29-year-old loanee rediscover his best form, says Mourinho. (Guardian)external-link

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola wants to keep 23-year-old midfielder Mario Gotze, who interests Juventus, Liverpool and Manchester United. (Daily Express)external-link

Turkish side Fenerbahce, who have already signed Robin van Persie and Nani from Manchester United, want Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon, 28, to be their latest buy from the Premier League. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Arsenal have been linked with a move for £30m-rated Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but the German club have insisted the 26-year-old is not for sale. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Daily Mirror

West Ham and Bournemouth have joined Leicester and Newcastle in attempting to sign 26-year-old striker Charlie Austin from QPR. (Daily Star)external-link

New Manchester City signing Raheem Sterling says he must now make headlines for the right reasons after an acrimonious departure from Liverpool, but admits he would be "quite happy to lie down" on his sofa for the whole day. The 20-year-old insists, however, that he was ill when he missed training at Liverpool shortly before his £49m transfer. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Stoke are ready to break their transfer record after reigniting their interest in £15m-rated Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko, 25. (Stoke Sentinel)external-link

Aston Villa are in talks with Tottenham about signing striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, to replace Liverpool-bound 24-year-old Christian Benteke. (Daily Mail)external-link

West Brom boss Tony Pulis wants to agree a new contract with Saido Berahino once the season is under way amid speculation Tottenham are interested in the 21-year-old striker. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Steve Bruce has admitted he will have to consider his future as Hull manager if his ambitions cannot be matched by the club's hierarchy this season. (Hull Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is considering using midfielder Daley Blind, 25, as a left-sided centre-back to help ease his side's defensive issues. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Best of social media

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil posted a picture and tweeted:external-link "Flight attendant M1O reporting for duty and assisting the helicopter pilot as good as possible!"

Mesut Ozil on Twitter

Manchester United summer signing Memphis Depay took time out of the club's pre-season tour of the United States to try on some American football gear at the Seattle Seahawks.

Memphis Depay on Twitter

And finally

When asked which Arsenal legend he would like to play for the current team, midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was greeted with roars of laughter when he said Nicklas Bendtner. (London Evening Standard)external-link