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Manchester City are prepared to pay a British record £60m to sign attacking midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 24, from Wolfsburg. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 33, says his future is in his agent's hands amid speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United. (Sky Sports)external-link

French champions PSG have made an opening £45m offer for Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria, 27. (RMC via Talksport)external-link

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, 25, has agreed to join Roma on a season-long loan. (Daily Mail)external-link

Daily Mirror
The Daily Mirror's backpage lead focuses on Manchester City's move for Kevin de Bruyne

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has accused Manchester United of trying to buy success and abandoning the club's tradition of youth development in pursuit of short-term glory.(Times - subscription required)external-link

Barcelona forward Pedro, 27, is keen on a move to Manchester United and coach Luis Enrique admits he will be free to leave if any club activates his £22m release clause.(Daily Telegraph)external-link

Real Madrid will try to convince defender Sergio Ramos, 29, to abandon plans to join Manchester United when he holds fresh talks with president Florentino Perez.(Manchester Evening News)external-link

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini could be ready to bid for Manchester United's top defensive targets, Ramos and Valencia's Nicolas Otamendi, 27.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Fabio Borini's agent has been in discussions with Fiorentina over a move for the out-of-favour 24-year-old Liverpool striker.(Daily Star)external-link

Bayern Munich will not sell Germany forward Thomas Muller, 25, to Manchester United.(Talksport)external-link

Middlesbrough are planning a £14m bid for Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes, 25, which would be the biggest deal for a Championship player.(Sun - subscription required)external-link

Newcastle United are set to complete the £7m signing of Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba, 20, after he arrived at St James' Park for a medical.(Times - subscription required)external-link

Gary Cahill has urged England team-mate John Stones, 21, to leave Everton and join him at Chelsea, claiming an offer from the Blues would be one "you can't turn down".(Guardian)external-link

Rayo Vallecano have made an offer to re-sign out-of-favour Swansea striker Michu, 29, who was on loan at Napoli last season.(Wales Online)external-link

Pedro
Pedro has a £22m release clause, according to the Daily Telegraph

Liverpool are considering a move for Paris St-Germain defender Lucas Digne, 22.(Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester United winger Ashley Young, 30, who has less than 12 months left on the five-year contract he signed when joining from Aston Villa, admits his Old Trafford future is in doubt after contract talks stalled.(Daily Star)external-link

Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon, 28, has been forced to train with the youth team as he seeks a move away from White Hart Lane.(Daily Telegraph)external-link

New Real Betis midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, 32, says leaving Spurs in 2012 was "the most stupid decision in my career".(Daily Mirror)external-link

Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu, 21, suffered a hamstring injury while playing Arsenal in Singapore, but will not miss the start of the season.(Liverpool Echo)external-link

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren says the club are looking to move quickly in the transfer market after the signings of Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic.(Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand played the 1990s classicexternal-link "Please don't go" by KWS as he asked goalkeeper David De Gea not to leave Old Trafford for Real Madrid.

Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand retired from playing football in May after a season at QPR

New Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino, 23, enjoyed his first day at the club's Melwood training ground following his £29m move from Hoffenheim.

Firmino
Firmino scored 47 goals in 151 games for Hoffenheim

And finally

Cristiano Ronaldo was left fuming when a goal he scored in Real Madrid training was ruled out by new coach Rafael Benitez. (AS.com)external-link

New Swansea City signings Andre Ayew and Franck Tabanou had to perform initiation songs on the club's pre-season Germany tour. (Wales Online)external-link

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