Gossip column: Pedro, Stones, Terry, De Bruyne

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Chelsea are likely to make a late attempt to beat Manchester United to the signing of Barcelona forward Pedro, 28. (Mail)external-link

The Spain international has given United a time limit of three days to sign him. (Mundo Deportivo - Spanish)external-link

Chelsea will consider making a £40m offer for Everton defender John Stones, 21, after a £30m bid was rejected. (Guardian)external-link

The Blues are prepared to wait before submitting a fourth bid of £40m - which may include Victor Moses or Bertrand Traore on loan - to see if Stones will ask to leave Everton. (Telegraph)external-link

Fenerbahce will offer Chelsea defender John Terry, 34, a £2.5m annual salary in an attempt to lure him to Turkey.(Mail)external-link

Branislav Ivanovic, 31, is set to become the latest player axed by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, with new signing Abdul Baba Rahman poised to go straight into the team for Sunday's trip to West Brom. (Mirror)external-link

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Manchester City will complete the £88m double signing of Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi, 27, and Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 24. (Mirror)external-link

Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague says Otamendi has completed his 45m euro (£31.7m) move to City. (Twitter)external-link

City are set to sign Otamendi for as little as £8m, because the Spanish club still owe City £24m for striker Alvaro Negredo. (Express)external-link

West Brom have told Tottenham they will need to pay £25m to sign 22-year-old striker Saido Berahino.(Independent)external-link

Former QPR midfielder Joey Barton is set to join Nottingham Forest on a free transfer.(Sun - subscription required)external-link

QPR are set to avoid a huge fine from the Football League that relates to the club exceeding financial fair play rules in 2013-14, with the punishment expected to be around a more manageable £8m. (Guardian)external-link

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Bournemouth are interested in signing striker Jermain Defoe from Sunderland. The 32-year-old played for the Cherries as a teenager.(Mirror)external-link

Arsenal will need to pay £35m if they want 28-year-old Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.(Eurosport)external-link

Arsenal's 18-year-old midfielder Gedion Zelalem held talks with Rangers yesterday over a loan move to the club, but is also wanted by English trio Fulham, Charlton and Birmingham City.(Daily Record)external-link

Real Madrid hope they can use goalkeeper Keylor Navas, 28, in their attempt to sign Manchester United's 24-year-old keeper David De Gea. (Marca)external-link

Everton striker Steven Naismith, 28, has praised the way team-mate Stones has continued in a "professional manner" amid interest from Chelsea. (Sky Sports)external-link

Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson believes Pedro would be a good signing for the Red Devils. (Talksport)external-link

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has told Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 33, the San Siro club are "waiting with open arms" for him to return. (Gazzetta World)external-link

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood is expecting to sell more players this summer, with left-back Kieran Richardson thought to be on his way out. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Richardson, 30, will not be returning to Sunderland, should he leave Villa. (Sunderland Echo)external-link

Former Newcastle United striker Mick Quinn says the Magpies are becoming "northern softies". (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Everton Under-21 coach David Unsworth says the Toffees are the best club in the country for youth development. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

QPR have avoided a potential £50m fine and will instead have to pay £8m for breaching the Football League Financial Fair Play rules. (Express)external-link

Best of social media

"No comment" tweets Adrian

West Ham goalkeeper Adrian tweetedexternal-link he had "no comment" after the decision to not overturn his red card against Leicester City. Though the three angry-face emojis might offer a clue as to his feelings.

"Swanky! Our new players look great even in Lederhosen!" claimed Bayern Munich on Instagramexternal-link next to a picture of new signings Joshua Kimmich, Sven Ulreich, Douglas Costa and Arturo Vidal in the traditional German attire.

Rio Ferdinand has been feeling nostalgic. The former Manchester United defender posted a pictureexternal-link of himself and fresh-faced former team-mate Wayne Rooney, comparing it to a picture of the bad guys from the Home Alone films.

Cristiano Ronaldo refuses to bow to social convention. That is why he wears his shorts rolled all the way up his thighs and posts a picture of it on Instagram.external-link

And finally

Former Manchester United and England defender Phil Neville has put his £3.5m Cheshire home up for sale. It includes a cinema room, swimming pool, lift and indoor football area. (Altrincham Today)external-link

Tottenham fans are used to striker Roberto Soldado missing the target. Now his new supporters at Villarreal are too as the Spaniard failed to kick a ball into the crowd. Twice. (ESPNFC.com)external-link

Sunderland have been made odds-on favourite to be relegated from the Premier League - by their own shirt sponsor, Dafabet.(Mail)external-link