Gossip column: Neymar, Pogba, De Bruyne, Totti, Stones

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Manchester United have been in secret talks to try to buy 23-year-old Barcelona forward Neymar. (Sun - subscription needed) external-link

Chelsea have agreed a £69m deal to sign 22-year-old Juventus and France midfielder Paul Pogba, while attacking midfielders Oscar, 23, Willian, 27, and Juan Cuadrado, 27, could go the other way. (Sun - subscription needed) external-link

The Blues are ready to spend a combined £100m on former Manchester United youngster Pogba and Everton defender John Stones, 21. (Daily Star)external-link

Manchester City are expected to announce they have agreed a £50m fee with Wolfsburg for Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 24, over the weekend. (Daily Mirror)external-link

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The Mirror reveal Sunderland could appoint Sam Allardyce

The former Chelsea player's representatives have already agreed personal terms on a long-term contract with City. (Talksport)external-link

Manchester United are demanding that Real Madrid pay £29m for Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea, 24 - or £22m plus 28-year-old Costa Rican Keylor Navas. (Marca)external-link

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat says everyone in his squad is for sale, adding: "If the player wants to go, he can go." (Metro)external-link

The Black Cats will try to get Sam Allardyce to replace Advocaat if he decides to leave. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Bournemouth have bid about £5m for 31-year-old Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray. (Guardian)external-link

Norwich City have failed in a approach to sign QPR striker Charlie Austin, despite being prepared to offer £14m for the 26-year-old. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, 27, is a target for West Brom after their bid to sign Tottenham's Federico Fazio, 28, collapsed. (Sun - subscription needed)external-link

Sevilla have made an approach to sign Andy Carroll on loan, despite the 26-year-old England striker not being fit to play for West Ham. (Times - subscription needed)external-link

Sunderland have made a move to sign Napoli's Dutch international Jonathan de Guzman, 27, on loan. (Daily Mail)external-link

Chelsea will listen to offers for 24-year-old winger Victor Moses, with Tottenham and Aston Villa interested in the Nigeria international. (ESPN FC)external-link

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The Star say Jose Mourinho has named seven underachieving Chelsea players

Everton are set to sign River Plate defender Ramiro Funes Mori, 24 for £6m with the Argentine to have a medical this weekend. (Sky Sports)external-link

Roma forward Francesco Totti, 38, is set to sign a new one-year contract extension to keep him at the club until his 40s.(Gazzetta dello Sport, in Italian)external-link

Brighton have turned down a £2.5m bid from Championship rivals Derby County for midfielder Dale Stephens, 25.(Brighton Argus)external-link

Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund both want 17-year-old winger Rafik Zekhnini, who impressed for Norwegian side Odd in the Europa League against Dortmund. (VG - in Norwegian)external-link

West Ham want QPR goalkeeper Rob Green, 35, but are not willing to meet his £50,000-a-week wage demands. (Daily Mail)external-link

LA Galaxy were close to signing Frank Lampard, 37, now at Sunday's opponents New York City, before Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea as manager in 2013. (LA Galaxy website)external-link

Marseille want Manchester City's 20-year-old Belgium defender Jason Denayer, who spent last season on loan at Celtic. (L'Equipe - in French, subscription needed)external-link

New Newcastle midfielder Florian Thauvin, 22, has revealed Arsenal once tried to sign the Frenchman. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Best of social media

Alexis Sanchez on Instagram

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez tweeted "Buenos dias, good morning" along with a picture of a dog boarding an aeroplane.external-link

Matt Targett

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale wrote:external-link "Just getting some last-minute practice in before La Liga kicks off" with a video of him doing an acrobatic volley over a swimming pool before falling in.

When Saturday Comes football magazineexternal-link tweeted an extract of a recent Southampton programme where defender Matt Targett struggled to decide if the chicken or the egg came first.

West Ham striker Andy Carroll is on the verge of returning from injury and posted on Twitter:external-link "It won't be too long before I'm back in my own dream team!! Counting the days!!!"

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BBC Sport's McNamara sees a similarity between Arsenal's midfielder and the founder of Ferrari's racing team

And finally

Spanish club Mallorca have banned piercings, necklaces and extravagant haircuts, placed a curfew on the team and told them not to steal toilet paper. (Marca via IB3 Radio)external-link

New signing Mateo Kovacic has not got off to the best start at Real Madrid, as he spoke in Catalan, the language of Barcelona's region, rather than Spanish at the start of his unveiling. (London Evening Standard)external-link

West Ham's youngest-ever player Reece Oxford, 16, received his GCSE results this week. (Daily Mail)external-link

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