Gossip column: Neymar, Pogba, Cavani, Benzema, Bale

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Manchester United are willing to spend £240m on a deal for Barcelona's Brazil forward Neymar, 23. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Chelsea will continue to pursue Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, until the transfer window closes despite the France international's £70m price tag because manager Jose Mourinho has concerns over current midfielders Nemanja Matic, 27, and Cesc Fabregas, 28. (Evening Standard) external-link

Arsenal are considering a move for Paris St-Germain's Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 28, after France international Karim Benzema, 27, closed the door on any prospect of him leaving Real Madrid. (Daily Mirror)external-link

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Former United defender and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville says Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is "either naive or arrogant" for failing to sign a replacement for former captain Patrick Vieira. (Goal.com)external-link

Speaking after his side's 0-0 draw at home to Liverpool on Monday evening, Frenchman Wenger rejected Neville's criticism.(Guardian)external-link

Manchester City face new competition from Bayern Munich in the race to sign Wolfsburg's 24-year-old midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. German champions Bayern are happy to agree a transfer for next year - which could swing the deal in their favour. (Telegraph)external-link

Chelsea winger Victor Moses, Tottenham's Aaron Lennon and Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj are all on West Ham boss Slaven Bilic's wanted list as he looks to add width to his squad before the end of the transfer window. (Evening Standard)external-link

Dick Advocaat's future as Sunderland boss is in doubt after he criticised owner Ellis Short and revealed he is not happy at the Stadium of Light.(Daily Mail)external-link

Dutchman Advocaat has demanded the club buy "two or three more players" if they want to avoid relegation from the Premier League. (Guardian)external-link

Everton defender John Stones, 21, is considering handing in a transfer request to force through a move to Chelsea. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Pedro, 28, says he turned down offers from Manchester City and Manchester United to sign for Chelsea and confirmed he joined the Premier League champions because they showed more interest in the former Barcelona winger. (Telegraph)external-link

West Brom are targeting Manchester United's Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, 27, in their sights as defender Joleon Lescott, 33, is told he can leave The Hawthorns.(Talksport)external-link

West Ham's loan move for Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, is back on with Tottenham ready to subsidise the Togo striker's £100,000-a-week wages. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, 26, has ruled out replacing 24-year-old Spain international David De Gea at Manchester United. (Talksport)external-link

Real Madrid have told Manchester United that 26-year-old Wales winger Gareth Bale is not for sale for any price. (EPSN)external-link

Bournemouth and Sunderland are competing to sign former Swansea midfielder Jonathan de Guzman, 27, from Italian club Napoli. (Sky Sports)external-link

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Goalkeepers were out in force on Monday night, united in their praise of Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech's performance in a 0-0 draw at home to Liverpool. Manchester United's David De Gea,external-link Stoke City's Shay Givenexternal-link and West Brom's Ben Fosterexternal-link all tweeted their appreciation of the 33-year-old's saves.

Just 24 hours after helping Chelsea earn their first Premier League win of the season at West Brom on Sunday, £21m debutant Pedro returned to Barcelona to say goodbye to his former team-mates. "Thank you for what I lived and learned in this club. Good luck and keep on the spell of success," he tweeted.external-link

And finally

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, 32, is looking for a £60,000 a year executive personal assistant to look after him and his family. Tasks would include choosing his suits, doing the dry cleaning and stocking the fridge.(Guardian)external-link

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, has splashed out £12m on a New York apartment which inspired the erotic book Fifty Shades Of Grey. (Evening Standard)external-link

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