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

Gossip: De Bruyne, Berahino & Stones

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Manchester City are confident they have finally agreed a deal to sign Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 24, from Wolfsburg for an initial £54m. (Guardian)external-link

Manuel Pellegrini's side plan to offer De Bruyne a contract until 2021 worth £15m per year, almost £300,000 a week. (Daily Mirror)external-link

City are set to make an announcement in the next 24 hours to confirm the deal. (Times - subscription)external-link

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The Daily Mirror's back page focuses on Chelsea's pursuit of John Stones and Paul Pogba

Chelsea believe they can complete the biggest spending spree in British football by signing Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, and Everton centre-back John Stones, 21, in the next few days. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Chelsea will have to match Everton boss Roberto Martinez's £45m asking price if they are to secure a deal for defender John Stones. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Tottenham have reservations about making a third bid for 22-year-old West Brom forward Saido Berahino. (Sky Sports)external-link

West Brom have told Spurs they will not sell England Under-21 international Berahino unless their £25m asking price is met. (Daily Star)external-link

Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is convinced that Berahino will move to White Hart Lane before the transfer window closes. (Talksport)external-link

Sunderland are hoping to sign Napoli midfielder Jonathan de Guzman, 27, and Rennes striker Ola Toivonen, 29, before Tuesday's transfer deadline. (Northern Echo)external-link

Barcelona will sit down with advisors of Brazil forward Neymar, 23, before the end of the year to discuss a new five-year contract that will see his buyout clause increase to £182m. (Daily Mail)external-link

Juventus have bid for 27-year-old Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, whose move to the Hammers is in doubt. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 33, has agreed terms with Turkish club Besiktas and will join on a free transfer having been frozen out at Old Trafford. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

United have told potential suitors for Jonny Evans that they must pay £12m to sign the 27-year-old Northern Ireland defender, who is in the last year of his deal. (Daily Star)external-link

Leicester City are in negotiations with Birmingham City over a deal for 19-year-old winger Demarai Gray and have submitted a bid to activate his £4.7m release clause. (Daily Mail)external-link

Best of social media

Italian striker Mario Balotelli posted a farewell message to Liverpool fans on his Facebook accountexternal-link following the completion of his season-long loan switch to AC Milan.

Mario Balotelli on facebook

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has retweeted the thanks he received from a fan,external-link to whom he handed his boot as a memento following the Toffees' 5-3 Capital One Cup win at Barnsley.

Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale has tweeted a picture of his injured toe,external-link suggesting it was "feeling better" and that he is "looking forward to the weekend", when they face Real Betis.

Celebrity Arsenal fan Piers Morgan tweetedexternal-link that he jovially failed to persuade Chelsea defender John Terry to leave Stamford Bridge for the Gunners.

Piers Morgan twitter

And finally

Mario Balotelli will have a good behaviour clause inserted into his contract with AC Milan, banning extravagant haircuts and clothing and committing him to a healthy lifestyle. (Daily Express)external-link

Arsenal players Mikel Arteta and Theo Walcott were the latest players to have go at the 'dizzy goals' challenge. (London Evening Standard)external-link