Gossip column: Benteke, Payet, Vardy, Morata, Benitez, Milik, Balotelli

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West Ham will turn their attention to signing Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, 25, after having a club record £31m bid rejected for Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette, 24. (Sun)external-link

Real Madrid will look to sign West Ham and France midfielder Dimitri Payet, 29, but not until after Euro 2016. (Le 10 Sport, via Talksport)external-link

England forward Jamie Vardy has a £25m release clause in his contract, but the 29-year-old plans to stay at champions Leicester City next season. (Bleacher Report)external-link

Arsenal have submitted a £51m offer to Juventus in an attempt to sign 23-year-old forward Alvaro Morata during the summer transfer window. (Corriere dello Sport, via Metro)external-link

Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph leads with a picture of Wayne Rooney celebrating his 100th Old Trafford goal

Rafael Benitez has agreed to stay on as manager at Newcastle United and will be given full control over transfers as he plans for next season in the Championship. (Daily Mail)external-link

Real Madrid have until 15 June to trigger 25-year-old Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea's £39m release clause. (AS, via Talksport)external-link

Midfielder Tomas Rosicky, 35, who will leave Arsenal this summer, hopes to earn a deal elsewhere by appearing for the Czech Republic at Euro 2016. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Former Borussia Monchengladbach boss Lucien Favre, the best friend of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, is a candidate for the Everton manager's position. (Sun)external-link

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Claudio Ranieri wants to bring £15m-rated Ajax striker Arkadiusz Milik to Leicester. The 22-year-old has scored 47 times in 76 appearances for his club. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Liverpool and Italy forward Mario Balotelli, 25, who is currently on loan at AC Milan, is wanted by Spanish side Espanyol. (Fichajes, via Daily Star)external-link

Jose Mourinho has been told the Manchester United job is his this summer if the club's owners decide to sack Louis van Gaal. (Sky Sports)external-link

Manchester City have been watching Schalke forward Leroy Sane for months, but must formalise their interest in the 20-year-old to avoid competition from other clubs. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Watford have held talks with former Inter Milan boss Walter Mazzarri and the club could appoint their new head coach by the end of this week. (Gazetta dello Sport, via Watford Observer)external-link

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick, 34, who was accompanied on to the pitch on Tuesday night by his two children, may have signalled the end of his Old Trafford career. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

The Times
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool "legends" quote makes The Times' backpage

Swansea are planning to make Junior Hoilett their first signing of the summer after the 25-year-old winger's contract at QPR expired. (Daily Mirror)external-link

England captain Wayne Rooney, 30, does not believe he will be his country's main striker at Euro 2016. (Bleacher Report)external-link

Former England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce says Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, 18, should not be included in Roy Hodgson's final squad for Euro 2016. (Talksport)external-link

Swansea City are yet to receive an offer from either Sunderland or West Ham for 26-year-old striker Andre Ayew. (Sky Sports)external-link

Tottenham Hotspur's American defender DeAndre Yedlin, 22, is open to returning to Sunderland on loan next season. (Goal.com)external-link

Crotone, recently promoted to Serie A, could find it "impossible" to keep manager Ivan Juric following interest from Leeds United, according to one of the Italian club's directors. (Daily Express)external-link

Liverpool's German winger Samed Yesil, 21, is close to joining Turkish club Trabzonspor, having spent the past season on loan at FC Luzern in Switzerland. (Daily Express)external-link

Port Vale manager Rob Page says defender Nathan Smith, 20, who was on loan at Torquay, will get the chance to earn a place in his first team next season. (Stoke Sentinel)external-link

Bristol City are eager to secure 25-year-old midfielder Korey Smith on a long-term basis, as he enters the final 12 months of his deal. (Western Daily Press)external-link

Sunderland must bring in fresh recruits this summer who are on a par with their January signings, says 35-year-old captain John O'Shea. (Sunderland Echo)external-link

Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 26, says he would not blame England boss Roy Hodgson if he ditched him for Arsenal's Jack Wilshere. (Sky Sports)external-link

Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will have to sacrifice £10m in severance money from the Anfield club to take the manager's job at Celtic. (Daily Record)external-link

Best of social media

Former Southampton defender Radhi Jaidi, now the club's under-21s coach, joined Matt Le Tissier and friends for an appearance in goalkeeper Kelvin Davis' testimonial game.

Radhi Jaidi
Radhi Jaidi (bottom left) gets a team selfie at Kelvin Davis' testimonial

West Ham midfielder Reece Oxford responded to reports he has rejected a new contract with this tweet:external-link

Reece Oxford

Norwich City midfielder Matt Jarvis was invited to Buckingham Palace as part of the Prince's Trust 40th anniversary celebrations, tweeting:external-link "Great day at Buckingham Palace garden party."

Matt Jarvis tweet
Matt Jarvis joins in the Prince's Trust 40th anniversary celebrations

And finally

Manchester United painted three mascots blue as part of the promotion of the club's commercial partner 20th Century Fox's new X-Men movie before Tuesday's game against Bournemouth. (Metro)external-link

Real Madrid should be stripped of their first five European Cup wins, according to an online petitionexternal-link that has amassed almost 50,000 signatures. (Goal)external-link

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