Gossip column: Skrtel, Lukaku, Strootman, Nolito, Bonucci, Pedro

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An investment group supported by the Chinese government is attempting to buy Liverpool for £700m. (Independent)external-link

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola wants to sign Spain forward Nolito. The 29-year-old has a £14m buyout clause in his Celta Vigo contract. (Sun)external-link

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, 31, looks set to join Turkish side Fenerbahce for £5m after a fee was agreed between the clubs. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Everton are set to offer striker Romelu Lukaku, 23, a new deal worth more than £100,000 per week. Chelsea and Juventus are both interested in the Belgium international. (Daily Mail)external-link

The Toffees are considering a £30m move for Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, 26, with new manager Ronald Koeman given £100m to spend. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Stoke have opened talks to sign 22-year-old West Brom striker Saido Berahino for £15m. Potters manager Mark Hughes has made signing a forward his priority this summer. (Guardian)external-link

The Guardian looks ahead to England v Wales at Euro 2016

Premier League champions Leicester are close to completing the £9.5m signing of Nancy midfielder Nampalys Mendy, 23. (Le 10 Sport - in French)external-link

Chelsea may need to spend almost £50m if they want to sign Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, 29. (Gazzetta dello Sport)external-link

And the Blues have been told they must pay £42m for Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes, 22. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Antonio Conte's side are in talks to sign Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, 31, whose contract runs out next month. (Evening Standard)external-link

Meanwhile, Chelsea forward Pedro, 28, has spoken to Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu about returning to the club. (Bein Sports)external-link

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 31, will hold talks with new boss Jose Mourinho about his future after the German returns from Euro 2016, according to national team boss Joachim Low. (Daily Express)external-link

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The Daily Star's back page also leads on comments from England boss Roy Hodgson

Borussia Dortmund have blocked 27-year-old midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan's proposed move to Manchester United. The Armenian has one year remaining on his contract. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Arsenal are the only side to have made an offer for Mkhitaryan, but he would prefer a move to Old Trafford. (Squawka)external-link

Tottenham have been told to pay £12m if they want to sign Croatia midfielder Milan Badelj, 27, from Serie A side Fiorentina.(Daily Express)external-link

Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini, 31, would be happy to join Fiorentina, according to his agent. (Radio Blu via Talksport)external-link

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 33, will see out the remaining year of his £220,000-a-week contract after rejecting moves to Italy and China. (Daily Mirror)external-link

West Brom want to sign French midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who wants to leave Newcastle after relegation to the Championship. The Magpies will want about £15m for the 26-year-old. (Chronicle)external-link

Premier League newcomers Middlesbrough have agreed a deal to sign 25-year-old Uruguayan playmaker Gaston Ramirez, who spent time on loan at the club from Southampton last season. (Gazette)external-link

Wigan are in talks to re-sign midfielder Jordi Gomez, 31, two years after he left the club to join Sunderland. (Sunderland Echo)external-link

Swansea City have opened talks with left-back Stephen Kingsley, 21, about a new contract. (South Wales Evening Post)external-link

Winger Adam Hammill, 28, turned down the chance to join Bristol City and "followed his heart" to stay at Barnsley. (Bristol Post)external-link

Aston Villa's new boss Roberto di Matteo looks set to make Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick, 28, his first signing. (Daily Mail)external-link

David Beckham has hinted at a career U-turn by no longer ruling out a move into management and becoming England boss. (Sun)external-link

Wales manager Chris Coleman has likened Thursday's match against England to a domestic style "100mph dust-up". (Guardian)external-link

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Wales forward Gareth Bale posted this picture on Twitter as he and his team-mates boarded the flight to Lille for Thursday's Euro 2016 match against England:

Gareth Bale
(Far left, then clockwise ) Jonny Williams, Gareth Bale, Joe Ledley and Wayne Hennessey pose for the camera

Meanwhile, BBC Radio 5 live commentator John Murray snapped the England players doing the regulation 'walking on the grass and checking out the stadium' before the big match.

John Murray

Former England defender Rio Ferdinand cannot contain his excitement over Thursday's Euro 2016 Group B meeting between England and Wales. He tweeted:external-link "I'm up...cant sleep.. #engvwales lets av em boys!!! Scores people?"

Rio Ferdinand tweet

And finally...

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi signed his first professional contract on a piece of tissue paper. (Sun)external-link

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