Gossip column: Pogba, Lacazette, Gomes, Matuidi, Janssen

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Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward has held face-to-face talks with Paul Pogba's representatives, as new manager Jose Mourinho seeks to make the 23-year-old his fourth major signing. (Guardian)external-link

Arsene Wenger is prepared to pay £34.2m to trigger France and Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette's release clause. West Ham have already had several bids rejected for the 25-year-old. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Valencia have rejected a £40m move from Chelsea for 22-year-old midfielder Andre Gomes. (Daily Mirror)external-link

And Chelsea will face competition for Gomes' signature from Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, who will also go head-to-head to secure Palmeiras' 19-year-old forward Gabriel Jesus. (Marca)external-link

Blaise Matuidi has been given time off from France's Euro 2016 campaign to secure a move to Manchester United. The 29-year-old defensive midfielder would follow Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Old Trafford from Paris St-Germain. (Independent)external-link

Tottenham are set to complete the £16m signing of AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen, 22. Spurs had an £11m bid turned down in June.(Sun)external-link

And Mauricio Pochettino will turn his attention to a £17m bid for Newcastle midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum once Janssen's signature is secured. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Arsenal are ready to compete with Chelsea to sign Spain forward Alvaro Morata, 23, from Real Madrid - but the European champions must lower their £57m asking price. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Everton are exploring the possibility of signing Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, 29, and are confident of tying up a £28m deal for 27-year-old Belgium and Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel. (Daily Mail)external-link

Napoli were also keen on Witsel and have now turned their attentions to Udinese midfielder Piotr Zielinski, 22. Liverpool are also interested in the Poland international. (Talksport)external-link

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Wednesday's Daily Mirror back page

Juventus are keen on Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, 27. It is thought the Serb is keen to leave Stamford Bridge but the Blues would want £18m. (Talksport via Sportitalia)external-link

West Ham striker Enner Valencia, 26, is wanted by Lazio. The Serie A side want the Ecuadorian on a season-long loan with a view to a £10m transfer but the Hammers are keen to recoup the £12m they paid for the player. (Daily Mail)external-link

Watford are considering a £20m bid for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 22. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

The proposed deal for Berahino may include Odion Ighalo, 27, as a makeweight. The Nigerian scored 15 Premier League goals last season. (Daily Mail)external-link

The Hornets are also hopeful of signing Genk midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, 19, for a fee of £6m. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Stoke boss Mark Hughes is in pole position to sign Egyptian striker Ramadan Sobhi. The 19-year-old will cost £3.5m from Al Ahly. (Sun)external-link

Premier League champions Leicester City are interested in Fiorentina striker Nicola Kalinic, 28. (Daily Express)external-link

Serie A side Sampdoria are interested in Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 25. President Massimo Ferrero said that he has "tried to tell" the player to join the club. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

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Wednesday's Daily Star back page

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has called new Celtic signing Moussa Dembele, 19, an "exciting player" and believes Bayern Munich, Monaco and Juventus were all interested in the forward.(Daily Record)external-link

Aston Villa are closing in a £4.1m deal for Hellas Verona goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, 21.(Birmingham Mail)external-link

Bolton captain Darren Pratley, 30, has been given clearance to start talks with QPR over a possible move.(Bolton News)external-link

QPR winger Matty Phillips, 25, has had a medical at West Brom after the clubs agreed a £5.5m fee.(Daily Mail)external-link

Iceland international Johann Berg Gudmundsson could become Burnley's first summer signing after Charlton accepted a £2.5m offer for the 25-year-old winger. (South London Press)external-link

Best of social media

Wales forward Gareth Bale is ready for his country's biggest international match, against Portugal in Wednesday's Euro 2016 semi-final. The Real Madrid forward posted this picture of him and his team-mates:

Wales face Portugal in the Euro 2016 semi-final on Wednesday

Bale's Real Madrid colleague Cristiano Ronaldo has been taking his mind off Wednesday's big game by dedicating a bit of time to improving his darts:

Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo tweeted this picture of him and Ricardo Quaresma with the caption 'Happy moments'

Rangers midfielder Joey Barton tweeted his thanksexternal-link to the Burnley fans who have sent him appreciative letters since he left the club in the summer.

And finally...

A Wales fan has started a petition to have midfielder Aaron Ramsey's ban for Wednesday's Euro 2016 semi-final against Portugal overturned. (Sun)external-link

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