Gossip column: Stones, Bony, Sane, Higuain, Allardyce, Morata, Negredo

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England defender John Stones, 22, has told Everton he wants to join Manchester City. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Striker Wilfried Bony, 27, is set to leave City, with Galatasaray offering him a loan move. (Sun)external-link

Manchester City target Leroy Sane is yet to tell Schalke he wants to leave, with new City boss Pep Guardiola prepared to spend £40m on the 20-year-old German midfielder. (Bild - in German)external-link

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to sign Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 29, who played under him at Chelsea. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Mourinho will move for Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 26, should he fail to sign Juventus' Paul Pogba, 23. (Le 10 Sport - in French)external-link

The Magpies are willing to listen to offers starting at £20m for Sissoko.(Times - subscription required)external-link

The Red Devils are continuing to monitor 17-year-old West Ham defender Reece Oxford.(Evening Standard)external-link

Former Manchester United player and assistant manager Ryan Giggs, 42, will play in the Indian Premier Futsal League this month.(Daily Mail)external-link

Daily Mirror back page
Wednesday's Daily Mirror back page says Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is increasingly likely to be offered the England manager's job, with Gary Neville in line for an instant return to the coaching staff

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce met with officials from the Football Association on Tuesday to discuss succeeding Roy Hodgson as England coach. (Daily Mail)external-link

Everton manager Ronald Koeman says Bournemouth counterpart Eddie Howe should get the England job, adding the 38-year-old's "youth and energy" would "freshen up" the side. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Arsenal have had a £25m bid for 21-year-old defender Daniele Rugani rejected by Juventus.(Calciomercato - in Italian)external-link

The Gunners are ready to offer 29-year-old French striker Olivier Giroud and £42m for Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain, 28.(Gianluca di Marzio - in Italian)external-link

Arsenal and Chelsea are monitoring 25-year-old Roma defender Kostas Manolas.(Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)external-link

Chelsea fear they will have to pay more than £50m to sign defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 25, from Napoli.(Evening Standard)external-link

Real Madrid have joined Chelsea in declaring an interest in 22-year-old Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes.(Fichajes - in Spanish)external-link

Liverpool and Tottenham have not been put off by Koln wanting £25m for 26-year-old defender Jonas Hector. (Bild)external-link

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Wednesday's Sun back page

Middlesbrough are interested in signing Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas, 23, this summer, according to his agent. (Evening Gazette)external-link

Boro are also hoping to complete a deal for 30-year-old Valencia forward Alvaro Negredo, who spent two seasons at Manchester City. (Guardian)external-link

Leicester and France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 25, deserves to be playing for a top club in Europe, says ex-France international Claude Makelele. (Sun)external-link

Swansea want Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa, 29, as they prepare for the departures of forwards Andre Ayew, 26, and Bafetimbi Gomis, 30. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Marseille will turn their attention to Aston Villa midfielder Carlos Sanchez, 30, after missing out on team-mate Idrissa Gueye, 26.(Birmingham Mail)external-link

Thierry Henry, 38, is determined to prove Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wrong and successfully combine his first steps into coaching with his work in television.(Daily Telegraph)external-link

Best of social media

Italy striker Graziano Pelle paid tribute to Southampton and their fans on Twitter following his £13m move to Chinese side Shandong Luneng.

Graziano Pelle tweet

David Luiz and some of his Paris St-Germain team-mates enjoyed a day of rafting during a pre-season trip to Austria.external-link

David Luiz and PSG team-mates
PSG won a domestic treble last season

Zlatan doesn't get in shape. Shape gets in Zlatan. New Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic posted a videoexternal-link of himself on Instagram running on a treadmill in Las Vegas as he prepares for the new season.

The Swede also posted a photo of himself staring out over the Grand Canyon.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the Grand Canyon

Luke Shaw had two reasons to celebrate on Tuesday - it was his 21st birthday and he is playing again after a double leg fracture in September. Manchester United team-mate Memphis Depay was on hand to mark the occasion.external-link

Luke Shaw and Memphis Depay
Luke Shaw (left) broke his leg playing against PSV in the Champions League last year

And finally...

Chelsea's new £33m signing Michy Batshuayi had a day to forget while on holiday in Ibiza when his £180,000 Lamborghini was towed away after he left it parked in the shade on a street. (Daily Mirror)external-link

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