Gossip column: Balotelli, Ranieri, Sane, Pogba, Payet, Klinsmann, Higuain

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Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 23, has confirmed his interest in re-joining Manchester United, calling them his "first family". (ESPN)external-link

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 25, could head to the Chinese Super League - if a deal is completed before the Chinese transfer window shuts on Friday. (Corriere della Sera, via Daily Express)external-link

The Football Association is set to interview Jurgen Klinsmann for the England job, but Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is still the front runner. (Independent)external-link

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is set to sign a new four-year contract. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

The Foxes have submitted a third and final £15m offer for Burnley defender Michael Keane, 23. (Metro)external-link

Manchester City want Schalke and Germany winger Leroy Sane, 20, but think he is worth £35m and not the £42m being demanded. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet, 29, says that he is "100% staying" at the club after impressing at Euro 2016 with France. (Sun)external-link

The Sun
The Sun's back page centres on new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte's comments that he does not fear the sack

Burnley have made an improved £6m bid for Jeff Hendrick, 24, but Derby want more for the Republic of Ireland midfielder. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Manchester United will have to pay midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger £14m to leave, with Paris St-Germain interested in the Germany international, 31. (Sun)external-link

Middlesbrough have agreed a €10m (£8.3m) deal to buy 28-year-old defender Neven Subotic from Borussia Dortmund, but need to secure a work permit for the Serb. (Teesside Gazette)external-link

Emanuele Giaccherini will move from Sunderland to Napoli for £1.2m, according to the 31-year-old Italy midfielder's agent. (Radio CRC, via ESPN)external-link

Eintracht Frankfurt are interested in signing Manchester United full-back Guillermo Varela, 23. (Kicker, in German)external-link

Juventus will compete with Arsenal for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, 28, and could meet his release clause of almost £80m. (Gazzetta dello Sport)external-link

Borussia Dortmund want to sign Stoke winger Xherdan Shaqiri, 24, as a replacement for Ilkay Gundogan, who has moved to Manchester City. (Stoke Sentinel)external-link

Dortmund are also interested in Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 26, following Henrikh Mkhitaryan's transfer to Manchester United. (L'Equipe, in French)external-link

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has warned Italian sides Fiorentina and Sampdoria away from striker Abel Hernandez, 25. (Hull Daily Mail)external-link

Nottingham Forest are one of 10 clubs hoping to sign Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, 23. (Nottingham Post)external-link

Daily Star
Friday's Daily Star goes with Claudio Ranieri ordering N'Golo Kante to decide on his future

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has reportedly told forward Joel Campbell, 24, to look for a new club, with some interest from Spanish side Valencia. (Estadio Deportivo, via Daily Star)external-link

Burnley are interested in Crystal Palace midfielder Lee Chung-yong, 28. (Guardian)external-link

Manchester City are considering a move for Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich, 21, who Pep Guardiola sees as Pablo Zabaleta's replacement at right-back. (Daily Mail)external-link

Stoke City have made enquiries about Everton midfielder James McCarthy, 25. (Daily Mail)external-link

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Bournemouth are continuing their pre-season warm-up in Chicago. They opted to go paddle boarding on Friday, with mixed results.external-link

Barcelona presentedexternal-link their new signing Lucas Digne, complete with face mask from a nasal operation he had a few days previously.

Lucas Digne

Manchester United new boy Zlatan Ibrahimovic and prospective new signing Paul Pogba reportedly had dinner together in Los Angeles, complete with selfies (not of them together).

Zlatan and Pogba
Chef Bobby Chinn snapped a photo with Zlatan and Pogba at a restaurant in LA

France and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has got involved in the new Pokemon Go craze.

Antoine Griezmann

New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte also channelled his inner Rihanna in his first news conference as manager at Stamford Bridge. Or at least that's how the Telegraph saw it.external-link

And Leicester City began their pre-season training, with Riyad Mahrez looking very happy to be back.


And finally...

Heart of Midlothian's new away kit has been compared variously to Mr Blobby, Battenberg cake and Fruit Salad sweets. (Sun)external-link

Hearts revealed their away kit earlier this week

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