Gossip column: Lukaku, Jesus, Dier, Schurrle, Allardyce

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Chelsea are considering making a bid of around £50m to re-sign striker Romelu Lukaku, 23, from Everton. The Toffees value the Belgium forward at £65m. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Manchester City are in a strong position to sign 19-year-old Palmeiras striker Gabriel Jesus, who is also wanted by Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Tottenham will offer midfielder Eric Dier, 22, a new five-year contract worth £70,000-a-week that will make him one of the club's best-paid players. (Telegraph)external-link

If Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 23, moves to Manchester United, the player's agent Mino Raiola could pocket £20m. (Daily Mail)external-link

Meanwhile, Raiola denies the Pogba deal has been completed. (The Sun)external-link

Chelsea have been told to pay £67m to sign Real Madrid's 23-year-old striker Alvaro Morata. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson "influenced" the appointment of Sam Allardyce as England boss, says former Football Association director David Davies. (BBC Radio 5 live)

Liverpool are to sign veteran goalkeeper Alex Manninger, 39, on a one-year contract. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

West Ham have been boosted in their search for a striker after Germany forward Mario Gomez, 31, announced he was leaving Besiktas. (Daily Express)external-link

Chelsea are to offer Paris St-Germain 50m euros (£41.61m) for Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani. (le10sport.com)external-link

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Sunderland want £2m in compensation from the Football Association for manager Allardyce, despite him only having one year left on his contract. (Sunderland Echo)external-link

West Brom have not yet made a bid for Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark, 26, who has a £5m release clause in his contract. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Newcastle's Georginio Wijnaldum, 25, is set to join Liverpool in California this weekend, after agreeing a five-year, £75,000-a-week contract. (Mirror)external-link

Watford are interested in signing Lille midfielder Sofiane Boufal, 22, who scored 11 goals in Ligue 1 last season. (Watford Observer)external-link

Borussia Dortmund are close to signing former Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle, 25, after agreeing a £25m fee with Wolfsburg for the player. (Bild - in German)external-link

Sunderland face missing out on Benjamin Moukandjo, 27, after West Brom joined the race for the Lorient striker. (The Chronicle)external-link

West Brom are preparing a second bid for Leicester City's Jeffrey Schlupp, 23, after the Foxes rejected an offer of £9m. (Leicester Mercury)external-link

Crystal Palace have made contact with the agents of Senegal striker Moussa Sow, 30, about a possible loan move from United Arab Emirates club Al-Ahli. (L'Equipe - in French)external-link

Best of social media

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney enjoyedexternal-link "another good day's training" as the Reds prepare for the new Premier League season.

Wayne Rooney

Premier League-winning midfielder Danny Drinkwater showed off his six-pack and tweetedexternal-link "training's going well" with Leicester.

Danny Drinkwater

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was pleasedexternal-link to get his "first 45 minutes of the season" for the Blues.

Cesc Fabregas

And finally...

Manager Jose Mourinho refused to sign a Chelsea shirt during Manchester United's pre-season tour of China. (Metro)external-link

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