Gossip column: Ronaldo, Stones, Ibrahimovic, Llorente

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Chelsea will make a £26m bid for Everton defender John Stones, 21, within the next 48 hours, but the Toffees want £34m. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Real Madrid have rejected a formal offer of £84m from Paris St-Germain for 30-year-old forward Cristiano Ronaldo, according to several Middle Eastern newspapers. (AS)external-link

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal wants to add an extra cutting edge to his squad but thinks former player Ronaldo is out of reach. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Daily Mirror backpage

Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 33, has played down the quotes which had seen him linked to Manchester United. (Evening Standard)external-link

Fabricio Coloccini is yet to play a single minute for Newcastle United in pre-season - raising rumours that the 33-year-old defender is ready to quit St James' Park. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Arsenal are in pole position to sign Juventus's Spanish striker Fernando Llorente, 30. (Talksort, via Tuttosport)external-link

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is ready to make an increased bid for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema after an initial offer of £31m was rejected for the 27-year-old. (Daily Telegraph via Fichajes)external-link

Juventus want to take Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado, 27, on loan, but the Blues would rather sell him and would accept £18m, £5m less than they paid for him six months ago. (Sun - subscription only)external-link

Montreal Impact have acquired the MLS rights to former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, 37, from Chicago Fire and are poised to sign the Ivorian. (ESPN FC)external-link

Borussia Dortmund's £16m-rated forward Adrian Ramos, 29, is set to reject Crystal Palace and West Brom to stay with the Bundesliga club. (Daily Mirror)external-link

The Sun backpage

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, 52, is open to the possibility of playing Premier League matches in the USA after being impressed by the crowds during their pre-season tour. (Evening Standard)external-link

And the Portuguese has taken a dig at Chelsea's Premier League rivals Manchester United and Liverpool, saying they are trying to "buy the title". (Independent)external-link

Liverpool are battling Arsenal and Bayern Munich to sign Juventus's French 19-year-old winger Kingsley Coman. (Talksport)external-link

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is willing to pay £10m to sign Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk, 24. (Daily Mail)external-link

Wales manager Chris Coleman believes his compatriot Gareth Bale, 26, will stay at Real Madrid despite reports linking him with a move to Manchester United. (Guardian)external-link

Hull defender James Chester, 26, is wanted by Crystal Palace, Leicester, Southampton, Newcastle, West Brom and Aston Villa with the Tigers hoping to raise £8m from his sale. (Sun - subscription only)external-link

England manager Roy Hodgson is unhappy with the FA's decision to review his position after Euro 2016 rather than extend his contract up until Russia 2018 now. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Aston Villa have agreed a £9m fee with French side Lorient for 23-year-old Ghana striker Jordan Ayew, brother of new Swansea forward Andre. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

PFA boss Gordon Taylor, 70, is set to get a £2m-a-year pay rise which will see him earn more than the average Premier League footballer. (Daily Mail)external-link

Borussia Dortmund have approached Tottenham with a view to signing striker Roberto Soldado, 30, who reportedly wants to leave the north London club. (AS via Sportmediaset)external-link

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher could move to Swansea for £4m. The 28-year-old has only 12 months remaining on his current contract at the Stadium of Light. (Sunderland Echo)external-link

Best of social media

Wojciech Szczesny
Szczesny showed off his linguistic skills via Instagram

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny announced via Instagramexternal-link that he will be joining Roma on Monday. The Pole recorded a video in the back of a car and took time to learn his presentation speech in Italian.

John Aldridge
Bill Shankly won three league titles and two FA Cups with Liverpool

The letter former Liverpool boss Bill Shankly wrote to tender his resignation as Liverpool manager in 1974 has been posted on Twitter by ex-Liverpool striker John Aldridge. He tweeted:external-link "This is Shanks' last letter before his resignation was accepted. Liverpool FC's greatest employee. Still adore Shanks."

Ian Poulter with son Luke and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere
Ian Poulter with son Luke and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere

Arsenal fan and Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter took time away from the golf course to spend a father-son day at the Emirates Stadium. "Great day at Arsenal," posted the English golfer on Twitter. external-link"Even had a catch up with Mr Wenger and Jack Wilshere. Luke is so happy. Buzzing."

Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic, 25, tweeted a picture of himself en route to Milanexternal-link for a medical ahead of a prospective move to Inter Milan.

Meanwhile QPR striker Charlie Austin has laughed off claims that his wage demands are holding up a move away from the club, posting a picture of Mr Men character Mr Greedy on his Twitter feed.external-link

QPR midfielder Leroy Fer and his new wife set a high dancefloor standard for their wedding guests as they launched into a slick synchronised routine for their first dance. (Twitter)external-link

Leroy Fer and his wife dance at their wedding
Mr and Mrs Fer strut their stuff

And finally

MLS player Luke Mulholland pulled down team-mate Sebastian Jamie's shorts while celebrating a goal for Real Salt Lake. (Metro)external-link

Manchester City's friendly against Vietnam in Hanoi has attracted criticism with some tickets costing £50. It is estimated that it would cost the average worker two weeks' wages to attend. (Independent)external-link

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