Gossip column: Dzeko, Wickham, Pedro, Veretout, Stones, Di Maria

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Manchester City's Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko, 29, is set to join Roma after agreeing personal terms, but the two clubs are yet to agree a fee. (Sky Sports)external-link

Manchester United face a dilemma over what to do with goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, just a week before the start of the new season after their hopes of signing Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, 29, ended. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

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Daily Star leads on Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao

Spain international Ramos is on the verge of signing a new deal worth £6m a year, plus a £1m bonus. (Marcaexternal-link)

Barcelona will allow Spain striker Pedro, 28, to join Manchester United, but only after their Uefa Super Cup match against Sevilla on August 11. (Marca)external-link

Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria, 27, will join Paris St-Germain in the next 48 hours for £44m. United have also fined the Argentine two weeks' wages worth £360,000 for failing to attend their US tour. Di Maria's exit will pave the way for United to sign Pedro for £22m. (Daily Express)external-link

Former Manchester United boss David Moyes, now at Real Sociedad, believes his former assistant at United and now Valencia assistant coach Phil Neville could one day be England manager. (Daily Telegraphexternal-link)

Chelsea are prepared to bid up to £30m to land Everton's England defender John Stones. But the Toffees hope interest from Manchester United in the 21-year-old will push the price up closer to their valuation of £34m. (London Evening Standard)external-link

United will offer Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, 27, plus cash in their attempts to sign Stones. (Daily Mirror)external-link

The Daily Mirror lead on Mario Balotelli's Anfield woe
The Daily Mirror lead on Mario Balotelli

Chelsea are attempting to smooth their bid to sign Stones by holding talks with Everton to avoid any more public disagreements over the England defender. (Daily Telegraphexternal-link)

Chelsea captain John Terry has backed new signing Radamel Falcao, 29, to succeed at Stamford Bridge, saying the striker - who was on-loan at Manchester United last season - was one of the best players he came up against last season. (Guardian)external-link

Italy striker Mario Balotelli, 24, has been told he has no future at Liverpool and has not been included in the squads for friendly games against HJK Helsinki in Finland on Friday or Swindon Town on Sunday. The player has been asked by manager Brendan Rodgers to train away from the first-team squad. (Independent) external-link

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed rumours that the club are trying to sign Manchester United's Mexican striker Javier Hernandez, 27. (ESPN)external-link

England winger Ashley Young could leave Manchester United if they do not extend his contract, with Tottenham, Liverpool and Newcastle all interested in the 30-year-old. (Daily Star)external-link

West Ham are on the verge of signing Atletico Madrid striker Raul Jimenez, 24, for £10m. (The Sun - subscription requiredexternal-link)

Sunderland striker Connor Wickham, 22, is set to sign for Crystal Palace after the London club agreed a fee of more than £8m for the England Under-21 international. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Nantes's French midfielder Jordan Veretout, 22, will have a medical at Aston Villa on Friday before a proposed move. (Sky Sports)external-link

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has tipped Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert to make an instant impact should the 33-year-old complete a £3m move. (Express & Starexternal-link)

Glenn Murray, 31, will quit Crystal Palace with Bournemouth ready to sign the English striker. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Aston Villa are in talks with Blackburn regarding the potential £7m sale of striker Rudy Gestede, 26. The fee has been agreed with a medical for the Benin international possible at the weekend. (Birmingham Mailexternal-link)

Palermo want to sign Arsenal's Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell but are struggling with the £7m valuation. Real Sociedad and Trabzonspor are also keen on the 23-year-old. (Daily Star)external-link

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has ruled out moving fixtures to Friday night to help teams prepare for Champions League matches. (The Guardianexternal-link)

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Manchester United and Paris St-Germain players posted pictures with One Direction star Niall Horan following their friendly in Chicago. Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney were pictured on their club's Instagram external-linkaccount with the singer, while PSG defender David Luiz managed to get a selfieexternal-link with Niall.

And United legend Bryan Robson made sure he got in on the act, posting a picture on Twitterexternal-link of him with Niall alongside former red Quinton Fortune.

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A Manchester City fan had a tattoo of his bitter rivals Manchester United inscribed to raise money for charity.(Manchester Evening News)external-link

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