Gossip column: Bale, Pedro, Di Maria, Rose, Valdes, Stones

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has made two £100m bids for Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale, 26, this summer. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Chelsea have told Tottenham to name their price for left-back Danny Rose, with the Blues prepared to pay £15m for the 25-year-old.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Lazio have told Mario Balotelli's agent they will take the 24-year-old Liverpool striker on loan this season - but only if they qualify for the group stages of the Champions League.(Daily Mirror)external-link

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Liverpool are braced to have to wait until deadline day before receiving realistic offers for their unwanted stars, such as Balotelli, striker Fabio Borini and left-back Jose Enrique.(Daily Telegraph)external-link

Paris St-Germain defender Thiago Silva, 30, believes 27-year-old midfielder Angel Di Maria will be making a step up by moving to the French club from Manchester United.(Independent)external-link

Di Maria's move has been delayed as he was too tired to have a medical after a 20-hour trip from his native Argentina to Doha.(Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester United will sign Barcelona forward Pedro, 28, in a £20m deal in the next 48 hours and could then make a move for 32-year-old Real Madrid centre-back Pepe.(Daily Mirror) external-link

The Spanish-speaking team-mates of Manchester United keeper Victor Valdes are upset at the 33-year-old's treatment after his kit was moved to the under-21s' dressing room.(Daily Mail)external-link

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Tuesday's Daily Mirror back page

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has struck back at Roy Keane's accusation that the current Arsenal squad are "more interested in selfies and six packs", claiming they are just as determined to win trophies as any other club.(Independent)external-link

Southampton have made a £7m bid for Celtic's 24-year-old central defender Virgil van Dijk, who has also been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United. (Daily Express)external-link

Sunderland are close to completing loan deals for 25-year-old midfielders Yann M'Vila and Leroy Fer from Rubin Kazan and QPR respectively.(Shields Gazette)external-link

Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal will allow midfielder Jesse Lingard, 22, to leave the club and Bristol City are hoping to sign him in a £2.5m deal.(Sun - subscription required) external-link

Barcelona winger Adama Traore is flying in to Liverpool as the Reds seem set to sign the 19-year-old, who has been linked with Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Manchester United and Sevilla.(Sport - in Spanish).external-link

West Brom's 33-year-old striker Rickie Lambert, who left Liverpool to join the Baggies, hopes he can rediscover his goalscoring form and regain a place in the England side. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Norwich manager Alex Neil has reignited his interest in striker Dieumerci Mbokani, 29, after Dynamo Kiev reduced their asking price by £2.5m to £8.5m.(Daily Star)external-link

Christian Benteke has been given Liverpool's Number 9 shirt, worn previously by the likes of Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler, following his £32.5m move from Aston Villa.(Daily Express)external-link

Former Leeds winger Max Gradel, 27, has completed his medical at Bournemouth, with the deal expected to be completed by Tuesday.(Sky Sports)external-link

Best of social media

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Luka Modric will face former club Tottenham in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday and the pair posed for a picture with ex-Spurs team-mate Kyle Walker. Bale put thepicture on Instagramexternal-linkalong with the message: "Will be something special for @lukam10 and me with @realmadrid, up against a few old faces @kylewalker2."

Gareth Bale (left), Kyle Walker and Luka Modric
Gareth Bale, Kyle Walker and Luka Modric were team-mates at Tottenham

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney sent a message to defender Rafael Da Silva, who will be leaving the Old Trafford club after agreeing to join Lyon. Rooney wrote:external-link "Good luck Rafa. We will all miss you."

And finally...

A 42-year-old Aston Villa fan, Michael Cappuccitti, from Canada, will travel more than 4,000 miles to watch the Premier League team play Manchester United on Friday, 14 August and then donate his four season tickets to youngsters who cannot afford to attend games.(Birmingham Mail)external-link

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