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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal forced Paris St-Germain to pay an extra £3m for forward Angel Di Maria after the 27-year-old posted a picture of himself with the French club's owner in Qatar. (Daily Mirror)external-link

United are on the verge of completing a £20m deal for Barcelona forward Pedro, 28. (Sun)external-link

Van Gaal offered Pedro a role alongside Wayne Rooney and Memphis Depay in a new-look front three in order to convince him to move to Old Trafford. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Sunderland are in talks to sign Manchester United's 20-year-old winger Adnan Januzaj on a season-long loan deal. (Sunderland Echo)external-link

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The Red Devils have found out the full cost of a season without Champions League football by falling to 20th place in the Uefa coefficient, four places behind rivals Manchester City. (London Evening Standard)external-link

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is ready to hand a surprise debut to goalkeeper Sergio Romero this weekend and leave out David de Gea. (Daily Star)external-link

Wolfsburg are ready to sell 24-year-old midfielder Kevin De Bruyne - a City target - but only for £50m.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Despite spending around £71m on new players, former England goalkeeper David James thinks Manchester City won't finish in the top four at the end of the season.(Express)external-link

The agent of Augsburg defender Baba Rahman, 21, says the left-back is close to signing for Chelsea after agreeing personal terms with the Premier League champions.(Daily Star)external-link

Chelsea, along with Serie A champions Juventus, have held talks with Cagliari over the signing of 19-year-old Ghanaian midfielder Godfred Donsah.(Daily Express)external-link

West Brom have made an approach to sign Arsenal target and Anderlecht midfielder Dennis Praet, 21.(Talksport)external-link

The Baggies have been told they must pay £10m for QPR's 23-year-old winger Matt Phillips.(The Sun - subscription required)external-link

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster, 32, is targeting a return to action in October after suffering a knee injury in March. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

West Ham are ready to return to Manchester United with an improved offer for Mexico forward Javier Hernandez of about £12m.(London Evening Standard)external-link

Hernandez will ask United to lower their £12m asking price for him, with Tottenham also interested.(Daily Star)external-link

Liverpool are considering a number of loan offers from Championship clubs for highly rated 18-year-old attacking midfielder Ryan Kent.(Liverpool Echo)external-link

The Reds have been cleared to complete the signing of Alexandre Lacazette, 24, after Lyon reportedly told the striker he can leave.(L'Equipe)external-link

Everton fear losing defender John Stones, 21, as Chelsea prepare a third bid approaching £30m.(Daily Telegraph)external-link

Premier League managers have been told to behave themselves ahead of the new season with heavy fines and stadium bans being handed out for breaking the new code of conduct.(Daily Mirror)external-link

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Rangers have made a third bid for Hibernian midfielder Scott Allan, 23. (Glasgow Evening Times)external-link

Aston Villa left-back Aly Cissokho, 27, is set to join Porto on a season-long loan deal.(Birmingham Mail)external-link

Villa are looking to beat Liverpool and Stoke to the signing of Barcelona's 19-year-old winger Adama Traore who is valued at £7m.(The Sun - subscription required)external-link

Wales forward Bale is confident he will win trophies with Real this season if Benitez continues to play him in a central attacking role.(Guardian)external-link

Crystal Palace are adamant that winger Yannick Bolasie, a Tottenham target, will not be sold this summer.(London Evening Standard)external-link

Southampton are set to open contract talks to keep midfielder Victor Wanyama, 24, despite him having two years left on his current deal.(Daily Mail)external-link

New Brighton signing Bobby Zamora, 34, says he turned down the chance of playing Champions League football to return to the south coast club.(Express)external-link

The Football Association is set to make up to 300 staff redundant as part of major revamp that will save £30m per year. (Daily Mail)external-link

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Di Maria

Doha's sport medicine hospital, Aspetar, tweetedexternal-link the above picture of Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria having a medical before his move from Manchester United to Paris St-Germain.

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling tweetedexternal-link his former team-mate Rafael da Silva, who has left to join Lyon. He wrote: "Going to miss playing alongside @orafa2. Wish you lots of success in your new chapter."

And finally...

Ten-year-old Bobby Gill says catching the medal thrown into the crowd by losing Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho after the Community Shield is his "bestest memory ever". (Coventry Telegraph)external-link

Goalkeeper Adam Bogdan's Liverpool career did not get off to a particularly bright start when the club spelled his name wrong on their website. (Metro)external-link

A televised coin flip will decide which team hosts the 2015 US Open Cup final. (NBC Sports) external-link

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