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Manchester United are in dispute with Barcelona over the £21.3m buyout clause in 28-year-old forward Pedro’s contract at the Nou Camp. (Daily Mail) 

West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino, 22, is wanted by Tottenham Hotspur, who are ready to pay £15m after offloading Roberto Soldado to Villarreal. (Daily Telegraph) GuardianThe Guardian focuses on Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole, 34, has had the last year of his contract with Roma terminated. (Guardian) 

Everton are in talks with River Plate over the £5.5m transfer of Argentine defender Ramiro Funes Mori, 24. (Liverpool Echo) 

Manchester United and Manchester City target Nicolas Otamendi is close to leaving Valencia after the 27-year-old defender asked not to take part in training on Thursday because he did not feel in the right frame of mind. ( 

Liverpool are set to sign Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi, 25, after the Spanish giants decided to offload the former Real Sociedad player. (Metro) 

Everton fan groups have raised funds for a plane to fly over St Mary’s Stadium before the club’s match at Southampton on Saturday, calling for chairman Bill Kenwright to leave the Toffees. (Daily Mirror) 

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, 22, says he is happy at the club despite being linked with Manchester United, and that he wants to become a Spurs legend. (Daily Telegraph) 

Spurs say Denmark international Christian Eriksen, 23, will also be staying at White Hart Lane following interest from Serie A champions Juventus. (Daily Mail) 

Following his goal in United’s 1-0 win at Aston Villa on Friday, 20-year-old Adnan Januzaj has vowed to remain at Old Trafford rather than go out on loan this season. (Daily Express) 

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says midfielder Lucas Leiva, 28, is likely to leave the Anfield club because he wants first-team football. (Daily Mirror) 

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri’s persistence looks to have paid off in a bid to sign Napoli midfielder Gokhan Inler, 31. (The Times, subscription required) 

West Ham United are close to signing Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz, 30, for £6.4m. (Metro) TimesThe Times concentrates on Manchester United’s 1-0 win at Aston Villa

Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Rob Green, 35, is close to agreeing a deal to rejoin West Ham United – three years after leaving them for Loftus Road. (London Evening Standard) 

Fulham are set to make an offer of £8m plus add-ons for 25-year-old Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle. (Daily Mail) 

Norwich City are confident of beating Bologna to the signing of Roma’s 24-year-old Italian striker Mattia Destro. (Norwich Evening News) 

Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, is “wasting his talent” by not playing and needs to leave the club, according to former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp. (London Evening Standard) 

Liverpool’s France defender Mamadou Sakho, 25, is wanted by Roma on a season-long loan. (Talksport) 

A poll has found 53% of West Bromwich Albion fans are in support of the club signing 32-year-old former Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton, who is available on a free transfer. (Birmingham Mail) 

Blackpool fans are planning a protest against the club’s owners before the first home game of the season on Saturday. (Blackpool Gazette)

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, 29, scored two goals on his debut for Roma, who he has joined on a season-long loan, as the Italian club overcame Spanish side Sevilla 6-4 in a pre-season friendly on Friday. (@ASRomaEN) 

Best of social media

Cristiano Ronaldo and his sonHe is one of the most feared goalscorers in the world yet Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo (right) showed off his playful side when he posted a picture of himself on Instagram wearing a Transformers mask with son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr

“Good luck at Villarreal my friend! Happy you’ve got your move but going to miss you around the place,” wrote Tottenham’s Andros Townsend  on Twitter after Spurs and Villarreal reached an agreement over striker Roberto Soldado.

Leicester City defender Jeff Schlupp posted a picture  from inside his hotel room on the eve of his side’s game at West Ham United. “Feet up chilling in the hotel in London before tomorrow’s game,” tweeted the Ghana international.

“Good luck to my bro @NathanAke at @WatfordFC, great club you will enjoy it there. Good luck for the season,” tweeted  Chelsea’s Nathaniel Chalobah, who was at Watford during the 2012-13 season, on hearing Blues team-mate Nathan Ake is spending the rest of the campaign at Vicarage Road.


Friday Premier League action might have proved a hit with former England captain Gary Lineker but Labour MP Tom Watson was not so buoyant…

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Peter Crouch tweeted  before Stoke’s visit to White Hart Lane on Saturday: “Looking forward to going back to the Lane tomorrow.”

Liverpool forward Divock Origi cannot wait for the Reds’ first home game of the season against Bournemouth on Monday. “Looking forward to the first home game of the season on Monday. My first experience of Anfield! #YNWA,” he tweeted on Friday. 

“Good win and happy to score,” Manchester United’s Adnan Januzajwrote on Twitter  after his winner earned his side a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa on Friday.

And finally

Fenerbahce have paid for a five-year-old Manchester United fan to fly to Istanbul to meet Robin van Persie after a video of him crying at the news of the Dutchman’s exit from Old Trafford went viral.(Guardian) 

The co-chairwoman of Championship side Reading has written a new song that will be played at the club’s first home game of the season against Leeds United on Sunday. ( 

A 9ft sculpture of former Newcastle United and England captain Alan Shearer is being shipped from China and will arrive in the UK in late August. (Newcastle Chronicle) 



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