Gossip column: Benzema, Young, Soldado, Stones, Wickham

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed reports linking Real Madrid's 27-year-old striker Karim Benzema with a move to the club. (Evening Standard) 

However, according to (AS),  Wenger has set aside £45.6m to bring the French international to London.

The Gunners have beaten Manchester United to the signing of Benfica's 15-year-old goalkeeper Joao Virginia. (Metro) 

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Manchester United have offered 30-year-old winger Ashley Young a new three-year deal. The Englishman has one year remaining on his current contract. (Daily Star) 

Tottenham are ready to take a £15m loss on 30-year-old striker Roberto Soldado after openings talks with Villarreal over a £11m move. (Daily Mirror) 

Manchester City face a battle to hang on to highly-rated midfielder Marcos Lopes, 19, with Marseille, Monaco and Lyon all interested in the Portuguese starlet. (Daily Mail) 

Liverpool are looking to make a £14.9m bid for Real Madrid's 24-year-old winger Denis Cheryshev. (Daily Telegraph) 

New Southampton midfielder Jordy Clasie, 24, has revealed his mum left him and his brother when he was aged just 10. (Sun - subscription required) 

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is confident of holding on to centre-back John Stones, 21, who has been the subject of a bid from Premier League champions Chelsea. (Liverpool Echo) 

Atalanta defender Yohan Benalouane, 28, has confirmed he has agreed to join Leicester City in a £5.6m move. (Bergamo Post - in Italian) 

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West Ham co-owner David Gold says the club hope to make two more signings in the transfer window; one being 27-year-old midfielder Alex Song and the other a replacement for the injured forward Enner Valencia, 25. (Evening Standard) 

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew says he hopes the club can finalise a deal for Sunderland's 22-year-old striker Connor Wickham. (Croydon Advertiser) 

Swansea manager Garry Monk says they are still trying to come to an agreement for 29-year-old forward Michu to leave the club. (South Wales Evening Post) 

Borussia Monchengladbach boss Lucien Favre has hailed Newcastle's appointment of Steve McClaren, saying the Englishman is a "very good" head coach. (Newcastle Chronicle) 

Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark, 25, will be offered a new contract to ward off interest from rivals West Brom. (Birmingham Mail) 

Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross, 27, will see a specialist to find out whether he needs to have an operation on his back. (Stoke Sentinel) 

Championship side Fulham will sign 24-year-old striker Dwight Gayle on loan from Crystal Palace this week. (Daily Mirror) 

Middlesbrough are lining up an improved £14m bid for Blackburn's 25-year-old striker Jordan Rhodes, having already had a £12m offer rejected. (Daily Mail) 

Best of social media

Mario Balotelli poses with a hawk

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been pictured on Instagram:  with a hawk.

Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker posted a picture on Instagram  of himself enjoying a family day out at the crazy golf course.

Kyle Walker plays crazy golf

And finally...

Cristiano Ronaldo had a pretty good wedding present for his agent Jorge Mendes - he bought him a Greek island. (Eurosport)