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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been given the go ahead to move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis says the club can afford the England international.

Full story: the Sun

French side Monaco - who have already spent over £100m on new players this summer - are ready to make a move for Chelsea captain John Terry. Monaco believe a figure of around £7m will be enough to tempt the Blues to part with the 32-year-old.

John Terry
John Terry captained Chelsea to two Premier League titles under Jose Mourinho

Full story: Metro

And new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho - who left out a host of senior players at Real Madrid this season - has warned Terry that no players will be guaranteed a place in the team this season.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool are lining up an ambitious move for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez, 29, as a replacement for Luis Suarez.

Full story: Daily Mirror

New Manchester United manager David Moyes plans to make Uruguayan right-back Guillermo Varela his first signing at Old Trafford. The 20-year-old is available for £1.2m from Uruguayan side Penarol.

Full story: Daily Express

Arsenal have moved ahead of Chelsea and Manchester United in the battle to sign Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 25.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)

Norwich have made an enquiry for Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey but the Reds may want up to £8m for the England Under-21 international.

Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool have made a £3m bid for Sporting Lisbon defender Tiago Ilori, 20, who is currently on international duty with Portugal at the Toulon tournament in France.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is set to scupper the Reds' chances of signing Real Madrid forward Jose Callejon. Benitez wants to bring the 26-year-old to his new side Napoli.

Simon Mignolet
Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet had a fine season for Sunderland

Full story: talkSPORT

Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is ready to move on after the 24-year-old Belgian signalled he would not sign a new deal with the club. Mignolet has been linked with a move to Liverpool and Arsenal.

Full story: Sunderland Echo

Another Belgian could be coming to the Premier League as Tottenham and Liverpool both chase Nacer Chadli. The FC Twente winger, 23, is valued at around £8.5m and wants to play in England.

Full story: talkSPORT

Premier League new-boys Crystal Palace are close to clinching a £2.6m move for Vitoria Guimaraes striker Amido Balde, 22, after the player snubbed Scottish Premier League champions Celtic.

Full story: Daily Record

The agent of Dundee United striker Johnny Russell says Celtic could still scupper Derby's move for the striker. The Championship side have had a £700,000 bid accepted for the 23-year-old but he has not yet signed a contract.

Full story: Derby Telegraph

OTHER GOSSIP

Harry Redknapp's future at QPR continues to be in doubt after the club were unmoved by his threat to walk away from Loftus Road. His plans for next season have been hit with another blow after Wayne Bridge, 32, a free agent after a season at Brighton, rejected a move and decided to sign for Reading.

Leighton Baines
Everton remain confident defender Leighton Baines will stay at the club

Full story: Daily Mirror

Everton have offered left-back Leighton Baines, 28, a new contract, and they remain confident that both he and Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 25, will stay at Goodison Park.

Full story: The Guardian

New Toffees boss Roberto Martinez wants club stalwarts Phil Neville, David Weir and Alan Stubbs to remain at Goodison Park as part of his coaching team.

Full story: Daily Star

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher - - could make a return in pre-season training. The 29-year-old has had two operations as he battles chronic bowel disease ulcerative colitis.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, 21, admits he has been "naive and stupid" after being banned for breaking Football Association betting rules.

Full story: the Sun

Proposals to reschedule the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar to winter, to avoid searing temperatures, may not be a one-off.

Full story: the Times (subscription required)

AND FINALLY

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane will become the country's most-capped player when he plays for the 126th time against the Faroe Islands on Friday night. But the LA Galaxy striker, 32, believes he can keep playing for another "five or six years".

Full story: The Times (subscription required)