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TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United manager David Moyes will attempt to convince striker Wayne Rooney, 27, to stay at Old Trafford.

Full story: Daily Mirror

If Rooney still decides to leave the Premier League champions, Barcelona would be his preferred destination.

Full story: the Sun

Chelsea have told Napoli they will not pay more than £40m for 26-year-old striker Edinson Cavani.

Full story: Daily Star

Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored 25 league goals last season for Shakhtar Donetsk

Arsenal are interested in £5m-rated Le Havre full-back Benjamin Mendy. The 18-year-old, who has appeared for France at every international level up to Under-19, is out of contract next summer.

Full story: London Evening Standard

Newcastle are preparing a £12m bid for 27-year-old Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac.

Full story: Daily Mail

Shakhtar Donetsk claim Liverpool target Henrikh Mkhitaryan has failed to report to their pre-season training camp in Austria, with the 24-year-old Armenian apparently frustrated his £23m deal to the Reds has not been secured.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Spanish side Villarreal will compete with Sunderland for Tigre full-back Lucas Orban, 24, after the conclusion of the Argentine league.

Full story: Sunderland Echo

Carlo Ancelotti's arrival at Real Madrid as manager means the club will sanction 25-year-old striker Gonzalo Higuain's move to Arsenal or Juventus soon.

Full story: Independent

The Italian wants Liverpool striker Luis Suarez to join him at Real. Personal terms have been agreed with the 26-year-old, and the La Liga giants are confident they can sign the Uruguay international for less than his estimated £40m buy-out clause.

Full story: Daily Star

Ancelotti has also sanctioned a £20m bid for Corinthians and Brazil midfielder Paulinho, who was expected to join Tottenham.

Full story: The Times [subscription required]

Keisuke Honda
Keisuke Honda signed a four-year deal when he joined CSKA Moscow in 2009

Everton are interested in signing CSKA Moscow's 27-year-old midfielder Keisuke Honda as interest in their midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 25, increases.

Full story: Daily Mail

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is interested in Vitesse Arnhem's Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony, 24.

Full story: South Wales Evening Post

Manchester City defender Micah Richards, 25, is wanted by Inter Milan.

Full story: the Sun

Stoke have identified Blackburn's Martin Olsson, 25, and PSV Eindhoven's Erik Pieters, 24, as possible solutions to their problem left-back slot.

Full story: Stoke Sentinel

Liverpool are interested in winger Gerard Deulofeu, with manager Brendan Rodgers hopeful that the presence of the 19-year-old's former Barcelona B team-mate Luis Alberto could see the Merseyside club beat strong competition for his signature.

Full story: The Times [subscription required]

GLOBAL GOSSIP (sourced by BBC Monitoring)

Monaco midfielder Alexandros Tziolis, 28, has joined Greek side PAOK FC.

Full story: Sport 24

Italian side Genoa have opened negotiations with Sevilla over Spanish defender Alberto Botia, 24.

Full story: Marca (in Spanish)

OTHER GOSSIP

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is prepared to sell the club if he recoups all the money he has spent since his 2007 takeover, with the current debt owed to him believed to be £267m.

Full story: the Independent

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley
Ashley completed a £134.4m takeover of Newcastle six years ago

Paris St-Germain could still appoint Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger next summer despite bringing in Laurent Blanc as their new manager.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Outgoing England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce will leave behind a detailed analysis of his players' failures at the recent European Championship.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has shown an interest in taking over League One side Leyton Orient. The 64-year-old wants to replicate the Pozzo family, who own Serie A's Udinese, La Liga's Granada and the Championship's Watford.

Full story: Daily Express

AND FINALLY

Former Netherlands great and Barcelona manager Johan Cruyff believes the Spanish club should have considered selling forward Lionel Messi, 26, now they have signed 21-year-old Brazilian attacker Neymar.

Full story: Marca