Gossip column: Benzema, Neymar, Balotelli, Berahino

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Arsenal could land Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, 27, if they make a £50m bid for the France striker. (Daily Star)external-link

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Barcelona forward Neymar would consider a move to Manchester United, although the Old Trafford club are set to have to wait until next summer to sign the 23-year-old. (Guardian)external-link

However, Neymar's agent has dismissed speculation linking the Brazil international with a move to Manchester. (GloboEsporte - in Portuguese)external-link

United are also still interested in signing 26-year-old forward Gareth Bale from Real Madrid, but they do not expect to complete that transfer this year either. (Sky Sports)external-link

AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani says the Serie A side are in talks with Liverpool over a loan move for 25-year-old striker Mario Balotelli. (Daily Mail via Mediaset Premium)external-link

Juventus are on the verge of signing 27-year-old Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado on a season-long loan, according to the Italian club's chief executive Giuseppe Marotta. (Sport Mediaset)external-link

West Brom manager Tony Pulis says 15 clubs are interested in signing Saido Berahino after the Baggies boss dropped the 22-year-old for the game against Chelsea on Sunday. (Evening Standard)external-link

Tottenham are set to make a new £20m bid for the striker, having seen an offer of £15m rejected last week. (Telegraph)external-link

Spurs are also interested in signing Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama, but Saints are refusing to sell the 24-year-old so close to the end of the transfer window. (Mail)external-link

Stoke manager Mark Hughes has warned Norwich target Jonathan Walters, 31, that the Potters may keep the forward until his contract runs out next summer. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he is ready to take a "gamble" in the transfer market but only for the right players. (Evening Standard)external-link

Wenger believes Liverpool will regret selling winger Raheem Sterling, 20, to Manchester City. (Daily Star)external-link

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville says John Terry, 34, needs to stay at Chelsea and accept a reduced role rather than leave the club in the same manner Steven Gerrard, 35, departed from Liverpool. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Leeds are hoping to complete the signing of Watford striker Fernando Forestieri, 25, this week after agreeing a fee of around £3m. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is refusing to get carried away by the team's impressive start to the season. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Manchester United are set to renew their interest in Lazio's 22-year-old forward Felipe Anderson after Barcelona striker Pedro, 28, joined Chelsea. (ESPN)external-link

Best of social media

Steven Gerrad on Instagram

Following LA Galaxy's 5-1 win over New York City in the MLS on Sunday, ex-Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard grabbed New York midfielder Andrea Pirlo's shirt as a memento. "Fantastic player always a pleasure to share a pitch with this man," he posted on Instagram.external-link

Actor David Hasselhoff seems to be a fan of Yaya Toure judging by a tweet from the Manchester City midfielder following the side's win over Everton on Sunday.

Yaya Toure on Twitter

Meanwhile, Toure's team-mate Sergio Aguero was captivated by Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt's victory over American Justin Gaitlin in the men's 100m World Championships final in Beijing. The City striker tweeted:external-link "You are the man, @usainbolt! Congratulations, buddy!"

And Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger was similarly enthused. The Germany international tweeted:external-link "Congratulations to my friend @usainbolt. Great performance!"

And finally

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said Pedro's debut for the club in the win at West Brom was good but "wasn't quite Maradona". (Goal.com)external-link