Gossip column: Di Maria, Young, Balotelli, Otamendi, Berbatov

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Paris St-Germain have bid £28.5m for Manchester United's 27-year-old Argentina winger Angel Di Maria, who signed for the Old Trafford club for £59.7m last summer. (Guardian)external-link

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The Sun back page on Wednesday

Chelsea are targeting Galatasaray's 22-year-old Brazilian defender Alex Telles as a replacement for Filipe Luis, 29, who has left to re-join Atletico Madrid. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Tottenham will try to sign Manchester United winger Ashley Young, 30, after being put off by Crystal Palace's £25m asking price for DR Congo midfielder Yannick Bolasie, 26. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Manchester United feel betrayed by Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, who was one of their top transfer targets, with the 29-year-old Spain international set to sign a new contract with the La Liga club.(Daily Star)external-link

And United will not be bidding for Valencia's 27-year-old defender Nicolas Otamendi this summer, despite being repeatedly linked with the Argentina international. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero thinks Liverpool's £7.1m valuation of striker Mario Balotelli is too high and wants it lowered if the Italian club are to sign the 24-year-old. (Daily Mail)external-link

Newcastle have had a £4.8m bid for AC Milan's 20-year-old French striker M'Baye Niang turned down by the Italian club. (Evening Chronicle, via Calcio Mercato)external-link

Crystal Palace have shown late interest in signing Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor from Spurs but the 31-year-old will instead join Aston Villa on a season-long loan deal. (Telegraph)external-link

Villa are also discussing personal terms with former Tottenham, Manchester United and Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov. The 34-year-old Bulgarian is available on a free transfer after leaving Monaco. (Daily Express)external-link

Nantes midfielder Jordan Veretout is also among Villa's targets, although Premier League rivals Leicester are also keen on the 22-year-old Frenchman.(Birmingham Mail) external-link

Bournemouth are close to signing Ivory Coast winger Max Gradel from French club St Etienne and the fee for the 27-year-old could rise to £7m. (Daily Star)external-link

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Wednesday's Daily Mirror back page

Everton's Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy, 24, is disillusioned at Goodison Park and will open talks with Tottenham about a move to White Hart Lane. (Daily Mirror)external-link

West Ham are lining up a £12m move for 29-year-old Fenerbahce striker Moussa Sow, but the Senegal international is also a target for Sunderland. (Daily Express)external-link

Chelsea's Egypt midfielder Mohamed Salah, 23, is set to complete a loan move to Italian side Roma. (Daily Mail)external-link

Tottenham and Romania central defender Vlad Chiriches, 25, is close to completing a £4.5m move to Italian side Napoli.(Telegraph)external-link

Inter Milan and FC Porto are both interested in signing Spurs' 23-year-old forward Erik Lamela, with a season-long loan deal possible for the Argentina international.(Talksport, via Record) external-link

And Villarreal's manager, Marcelino, would like to bring Tottenham's Spain striker Roberto Soldado, 30, back to La Liga. (Espn, via Marca)external-link

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says this could be "the season of Luke Shaw". The Dutchman has been impressed by his 20-year-old England left-back's performances in a pre-season tour of the United States.(Guardian)external-link

Chelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon may follow Petr Cech to Arsenal. The Gunners signed 33-year-old Czech Republic goalkeeper Cech, who has worked with Lollichon for over a decade, in a £10m deal earlier this summer. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Norwich City are close to signing Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom, 22, on a season-long loan deal. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Best of social media

Karim Benzema
Many Arsenal fans were quick to jump to the conclusion that Benzema was on his way to the Emirates

An Instagramexternal-link post by Real Madrid's Karim Benzema led to many Arsenal fans jumping to the hopeful conclusion that the France striker is set to sign for the north London club. The 27-year-old uploaded a photo of himself on a plane with the hashtag "directionturfu" - French slang for "direction: future".

Meanwhile, the Gunners' 26-year-old Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil was seemingly in the mood for some deep thinking on Tuesday evening, tweeting:external-link "If you want, you can overcome all: pressure, expectations, gravity." Perhaps physics is not his strongest subject?

And following reports Tottenham were getting ready to offer £15m for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, the 21-year-old's club denied they had received any bid, tweeting:external-link "OK, this is getting silly now. So let us make it clear. There has been NO bid for Saido. That's it. Carry on everyone."

And finally

The mascots who were supposed to stand in front of Real Madrid players Isco and Toni Kroos before the pre-season friendly against Inter Milan in China ditched their roles to join Cristiano Ronaldo instead as the teams lined up. (Metro)external-link

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho showed his penchant for a practical joke when he gathered his backroom team for what they thought was a photo opportunity but instead had freezing water thrown over them. (Evening Standard)external-link

A team-mate of Steven Gerrard's at Los Angeles Galaxy says "you have to be extra careful when you listen to Stevie" because of the former Liverpool captain's Scouse accent. (Sun - subscription required)external-link