Monday's gossip column

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Liverpool have enquired about Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez, 24, after Loic Remy's proposed £8.5m move from QPR to Anfield fell through. Talksport (external)

Manchester United have been told they will have to pay £79m for Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, 24, despite the Dutchman being sidelined with a cruciate knee ligament injury since March. Sun (subscription required) (external)

Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen, 27, says he will sign a new contract with Tottenham, despite interest from Barcelona. Daily Mirror (external)

Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria, 26, wants to join Manchester United as the £45m-rated Argentina international does not want to return the Bernabeu and is frustrated by Paris St-Germain's attempts to secure a loan deal. Daily Star (external)

However, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti expects Di Maria to be back at the European champions on 5 August. AS (external)

Inter Milan will send a delegation to Southampton to finalise a deal for unsettled Italian striker Dani Osvaldo, 28, who cost the club £15m from Roma last summer. Daily Mail (external)


Dejan Lovren joined Southampton for £8.5m a year ago

Former Liverpool defender Mark Wright has questioned whether Croatian international centre-back Dejan Lovren, 25, is worth the £20m the Reds paid Southampton. Talksport (external)

With no black managers currently employed in English professional football, former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell believes black English ex-professionals "love the status quo and want to just toe the line". Daily Mirror (external)

Prime Minister David Cameron has refused to join his deputy Nick Clegg in calling for Russia to be stripped of the 2018 World Cup. Times (subscription required) (external)

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle, 56, is in the frame to become Harry Redknapp's new assistant at QPR following the departure of Wally Downes. Daily Star (external)

Arsenal's new forward Alexis Sanchez, 25, is set for a lonely start to his Gunners career as the Chile international will report for training in the UK after the club have left for their pre-season camp in Austria. Daily Mail (external)

Spain midfielder Juan Mata, 26, believes the demand for perfection from new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is precisely what the team needs. Guardian (external)


Kevin Grosskreutz's new World Cup tattoo

Germany international Kevin Grosskreutz, 26, unveiled his brand new World Cup trophy tattoo on his Instagram (external) page, despite not playing a single minute at the tournament.

Real Madrid's new £71m signing James Rodriguez, 23, shows off his salsa shuffle goal celebration on Instagram, (external) along with his baby daughter Salome.

Former Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 27, celebrated his first game for Chelsea - a 2-1 friendly win over Olimpija Ljubljana - by tweeting (external) a picture of himself with fellow new boy Diego Costa and the word 'debut'.


Bayern Munich's 3-0 friendly win over Wolfsburg in the Telekom Cup final was halted by a pitch invader who wanted to take a selfie with midfielder Javier Martinez. Metro (external)

Brazil and Barcelona forward Neymar, 22, whose World Cup was ended early with a back injury, has been pictured on his holidays in a pair of white trunks and a medical corset. Marca (external)

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