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Gossip Column: Ronaldo, Stones, De Gea, Ramos, Busquets, Zidane

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Manchester United have abandoned plans to re-sign 30-year-old forward Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. United had hoped an offer of £60m would be acceptable, but Real value the Portugal international at £85m. (Sun – subscription required) 

Manchester City are ready to join the chase for 21-year-old John Stones, with Chelsea preparing a third bid for the Everton defender. (Daily Mirror) 

Everton rejected a second Chelsea bid of £26m for England international Stones on Tuesday. (ESPN FC) 

The Toffees have been angered by comments made by Chelsea defender Gary Cahill. The 27-year-old centre-back said Stones should “grab with both hands” the chance to sign for the Blues. (Times – subscription required) 

Defender Sergio Ramos, 29, has agreed to sign a new five-year contract with Real Madrid, news which will be officially announced before the new La Liga season gets under way on 23 August. (Marca) 

With Manchester United’s hopes of signing Sergio Ramos appearing to be dead in the water, Real Madrid have turned their attentions back to the pursuit of United goalkeeper David De Gea, 24. (Independent) 

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 24, is a target for newly promoted Serie A side Bologna after the club confirmed they are mulling over a permanent transfer for the striker. (London Evening Standard) 

Ashley Young is close to signing a new deal at Manchester United, dashing Tottenham’s hopes of signing the 30-year-old, who has one year left on his contract. (Talksport) 

Swansea have put a £25m price tag on captain Ashley Williams, 30, to fend off interest from Crystal Palace. (Daily Mirror) 

Swansea manager Garry Monk says central defender Williams will not be leaving the club. (Wales Online) 

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says the Hammers have not given up on completing a permanent deal for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, 27. (London Evening Standard) 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is planning to make a move for Barcelona’s 27-year-old midfielder Sergio Busquets. (Daily Express) 

Newcastle have resurrected their interest in Marseille’s 22-year-old winger Florian Thauvin, with the French side having already turned down a £12m bid. (Daily Express) 

Nantes midfielder Jordan Veretout, 22, is expected to fly into England to decide over a move to the Premier League, with Aston Villa working on a £7m deal. (Daily Mail) 

Besiktas have announced Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez, 30, will fly to Turkey for final negotiations on Thursday. (Football Italia) 

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has predicted left-back Luke Shaw, a £27m signing from Southampton last summer, will have a big season for the club in the forthcoming campaign. (Manchester Evening News) 

Midfielder Jonas Gutierrez, 32, says Newcastle were wrong to let him go at the end of last season. (Chronicle) 

Louis van Gaal could be forced to undertake a gruelling pre-season trip to China next summer with Manchester United’s major sponsors increasingly keen to exploit the club’s commercial power in the Far East. (Daily Telegraph) 

Stoke City are still interested in signing Dynamo Kiev’s 25-year-old winger Andriy Yarmolenko and Barcelona’s 19-year-old winger Adama Traore. (Stoke Sentinel)  

Mathieu Flamini has suggested Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho acted out of character this summer by accepting the “good favour” that owner Roman Abramovich did Arsenal over the sale of Petr Cech. (Daily Telegraph) 

Chelsea’s 23-year-old winger Mohamed Salah is set to join Roma on a season-long loan, although fellow Italian club Fiorentina believe the Egyptian has reneged on an agreement to join them. (Daily Star) 

Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert could be set for a reunion with former Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur. West Brom are also interested in signing the 33-year-old. (Times – subscription required) 

Leicester City are prepared to pay £11m to sign Chile midfielder Charles Aranguiz from Brazilian club Internacional, amid rival interest from Bayer Leverkusen and Marseille. (Sun – subscription required) 

Source : BBC Sport

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief www.sportbrief.co.zw. He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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