Manchester United to beat Chelsea to £22m Barca star while Everton ace’s future uncertain

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The transfer window is hotting up – with the futures of Barcelona ace Pedro and England defender John Stones making the headlines.

While the Gazette leads the way with the latest on Newcastle’s proposed double swoop, it’s other teams making the national headlines.

on the Sunderland front, the Black Cats are in talks with a couple of targets as they look to build on their early business.

But Stones, Pedro and Nicolas Otamendi dominate the national newspapers today.

Here’s a pick of the biggest stories.

Chelsea, who have had one £20m offer turned down, are set to make an improved bid for 21-year-old John Stones - but Everton are holding out for a British record fee for a defender. (Daily Mirror)

However, Everton have told Chelsea to forget about trying to sign former Barnsley player Stones after insisting he is not for sale. (Liverpool Echo)

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp says Stones should “stay put at Everton and keep on learning”. (

Manchester United are planning a £22m move for Barcelona forward Pedro, 27, who has also attracted interest from Chelsea. (Daily Mirror)

Meanwhile, Manchester United target Nicolas Otamendi, 27, has told Valencia he wants his future sorted by the time pre-season begins on 27 July. (Independent)

Angry Aston Villa fans have made their feelings towards Fabian Delph known with a banner outside Villa Park after the 25-year-old midfielder changed his mind and signed for Manchester City. (Birmingham Mail)

Former Villa striker Stan Collymore has branded Delph’s U-turn as an “absolute disgrace”. (Talksport)

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, will ignore interest from Manchester City and join Barcelona - if Joan Laporta wins their presidential election on Saturday. (Sun - subscription required)

Arsenal’s 65-year-old manager Arsene Wenger, who celebrates 19 years in charge in September, could be at the club for years to come, according to chief executive Ivan Gazidis. (The Straits Times)

Meanwhile, Wenger says he is surprised Manchester United let former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, 31, leave Old Trafford for Fenerbahce. (Telegraph)

It looks increasingly unlikely that 34-year-old Argentine midfielder Esteban Cambiasso will sign a new Leicester City contract. (Leicester Mercury)

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has dismissed reports he will be signing defender Jonny Evans, 27, from Manchester United and has reiterated his desire to keep 24-year-old James McCarthy, who has attracted interest from Manchester City and Tottenham. (Daily Star)

Hull City winger Robbie Brady, 23, has turned down a new contract and is close to joining Norwich City for £7m. (Daily Mirror)

Bournemouth want to sign ex-Newcastle captain and Fulham midfielder Scott Parker, 34 – the brother-in-law of Cherries midfielder Harry Arter, 25. (Sun - subscription required)

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, 37, has been offered a contract to play in Major League Soccer, but a Qatari club also want to sign him. (ESPN)